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Des Moines
Today the capital city and cultural center of Iowa is revitalized. A versatile destination everyone will enjoy, Des Moines has an itinerary for almost every interest. Culture and art enthusiasts may want to roam through the Des Moines Art Center, spend the weekend museum-hopping or attend a Broadway-caliber performance at the Civic Center. Golfers can spend their time and energy teeing up at any of the area's fine championship courses. The Blank Park Zoo and the Iowa State Fairgrounds should be on the list for families. And gardeners will savor the fantastic blooms at the Botanical Center and the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden. Mix it up a little and sample all this "big city with a small town heart" has to... more Today the capital city and cultural center of Iowa is revitalized. A versatile destination everyone will enjoy, Des Moines has an itinerary for almost every interest. Culture and art enthusiasts may want to roam through the Des Moines Art Center, spend the weekend museum-hopping or attend a Broadway-caliber performance at the Civic Center. Golfers can spend their time and energy teeing up at any of the area's fine championship courses. The Blank Park Zoo and the Iowa State Fairgrounds should be on the list for families. And gardeners will savor the fantastic blooms at the Botanical Center and the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden. Mix it up a little and sample all this "big city with a small town heart" has to offer. less

All things to do » Things to do

Capitol Building
Capitol Building
Attraction type: Government Buildings
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Iowa State Fairgrounds
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Owner description: For 11 days in August, it’s a fairground, but for the other 354 days of the year, the Iowa State Fairgrounds is home to auto shows, livestock exhibitions, flea markets, antique... more Owner description: For 11 days in August, it’s a fairground, but for the other 354 days of the year, the Iowa State Fairgrounds is home to auto shows, livestock exhibitions, flea markets, antique shows, concerts, trade shows and more. See what’s happening this month at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. less
Attraction type: Arenas & Stadiums
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Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Owner description: Open to visitors since September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park features artwork by 22 of the world's most celebrated artists. The 4.4 Acre park, located within... more Owner description: Open to visitors since September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park features artwork by 22 of the world's most celebrated artists. The 4.4 Acre park, located within a major crossroads of the urban grid, creates a pedestrian friendly entranceway to downtown Des Moines. This accessible setting, coupled with the skilled landscape design and caliber of the art, makes it unlike any other sculpture park in the United States. The Pappajohns' contribution of 28 works for the park is the most significant donation of artwork ever made to the Des Moines Art Center. less
Attraction type: Parks
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Gray's Lake Park
Gray's Lake Park
Attraction type: Parks
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Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo
Owner description: A wide variety of animals are housed in natural settings at this 30-acre, relatively small zoo, dedicated to caring for the over 800 animals, educating the public about different... more Owner description: A wide variety of animals are housed in natural settings at this 30-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. Open 9 am - 5 pm, May 1 - Sept 30. Open 10 am - 4 pm, October 1 - April 30. less
Attraction type: Zoos
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Smokey D's BBQ
Smokey D's BBQ
Ranked #1 of 573 Restaurants in Des Moines
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Centro Restaurant
Centro Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 573 Restaurants in Des Moines
Price: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, American
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Skip's
Skip's
Ranked #3 of 573 Restaurants in Des Moines
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Fong's Pizza
Fong's Pizza
Ranked #4 of 573 Restaurants in Des Moines
Price: $3 - $25
Cuisines: Pizza, Asian
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
La Mie Bakery
La Mie Bakery
Ranked #5 of 573 Restaurants in Des Moines
Cuisines: French, American, Cafe, Soups
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

WoodSpring Suites Ankeny
2.5 of 5
WoodSpring Suites Ankeny
$53 - $191
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Ankeny
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Baymont Inn & Suites Des Moines Airport
2.5 of 5
Baymont Inn & Suites Des Moines Airport
$83 - $207
Ranked #4 of 48 Hotels in Des Moines
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Days Inn & Suites Des Moines Airport
2.0 of 5
Days Inn & Suites Des Moines Airport
$85 - $153
Ranked #6 of 48 Hotels in Des Moines
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Super 8 Clive/W Des Moines
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Clive/W Des Moines
$69 - $163
Ranked #10 of 48 Hotels in Des Moines
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Hotel Renovo
4.0 of 5
Hotel Renovo
$155 - $197
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Urbandale
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