Top 10 Things To Do in Des Moines

1. Blank Park Zoo

Blank Park Zoo is a fun place to go. You can see rhinos, feed giraffes, admire the baby animals and so much more! Within the 30 acres, you can find an indoor rainforest, an Australian adventure and so much more!

Blank Park Zoo

2. Pappajohn Sculpture Garden

Pappajohn Sculpture Garden is 4.4 acres and has artwork from 22 of the world’s best artists. It is a great entryway to downtown Des Moines and a definite stop.

Pappajohn Sculpture Garden

3. Adventure Hunt Des Moines

A fun and adventurous modern-day treasure hunt happening on July 7 where you can win loads of adventure gear and a free trip to Panama for your entire team of 2-4 people! You’ll be adventuring all over Des Moines and the surrounding areas completing epic challenges to earn clues that will lead you and your teammates to buried treasure worth $7,500! Second-tenth place get hundreds of dollars in prizes and everyone who finishes gets $10 to the Adventure Hunt Store and gets their name in a raffle to win a trip to Panama! Spots are limited and prices increase regularly. Register now with code Top10DesMoines to get 20% off!

Adventure Hunt

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4. Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has lots of plants from around the world. It covers 14 acres and is right along the Des Moines River making the setting just beautiful.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

5. Gray’s Lake Park

Gray’s Lake Park is an absolutely ideal spot to walk or jog. You can admire the views as you walk around the lake. It is never too crowded which makes it perfect!  

Gray’s Lake Park

6. Downtown Farmers’ Market

The Downtown Farmers’ Market has so many different booths with so many different varieties! You can find food and all sorts of different kinds of gifts!

Downtown Farmers’ Market

7. The State Capitol

The State Capitol is absolutely beautiful to see. It isn’t designed like a lot of the capitols around the country which makes it unique and fun to see.

The State Capitol

8. Better Homes and Gardens Test Gardens

Nestled in the heart of Des Moines, the Better Homes and Gardens Test Gardens are beautiful. There are mini-backyards filled with beautiful plants and surrounded by gates and fences. Even if you only have a little bit of time, this is something that is fun to walk through!

Better Homes and Gardens Test Gardens

9. Terrace Hill

Terrace Hill is the governor’s mansion. What makes it unique is it is one of the nation’s most accessible governor’s mansions. You also can take tours of certain parts making you feel even closer!

Terrace Hill

10. East Village

East Village is a hip neighborhood with a fun vibe. You can dine at one of the many restaurants here while just enjoying it all!

East Village

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