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Planning to pop the question in Greater Des Moines? These romantic spots offer the perfect backdrop for capturing your big moment.  

Pappajohn Sculpture Park 

The newly installed Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park is the perfect symbol for expressing your adoration and dreams of forever.  

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden  

Take a stroll with your sweetheart through the perpetually 80+ degree Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden conservatory surrounded by lush vegetation. Invite family and friends to witness the special occasion from the balcony overlooking the indoor garden for an extra special surprise. 

Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden  

Located just outside the Des Moines Art Center, the Rose Garden is an idyllic place to profess your love. Celebrate with loved ones afterward at the Jay Spence Shelter House in Greenwood Park.  

Iowa State Capitol 

Watch the sunset from the steps of the Iowa State Capitol, which features a 24-karat gold dome (fitting for a proposal, don’t you think?). As the colors in the sky change, you’ll have the perfect lighting for a photographer to capture your special moment.  

Gray’s Lake Park and Pedestrian Bridge 

Plan a twilight walk around Gray’s Lake and cap the day by dropping to one knee on the multi-colored lighted bridge.  

Hot Air Balloon Ride  

For the romantic who wants to make a grand gesture, arrange a hot air balloon ride in Indianola. Pack a romantic picnic and bring a bottle of champagne to celebrate your engagement! Visit for more information on booking balloon rides.