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Des Moines, Iowa

Attractions and Upcoming Events

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

Des Moines Playhouse

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

Des Moines, IA Theatres


Science Center of Iowa

This 110,000 square-foot facility located in downtown Des Moines features six interactive learning areas, three theaters including the Blank IMAX Dome Theater, a cafe and gift shop. Group rates available.

Des Moines, IA Learning Centers

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

Things to do near Des Moines, IA

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park

Sixty-acre park features nine-hole, par-three golf course, go-karts, miniature golf, driving range, batting range, climbing w...

Salorville Lake Hunting

Public hunting is permitted on the Saylorville Lake Project, provided all State of Iowa and Iowa Department of Natural Resour...

Grand View Golf Course

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

The Brenton Arboretum

More than 1,800 identified trees and shrubs at this 120-acre arboretum. Walking tours and trails, wetlands and prairie, wildf...