Leisure and Travel Blog

Catch a Des Moines insider perspective. Find tips on where to eat, drink and spend your time. Looking for best kept secrets and hidden gems? Let us point you in the right direction. From the top five Des Moines burgers to family friendly activities, hear what locals rave about. Whether you want to shop, dine or just have fun, this Greater Des Moines blog will help you experience the city like a local and catch all Des Moines has to offer!

Category - Sports, Health & Wellness

Top 5 Greater Des Moines Golf Courses

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016 1:16 PM by Lauren Steenhoek

Top 5 Greater Des Moines Golf Courses Calling all golfers - the challenge seekers that keep showing up on the course whether it’s 99 degrees or a cool, breezy afternoon. There are plenty of local spots to satisfy your golf itch. I have my top 5 favorite public courses for you to catch: 5. Waveland Golf Course Anyone who says Iowa is flat has...
Catch these Greater Des Moines Parks for Fishing, Boating and Fun Greater Des Moines knows how to play outdoors! One of the best ways I have found to experience Des Moines’ outdoors is to visit the region’s many parks. You may already know about Big Creek and Saylorville , but did you also know Greater Des Moines is home to an amazing...

5 Fishing Hot Spots in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 1:50 PM by Joe Laing

Five Fishing Hot Spots in Greater Des Moines Planning a trip to Greater Des Moines and hoping to spend some time fishing while you’re here? This area’s fertile rivers and lakes make it easy to find first-rate fishing holes. Here are five suggestions for fishing hot spots in Greater Des Moines: Lake Petocka, photo courtesy of the...

Three Greater Des Moines Spots to take Man’s Best Friend

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2016 2:19 PM by Ryan Vogt

Three Greater Des Moines Spots to take Man’s Best Friend If you’re anything like me, warm weather and sunshine after work hours means one thing: time with my dog! However, not all parks and events are dog friendly. We brought our 70lb American Staffordshire Terrier/German Shepard mix dog, Sam, to places without checking beforehand and...

Des Moines = Active Travel, Even in the Winter

Posted on Friday, January 22, 2016 8:56 AM by Audrey Weidman

Des Moines = Active Travel, even in the Winter I’m calling upon all you active travelers again! Physical activity in the winter does not have to take a back seat just because it is cold and snowy here in Iowa. Here are some fun, and maybe out of your comfort zone, ways to stay active while also exploring beautiful Greater Des Moines this...

Explore Your City: Run Des Moines

Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 12:20 PM by Audrey Weidman

Explore Your City: Run Des Moines Calling all active travelers! It's time for some added destination exploration. Whether you are here on business, just for the weekend or even if you are a local, Des Moines offers a runner friendly atmosphere to compliment any visit. With a caffeine kick and a post-run refuel, a trot around Greater Des Moines...

Des Moines Bike Trails Bars Summer Survival Guide

Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 1:05 PM by Julia Albaugh

Bike Trail Bars Summer Survival Guide There are more than  600 miles of trails in Greater Des Moines . All of them are great for scenic views and beautiful sights of the city. A popular trail is the Great Western Trail. Just over 16 miles, this trail is a breeze for the average Iowa biker. It starts in Martensdale and takes you to the edge of...

Time to Explore the Outdoors

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:30 PM by Katie Fencl

Time to Explore the Outdoors! May kicked off Bike Month with several great events to encourage us to get active. Now let's get outside and enjoy our cities great parks and trails! Here are my tips for some successful outdoor adventures:   1) Try something new!   Have you heard of  BCycle ? Explore downtown Des Moines through a...

Catch Parks & Trails in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 11:30 AM by Melissa Schmeling

Catch Parks & Trails in Greater Des Moines Iowans live in a particularly special place in the world. From scattered prairie expanses to wetlands, from woodlands to meandering waterways, Iowa is home to a variety of landscapes that lend well to the richness of our natural history as well as our appreciation of the land as it is today. Offering...

How to Catch Des Moines Active

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015 11:45 AM by Kristine Reeves

How to Catch Des Moines Active  Greater Des Moines a hub for the active adventurer. The sports fanatic. And the health and wellness nut. Don't believe me? Imagine a Metro ranked in the top 25 cities for overall well-being. A city named a Top Place to Watch for Sports four years in a row. A city named a Top Minor Baseball League Market in...