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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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Salisbury House

This 42-room mansion was modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England. Built in the 1920s by the Weeks family, the home contains authentic 16th century English oak, extensive flintwork and rafters dating to Shakespeare'

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

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

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 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

Things to do near Des Moines, IA

Sugar Grove Vineyards and Gatheringplace

Small country winery with 11-acre vineyard, two-acre pond, abundant wildlife, beautifully landscaped grounds. See a small her...

Longview Golf Centre

Iowa's only golf dome, with 34 tees on two levels, Iowa's largest outdoor range, target greens, free putting, chipping area, ...

River Valley Golf Course

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

Jasper County Historical Museum

The history of Jasper County is depicted by a 40-foot bas relief mural. Exhibits include washing machine display, Maytag memo...

International Wrestling Institute and Museum

Museum features Olympic, collegiate and pro wrestling history. Displays on famous athletes include Iowa's Olympic champion Da...