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Catch active adventures. Area trails for biking, running walking and cross-country skiing. Endless city parks with amenities like disc golfdog parks and accessible playgrounds for persons with disabilities. Local favorites include Prospect Park in Des Moines and Big Creek State Park in Polk City. Catch water sports and rentals. Wave pools and lazy rivers at area aquatic centers like Adventureland Park in Altoona. Hit the green at Beaver Creek Golf Course. Tournament Club of Iowa. Toad Valley. And other local golf courses. Lace up your tennis shoes for competitive road
races like Dam to Dam. Or fun runs like the Color Run! 
Bundle up over the winter months for skiing, sledding and
snowboarding at Central Iowa destinations, like Seven
Oaks Recreation. Catch adventure. Action. Excitement!
Catch the great outdoors and visit Greater Des Moines.


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Catch hundreds of public parks throughout the Metro. Skate parks. Dog parks. Disc golf. Even parks with bike rentals and breweries! All within Greater Des Moines.
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Catch more than 600 miles of trail systems throughout Greater Des Moines. Great for walking. Hiking. Biking. Running. Jogging. Even cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Catch Central Iowa's scenic trails for endless adventures.
Aquatic Centers

Aquatic Centers

Catch splashing smiles. Wave pool fun. Free splash pads. Extreme water slides and lazy rivers. Catch nearly 20 aquatic centers throughout Greater Des Moines.


Water Sports & Rentals

Water Sports & Rental

Catch a day on the lake. Canoeing and kayaking. Water skiing or wakeboarding. And paddle boating. It's fun in the sun!


Golf Courses & Mini Golf

Golf Courses & Mini Golf

Catch a hole-in-one. A Champions Tour event. 15 public courses. An Arnold Palmer Signature Course. An indoor golf center. Des Moines is a golf destination. 


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Catch a night under the stars. A s'more by the campfire. Rest your head at a family resort. Near local trails. Or our theme park. Or the Iowa State Fair. Des Moines is a family experience. 
Connect with Nature

connect with nature

Experience the great outdoors in Greater Des Moines. Natural playscapes. Eco-exploration. Wildlife education. Floral plants and endless forests. Catch environmental engagement.
Road Races

Road Races

Get your run on! Greater Des Moines is a community rich with fun runs and competitive races. Challenge your inner athlete. Or give it a go with friends. Catch finish line exhilaration.


Winter Sports & Sledding

Winter Sports & Sledding

Winter in Des Moines is skiing. Snowboarding and snowshoeing. Tubing and sledding. Catch the slopes with a snowy exploration.


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Catch a unique exploration off the beaten path. Off-road cycling. Canoeing. Kayaking. River tubing and rock climbing. Challenge yourself to an adventure all your own.  


Paintball & Shooting Sports

Paintball & Shooting Sports

Catch extreme recreation. Catch the great outdoors with shooting sports in Greater Des Moines!







The Parent Organization of the Des Moines Area Sports Commission
400 Locust Street, Suite 265, Des Moines, IA 50309-2350 (800) 451-2625
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