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Des Moines, Iowa

  • Blank Park Zoo

    Beautifully-landscaped 22-acre zoological park featuring naturalistic exhibits with more than 800 animals from five continents, including lions, tigers, sea lions, snow leopards, giraffe. Train ride, ...
    Blank Park Zoo

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Basilica of St. John

Designated a basilica in 1989. Northern Italian/Lombardy Romanesque style, with gold-leaf coffered ceilings and 46 stained-glass windows, including a 15-foot Munich rose window. Ornate plaster and travertine marble interior.

Des Moines, IA Historic Churches

Iowa Events Center

Wells Fargo Arena, Hy-Vee Hall, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Polk County Convention Complex. Concerts, tournaments and special events throughout the year. Home of the new Iowa Stars hockey team, the top-level affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars.

Des Moines, IA Event Centers


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

Iowa Hall of Pride

Experience Iowa from a fresh perspective at the Iowa Hall of Pride. Located within the Iowa Events Center, the Hall of Pride highlights Iowa's educational system, extracurricular activities and history through games, trivia and more.

Des Moines, IA Learning Centers

Things to do near Des Moines, IA

Hyperion Field Club

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

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

Hop aboard the tourist line railroad, which travels 15 miles (dinner and dessert trains travel 22 miles) through the beautifu...

Story County Conservation Center

This 200-acre park, headquarters of the Conservation Board's Environmental Education Program, includes displays, exhibits, an...

Iowa State University

Ranked among the 25 most beautiful campuses in the nation, this university setting includes historic and contemporary buildin...

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park

Sixty-acre park features nine-hole, par-three golf course, go-karts, miniature golf, driving range, batting range, climbing w...