Feast Your Eyes on Fall

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It’s not the color of your eyes that matters, it’s what you do with them! Autumn in Nebraska is a veritable visual ambrosia, with sites and stimulations for every occasion. From falling leaves to people watching, ilumin has compiled a list of local places for you to feast your eyes on!

What to Watch For: Wildlife
For beautiful fall colors, close encounters with feathered friends, and hours of hiking in the cool of autumn, nothing compares to Fontonelle Forest and Nature Preserve. With over 26 miles of maintained trails, and 2,000 acres of wetlands and prairies, Fontonelle is a nature lover’s dream daycation. 

What to Watch For: People
If people watching is your favorite fall pastime, any corner will do! That is, any corner in the Old Market. Patio dining in Omaha is an elevated artform, from the finest French at La Buvette, to the All American Upstream Brewing Company. Craft cocktails and locally brewed beer in the sun are what lazy fall weekends are made of!

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Wander the market taking in music from local talent, or stroll across the 3,000-foot Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge to experience the sights of Omaha. Snap a selfie in two places at once at the Nebraska/Iowa border. A sunset carriage ride is a fairy tale ending to a beautiful Omaha night out.

What to Watch For: Cutting-Edge Culture
Benson has been expanding and improving for years, but is consistently a sight for sore eyes. In a world between traditions preserved, historic architecture, and lively entertainment, Benson is a beacon of Omaha’s past, present, and future. 

The non-profit Benson Theater offers indoor education and entertainment, while the booming restaurant scene attracts the area’s most talented chefs. Locavores celebrate the responsible sourcing and farm-to-fork freshness.

What to Watch For: A View from the Top
For the best in aerial views, a drive out to Ashland’s Mahoney State Park for horseback riding, paddle boating, and a night beside a campfire can be improved only by a jaunt up the observation tower. At 70 feet tall, the tower offers an unparalleled view of the Platte River, and miles of scenic landscaping you can only experience from above. 

Whatever your hungry eyes are in the mood for, Nebraska has the sights to stimulate your senses.

What are your favorite places to take in all the beauty Nebraska has to offer?