Probably the best skiing available in Minnesota, the slopes overlook Lake superior in a stunning view. There are three "mountains" with numerous slopes for skiers of all abilities. Parking is very limited for the number of people, get there very early or you will be taking a long cramped shuttlebus ride. They do have a nice gondola available to shuttle you across from one slope to the other, which is a long ride but worth it. Especially since a couple of the runs that go from one slope to the other have long flat stretches, a pain for those of us who don't like cross country skiing with downhill skis. The chalet is nice but crowded, there are a couple other food options available.
The size of this hill is surprising considering the city around it seems to be pretty flat. It's like out of nowhere this hill shoots up. They have a decent number of chair lifts and runs. Knowledgeable ski instructors and well maintained runs. Despite the luke warm winters we've been having and lack of snow, they still work hard to make their own snow and stay open for the ski buffs.
Nestled between corn fields and fancy houses, this course tends to be pretty flat (or rolling plains as you may say). The course is on the easy side and very well maintained. Next holes are clearly marked. They have a big barn for a clubhouse and offer a bar type setting for food and drink. Prices are very reasonable.
Love this place! The sandwiches are amazing (esp. the bread) and the coffee is equally tasty. Staff is always friendly. There is live music on the weekends and they typically tend to be local artists, but definitely of a higher quality than you'd expect. There is a separate (but open) room for the musicians so if you want to have meaningful conversation you can sit in the other room that is much quieter. I believe they now offer free wifi too!
A mix of college age and older, locals crowd. The bar is locally owned and operated. Check out the back bar for amazing specials, like $1 mystery beer bottles. The bar tends to get crowded on the weekends, especially if people are playing pool. They definitely need more bar stools, tables, and general seating. Some nights they actually have free popcorn left in the popper if they felt like making it that day.
They have a decent variety of video games, but tend not to get the newer games right away. A bit on the dirty side, and the employees aren't always the friendliest. However the games are still on the cheaper side for an arcade -- still 25 cents for kids' games, 50 cents for average games, and $1 for the high tech ones. They have a decent selection for prizes, but you still hardly get back in prizes what you invest in money, but they kids had fun, right? Busy on weekends, completely dead on weeknights.
This library is located in a distinctive looking building off of Center St. Parking looks tight in the few spaces in front but there is plenty more hidden on the south side of the building. They have a fair sized collection and a large meeting room available. There are a number of programs and a book club hosted there. And yes, there is a tornado/fallout shelter if you were wondering.
This is the main library in the Omaha Public Library system located downtown. They do have some parking available below ground but you will be lucky to get a spot; for the most part you are stuck paying at a meter. The library is huge and they have an extensive collection of books, microfilm, and almost any other type of media you are looking for. Recently they added a coffee bar to the main floor. There is plenty of cozy seating around the library with panoramic views of downtown and the mall area. There are also a number of cubicles for study in. A must visit.
They charge a hefty fee to access the lighthouse, however you can get pretty close to it and get some great pictures without the fee and tour. The rest of the park is very clean and very pretty. The campground is a cart-in and most sites are very private. The gophers must be fed regularly because they are quite brave and annoying. The temperature near the lake can be upwards of 15 degrees cooler than more inland so be prepared!
I only subscribe to the Sunday paper (love those coupons and ads!), but I still read through many of the sections when I have a chance. The paper is well organized -- they recently went through a renovation of the layout. Never settle for paying full price as they are always willing to offer up a deal. I get the Sunday paper for 50 cents a week. After awhile they will try to charge you up to $2 a week; just give them a call and mention the word cancel and they'll give you a deal (usually around $1.25/wk).