Omaha Downtown Walking Tour, Omaha

Omaha Downtown Walking Tour, Omaha
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You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "GPSmyCity: Walks and Articles with Offline Maps" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Omaha Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Downtown Omaha is proud to present its architectural landmarks. Known to be rich in sculptures, Omaha is one of Nebraska's major art centers. Follow this guide to see how the city evolved, and learn about its history, culture and architecture.

Omaha Downtown Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Omaha Downtown Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Omaha (See other walking tours in Omaha)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Author: Jack
Pioneer Courage Park Monuments

1) Pioneer Courage Park Monuments

The monument in this park consists of several bronze sculptures that, taken all together, create a Wild West scene from the 19th century, in which four pioneer families with their wagons are heading west. It is known in history that Omaha was a gateway to the west. For this purpose, the First National Bank together with sculptors Blair Buswell and Ed Fraughton, created the monument in the middle of a business district as a symbol of courage, bravery, entrepreneurial spirit and impulse to explore...   view more
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Spirit of Nebraska Park Monuments

2) Spirit of Nebraska Park Monuments (must see)

Spirit of Nebraska Wilderness Park symbolizes the link between the spirit of the past and optimism towards the future. It is one of the most expansive bronze monuments in the country. The monument starts from Pioneer Courage Park at 14th street, passes through 16th and Dodge Street and culminates at First National Tower Wintergarden. The monument reproduces the scene where nine bison, who were disturbed by people from Pioneer Courage Park, ran to Spirit of Nebraska Park and chased away a flock...   view more
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On The Wings of Angels

3) On The Wings of Angels

The sculpture commemorates the tragedy on 9/11. It features more than 300 bronze hands of citizens of Omaha, as they show their heartfelt feelings about the tragedy. The project was created by Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, more than 300 Omaha citizens, Mayor Mike Fahey and architect Littleton Alston. An individual mold was made that represented the hand of each volunteer that participated in the project. The molds served to create the bronze hands. All the hands form a sphere that...   view more
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Omaha Police Memorial

4) Omaha Police Memorial

The Omaha Police Memorial was made as to honor policemen who served and protected people in the name of safety and freedom. The sculpture depicts three figures (two policemen and a girl) made of bronze, that stand on a granite base. At this base you can see names and dates of policemen who were killed on duty. The memorial was made by John Lajba. It was finished in 1994 and is owned by Omaha...   view more
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"O" Mage

5) "O" Mage

The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is a 3,000 ft (910 m) footbridge across the Missouri River between Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. It opened on 28 September 2008. The bridge is named after former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, who secured $18 million of federal funding for the bridge in 2000. The bridge was redesigned in 2004 after the lowest bid for the project was $44 million. In May 2006, a final cable-stayed bridge design by Kansas City engineering and architectural firm HNTB was...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia

6) Illumina

Illumina is a two million dollar art project, created by Matthew J. Placzek in 2007, which stands on the premises of Qwest Center. There are 6 bronze figures near the 35-foot high stainless steel clock that represent the singers, the actors, and other artistic people that play an important role in the cultural scene of every nation. In the evening, the sculpture produces an unforgettable light show created by 2,000 LED...   view more
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Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

7) Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge (must see)

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is known as the longest pedestrian bridge that links two states. Its shape is curvilinear with two pylons equipped with LEDs that reflects a beautiful view at night. The bridge was finished in 2008. Its length is 3,000 ft. with landings, its walkway width is 15 ft. wide, and the height of the two single pylons is 210 ft. By building the bridge, the architect made special considerations for the environment, and added interactive sculptures that makes this bridge...   view more
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