Tours

 

Optional Self-Guided Tours

Optional self-guided tours are available throughout the week to several locations that are not scheduled as part of our organized tours.  These are great places for you to visit any time your schedule allows.  Information for each will be available in your welcome package

* Admission for these optional activities are the responsibility of those who participate and will be payable by the participant upon entry to the respective location. Prices listed are current as of Jan. 1, 2017.  Please consult the locaitons website for current pricing if desired.

 

June 4th (Sunday):

Self-Guided Tours

June 5th (Monday):

Self-Guided Tours

June 6th (Tuesday):

Morning Guided Tour & Possible Photo Shoot: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum

Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum near Ashland Nebraska.

We will depart the hotel at 9:00 AM for a tour of the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum near Ashland, Nebraska.  This world-class museum features the aircraft that won the Cold War under the famous Strategic Air Command, which had its headquarters near Omaha.  You will see everything from a newly restored B-29 Superfortress, a B-52 Stratofortress, a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-1 Lancer,  an SR-71 spy plane, and just about everything in between.  Over 300.000 square feet of floor space contains countless aircraft and other military and Cold War exhibits that are sure to amaze you.  Lunch will be served at the museum, catered by Parkers Smokehouse, in one of the most unusual settings you will ever have the chance to eat lunch in…….right under the wing of an enormous six-engine B-36 strategic bomber!  Lunch will be served anytime between 11:30 and 12:30, and will include your choice of sandwich (Brisket, Pulled Pork, or BBQ Chicken) and two sides, with iced tea and lemonade to drink.  Guided tours will be available, but you will also have the chance to roam about as you wish, and for as long as you want!  We also hope to have access to the restoration hanger, where you can catch a glimpse of the experts actually restoring an aircraft.  When you are finished touring the museum, you will have the option of two additional tours leaving the museum at 1:00 PM, each on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Lunch – Catered at museum by Parker's Smokehouse (Check em' out!)

Afternoon Guided Tours - Two options available:

Museum of American Speed (Option 1)

Museum of American Speed in Lincoln

One group will depart the museum for Lincoln, Nebraska to visit the Museum of American Speed Founded in 1992 by “Speedy” Bill and Joyce Smith, the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and displaying physical items significant in racing and automotive history. The museum encompasses over 135,000 square feet and includes the collection from the Smiths’ personal involvement in racing over six decades, and their lifelong passion for collecting and preserving historic automotive artifacts. Here you will see a fabulous collection of historical engines, racecars, and speed-related automobilia from the Model T era and up.  Many vintage rare cars are also featured, including one of the few Tuckers in existence.  Finally, the peddle car and lunch box collections are something you won’t want to miss.  There is an admission charge per person, and current rates are on their website.  We are not charging beforehand for this museum.  It will be on a pay-as-you go basis. 

Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari (Option 2)

Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari  

For those who want to stay a little closer to home, you can opt for a tour of Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari.  This park is a “Drive-Thru” safari, where you can drive your Model A on a route of approximately five miles and view elk, bison, deer, wolves, bears, waterfowl, Bald Eagles, reptiles, and many other species native to Nebraska. Bring your camera!  The route through the safari is on a gravel road, so your car might get a little dusty, but not too bad since the speed limit is seven miles per hour.  In any case, this drive is well worth it.  About midway through the drive, you have a chance to park your car and visit the children’s petting zoo, enjoyed by kids of all ages!  You can also take a short hike up “Bear Canyon” where you can see bears and wolves in a natural setting.  This safari is a favorite destination for kids.  There is an admission charge per person, with seniors and kids at a reduced rate.  We are not charging beforehand for the wildlife safari.  Current rates are on their website (pay-as-you-go).


June 7th (Wednesday):

Morning Guided Tours and possible photo shoot:

Boys Town

Boys Town  ($3 donation / person recomended at the door)

We will start out the day with a short tour to the famous Boys Town  in West Omaha.  Boys Town started in 1917 by the famous Father Edward Joseph Flanagan.  It’s mission for over100 years has been to​ give at-risk children and families the love, support and education they need to succeed. The Boys Town philosophy is that regardless of ones background and circumstances, every child and every family has the potential to thrive.  You will get a chance to hear a presentation on the history of this famous institution, as well as an opportunity to roam the grounds and see some of its historic sites.  This tour is free, but a recommended $3/person donation to support Boys Town would be gladly accepted at the start of the tour

Historic Lincoln Highway near Elkhorn 

Lincoln Highway near Elkhorn

After departing Boys Town, we will drive a short route that includes a brick section of the original Historic Lincoln Highway near Elkhorn.  You will drive your Model A over an approximately 3 mile stretch of the original Lincoln Highway that is one of the most well-preserved sections of original Lincoln Highway in the entire country!  This section has been restored using original bricks that were laid in 1920.  To protect the brickwork and make it available for the old cars to enjoy, vehicles weighing 6 tons or more are banned.  This section of Lincoln Highway was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.  You won’t want to miss the opportunity to drive your Model A on this historic and beautiful section of the original Lincoln Highway.  You will also have a great chance to take a picture of your car in this historic setting.  This tour is free.

