Central U.S. Travel Update: Omaha to Transform Riverfront, Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center Opened in Manitowoc

Central U.S. Travel Update: Omaha to Transform Riverfront, Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center Opened in Manitowoc

Project to Transform

Omaha Riverfront • Nebraska

Omaha plans to invest $290 million in its downtown convention district along the city’s riverfront. The new development will connect the convention district, downtown Omaha
and the riverfront. Features of the 90-acre revitalization project include a substantial sprawling green space in the middle of downtown with a performance pavilion, botanical gardens, cascading waterfalls, park-side cafes, a sculpture garden, a water cove and a promenade that leads to cantilever overlooks suspended over the river. The enhancements continue with a boardwalk stretching along the river’s edge leading to Heartland of America Park Lake and continuing on to a brand new riverfront development that will include an urban beach, a one-of-a-kind children’s park, sports courts, a marina and home for a future Discovery Pavilion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and will be completed in 2022.

New Attraction Shines Light on

Agriculture • Wisconsin

Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center

Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center

Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, an attraction that combines fun and education, just opened in Manitowoc. With farm tours and interactive exhibits exploring how cheese, fruits, vegetables and many other crops are produced, it will emulate some of the successful approaches employed by Fair Oaks Farms, an education center in Northern Indiana that hosts over 500,000 visitors each year. Exhibits will address six main themes: Wisconsin – America’s Dairyland; Wisconsin’s Diverse Agriculture – From Alfalfa to Zucchini; Feeding Your Family – Field to Fork; Common Ground – Balancing Farming and the Environment; Advances in Food Production – The Cutting Edge; and Agri-“Culture” – How are YOU Connected? Besides a 29,000-square-foot discovery center with educational displays and hands-on learning opportunities, the complex will include a Birthing Barn where visitors can watch calves being born and a cafe and country store featuring Wisconsin products. It may host gourmet dinners, pairings and other culinary events. (farmwisconsin.org)


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