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Greater Des Moines Attractions

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Catch a traveling exhibit at the Science Center of Iowa. Fireworks at a baseball game on Friday nights. Spin on the ice at Brenton. Shop for edgy, locally-made t-shirts. And hidden gems. Catch live music. And stretch your legs on recreational trails. It's easy to "do" in Des Moines.


Des Moines attractions are ever changing. New exhibits and IMAX movies at Science Center of Iowa. New additions like an Australian Outback at Blank Park Zoo. Stand up paddling is now available at Gray's Lake throughout the summer. And you can hit the slopes at Sleepy Hollow throughout the winter.


If you think you know all there is to do in Des Moines. You might be surprised. The landscape of things to do is always growing. Whether you're looking for family fun. Or a getaway with girlfriends. A night on the town. Or a reunion destination. Greater Des Moines is the city to catch more.

 

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Prairie Meadows Casino & Racetrack

Region: East/Northeast
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Phone: (515) 967-1000 | Toll-Free: (800) 325-9015
  • Website

Live horse racing combined with over 2,000 slot machines, Prairie Meadows is the Midwest’s premier destination for fun. Try your luck at a thrilling game of blackjack or roulette. Or enjoy a

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Region: Downtown
  • 909 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, formerly known as the Des Moines Botanical Center, is an urban oasis dedicated to, “Exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants.” There are many

515 Brewing Company

Region: West
  • 7700 University Avenue, Suite C
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Phone: (515) 661-4615

Academy of Wildlife Education

Region: Northwest
  • Merle Hay Mall
  • 3850 Merle Hay Road
  • Des Moines, IA 50310

Academy of Wildlife Education is a one-of-a-kind wildlife education experience with daily family programs featuring live wildlife ambassadors. You are inches away from bears, wolves and cougars. A

Adventureland Park

Region: East/Northeast
  • Interstate 80, Exit 142
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Phone: (515) 266-2121

Adventure Bay is Iowa's newest water park, and in 2012 Breaker Beach, Iowa's Largest Wave Pool, was added. Enjoy 20 water slides, including two 65-foot speed slides, as well as a 6,000 square foot

Adventureland Park

Region: East/Northeast
  • Interstate 80, Exit 142
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Phone: (515) 266-2121

Adventureland Park has more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, including three great roller coasters. Rides for all ages are available, from mild to wet-and-wild. Shows throughout the park

Altoona Aquatic Park

Region: East/Northeast
  • 1200 Venbury Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Phone: (515) 967-6988

Altoona Aquatic Park has a leisure pool, six-lane lap pool and a plunge pool along with two winding flume slides, a drop slide, a youth slide and a diving board.

Ashworth Pool

Region: South
  • 101 SW 45th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Phone: (515) 243-3567

B-cycle - 7th & Grand

Region: Downtown
  • 7th & Grand Avenue
  • 625 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Phone: (515) 210-0237

Bike sharing is an alternative transportation option that uses bicycles for trips that are too far to walk, but too short to drive. You can use a B-cycle to run an errand, grab lunch, travel from the

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

  • Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • E 30th Street & E University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317

Described as the “Mecca of all bacon festivals” by CNBC, the world’s premier baconfest returns February 1, 2014 to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The uniquely quirky celebration offers participants

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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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