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Allsup's Pumpkinville and Corn Maze

Pumpkinville is one of the best Fall outings you will find in Central Iowa. We have lots of groups and individuals come visit our fifth generation family farm. Both the young and old find something to have fun doing. Create your own traditions and family memories that last a lifetime.

Mitchellville, IA Mazes

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

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

Des Moines Art Center Downtown

An extension of the world-renowned Des Moines Art Center in an energetic urban museum space, featuring three or four exciting and fresh exhibitions each year. Museum shop offers unique gifts, jewelry, cards and books.

Des Moines, IA Galleries

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

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 California-style golf and ride Iowa's only twin-engine go-carts. Visit the ultimate haunted house at Halloween.

Pleasant Hill, IA Water Parks

Longview Golf Centre

Iowa's only golf dome, with 34 tees on two levels, Iowa'

Grimes, IA Sports Centers

Historic Valley Junction

Historic railroad district, founded in the 1890s, with more than 120 specialty stores, art galleries, fashion boutiques, restaurants, and antique shops.

West Des Moines, IA Historic Downtowns

Big Creek Historical Museum

Displays and artifacts depicting the rich history of the Big Creek area. Located in historic city hall building built in 1863 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Polk City, IA Museums

Living History Farms

Learn the amazing story of how Iowans transformed fertile prairies into the most productive farmland in the world. Travel at your own pace through five time periods spanning 300 years: the 1700 Ioway Indian village, the 1850 Pioneer Farm, the 1875 frontier town of Walnut Hill, the 1900

Urbandale, IA Living History

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


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