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 the U.S. And a Metro with more than 600 miles of connected multi-use recreational trails. That city is Greater Des Moines.
Catch Des Moines Active is your resource for maintaining an active lifestyle in Greater Des Moines.
Catch a glimpse of my top Active favorites:
This is the most comprehensive Greater Des Moines trails information out there and is searchable by type. I love that it includes a few unexpected options, like Downtown Skywalks and Water Trails. Plus, there's an
interactive trails map that is easy to understand, zoomable and printable! Win-win-win. And, catch a list of points of interest along the trails—like wineries, breweries, and bars—for the occasional indulgent active adventure. Read more on my biking and trails experiences from a previous blog titled Catch Spandex Trails: A Biker's Guide to Des Moines.
2. Suggested Walking, Running & Biking Routes
Now this just makes life so much easier! If you're like me, having someone lay out your running route is way better than trying to map it yourself. Bonus: these suggested routes are visually stimulating with paths near art, attractions, history and more.
3. Healthy Restaurants & Food Options
Although I typically opt for pizza and bacon, occasionally I have friends visiting that want to catch local flavor at healthy Des Moines restaurants. Now I've got a go-to list for healthy food options.
4. Professional Sports
Want to cheer for the home team in the stands at a pro sports game? Active has you covered. With Iowa Wild hockey. I-Cubs baseball. Iowa Energy basketball and Iowa Barnstormers arena football. Plus soccer, women's tackle, and Australian football...the list goes on and on! Catch professional sports in Greater Des Moines.
5. Road Races
Get your run on! Experience for yourself why the Metro is named a Runner-Friendly Community with a large selection of Greater Des Moines road races to choose from. Fun runs like the ColorRun. Long distances like Dam to Dam. Even a one-miler, the Grand Blue Mile. Read up on my road race tips from last spring, Catch Race Greatness: A Runner's Guide to Des Moines.
6. Indoor Recreation
Another of my picks, indoor recreation includes everything from bowling to rock climbing to paintballing and go karts. This is perfect year-round for cold days or low-key recreation.
7. Hy-Vee Health
The Healthy Des Moines section is powered by Hy-Vee. Catch a complete list of Hy-Vee stores, Market Grille locations, and Hy-Vee HealthMarkets. Plus, tips and services from dietitians!
8. Water Sports & Rentals
Last but never least, one of my favorite summer weekend activities—water sports! Rent a paddle board, canoe or kayak and venture around Gray's Lake near Downtown Des Moines. Or head to Saylorville Lake in Polk City for boating, water skiing, and wakeboarding. It's fun in the sun!