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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 held year-round on these 400

Des Moines, IA Fairgrounds

Des Moines Playhouse

The Playhouse presents 12-14 musicals, comedies, dramas and family shows each year.

Des Moines, IA Theatres

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

Science Center of Iowa

This 110,000 square-foot facility located in downtown Des Moines features six interactive learning areas, three theaters including the Blank IMAX Dome Theater, a cafe and gift shop. Group rates available.

Des Moines, IA Learning Centers

Fort Des Moines Memorial Park and Education Center

America's largest memorial to black and female soldiers. A 4.6-acre memorial park includes 20,000 sq. ft. museum and historic chapel.

Des Moines, IA Memorials

Things to do near Des Moines, IA

Marshall County Historical Museum

View interpretive exhibits on Marshall County history, from the prehistoric to the present....

Story City Carousel

Be transported back in time aboard this restored 1913 Herschell-Spillman antique carousel. Revolve on hand-carved wooden anim...

Story Theatre/Grand Opera House

Visit the oldest continuously running theater in Iowa. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this restored oper...

Historic Valley Junction

Historic railroad district, founded in the 1890s, with more than 120 specialty stores, art galleries, fashion boutiques, rest...

A. H. Blank Golf Course

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