Visit Omaha! {Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo}

Last week, my family and I had the pleasure to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. We have lived in the southwest for 3 years now and we have been to the zoo just once – right when we moved here. The kids were pretty young (3 and almost 1), so they weren’t really too sure about what to think with the zoo. While my kids are now 6 and almost 4, we thought we’d take them back to the zoo since they were older and would really appreciate it. We didn’t tell the kids that we were going to the zoo until the morning that we arrived in to Omaha. What, like you would want to hear ‘When are we going to the zoo mom??’ Huh? Huh? Huh???’ for a week straight?

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo

Zoo Hours

Open Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buildings stay open until 6 p.m.
Open year-round except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.


  • Children (ages 2 and under) FREE
  • Children (ages 3 – 11) $9.00
  • Adults (ages 12 and over) $13.50
  • Seniors (Ages 62 and over) $12.00

The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo has FREE PARKING!

We went on a cloudy day and I might add that it was perfect! Sure we got sprinkled on, but it was the perfect weather and the perfect temperature to spend a day at the zoo!

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We decided to start over at the aquarium. The kids had been talking about the aquarium the entire drive to Omaha. Kambry was in love with the penguins!

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Tucker had been talking about how excited he was to see the sharks, but once we got up this close … he changed his mind. LOL Meanwhile my 3 1/2 year old daughter was so giddy over them! ‘mama look at his fangs!’… She loved it! Tucker’s comment was ‘Uh, that’s not Nemo mama.’

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Tucker ran when he saw this shark coming at us… smiling. I thought this was hilarious!

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The jellyfish exhibit was breathtakingly beautiful!

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We ventured out of the aquarium to go see the Giraffe’s. We were lucky to see them so close. Kambry was screaming with joy that she got to see her ‘raffes!

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As we were on our way to go see Kambry’s favorite (the Rhino’s), we saw a picture opp and had to take it!

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Within each area, there is a sign that gives you a bit of history on the animal. For example, within the area where the Rhinoceroses’ were, we read that

Rhinoceroses are poached for the illegal rhino horn trade. Horns are especially valuable in the traditional Asian medial travel where they are known to sell for $15,000 per pound.

I loved reading about each animal, where they came from and a bit of world history on the animal itself.

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We continued on where the animals were either cuddly or just plain lazy. LOL

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These guys were hilarious! They were swatting each other at who was going to get closest to the light.

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Then we came across the gorilla area where we had one that was very hungry, yet it didn’t appear that he wanted to eat the carrots, so he was eating something else. Not sure what, but the expression on his face was hilarious!

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Then we met his brother … that was very relaxed in a deep nap. Loved him!

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He was in such a deep sleep that I was able to get a close up through the viewing glass bubble just above his hands.

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Within another bubble, I looked across and saw my kids being goofy. I love this bubble! It lets you get really in there with the animals… well, minus being painfully cuddled by a gorilla anyway. Winking smile

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We decided to stop for a bite to eat in one of the concession stands and Tucker was right there to be our amazing navigator.

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Kambry requested demanded a hot dog and some nachos.


What we did before we left the house was let Tucker pick out what he wanted to wear. He decided on his safari attire – which was a perfect fit if I say so myself!

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Kambry decided to let us go ahead while she was running through the mister…

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Meanwhile on the other side of the walk, was this comfy guy making himself at home. How comfy is this?!?!

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Close Up… Oh yeah. Nice and comfy! Don’t you just want to tickle those bear feet?

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Sleepy kitty! Tucker told me that we needed to stay over night so that we can see the animals first thing in the morning. We didn’t do that.

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At the end of the day, we had an amazing time at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo! Before we went to the zoo last week, it was almost 3 years since we last were there. Will we wait another 3 years to go again? No way! We live so close and we would definitely consider a family zoo membership! The kids are older to where they know more about the animals and where they came from.

We weren’t even out of the parking lot when I turned around and saw this….

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Successful day or family fun & tired kiddos in the end. Oh yeah – that’s how you know you had a full family fun day!

Are you in the Omaha, or surrounding area? Be sure to check out Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and make it a family fun day out. You can also stay up to date with them on Twitter and on Facebook.

Looking for even more thing to do in Omaha? Visit Omaha’s Visitors Bureau at You can also find them on Twitter.

I cannot tell you how stressful our year gets with my traveling, hubby’s work and coaching schedule and the kids daily routines… I would soooo love to take hubby out on an entire date DAY to Omaha since we are relatively close. I can picture a day of shopping, visiting an art museum, having a nice romantic dinner & going out on the town…. an amazing date day that we would totally love!)

There are so many things to do in Omaha!

  • Arts
  • Shopping
  • Nightlife
  • Golfing
  • Spas
  • Camping
  • Family activities
  • Hotels
  • Dining
  • Special offers
  • Day trips and more!

If you are anywhere near Omaha (or say within 300 miles or more) you should stop by the Omaha’s Visitors Bureau online to schedule your family fun day out, or even a romantic fun weekend away. Trust me – you will want to see what all beautiful Omaha has to offer! We go every week and we are right around 70 miles away. Yes. Every week!


  1. We are actually going to the zoo this weekend for my daughter’s birthday! I can’t wait, I haven’t been for probably 6 years!

  2. That looks like you all had so much fun! Great shots!