Our friends, the Pipers, sent us a postcard this week from one of the best zoos in the world — Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, which is just up the road from us here in Nebraska. This zoo is absolutely amazing and in our opinion, is a must-see U.S. attraction.

The zoo began as a city zoo in 1894 and it wasn’t until 1963 that Margaret Hitchcock Doorly donated $750,000 to the Zoo with the stipulation that the Zoo be named after her late husband, Henry Doorly, chairman of the World Publishing Company.

Since then, the zoo has grown by leaps and bounds and now includes thousands of animals from around the globe, 130 acres of exhibits and gardens. It also includes 7 acres of indoor exhibits such as the Lied Jungle, Desert Dome, and the Scott Aquarium. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo has won dozens of awards over the years and in 2014, was named the #1 Zoo in the World by Trip Advisor.

Looks like the Piper family had a great time at the zoo and we’re happy to see that their daughter, Brynlee, especially enjoyed the giraffes and fish. Her family is making memories that will be with her for a lifetime. Thanks again for sending us a postcard!

We absolutely love seeing where our readers have been and what you’ve enjoyed most about the places you’ve visited. Next time you travel, don’t forget to send us a postcard at Postcard Jar, P.O. Box 334, Crete, NE 68333. We’d love to hear from you.

And, if you’ve been to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, tell us about it in the comment section at the top of this post. What exhibit did you like best? Any tips for people taking kids to the zoo?

  • The Pioneer Woman's Boarding House in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, is a special hotel. There are eight rooms, each beautifully decorated, and no two rooms are alike. With large bathrooms, a mini-bar, evening reception, room service, valet parking, high-speed internet, and friendly service, a night here is a real treat. Ann snapped this picture of the arrangement of fresh flowers in the Butterfly Room. The bed in the background? That's a Tempurpedic mattress with some of the softest bedding around. We can't think of a better place to spend a cozy night when you @visittheosage and Pawhuska.⁣
⁣
@pwboardinghouse
  • While in Italy, we took a cooking class in the home of a the owner of a small vineyard. During the class, we learned to make several dishes including pasta (which we rolled and cut by hand) as well as Tiramisu. Looking at this picture, we can still taste the freshness of the pasta, the tomatoes picked that morning from vines in the yard for the sauce, and the herbs clipped from a pot on the porch. It was a magical meal, paired with wines they had produced using grapes they'd grown on their own land. Talk about a farm to table meal.
  • The Enchanted Highway near @visit_dickinson, North Dakota, is a 30 mile stretch of road that runs from I-94 to Regent. Along the way you'll find a number of huge metal sculptures that have to be seen to be believed. The size and scale of these creations is such that you'll be filled with a sense of wonder, and a desire to drive on to the next one. This particular creation is called, appropriately enough, "Grasshoppers in the Field." This road is just one more reason for you to hop on up to North Dakota. @NorthDakotaLegendary
  • One of our favorite restaurants whether on land or at sea is @celebritycruises Luminae restaurant. Every morsel of every dish has been thoughtfully considered, prepared, and presented. Take this Chocolate Palet dessert for instance. It's so rich that more than a few bites would be almost overwhelming. But that's okay, as the serving size is perfect. Paired with the scoop of gelato on a bed of chocolate crumbles? Well, it makes a perfect end to a scrumptious meal. A true masterpiece.
  • One of the things we love most about traveling is discovering new things. New destinations, new foods, new cocktails, and new people. What do you like to discover?
  • Our imaginations run wild when we find ourselves in a place so chock-full of history like Deadwood, South Dakota. As we took in the town, we closed our eyes and listened for echoes from the past when Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok lived here. If only the streets could talk. @tripscout @midwestliving⁣
⁣
#southdakota #blackhills #mwtravel #midwestliving #midwestlivingmag #mymidwest #midwestmoment #postcardjar #midlifetravel #emptynesttravel #travelblogger #travel #goplaces #emptynest #emptynesters #midlife #couplestravel #couplestrip #deadwood #dakota #wildbill #calamityjane #historic #mainstreet #historytour #familyvacation #summervacation #tourists #mainstreetusa #
  • Standing on a hill in present-day Rome, you can look down on the Roman Forum, the center of activity in ancient Rome. We've all heard of Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, Marcus Agrippa, and the Apostle Paul, and we know them as ancient historical figures who almost don't seem real. And then you see this space, the very streets where they walked and the buildings they knew. This is why Rome is the eternal city. You can still walk streets and cross bridges built thousands of years ago. Being there makes it's real, and suddenly history comes alive.
  • Is there anything more relaxing than the thought of a beautiful sandy beach? How about one with pink sand, like at Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda? We made a stop here during our visit to the island nation and loved seeing all the folks there enjoying their time splashing in the warm summer sun. ⁣
⁣
Would you like to visit this beach?

Second most popular blog in Pawhuska