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Heritage Carousel of Des Moines

Thirty animals and two wheelchair-accessible chariots turn to the music of a Stinson band organ on this colorful wooden carousel. Located in a city park near the Des Moines River, the carousel features handpainted scenes of Des Moines landmarks.

Des Moines, IA Carousels



Terrace Hill

This opulent 1869 Victorian mansion, a National Historic Landmark and home of Iowa's governor, was built by Iowa's first millionaire, Benjamin F. Allen. Restored to the late 1800s period, it overlooks downtown Des Moines and is situated on eight acres with a recreated Victorian formal garden.

Des Moines, IA Famous Homes

Des Moines Art Center

Building designed by three internationally-recognized architects houses an internationally-renowned collection of artwork from the 19th century to the present. Traveling exhibitions, educational and fine arts programs, library, museum shop and restaurant.

Des Moines, IA Galleries

Things to do near Des Moines, IA

Iowa State Fairgrounds

The Iowa State Fair, held each August, is Iowa's largest tourism event and the cornerstone event of more than 160 activities ...

Old-fashioned Christmas on Main

Visit from Santa, horse-drawn trolley rides, holiday food, craft & gift bazaars, instrumental, vocal, and dance performances,...

Otter Creek Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

The Brenton Arboretum

More than 1,800 identified trees and shrubs at this 120-acre arboretum. Walking tours and trails, wetlands and prairie, wildf...

Octagon Center for the Arts

Local, regional and national art exhibitions and juried art shows, classes and workshops for all ages. Octagon Shop offers Mi...