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    Iowa State Fair - Des Moines - America's classic state fair and Iowa's largest event boasts headliner grandstand shows, outstanding free entertainment and a 160-acre campground. The ... more on Iowa State Fair


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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.

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Sleepy Hollow Sports Park

Sixty-acre park features nine-hole, par-three golf course, go-karts, miniature golf, driving range, batting range, climbing wall, sand volleyball. Hayrack rides and Halloween activities. Winter activities include snow tubing, snowboarding and skiing. Lodge, concession/game area.

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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'

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Things to do near Des Moines, IA

Hickory Grove Rural School Museum

Constructed in 1889, this one-room school served residents until 1956. See the original double desks, stage curtain, potbell...

Iowa State Capitol

Century-old building features 275-foot gold-leafed dome flanked by four smaller domes, grand staircase and beautiful woodwork...

Hometown Perry, Iowa

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

Jefferson Telephone Company Museum

One of the few telephone museums in America, it features many early telephone and switching displays....

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 carou...