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Catch roller coasters at Adventureland. Horseback riding at Jester Park. Catch the learning bug at the State Historical Museum of Iowa. And free tours at the State Capitol. Catch a free ticket (if you're a K-12 Iowa student) to the Iowa Hall of Pride. Or a fiery experiment at Science Center of Iowa. Des Moines is memories and family time. Where it's easy to catch more. To remember more.

 

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Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater

Region: Downtown
  • 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
  • Des Moines, IA 50309

Centrally located in Downtown Des Moines, the Science Center of Iowa features hands-on exhibits, special-format theaters and unique programming to encourage learning and fun for all ages! With live

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

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.

Ape Cognition & Conservation Initiative

Region: South
  • 4200 Evergreen Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50320
  • Phone: (515) 243-3580

Ape Cognition & Conservation Initiative is dedicated to understanding the basic processes of learning in the family of primates. ACCI is home to 5 bonobos, a rare and endangered species with fewer

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

Bass Pro Shops

Region: East/Northeast
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Phone: (515) 957-5500

While you'll find a huge selection of outdoor gear, Bass Pro Shops stores are also part museum, art gallery, antique store, aquarium, education, conservation and entertainment center. Using more than

Birdland Pool

Region: Central
  • 300 Holcomb Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Phone: (515) 243-3567

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400 Locust Street, Suite 265, Des Moines, IA 50309-2350 (800) 451-2625
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