Just thirty minutes from downtown Des Moines sits this 1,675-acre park. Jester Park offers an abundance of recreational activities unlike any other in Greater Des Moines. It is home to the Jester Park Nature Center (one of Iowa's leading experiential nature centers), 168 campsites, 18-hole golf course, equestrian center, bison/elk enclosure, five picnic shelters, two boat ramps, a children's playscape, eight miles of trails, snowmobiling paths, and year-round nature programs.
This Greater Des Moines favorite stretches for over 50 miles along the Des Moines River Valley. It's a local favorite because a large variety of recreational activities are available. Here, you can fish, hike, picnic, boat, and hunt. Plus, there is a 24-mile trail used for biking, hiking, jogging, walking, and roller-blading.
This brewery is on a mission to create colorful beers full of flavor in an environment that is cozy and conducive for patrons to recount old memories and make new ones. The new memories are easy to come by at Fenders because in addition to the cozy atmosphere there are always events happening! Beer Olympics, trivia nights, happy hours, educator-specials, Brew Moines events - make sure to sign up for their e-newsletters so you don't miss out! Bonus: the brewery is in the perfect location. It's just a short distance from Saylorville Lake, Tournament Club of Iowa, Neal Smith Trail, High Trestle Trail, and most importantly - Papa's Pizzeria. So there's no better way to end your day in Polk City than by enjoying some pizza, beer, and laughs at Fender's Brewing.
This 18-hole, 230-acre golf course is open from mid-May to early October and is the only Arnold Palmer signature golf course in Iowa. Plus, after a long day of golf, you can refuel inside the clubhouse at the Copper Oak. This restaurant sits above the golf course so you can enjoy panoramic views of the Tournament Club of Iowa while enjoying your meal.
If you're looking to stay overnight in Polk City then the Qube Hotel is a must. This accommodation has 44 beautiful rooms that overlook the Tournament Club of Iowa making it perfect for weekend golf trips.
Polk City CRISIS RESOURCES
- Polk City Police Department: (515) 984-6565, 309 W Van Dorn Street, P.O. Box 381, Polk City
- Polk County Resources:
- Sheriff’s Office: 1985 NE 51st Place, Des Moines, IA, 50313
- Administration: (515) 286-3814
- Communications/non-emergency: (515) 286-3333
- Law Enforcement: (515) 286-3306