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Des Moines, Iowa

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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

Hoyt Sherman Place

Built in 1877 by prominent pioneer businessman Hoyt Sherman, this mansion was Des Moines' first public art gallery and houses a distinctive collection of 19th and 20th century artwork. The 1,250

Des Moines, IA Famous Homes

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

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


Things to do near Des Moines, IA

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

Hop aboard the tourist line railroad, which travels 15 miles (dinner and dessert trains travel 22 miles) through the beautifu...

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Le

Learn about Iowa's rich prairie heritage. See wildlife, native flowers and grasses, elk and buffalo along auto tour and foot ...

Des Moines Playhouse

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

Urbandale Golf & Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Valle Drive-Inn Theatre

Central Iowa's only remaining drive-in theater is open daily, and children under 11 are admitted free with parents....