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  • 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 ...
    Iowa Events Center

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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.

Des Moines, IA Famous Homes

Wallace House

Restored Italianate Victorian was home of the first Henry Wallace -- national leader in agriculture and conservation, and editor of Wallaces' Farmer. Exhibits include "Uncle Henry's Des Moines, 1880-1920", the Wallace era of Wallaces'

Des Moines, IA Famous Homes

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

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

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

Jet Karting

Rental racing, WKA-sanctioned races on .6-mile asphalt road course....

Wagaman Mill

Constructed in 1848, the mill has been used as a saw mill, carding mill, flour mill, feed mill, and as a generating station f...

Grimes Farm and Conservation Center

Visit reconstructed prairies, wetlands with boardwalk trails, forests, minimum tillage croplands, and nature center....

The Brenton Arboretum

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

Aircraft Supermarket

Browse through a large assortment of ultralight and light aircraft, or watch videos of their history. Ride on one of these "l...