Heartland of America Park Omaha and Omaha Riverfront at Night

Downtown Omaha Nebraska and its juxtaposed Riverfront continue to undergo redevelopment. The downtown area boasts the tallest commercial buildings in Omaha along with hotels and the renowned "old market' with its fancy restaurants, library and galleries. The 'heart' of the riverfront is the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian bridge linking Omaha Nebraska with Council Bluffs Iowa spanning the Missouri river. In the neighborhood are the riverfront condominiums, the Lewis and Clark Landing, the CenturyLink conference center and the new stadium specially built for the Baseball College World Series. Adjacent to the riverfront is the Heartland of America Park with its beautiful landscape, lake and fountain. Several monuments are present in these areas. These gardens, parks and entertainment places provided some succor for me during my working years in the Universities in mid and downtown Omaha. I have recently discovered the night life and beauty of these territories that I have decided to show them off to you. I have selected many photos representing different aspects of these areas of Omaha. Enjoy.

The Holy Family Shrine Gretna Nebraska

The Holy Family Shrine is a Catholic shrine dedicated to the Holy Family. It is located along highway I - 80 in Gretna Nebraska, about 15 minutes by road outside Omaha city limit. It is located on an expanse rolling field and consists of a visitor center and a chapel in a serene setting. The chapel is readily visible from the highway below.

It also has a grotto of the Virgin Mary. A huge crucifix spire directly faces the highway.

Recently some additional construction, although incomplete at the time of my last visit, is been done to include a walkway and Stations of the Cross on the North end of the property. The new walkway through surrounding field should provide plenty of space to wander and reflect. There were lots of butterflies this past summer around the structures. That should excite butterfly lovers to visit this serene place.

It is generally very quiet and peaceful when there is sparse number of visitors or when you are lucky to be the lone visitor. There is a gift shop in the visitor center. There was no admission fee at the times I visited in the past but donations and patronage of the gift items in the visitor center are welcome.

I visited on weekends spending a few minutes to an hour about once or twice in the year. I often took my visitors from out of town to the shrine. It is a place of solace when you are looking for specific answers to specific questions.

I have included photos taken both in the summer and fall, so you could choose when to visit!


More information about the project and site is available on the ‘holyfamilyshrineproject.com’.