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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

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

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

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

Things to do near Des Moines, IA

Ankeny Golf & Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

White Water University Fun Park

Enjoy water park with wave pool, tubing rides, water slides, lazy river, children's play pool, and hot tub. Play 18 holes of...

Wagaman Mill

Constructed in 1848, the mill has been used as a saw mill, carding mill, flour mill, feed mill, and as a generating station f...

Fun Valley Ski Area

One triple and two double chair lifts for downhill skiing. Tubing, snowboard park. Restaurant, pro shop. Log cabins for rent ...