Midland University, located in Fremont, Nebraska, is calmly nestled in the heart of Middle-America. But, the area is far from uneventful. The local area offers a variety of choices from fishing lakes, to local golf-courses and the Midland Beach. If you prefer the buzz of city-life, you’re in luck; with campus on the edge of the Omaha-Metro area, Midland students can enjoy the attractions of the city. Check out just a few of Midland’s favorite hot spots:
Fremont is home to the second largest YMCA in the United States. With free access to Midland University students, the Fremont YMCA is packed with fun-filled opportunity. Some of the YMCA’s features include, four full-sized gymnasiums, an aquatics center with two pools and hot tubs, five indoor tennis courts, a 10,000-square foot wellness center, an air-conditioned fitness studio, three racquetball courts, a fully equipped gymnastics center, an Olympic-sized ice arena, a track and a climbing wall.
One of the most exciting collegiate sporting events in the nation, the NCAA College World Series is held exclusively at Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park Omaha every year. The championship series, spanning over 10 days in June, pits eight of the nation’s top NCAA Division I teams in a double-elimination championship tournament. The event attracts college fans from across the nation in droves and draws vendors, games and festivities.
The mega-arena provides concerts and sporting entertainment frequented by Midland University students. In addition to being the home of local Omaha collegiate basketball and hocky games, the CenturyLink Center hosted the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, the 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming. The complex also puts on major concerts including The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2, Billy Joel and Elton John on the same stage, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Kenny Chesney, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus and many more.
Ranked by TripAdviser as the No.1 zoo in the nation, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo is well within a one-hour drive from campus. The nationally renowned zoo features the world’s largest indoor desert, the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit and one of the largest single-building cat complexes in North America.
This premier comedy club attracts national-headlining comedians. With new shows running weekly, Omaha’s Funny Bone provides entertainment at an affordable price (with tickets frequently in the $15-20 range).
Omaha offers an electric nightlife throughout the city. Often featuring live bands and dueling piano performances, Omaha’s restaurants and bars offer a variety of fun and entertainment. For a more unique and upscale experience, students can head to Omaha Old Market. Located at the heart of the historic Old Market District of Omaha, the Omaha Old Market acts as the center for high caliber art and dining. The area offers an old-town feel with the features of fine-dining, upscale shopping and art galleries.
Midland students are just a short trip from a huge variety of world-class events. The historic Orpheum Theater is home to local and Broadway productions. Students can listen to performances by the Omaha Symphony at the Holland Center for Performing Arts, and the Omaha Community Playhouse offers the largest community theater in the country.
This open-air shopping center offers a unique atmosphere distinctive to the Midwest. Lined with shops, restaurants and entertainment, Village Point provides various avenues for fun. The area also puts on specialty events such as the Village Point Wine Festival and the Vibes Summer Concert Series with free, live performing bands.