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Joslyn Castle in the Gold Coast Historic District of Omaha – Get there in style!

Joslyn Castle in Omaha has that wonderful combination of old-world charm & grace and a splendor that is truly hard to match. This stunning venue is the perfect location for many types of events including weddings and parties. The building itself a fantastic example of the standard of luxury & extravagance that the seriously affluent crowd aspired to achieve in the early twentieth century. The castle was built by Sarah and George Joslyn and they were among some of the richest folk in the area at the time Joslyn Castle was built in 1903. Surrounding the castle are its gardens, which are a mixture of traditional and exotics plants. These beautifully appointed gardens stand as a testament to the Joslyn’s determination to create a building that was uniquely theirs, and thankfully now visitors can come along enjoy it for themselves. The best way to get to the castle is to travel in comfort and style with Arrow Stage Lines. You will be able to book your transport and then relax as someone else takes care of getting you there. As the grounds of the castle are huge there is plenty of space to park, which means that you will not have to walk far to gain entry. If you are visiting the castle as part of a group and not for an event you should take one of the tours that are available. These are so full of information and provide a fantastic insight into how the castle was built, its history and more about the couple whose dream it was to build it exactly as they wanted it. If you would...

Lauritzen Gardens: Relax at the urban oasis that is Omaha’s Botanical Center

Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha are the ideal place to visit if you are interested in plant life and want to see fantastic examples spread out in fantastic arrangements over several different gardens. In order to maintain interest in the gardens running all year, plants are specially selected for planting arrangements to reflect the seasons. This means that there are always plants that look their best throughout the year. Aside from ensuring that the Lauritzen Gardens look their best all year round, this also provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about what plant species look best in each season. Although the Lauritzen Gardens have only been in existence for the past couple of decades, they have been growing steadily since they first opened and new areas have been added each year. Today you are able to take a leisurely stroll through gardens that include: a herb garden, spring flowering walk, children’s garden, a rose garden, waterfalls, trails, a Japanese garden and much more. In fact when you are in the botanical gardens you will see so many different sights that you will feel as though you are taking a trip around the world in plants. Also at the gardens are a visitor center (this is open all year round), a library based on horticultural study, a gift shop, banqueting spaces and classrooms. The gardens are ideal for school visits and there are educational programs suitable for a range of different ages. If you love flowers, plants and nature you will love Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha. Make sure you pay it is a visit the next time that you are in...

Orpheum Theater: Take in a show at Omaha’s Historic Auditorium

The Orpheum Theater in Omaha is steeped in history, which is why so many people want to pay a visit when they are in the area. The site of the theater was first used as a branch of the US Army headquarters before being opened in 1898 as the Creighton Orpheum, the name was then shortened to The Orpheum. After a 1927 fire, the building was rebuilt at a cost of $2 million, and in 2002 the theatre was renovated back to its former glory. It is in these stunning and opulent surroundings that visitors can enjoy theatrical performances ranging from family shows to serious dramas. Just stepping into the Orpheum Theater makes you feel as though you have travelled back in time. From the highly decorated walls and ceiling of the Grand Lobby through to Slosberg Hall, which is the main auditorium to the Ticket Omaha Box Office you will be astounded at the care which has gone into restoring this theater. In fact such care has been taken that out of all of the fixtures, fittings and decorative items, 85% of them are originals which have been in the building for almost 100 years. Inside the theater you can spend a little time in the Weaver Lounge before watching one of the performances. Here you can sample the complimentary beer, soft drinks, wine and refreshments before heading into the main auditorium in time for the show. There is ample parking which makes this venue perfect for anyone who is travelling by coach. In addition to being able to go to The Orpheum Theater to watch performances it is also...

The Ethel M Gourmet Chocolate Factory

If you love chocolate (who doesn’t?) you will love to take one of the Ethel M Gourmet Chocolate Factory Tours. These self-guided tours are available from Monday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 6.00pm. Tours of chocolate factories are perfect for trips out for schools, parties, or just for chocoholics who can’t get enough of this tasty treat. Ethel M Gourmet chocolate is one of the most well-known luxury brands in the US (think: Mars candy empire) and their products are popular with people of all ages. When you visit the factory you will get to see behind the scenes and learn how these products are made and find out all about their history (did you know that they have been for over 100 years?). Of course, you will also get the chance to sample one or two of the creations while you are walking around. At the end of your tour you can buy yourself something to take home with you or splash out on a chocolate gift for someone you care about. In addition to the factory tour you can also go on a tour of the wonderful Cactus Garden which has more than 300 species of plants. This is an unusual twist that you might not expect from a tour of chocolate factory, but it is really enjoyable and something that most people will want to do while there. Throughout the year there are various events, such as the Easter events, where you can get free chocolate and stock up on Easter gifts that your friends and family will just love. If you would like to bring...

Freedom Park Navy Museum

If you would like to combine the simple natural pleasures of the outdoors with the intellectual stimulation of well-presented historical information, then the Freedom Park Navy Museum is definitely for you. This is a wonderful place for people of all ages to visit and it is open 7 days per week from 8.00am – 8.00pm providing that the weather is good. The park is a popular attraction with groups of school children, families or just people who are into naval history and would like to learn more. The park features multiple naval vessels such as the USS Hazard – this mighty warship served in Pearl Harbour – and the USS Marlin, one of the smallest submarines in the world. Being able to get right up close to these mighty vessels is something you must truly experience! Adding to the excitement, you even get the chance to go inside them to see what it would be like for those brave naval personnel who served on-board. To get the best information possible during your visit to the Freedom Park Navy Museum you should take a guided tour. These are available from Friday to Sunday between the hours of 10.00am and 3.00pm. You should be aware that these tours are from April through to November, so if you visit outside of these months you will not be able to avail of one. It is also possible to arrange private tours for groups, and for naval history enthusiasts these are really worthwhile. Admission to the park is free. If you would like to bring a group to the Freedom Park Navy Museum, Arrow Stage Lines...

The Governor’s Mansion in Lincoln, NE

The Governor’s Mansion in Lincoln is the perfect setting for a really interesting day out revolving around politics and history, making it a great choice for older students, political-enthusiasts and history buffs alike. The mansion is a proud Georgian Colonial building that has been gradually modified over the years since it was built back in 1957. Although it is still the official residence of the Governor of Nebraska, it is a popular attraction and you can enjoy well-organised and informative guided tours of the building. The Governor’s Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 which means that it has a protected status and so cannot be altered or knocked down. Tours of this impressive 31-room mansion are scheduled every half hour, but only on Thursday afternoons. So if you want to guarantee your place on a tour you should definitely book in advance. As you can imagine, this is even more important if you are planning a visit with a group. Once on the tour, you will be shown the inside of the mansion. Prepare to be astounded by the stunning architecture of this remarkable building. In one of the rooms there is a great doll collection, which includes the state’s first ladies wearing their inaugural gowns. This is both interesting and fun, one of the many unexpected but pleasant little touches around the mansion. So if you wish to learn more about the political history of the State of Nebraska, the Governor’s Mansion in Lincoln is a fantastic place to visit and will be enjoyed by all who come. If you would like to...

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