July 30, 2014

11 Reasons to Visit Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo

I’ve been lucky enough to live just 10 minutes from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, for pretty much my entire life. Over the years, it has grown in size, gotten face lifts, and acquired new species, making it one of the Top 10 Zoos to visit in the United States, and most recently being named the #1 Zoo in the World by TravelZoo!! There are lots of fantastic things about Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo but I narrowed it down to my favorites. Whether you live close by, or are planning a vacation, here are 11 Reasons to Visit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo!



1) Hubbard Orangutan Forest 

With two 65ft man-made trees, the Hubbard Orangutan Forest is a great place to watch the monkeys play. Most of the time they are out playing and making all sorts of noise. Last time we were there it must have been bath day or doctor visits because they were all MIA.



 2) Hubbard Gorilla Valley 

You are never short on entertainment at Hubbard Gorilla Valley. They run right up and pound on the mirrors, chase each other around, and enjoy their lunch for all to see. This is an amazing exhibit that sits on three acres to give the gorillas plenty of space to roam.




 3) Rides: Skyfari, Train, Camels, and Carousel

Take a ride on the Skyfari and get an ariel view of the zoo. You will go over giraffes, cheetahs, and more and I’ve heard it’s pretty awesome. The kids and hubster love it, but I’m not a big fan of being in the above large, human eating animals, and possible dropping in and becoming lunch. ;) I think it’s just me because there is always a line. There are also Camel Rides, a Train, and a Carousel for some mobile fun at the zoo!



 4) Lied Jungle 

This is as close as you can get in Nebraska to a natural rain forest environment. It is all indoors and we like to save it for the hottest part of the day during the Summer. There are tons of different animals, waterfalls, fun passageways, and more to enjoy inside the Lied Jungle.



 5) Scott Aquarium 

Walk under swimming sharks, watch penguins play, and even touch different animals in feeling tanks in the Scott Aquarium. I love when they have member days and you can go behind the scenes, well, technically above the scenes, and watch as they feed the sharks, fish, and turtles.



6 ) Desert Dome 

If you have ever wondered what it is like in the desert, the Desert Dome gives you that experience. The worlds largest indoor desert, the Desert Dome is home to plant life and animals from three deserts around world. Below the desert, you will find Kingdoms of the Night, which is the worlds largest nocturnal exhibit. It scares the pants off of me every time. Especially the alligators.



 7) Berniece Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion 

Go right inside a tropical environment and surround yourself with free flying butterflies. There are so many beautiful and colorful butterflies inside. You do have to be careful when you enter and leave, as to not take any of the pretty butterflies with you. You won’t just find butterflies though, there are tons of other insects that give me the heebie jeebies.



8) Feed the Budgees

The twins LOVE to stop and feed the Budgees when we go. You can buy little popsicle sticks covered and bird food and they will come right up and eat of your stick.



9) Stingray Beach

Newly opened, Stingray Beach is a touch tank with stingrays! I haven't gotten the chance to visit myself, it was closed the last time we went, but I have heard great things from friends that have been. Hopefully soon I can share more details but it's already making it onto the list.

10) African Grasslands (opening in 2016)

Work has already begun on the African Grasslands. It's taking over the far easy side of the zoo where the zebras live, and will work it's way up to the rhinos. It will be a full immersion outdoor habitat featuring breathtaking panoramic views and long vistas of grasslands teeming with African wildlife and I'm eagerly awaiting it's opening. Some of the wildlife that will be added, has never been seen before at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium! We will have an unobstructed view of the animals thanks to grasses, acacia-like trees, rock kopjes (granite boulders set in the open savanna) and minimal barriers. You will also find new restrooms, food service and visitor activities in the African Grasslands when it opens.

11) Photo Opps

You will also find tons of places to take great photos! :) I hope you will come and visit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo one of these days!

 What are your favorite animals to see at the zoo?

28 comments:

  1. That sounds like an awesome place to visit. Wish I lived closer,

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  2. What a gorgeous zoo! I love the butterfly and avian exhibits.

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  3. I'd love to visit this zoo. Any zoo that has an aquatic exhibit is a winner in my book. Not all of them do.

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  4. What a fun place! My favorite place to go with the kids is the zoo.

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  5. That does sound like fun. I would love to see the aquarium some day.

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  6. This looks amazing! I'd love to take my little boy for a visit.

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  7. Henry Doorly Zoo looks beautiful. I'd love to visit one day.

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  8. Looks like such a fun place, I'd love to spend the day there! Side note: is that the building they used when filing Bio Dome? Hahahha, aging myself here! ;)

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  9. What a wonderful zoo to live close to. We love to visit new zoos when traveling, but haven't been to Omaha yet. Putting it on my list for when we have occasion to be in the area.

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  10. I always love visiting zoos. This one looks like an excellent one, I love the Lied Jungle exhibit. I am putting this on my travel bucket list!

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  11. Looks like a great zoo, I love the Budgies, they are such a pretty color blue.

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  12. What a cool zoo! My favorite place to visit wherever I go is the zoo!

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  13. It's been way to long since I have been to a zoo. Thank you for reminding me to get out more and I would love to visit this one. So nice!

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  14. Oh I'm definitely sold! I'd love to visit the Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo! I love Zoo's!

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  15. That sounds like loads of fun! I want to visit the zoo now!

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  16. I love seeing gorillas in person. They are huge but so cute. Sounds like you guys had a great time. Thanks for sharing the great family photos.

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  17. Next time I am in the area, we will definitely get to this zoo! Looks like their is so much to do and a fun place to visit! :)

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  18. Oh wow, looks like an awesome place to visit! My son would love the aquarium and the rides!

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  19. Looks like my place to visit. I love visiting zoos and I think my favorite animals to see are the giraffes.

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  20. I must say that looks like the best zoo I've ever seen! I love the Desert Dome concept!

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  21. The turtle is enough for me to want to go! My family and I love zoos!

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  22. Oh I would love to isit to see the butterfly! This place looks like an amazing place to visit.

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  23. That looks like a blast! We've been wanting to visit the zoo for awhile now. Looks like fun!

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  24. Oh we love the zoo! I wish ours had an aquarium, that is awesome!

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  25. LOVE the dome! So much to see and do! Great pics!

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  26. Oh my, that Gorilla is so cute! I have never seen one in real life!

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  27. I love these photos! Looks like you had a really nice time.

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  28. What a great zoo to visit. There's so much to do that the kids will enjoy.

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