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Gray's Lake Park

2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
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Midlothian, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We got to Gray's Lake late in the day and didn't allow enough time to do it all, but wish we had. There are walking trails...lots of people had their dogs on leashes for walks. Several biking trails to enjoy with one across a long bridge over the lake (I am told that it lights up after dark). We tried... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is a great park, however in terms of privacy it's not too special because it's well known! So get there early and sit in a shady spot first and it's magical. However show up after it's been open for a while on a nice day and your unlikely to find parking or a decent picnic spot!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I love Gray's Lake Park near downtown Des Moines. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because it is so nice that it becomes extremely crowded in nice weather, and the crowds of families walking with kids and strollers and not paying attention to the fact that there are others around can be very frustrating. This... More

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West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

The paved walking trail is 2.2 miles, and is a manageable walk in 45 minutes. Always enjoy the scenic view and is a pleasant way to get some exercise.

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Boone, Iowa
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12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Great path around the lake for a walk, good photo opportunities this time of year (spring/fall) as well. Many people take their dogs.

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Noida, India
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

What a beautiful lake! Clean & tranquil. It has a nice walking trail. The bridge is colorfully lit at night. Beach area is also there to swim. Boat/Bicycle rentals are also available.

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

In a park that is larger than NYC's Central Park. Great to see walkers, runners, bicyclists of all ages round this lake. Free community yoga on Saturdays starts May 25 on the SE section of the lake. 9 am. Join us!

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Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We really enjoyed our walk in Gray's Lake Park across the bridge, while waiting to catch a film at the Fleur a few blocks away. Loved looking at all of the memorial plaques, and watching the huge fish, trying to decide if they were some sort of giant carp.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

An excellent place to walk off that big dinner meal! Love the boats and dock, nice seating deck, and a great resreshment stand!

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des moines, iowa
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6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I can't say enough positive things about this place. I live downtown so I pop over here about every day. The loop around the lake is well maintained, the bridge adds a really cool feature at night, it is on the major bike tails that go though downtown, it's very clean, and there are plenty of picnic tables and benches.... More

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