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Things to do in Greater Des Moines

There is a reason we are the fastest-growing city in the Midwest. People like it here, and not only in a “great-place-to-raise-a-family” way, but in a “great-place-to-spend-a-weekend” way, too.

Hungry? We've got regional specialties ranging from burgers served up zombie-style to Steak De Burgo. Thirsty? Our two biggest taprooms combine for more than 340 beers on tap. Bored? Our Downtown Farmers' Market is ranked #2 in the country and we have more than 800 miles of biking trails. Kids? Adventureland Park, the Science Center of Iowa and Blank Park Zoo bring out the kid in all of us. Retail therapy? Hit up one of the Midwest's premier shopping malls, Jordan Creek Town Center, or take a stroll through the hip Historic East Village. We'll quickly dispel your stereotypes turn "Des Moines, huh?" into "Des Moines, who knew?

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Frequently Asked Questions About Greater Des Moines


What are the best things to do in Des Moines?

  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
  • John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
  • Des Moines Art Route
  • Adventureland Park
  • Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack & Hotel
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Living History Farms
  • Outdoor Trails


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What is there to do in Des Moines for free?

  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Ankeny Art Center
  • Moberg Gallery
  • John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
  • State Historical Museum of Iowa


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What cities are near Des Moines?

  • Altoona
  • Ankeny
  • Bondurant
  • Clive
  • Johnston
  • Indianola
  • Urbandale
  • Grimes


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What is the weather like in Des Moines?

Des Moines is a four seasons destination with breezy springs, balmy summers, crisp falls, and brisk winters. The average temperatures range between 14 degrees to 86 degrees.

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