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  • stevensg2018
    Gouldsboro, PA5 contributions
    Great tour, Tour guide knew her stuff, great history lesson. They don't make buildings like this anymore.And it's FREE!
    Written May 3, 2022
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  • Eliana S
    San Jose, CA1 contribution
    I love it because you get to be free and no one is rude or is unsafe everyone just loves it! :) :) :)
    Written March 2, 2022
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  • akgirl79
    Carlsbad, NM50 contributions
    Kids really enjoyed this zoo. was very busy with school groups when we were there, but not overly crowded. Nice assortment of animals and easy to walk.
    Written January 16, 2022
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  • Karla P
    1 contribution
    We enjoyed a great walk. There were also paddle boat and kayak rentals available. Also a small beach. It seemed like a popular bicycling area, too.
    Written June 23, 2022
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  • JEFF F
    18 contributions
    Treated myself to a weekend / daytrip to Des Moines from KC late June 2022. Good fortune that the DM Arts Festival was the same weekend! The best art event I have ever visited. Enjoyed it solo, but this is perfect for families & duh keds!!! Kids were having awesome fun staying busy with hands-in art projects provided by vendors.

    Come on, Plaza (KC) Art fair! Compete with this!!!

    Jeff

    Leawood KS
    Written June 28, 2022
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  • amycbaldwin
    Shenandoah, IA25 contributions
    Splurged ($35) for the seats right behind home plate and weren't disappointed. Something fun happening nearly every minute and the seats are pretty comfortable. Food isn't outrageous, and the game was great!
    Written June 20, 2022
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  • 1PalapasOnTheBeach
    Illinois2,074 contributions
    We could have walked from our hotel, nope, took shuttle. Happy we did, requested driver to drop us off at further end so we could walk back to hotel at end of visit. Driver took us for a joy ride around town, a must see. Opposite side of this FM on Friday night they had a Symphony. Near the five gold domed State Capitol. It was getting crowded at 4pm with all the lawn chairs.

    Iowa is lovely, I'm in love! Several pubs and dining to find.

    Lots of people, all FM are crowded. This one is pretty tight with people, elbow to elbow. Very hard to pass anyone, impossible. Unless you walk out on sidewalk, out of main drag.

    Live music, lots of food, lots of fresh veggies which are reasonably priced. We bought greenbeans.

    It took us an hour to walk, located on three streets combined of seven blocks approximately. When we saw food sections we turned around and kept walking. Remember to wear good supporting sneakers not sandals, lots of walking. Bring your canvas bags for shopping. Hours are eight to twelve Saturdays.

    Parking - you have to pay meters M-Sat.
    Written July 3, 2022
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  • Trisha J
    Mankato, MN182 contributions
    We enjoyed our visit to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens. I loved that there was an indoor atrium as well as outdoor gardens. It was rainy the day we visited so I would have liked to spend more time than we did in the outdoor gardens but it was still very enjoyable. It is located on the river and part of the garden is along the banks. There was a new area being created that was still under construction when we were there. I would like to return again to see the new area as well as spend more time in the other outdoor gardens.

    We also ate lunch at the café that is onsite. I would recommend!
    Written June 19, 2022
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  • George R
    2 contributions
    What a deal---free museum every day. Very good collection for a regional museum. Situated in a nice residential neighborhood.
    Written June 22, 2022
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  • N0rmalee
    Bossier City, LA551 contributions
    Lots of informative info about Iowan history, lots of old guns, the Civil War, farming, transportation, all sorts of stuff.
    Written October 5, 2021
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  • Kendra K
    Tonganoxie, KS83 contributions
    My daughter is 13 and wanted to go here first on the vacation. She loved it. It does seem geared more toward younger kids but she still enjoyed it. The IMAX is closed but tge shows were good. We really enjoyed the one about fire.
    Written June 7, 2021
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  • Deanna V
    Olathe, KS73 contributions
    Went to watch Hadestown with my boyfriend and his family, and it was delightful. The place looks amazing, only downside, I feel like the seats were a little crammed, I felt a little claustrophobic.
    Written March 28, 2022
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  • scott r
    Silver Spring, MD564 contributions
    Thoroughly enjoyed this. Took a guided tour with very congenial, informed & generally informative docent. Small group, easy to delve into the story. Afterward you can stay and wander around the place at your leisure. The kitchen video is old 'America's Castles' if you remember the series. (I'd missed or forgotten this one). Rather sad story of the family who didn't manage to sustain this all that long. But then that's the case with most houses of this kind: the practicalities (if ever) of keeping them going took a huge hit with WWI and the income tax, with the final blow in October 1929. This one of course was built late, probably straining finances, and made a go for <15 years before the family did a lease back. Be that as it may, it's impressive and filled with lots of interesting things as well as storyboards about the family and their adventures. Oddly, though the square footage is huge, the layout leaves one thinking, well yes, of course, just the right size, not excessive at all. (Perhaps because so much of the space is given over to the great hall). If you like these sorts of properties it is worth and hour or two drive and makes a good centerpiece for a day trip (lovely area too, if you want to drive around)
    Written July 5, 2021
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  • Mitch H
    Des Moines, IA224 contributions
    This building has been rehabbed and the decor kept to I believe the original time period. Have been to several events at the building, it's well kept gardens and building are a great venue.
    Written June 1, 2022
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  • RobBoston80
    Boston, MA1,080 contributions
    Great place, beyond up and coming - this is where you will find most of the young people to meet, hang, and find entertainment. The only thing missing in all of Des Moines is a trolley to get you to all the great places.
    Written September 26, 2021
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