Things to do in Des Moines

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    Blank Park Zoo

    Blank Park Zoo

    Ranked #1 overall in Des Moines things to do
    8.711 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Zoo or Aquarium
    Popular withFamiliesNightlifeAdventure

    Lions, Tigers, no bears at this time :-( but penguins, giraffes, great petting zoo, and many other lively animals. for close to home it's a good zoo, if you want ...

  • 2
    Iowa State Capitol

    Iowa State Capitol

    Ranked #2 overall in Des Moines things to do
    8.89 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Capitol Building
    Popular withFamiliesHistoryStudents

    This is an amazing site to see a beautiful capitol building.

  • 3
    John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

    John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

    Ranked #3 overall in Des Moines things to do
    8.89 reviews
    Outdoors, Hiking and Nature, Park
    Popular withArtsyFamiliesLGBTQ

    I live within walking distance of this beautiful gem. It contains an array of impressive pieces from distinguished artists. And it doesn't cost a thing to enjoy!

  • 4
    Des Moines Art Center

    Des Moines Art Center

    Ranked #4 overall in Des Moines things to do
    9.35 reviews
    Popular withFamiliesArtsyFoodies
  • 5
    Blazing Saddle Inc

    Blazing Saddle Inc

    Ranked #5 overall in Des Moines things to do
    10.03 reviews
    Bars, Clubs and Nightlife, LGBT
    Popular withLGBTQNightlife
  • 6
    Des Moines Botanical Center

    Des Moines Botanical Center

    Ranked #6 overall in Des Moines things to do
    8.53 reviews
    Outdoors, Park
    Popular withFamiliesGreenLGBTQ

    Great place to cure your winter blues! You can stop by and grab lunch at the onsite restaurant or sit and relax and just enjoy beautiful plants!

  • 7
    Principal Park

    Principal Park

    Ranked #7 overall in Des Moines things to do
    7.54 reviews
    Performing Arts, Outdoors, Park
    Popular withOutdoorsy

    It is a very large place and it is right on the River.

  • 8
    El Bait Shop

    El Bait Shop

    Ranked #8 overall in Des Moines things to do
    10.03 reviews
    Bars, Clubs and Nightlife, Rock Club

    Great bar with good food sort of off the main roads. Good place to watch sports games.

  • 9
    RAGBRAI

    RAGBRAI

    Ranked #9 overall in Des Moines things to do
    9.33 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Sports
    Popular withOutdoorsy

    RAGBAI stands for The (Des Moines) Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. And when I tell folks that I'm from Iowa, RAGBRAI often comes up in conversation, along with ...

  • 10
    Jay's CD & Hobby

    Jay's CD & Hobby

    Ranked #21 overall in Des Moines things to do
    8.01 review
    Popular withFamilies

    Located in Merle Hay Mall, you can find a large selection of Funko pop figures as well as other pop culture items and used DVDs.

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