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Things to do in Council Bluffs

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“one of the largest zoos in the U.S. and i believe still #1. Just a spectacular place for the family to visit. give yoursef most of the day to visit; its huge with so much to see. fun for adults and children. on a warm day bring the childrens swimsuits”
  • 138 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Omaha’s botanical gardens have beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces to explore nature at its finest. Annual programming for families (and even puppies) is available!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Visit the raptor center, take a hike, and zipline while you are in the best park for nature and education.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Nature
“Take your morning cup of coffee with a stroll around the Omaha riverfront. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“Urban oasis highlighting a man-made lake with boat rides, plus fountains with an evening light show.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bridge
“Something to do that is fun, is free, and allows you to see views you cant anywhere else!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Lodging
“Casino, part of the total rewards network (Caesars entertainment). Harrahs is the cheaper, smaller casino where you might wain. Horeshoe is the bigger vegas style casino, higher limits. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“This is a railroad town, learn how Mr. Dodge built the railroad that connected the east to west coast in the US. A 3 to 4 month trip by wagon train became a 5 day trip on the train.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cinema
“Once you walk through the doors the lobby opens to an amazingly painted dome where sounds rocket throughout while you stand within! This is my favorite theater and it has the best reclining seats EVER! You can buy your tickets and reserve your seat from your phone!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The best brunch in town! Check out the art sales next door and downtown Council Bluffs.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Orsis has been in the neighborhood for almost 100 years! The Pizza is amazing. They also have a authentic Italian deli counter. Our favorite picnic is Orsis homemade rolls with provolone and mortadella. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Casino
“There are 3 Casinos to go for food, music, dancing and fun for those who like that type of entertainment. Ameristar Casino, Harrods Casino and Horse Shoe Casino all within 12-20 minute drive. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bus Station
“It's a Pedestrian Bridge that connects Nebraska and Iowa. Great park on each side of the river with info along the path. I take this bridge daily on my bike rides.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Casino
“Horseshoe is the bigger vegas style casino, owned by Caesars and part of the Total Rewards network”
  • 3 locals recommend
Garden
“Definitely one of my favourite places to visit in Omaha. Lauritzen often runs special exhibtions such as the Poinsettia one at Christmas. The tropical gardens are a great indoor activity in the winter time. Needless to say, summer at Lauritzen is beautiful too!”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“The best brunch in town! Check out the art sales next door and downtown Council Bluffs.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
“Orsis has been in the neighborhood for almost 100 years! The Pizza is amazing. They also have a authentic Italian deli counter. Our favorite picnic is Orsis homemade rolls with provolone and mortadella. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Casino
“There are 3 Casinos to go for food, music, dancing and fun for those who like that type of entertainment. Ameristar Casino, Harrods Casino and Horse Shoe Casino all within 12-20 minute drive. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“24/7 with all your favorites; special offers available based on the day of the week. Awesome bakery products”
  • 1 local recommends
Meal Delivery
  • 1 local recommends
Steakhouse

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