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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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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

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

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

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

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

Things to do near Des Moines, IA

Old-fashioned Christmas on Main

Visit from Santa, horse-drawn trolley rides, holiday food, craft & gift bazaars, instrumental, vocal, and dance performances,...

Hickory Grove Rural School Museum

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

Ponderosa Public Golf Course

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

Hillcrest Golf & Country Club

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

Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel

Reel and video slot machines, live Keno and poker, table games, live entertainment, and 500-seat bingo hall. Hotel offers 24-...