Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo Desert Dome 360° Review

On a recent trip to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha Nebraska, I had the opportunity to film my walkthrough of the desert dome on my Insta360 one X2 camera.


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The Desert Dome at the Omaha Zoo, which recently celebrated its 20th birthday, first opened in 2002 and is the largest geodesic dome in the world!

Tiny World view of the desert dome

The desert inside the dome is also the largest indoor desert in the world consisting of 42,000 square feet of plants and desert landscape mimicking several deserts around the world. Below the main desert sits another 42,000 square feet of space for the Kingdom of the Night exhibit, which features the nocturnal animals of the world.

You can read more about the different parts of the desert dome here.


At the time of our visit, construction was in progress just outside the entrance, so getting to the dome is somewhat limited. Typically you can get to the dome fairly easily upon entering the zoo’s main entrance, but for now, you have to take the longer route by going down towards the aquarium and around. Which means it’s not a convenient starting point for the zoo at this time.

During the walkthrough I recorded 360° video, which is posted down below, all the way through the main level, then created some pictures afterwards to highlight the various locations of the desert dome.


A lot of the animals are hard to spot, especially in pictures, because they blend in well with their surroundings. Also, many of the birds have been taken off display due to a recent rise in bird flu cases around Nebraska.

These 360° images are great to just look around and enjoy the beauty of the desert.


The views and scenery change throughout the large indoor desert. There are numerous rocks for various creatures to climb upon as well as low level terrain with lots of cacti and other plants and vegetation.


We even spotted a desert waterfall! Spin around to find it.

The desert dome is such a cool and unique experience. If you’ve never been, you should definitely make time to check it out, along with the rest of the zoo!


Here’s my full 360° walkthrough video.

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Thanks for following along. What is your favorite spot to visit at your local zoo? Leave a comment below!


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