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 also 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?".
“Des Moines is unassuming yet doesn't put on airs. It is what it is and it's fine with that. A progressive yet grounded city with authentic people, a hip vibe, unexpected art, stellar beer and budget-friendly family itineraries.” – Female visitor, Kansas City