I’m on a flight home from Phoenix, Arizona thinking about how beautiful and warm the southwestern state is. There’s no chance of mistaking that you’re in Nebraska when in Arizona, that’s for certain. Let’s just say it’s different than Omaha.
I have tons of family in the desert state: aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins. My parents actually met in Tucson! So, why do I continue to live my one short life in a cold flat Midwestern state? Why should you spend some time in boring old Nebraska?
Here are 10 reasons why Omaha, Nebraska is way better than you think it is:
1. There’s a lot to do in the Omaha metropolitan area.
I can’t personally attest to the rest of Nebraska, but Omaha is far from boring. If you think there’s nothing to do here, you’re not trying very hard. We have museums, gardens, theaters, pools, parks, excellent restaurants, a university (GO UNO!), outdoor and indoor malls, a vibrant downtown, ax throwing, and much more. There’s always something to do in Omaha!
2. You get more for your money.
You can buy a pretty big house for what most people would consider inexpensive. If you wanted my house in Arizona, you would pay double, if not triple, the amount we paid in the great state of Nebraska. In fact, there was an advertisement in Paradise Valley that actually boasted the fact that houses were under $1,800,000. Wow! What a steal! It was a beautiful part of Arizona, I will admit. Still…
3. Omaha has the best zoo in the world!
I don’t go to the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as often as I should. I practically lived there as a child though. It’s a must see for everyone.
4. I seriously love my neighborhood and daughter’s school.
If I ever left Omaha, I would probably miss my house (and my family) the most. I love the area we live in. I’m in the center of a cul-de-sac, my neighbors are great, and the school and park are within walking distance (not to mention it is safe to walk there at any time). I’m incredibly lucky to have found my neighborhood. It’s a gem.
5. The food is phenomenal.
As I’ve mentioned before, I love to eat out. We have great restaurants and chefs, like my friend Chef Jeff.
6. The schools are top notch.
Education is a priority to Omahans. I have nothing but good things to say about Millard Public Schools, where my daughter is enrolled. She is killing it and so are they. Thank you! #BeKind
7. Omaha gets all four seasons.
Truth be told, by March I am dying to see green again. Yes, it gets cold. Omaha also gets warm temperatures and everything in between. I like having variety in my world. That’s kind of how I roll. I could use more fall and spring-like weather, but I do love having a white Christmas! It just wouldn’t be the same.
8. It’s not hard to find work in Omaha.
When the economy is in the trash can and people are complaining about scarce work opportunities, we just don’t see it in the Omaha metropolitan area. Perhaps it’s also my work ethic and career path, but I’ve never had an issue finding a great company to work for that offers competitive benefits, pay and more.
9. Traffic is not a pain in the derrière.
We don’t have to worry about being in rush hour for half of our day. I’ve seen it in places like Chicago. I don’t think I have the patience for that. There are not enough podcasts in the world.
10. The airport doesn’t totally stink.
I’m all about getting from A to B without having to spend 25 million years in line. I don’t like lines much. Omaha is a great place to live and visit, however, we are not a bucket list kind of destination. A friend from Arizona was telling me that she and a friend randomly went to an airport and asked the airline agent to send them to the first available place. It was Omaha. She was not a big fan, but I bet she didn’t spend all of her time at the Omaha airport or in rush hour! Hahaha.
In conclusion, I love traveling and seeing what other places have to offer. Arizona is a stunning state. I’d probably live there if I wasn’t completely in love with Omaha. Or if I could afford a house like where I stayed. People think that Nebraska is a cold and boring place. I disagree. Omaha has affordable living, nice people, excellent food, great schools and Lauritzen Gardens (my happy place). Come and visit us. I’d love to show you around!
What did I miss, fellow Omaha fans? Please add your reasons why you love Omaha in the comments below.
This post was written while drinking airplane coffee. Drinking coffee on an airplane can be tricky.