Afternoon:

Self-Guided Tours

June 8th (Thursday):

Morning Guided Tour

A Day at the Zoo

Henery Doorly Zoo

We will depart in the morning for a tour to the world famous Henry Doorly Zoo. We have arranged a fantastic all-inclusive fun-filled day at our famous zoo. For those who have visited our zoo in the past, it has undergone some major upgrades and additions in recent years.  In addition to all the animals including the new elephant exhibit, our visit will include a catered lunch with a choice of two main entrees (hamburger, hot dog, BBQ beef sandwich, grilled chicken sandwich), two sides, and drink.  You will also get a ride on the zoo train, the tram, the carousel, and the Skyfari, as well as a pass to the fabulous IMAX theater.  Lunch will be served between 11:30 and 12:30 in the shaded Prairie Dog Picnic area.  You can stay at the zoo all day if you wish.  With everything you will be provided in this fantastic package deal, there is certainly enough to take up the entire day!  However, for those who wish to leave anytime after lunch, we suggest a couple of wonderful attractions in the general area that you could visit before returning to the hotel.

Afternoon Guided Tours (Optional)

Lauritzen Gardens / Kenefick Park (Option 1)

Lauritzen Gardens / Kenefick Park

Lauritzen Gardens and Kenefick Park are co-located only a couple miles from the zoo. Entrance to Lauritzen Gardens will be a pay-as-you-go, and you can stay as long as you wish.  Current rates are on their website.  Before (or after) you visit Lauritzen Gardens, be sure to take the short walk from the parking lot up the hill to Kenefick Park where you will see up-close a couple of Union Pacific Railroad’s massive engines, perched on the hill as they welcome visitors driving into Omaha

Omaha Old Market (Option 2)

Omaha Old Market

A visit to the famous Omaha Old Market district is another attraction you won’t want to miss during your stay in Omaha.   This is a great opportunity to visit the Old Market, since you are already in the general area when you leave the zoo.  The Old Market is full of interesting restaurants and shops, and there’s even an unusual Model A in one of them, if you can find it.  (Hint:  Popcorn and candy!) There is no charge to visit the old market (unless you buy something).

June 9th (Friday):

Morning Guided Tour

Claas of America Factory Tour

CLAAS of America Factory

Friday will be a busy day!  We will start our day with a free tour to the CLAAS of America Factory.  Located in the “heart” of the corn and wheat belts of the Midwest, CLASS-Omaha is the home of the award winning LEXION combine.  The Omaha facility is one of the most modern facilities of its type in the world, and is the assembly site for North America’s LEXION combines and home to a team of engineers and CLAAS personnel spearheading modern agriculture machine development.  You are being given a very rare and unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the CLAAS North American headquarters, where hundreds of LEXION combines are assembled each year.  This tour is free and will last approximately 1.5 hours.  The tour will include a theater portion as well as a walking tour of the LEXION assembly facility.  In return for this generous opportunity to see this highly technical operation, CLAAS has a few rules that must be followed in order to assure your safety and protect their close-held company information. 

Their rules are as follows: 

  • Visitors must have a valid photo ID and will be asked to sign-in before the tour.

  • Individuals must be at least 13 years old to tour the facility.  NOTE:  Don’t worry if you have kids or grandkids.  We will have some kids activities planned in a large room at the facility, so your kids will be kept busy while you tour the assembly plant).

  • Close-toed shoes and long pants are required (no sandals or flip flops).

  • No photography, video or recording devices of any kind are allowed during the tour.

  • Cell phones are not to be used during the tour.

  • Visitors must stay within the designated areas and with the tour guide at all times.

  • Visitors will be required to wear a safety vest and safety glasses at all times during the tour (These will be provided by CLAAS).

After touring the CLAAS factory, there will be time to enjoy lunch on your own at your choice of several locations before returning to the hotel.