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Gray's Lake Park

Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
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Ranked #8 of 103 things to do in Des Moines
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Ankeny, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is a beautiful place to take a walk, jog or just sit and watch the people. You can also float around the lake in a rented paddle boat if you wish. Lots of activity going on here. I'd definitely recommend a visit to Gray's Lake.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Grab your family or a friend, shut your phone off and stroll around the lake as many times as you want. They don't charge a fee for this experience.

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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

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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67 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

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
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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18 attraction 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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