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Gray's Lake Park

2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
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Ranked #1 of 6 Activities in Des Moines
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English first
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69 reviews 69 reviews
38 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

The playground is small but well appointed, near the abandoned silos. The lake has swimming, but as it was after the season, we didn't do that - the American White Pelicans were travelling through, and our 2 year old grand daughter loved seeing them. Nice loop walk around the park. Excellent and convenient parking. FREE.

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Victoria, Texas
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211 reviews 211 reviews
67 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

We were here for a dog show down the street and had a small pack hike with our dogs. We met at 8:00am and walked around the lake. We had a friend from the area who answered our questions along the way that was for sure a bonus. Our walk around the lake was so pleasant that we did it... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

My family took a leisurely stroll through this park on a nice Memorial day holiday. Waling along the lake and the nearby Raccoon River is very nice.

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McKinney, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My family stopped in Des Moines for a day while on vacation. We were not sure what to do with older, adult sons. We decided to go paddle boarding and kayaking on Gray's Lake. We had a great time! The lake is beautiful and you can see the downtown skyline. It makes you feel like you are in nature, but... More

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Kingston, IL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Just stopped by. This lake has bike rentals, paddle boards, paddle boats, and a little more. It's along a bike/walking path. No bike equipment for small kids available to rent.

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Midlothian, Texas
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3 attraction 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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