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Des Moines, Iowa

  • 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 tra...
    Basilica of St. John

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Iowa State Capitol

Century-old building features 275-foot gold-leafed dome flanked by four smaller domes, grand staircase and beautiful woodwork. See legislative and old Supreme Court chambers, Governor's office, five-story law library, scale model of Battleship Iowa, collection of first-lady dolls. Tours last 60

Des Moines, IA Historic Buildings

Des Moines Playhouse

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

Des Moines, IA Theatres

State Historical Building

In a modern glass and granite building, discover an exciting hands-on approach to exploring Iowa's past. This showcase of the State Historical Society of Iowa includes native wildlife, American Indian and pioneer artifacts, political and military items, and a new permanent exhibit entitled "Mammoth:

Des Moines, IA Museums

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, camel ride, gift shop and cafe. Discovery Center includes Iowa'

Des Moines, IA Zoos


Things to do near Des Moines, IA

Factory Stores of America Outlet Center

Eighteen outlet stores including clothing, housewares and gifts....

Madrid Historical Society Museum

Keigley Doll Collection includes more than 1,000 dolls, plus toys, accessories, and teddy bears. Ackerlund-Burke Coal Mine Mu...

Ankeny Golf & Country Club

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

Grand View Golf Course

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

Hometown Perry, Iowa

The Carnegie Library Museum, a restored 1904 library, offers exhibits and collections. View original art, including a Grant W...