I am coming to the ARSL conference BUT am coming days early to run in your marathon with my team from Scotland. If you can tell me a few places
Thanks for your question!
Perhaps contrary to popular belief, there are many places to go and things to see in the Omaha Area (so stay here in Nebraska! ;) ). I'll attach links to their websites, where you should be able to look up driving directions.
One of the chief attractions is the Henry Doorly Zoo - one of the premier zoos in the nation, usually ranked in the top five if not heading the list - and boasting the world's largest indoor desert environment.
Another unique attraction is the Strategic Air and Space Museum, located just west of Omaha, about a 20 minute trip via interstate 80.
If museums are your thing, you also would like the Joslyn Art Museum, now totally free to the public. It houses Ancient to Modern art in a beautiful marble Art Deco building. Of particular interest to library-types, they will have an exhibition of the original concept and publication art from Dr. Seuss's The Lorax while you're here.
Another popular destination which is within walking distance of the Doubletree hotel where you have the ARSL convention is the Old Market, Omaha's historic arts and entertainment district. There are many galleries, shops, clubs, restaurants, and a farmer's market every Saturday morning. (on your way there, be sure to say hi to us at our W. Dale Clark Main library!)
As far as restaurants go, you have many choices. The Old Market itself has many fine ones, locally-owned highlights being the Spaghetti Works or the Upstream Brewery. For finer dining, M's Pub, and V. Mertz are popular choices.
But of course in Omaha, you should really try one of the steak houses. There are many choices, but Gorat's has a reputation as being the favorite of Warren Buffett, and you also can't go wrong with another Omaha tradition - Anthony's Steak House - just look for the huge cow on the top of the roof!
That should get you started. Please let me know if you need more info.