Kid-Friendly Hotels in Omaha

by Cicely A. Richard, Demand Media

    Omaha, Nebraska, offers a lot of attractions for families, including the Omaha Children’s Museum and the Henry Doorly Zoo -- home of more than 17,000 animals. The zoo has an on-site hotel within walking distance of the entrance. Omaha also features kid-friendly hotels that provide vacation packages to family attractions. Numerous hotels have on-site amenities specifically designed for kids, including game and amusement park entertainment.

    Downtown

    Courtyard Omaha Downtown/Old Market Area is two blocks from Omaha’s historic Old Market District, the home of shops, restaurants and the Joslyn Arts Museum, Nebraska’s largest art museum. Its Henry Doorly Zoo Package includes four tickets to the zoo. Hotel amenities include local restaurant delivery, two meeting rooms and laundry facilities. Guest rooms have sofa beds, cable television and Internet access. Select rooms contain refrigerators. Embassy Suites Omaha – Downtown/Old Market is located in the middle of Old Market District. Its Family Getaway Package consists of a two-room suite, shuttle service, four tickets to the zoo or children’s museum, breakfast, an evening manager’s reception and valet parking. The hotel has an on-site convenience store. Suites offer televisions with video games, sofa beds and kitchenettes.

    Southwest

    Best Western Kelly Inn Omaha Hotel is within 10 miles of area attractions, including the Henry Doorly Zoo, the Omaha Botanical Center and Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium -- site of the NCAA Men’s College World Series. It has an indoor pool with a water slide and water toys. The Escape to the Jungle! Package includes two adult and two children’s ticket to the zoo, and snack packs for the zoo. The hotel gives guests free passes to Better Bodies Gym. Some rooms have microwaves and refrigerators. Regency Lodge features a landscaped property with native plants and a rock pond. The interior lounge area has a fireplace. Its Children’s Museum Package includes four tickets and two children’s welcome gifts. All log cabin suites have electric fireplaces, full kitchens and whirlpool tubs.

    Central

    CoCo Key Water Resort -- Hotel -- Convention Center features a year-round indoor water park with an Olympic-size pool with an interactive play area with four slides, water cannons and tipping buckets. The park also has a kiddie pool with tipping buckets, an indoor/outdoor spa, a sun deck, a lazy river and an arcade. Rusty’s Dive Shop offers a lifeguard and first-aid station. Guest rooms contain standard amenities like free Internet access and remote-controlled television. Doubletree Guest Suites Omaha features an open atrium with lounge areas and decorative plants. The hotel is seven miles from Henry Doorly Zoo, the baseball stadium and Boys Town. Its Family Pizza and Movie Night package consists of a two-room suite, breakfast for four, pizza and soda, popcorn, candy and one pay-per-view movie. Two-room suites have kitchenettes with wet bars, sofa beds and LCD flat-panel televisions.

    Zoo Hotel

    Comfort Inn at the Zoo is located next to Henry Doorly Zoo. The zoo is the home of the largest cat complex in North America, an indoor swamp and an indoor rain forest. Parents and kids can step out the door and walk to the zoo. This pet-friendly hotel accepts one 15-lb. pet per room for a nightly fee. The hotel also has an indoor pool and sun deck. Guest rooms feature refrigerators and satellite television.

    About the Author

    Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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