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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, the city's top attraction, maintains Wildlife Safari (tel. 402/944-WILD [944-9453]; www.omahazoo.com), near the Strategic Air & Space Museum off I-80 at exit 426. This 4-mile drive-through park of prairie, woods, and wetlands takes visitors past herds of buffalo, elk, pronghorn, deer, wolves, and cranes. It's open daily end of March to early November 9:30am to 5pm. Adults (12 and over) $11.00, Children (3-11) & 7.25, Seniors (62 and over) $9.50.

The Omaha Children's Museum, at 500 S. 20th St. (tel. 402/342-6164; www.ocm.org), is great for kids 10 and younger, with its colorful toddler room; make-believe town with a kid-size grocery store, fire station, farm, and other areas; a creative center where children can make art and stage puppet shows; a science and technology center with hands-on activities; and a seasonal splash garden. It's open Tuesday to Sunday, and admission is $7.

Fun-Plex, farther south of downtown at 70th and Q streets (tel. 402/331-8436; www.fun-plex.com), is a small waterpark that is reminiscent of county fairs with its handful of old-fashioned thrill rides, bumper cars, go-carts, and minigolf, in addition to its wave pool, slides, and other pools. It's open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission options vary; call or check the website before you go.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.