The International Conference on Gram-Positive Pathogens is held in the heart of Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha is considered one of the top places to live, work and raise a family in the country, earning high rankings nationwide in several sectors.
Old Market District
Step outside the front doors of the Embassy Suites Omaha Downtown/Old Market, and you will be immersed in the Old Market neighborhood with its myriad of restaurants, pubs, shopping, art galleries and museums including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Durham Museum. Most restaurants in the Old Market are causal dining and do not require reservations.
West of the Old Market, is the heart of downtown Omaha with its primary business towers: Woodman of the World Tower, First National Bank Tower, Union Pacific Center, and several other commercial and residential towers. The Orpheum Theater is a historic entertainment venue of Omaha that continues to bring in top productions from across the globe. The Omaha Children’s Museum and the Rose Theater provide wonderful adventures for our young and young-at-heart visitors.
Just north of the hotel, Omaha opens up to several walking opportunities such as a quick stroll to the Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall flanked by the Holland Center for Performing Arts. One can wander through sculptures of a wagon train or wild bison and geese at First National's Spirit of Nebraska's Wilderness and Pioneer Courage Park. The making of these magnificent pieces can be seen in the PBS broadcasted documentary, Making an American Monument: an Epic Journey in Bronze - a snippet can be viewed here. Further west, but still is easy walking distance from downtown, is the Joslyn Art Museum and the Omaha Civic Auditorium.
Another venture leads north and then east of the hotel to the Missouri riverfront which encompasses the Heartland of America Park and Fountain adjacent to the ConAgra campus; Lewis & Clark Landing; and the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge that spans the Missouri River, connecting Omaha with Council Bluffs, which is home to three major casinos - some of which have shuttle buses running to and from the hotels in the Old Market.
North Downtown District
Omaha's North Downtown district hosts several key sporting venues, including TD Ameritrade Park, home of baseball’s NCAA College World Series; Creighton University soccer at Morrison Stadium; and hockey at CenturyLink Center Omaha, the latter puts on major concerts and conventions for the city. This neighborhood also supports entertainment and shopping including Film Streams and Hot Shops Art Center.
South Omaha District and Midtown Crossing
A little further afield are several not-to-be-missed tourist destinations around Omaha. South of downtown Omaha is the world renowned Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, Lauritzen Gardens and Kenefick Park, El Museo Latino, and Sokol Auditorium/Underground. Westward, between downtown Omaha and the campus of the University of Nebraska Medical Center is Midtown Crossing, a newly regenerated neighborhood with outstanding dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities.
A fun and useful map of downtown Omaha creaeted by the Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau can be found here.
To learn more about Omaha and its neighborhoods and activities, please visit the following websites.