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Ranked #1 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Government Buildings
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Ranked #2 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: State Parks
Owner description: The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and... more » Owner description: The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is Iowa’s great celebration, a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. It is the true heartbeat of the Midwest, unequalled and unduplicated.The Iowa State Fair, the inspiration for the original novel “State Fair” by Iowan Phil Stong, three motion pictures and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical, is without a doubt the country’s most famous state fair. National media frequently rank the Fair as one of the top events in the country. In 2004, USA Weekend named the event the #2 choice for summer fun in America, topping New York City’s Times Square, Cedar Point Amusement Park Resort in Ohio and Disneyland in California. Midwest Living magazine named the Fair one of the “Top 30 Things Every Midwesterner Should Experience.” The Fair is also included in the New York Times best-selling travel book 1000 Places to See Before You Die and the subsequent travel book, 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada Before you Die. Join us August 7-17, 2014. « less
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Ranked #3 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Parks
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Ranked #4 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Art Museums
Owner description: This internationally acclaimed museum houses impressive works by artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Edward... more » Owner description: This internationally acclaimed museum houses impressive works by artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe and Henri Matisse. The center, which also offers art classes, consists of three buildings, each designed by a celebrated architect: Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Richard Meier. « less
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Ranked #5 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Specialty Museums
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Ranked #6 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields

Principal Park continues to rate as one of the top minor league facilities in the country. The stadium, which was built prior to the start of the 1992 season, has seen over seven... more »

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Ranked #7 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Historic Sites; Art Museums; History Museums
The King's House in Salisbury, England, was the inspiration for this Tudor mansion.
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Ranked #8 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
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Ranked #9 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Zoos
Owner description: A wide variety of animals are housed in natural settings at this 22-acre, relatively small zoo, dedicated to caring for the... more » Owner description: A wide variety of animals are housed in natural settings at this 22-acre, relatively small zoo, dedicated to caring for the over 800 animals, educating the public about different species, and generating fun experiences for children, such as crawling through simulated prairie dog tunnels and feeding, petting and riding animals. « less
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Ranked #10 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
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Ranked #11 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Water Parks
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Ranked #12 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Jogging Paths/ Tracks; Biking Trails
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Ranked #13 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Science Museums
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Ranked #14 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: History Museums
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Ranked #15 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Convention Centers
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Ranked #16 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #17 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Right in the heart of the city is a half-block long blaze of beauty - Better Homes and Gardens' testing ground for various... more » Owner description: Right in the heart of the city is a half-block long blaze of beauty - Better Homes and Gardens' testing ground for various landscape designs that the company documents and photographs. The area is one large area made of many mini-backyards, complete with annuals, perennials, bulbs and typical backyard structures like fences and gates. « less
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Ranked #18 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #19 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Neighborhoods
Des Moines' cutting edge, hip neighborhood.
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Ranked #20 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Reputed for its huge collection of the Midwest's ornamental and native plants, this 14-acre center bordering the Des Moines... more » Owner description: Reputed for its huge collection of the Midwest's ornamental and native plants, this 14-acre center bordering the Des Moines River features a domed conservatory that houses over 1000 varieties of exotic plants from throughout the world. The center also has an impressive herb garden, tropical and desert plants, and one of the best bonsai collections in the U.S. « less
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Ranked #21 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Symphonies
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Ranked #22 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
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Ranked #23 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Government Buildings; Historic Sites
Historic Governor's mansion.
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Ranked #24 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Biking Trails
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Ranked #25 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Specialty Shops; Sports Camps/ Clinics
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Ranked #26 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Owner description: We offer a unique laser tag experience featuring realistic simulated weapons and objective based gameplay. No bulky vests, no... more » Owner description: We offer a unique laser tag experience featuring realistic simulated weapons and objective based gameplay. No bulky vests, no cheap feeling plastic guns, and no black lights. Our massive arena features multi-level building to building combat centered around an urban environment. Our guns are state of the art SMGs, M4s, and AKs with realistic fire, reload, and hit recognition. « less
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Ranked #27 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Golf Courses
Owner description: Originally founded in 1894 and listed by the USGA as one of the first 100 clubs established in the U.S., this course... more » Owner description: Originally founded in 1894 and listed by the USGA as one of the first 100 clubs established in the U.S., this course continues to pose a challenge to golfers of all abilities due to its bold elevation changes and well-guarded greens. « less
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Ranked #28 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Golf Courses
Owner description: Renowned for excellent playing conditions, this 18-hole bent grass course offers large, fast greens and fairways that are... more » Owner description: Renowned for excellent playing conditions, this 18-hole bent grass course offers large, fast greens and fairways that are heavily lined with pines. « less
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Ranked #29 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
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Ranked #30 of 44 attractions in Des Moines
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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