Beyond the ballpark
Omaha's vibrancy and culture lives on year-round
OMAHA, Neb. -- While the city of Omaha, Nebraska, has an everyday population of 427, 872, those numbers seem to swell with the rising temperatures in June. As soon as the College World Series rolls into town, TD Ameritrade Park becomes the heart of Omaha as eight baseball teams will try their best to take home the national championship.
The nation's 42nd-largest city might become the epicenter of college athletics for the next few weeks, but we set out to find what makes Omaha so unique -- the city beyond the baseball.
If fans start to pull their hair out while watching their team down the street, local businesses like the Urbane Salon and Spa in downtown Omaha will welcome them with open arms.
One of the most vibrant places downtown, the cobblestone streets of the Old Market are home to eclectic art galleries, restaurants, and shops.
Nine street signs along 10th Street have been renamed for the duration of the College World Series. Each team in the tournament has been given a street, as well as one named for the literal "Road to Omaha." Fans might have traveled thousands of miles to get to Omaha, but this Road to Omaha only takes a few blocks.
Twenty-three acres along the Missouri River are dedicated to explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Adjacent to Lewis and Clark Landing is the longest pedestrian bridge in the United States, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, linking Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Opened in 1931, the Joslyn Art Museum is Omaha's free, fine art collection. The Joslyn's special emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art make it a top destination in Omaha.
Omaha's "Pioneer Courage" is the gateway to the city's business district. The park, opened in 2003, stretches three blocks and uses 2,500 tons of limestone.
You don't even need to head to TD Ameritrade to play a little College World Series ball. On many street corners downtown, the four corners of the diamond have been installed with a base on each corner of the intersection. Head to home plate and play ball!
And, OK, fine, what would a visit to Omaha be without a little baseball? The city's iconic Rosenblatt Stadium was home to the College World Series from 1950-2010. Fans still flock to visit small replica of the field with its plaque marking the original location of home plate.