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Pappajohn Sculpture Park

1400 Grand Ave, Between 13th St and 15th Street on Grand, Des Moines, IA 50309
515.237.1431
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Ranked #4 of 43 attractions in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
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English first
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We stopped in Des Moines to stretch our legs on the way to Minnesota. After visiting the Capitol, we headed across the river to this sculpture garden. Parking was easily accessible on the street and we headed in to walk around. The sculptures were very nice and my son and I loved the way they were laid out in the... More

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Panama City, Panama
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173 reviews 173 reviews
26 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Warning: this is not the right attraction if it's 95 degrees outside. Someday the trees around the park will have grown enough to provide shade, but as of July 2014, it is one heck of a hot spot. I loved the sculptures. This really is a world class attraction for anyone with an interest in the arts. They're big. They're... More

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Northville, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I liked that the sculptures weren't too abstract where I had no clue what they were. My favorite was the man made up all of letters of the alphabet!

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Panora, Iowa
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15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you go to Des Moines this is one of your first stops. Check out the Capitol, River Walk, and other stuff downtown too. The sculpture park has helped put Des Moines on the world's Art map. Tours are available or just wing it on your own. Either way this thing is amazing and memorable.

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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This offers great green space for the downtown area. Sculptures are unique, but I wish there were more to enjoy.

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Oxford, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We ended up at a rose garden due to the gps and we were so confused. Once we finally arrived, it was an interesting experience. The kids were confused at what they were looking at, at times, but that was the fun of it. They made up their own stories of what they were viewing. It was a great little... More

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a place where you can have enjoy a walk around. We only spenr around 20 minutes to see all these sculptures (some of which were quite creepy!) You can park on the meters on the street. However if you try plugging pappajohn sculpture park in the Google maps GPS it may send you to a rose garden a... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Adds a lot of life to the Downtown Des Moines area, it will definitely catch your eye as you drive by. I would recommend stopping by Ritual Cafe first and grabbing something to drink as it located right next to the park. It's a see for yourself type of thing. Go explore the park!

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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

There are many very engaging sculptures in the downtown park that create a great artistic vibe for this small city.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This park in downtown Des Moines is a great place to take a break and hang out for a while. The large sculptures in the park are unique and offer a great way to refresh your mind. Spread the word though - please don't climb on the sculptures. As a Des Moines native we are having problems with people climbing... More

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