I was lucky enough recently to be part of a North Iowa Bloggers trip to Omaha, Nebraska. My thanks to the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau for hosting me! As always, all the views expressed here are 100% mine.

Day two in Omaha started bright and early with a great breakfast at the Hampton Inn Hotel in Omaha-Midtown Aksarben.IMG_3317

From yogurt and fruit to fresh eggs, breakfast potatoes and bacon, to waffles and pastries, there was something for everyone.
Delicious coffee and juice topped off breakfast perfectly!

I am usually not a fan of tennis shoes at all, but I brought them along this day and I was glad I did! We did a lot of walking all day long and my feet were thanking me…at least I imagine they would be if they could!

Our first stop of the day was the amazing and gorgeous Lauritzen Gardens. On their website they describe themselves as a ‘living museum’. It was truly an ‘urban oasis’ right in downtown Omaha. It was a bit hard to find but worth the ‘extra’ time it took us to find it.  I was in awe of the beauty of this ‘living museum’ from the moment we walked out of the building into the greenery and the multitude of flowers. We were lucky to visit at the same time of a visiting sculpture exhibit going on. It is called “Gone Wild” and it is an installation of 35 wild life sculptures by artist Dan Ostermiller.

Rearing Elephant, 1998
Rearing Elephant, 1998

You can see this beautiful sculpture and all the others yourself, but hurry! The Gone Wild exhibit ends on October 4th.

I have been told on several occasions that I should go out and spend time in greenery, or trees, or flowers. Lauritzen Gardens gave me all that. Even though the day was already becoming quite warm, we took our time and enjoyed all that we could. There was shade and benches to sit on throughout the gardens. Not only could you cool off, but you could enjoy the beauty and the quiet around you and we certainly did. It was hard to  get up off those benches to go on and explore more. Words cannot quite describe the serenity or the beauty of these gardens.  I won’t even attempt. Let me instead, share some pictures so you can see for yourself!


Check out the website to find out all you need to now about planning a visit to Lauritzen Gardens.

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I know I am looking forward to another visit here in the future! I would love to go and spend the whole day just to be able to sit longer and see more! It seems you never get to see it all in just one visit.

Stayed tuned for upcoming posts about my visit to this great city of Omaha!