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Parks & Outdoor Attractions in Greater Des Moines


In Des Moines, the S's are silent, and so are our trails. One of the best and safest ways to discover Greater Des Moines is by traversing our more than 800 miles of trails and abundance of parks and waterways. Whether you are looking for adventure or just want to get away, you'll have a field day exploring our great outdoors. Here are just a few jumping-off points to help you dive into all the fun that awaits.  

Water Activities  

Looking to beat the heat and get out on the water? Whether your idea of an aquatic adventure involves a kayak, a pontoon, arm floaties or a sandy beach, we've got you covered with the Best Aquatic Adventures blog  

Hiking 

Explore nature and get some fresh air with a hike along one of the incredible trails in Greater Des Moines. We've curated some of the best hikes in our hiking blog.  

Biking  

If you prefer two wheels to two legs, our Trails page will get your gears turning with plenty of great ideas, including the iconic and Instagram-worthy High Trestle Trail.  

Fishing  

Want to get away? There are few better ways to escape than to go fishing, and we've got the angle on all the best spots with our Fishing Hotspots blog.  

Golf 

Hit the links on one of Greater Des Moines' 15+ golf courses, including the acclaimed Tournament Club of Iowa; the only Arnold Palmer designed course in the state. Tee up our Guide to Greater Des Moines Golf Courses to see which course is right fore you.  

INSIDERS GUIDE

Hear from locals about where to eat, drink, and spend your time while visiting Greater Des Moines. Catch an insider look at events, suggested itineraries, places to shop, and a few of the many delicious restaurants. These are just a few of our recommendations! Check out an entire list of blogs here.

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