Des Moines Attractions

The Midwestern charm and hospitality of Des Moines make it's top attractions on our list even more attractive! Whether you're traveling or live in the city and want to do something educational, recreational or just plain fun, pick from one of our favorite capital city spots to discover the best places in the city.

Blank Park Zoo
Go on an Australian Adventure at the Blank Park Zoo located in Des Moines, and enjoy a Day Down Under with black swans and emu's. Journey the 22-acre naturalist animal Kingdom to see 104 different furry friends, and see wild exhibits and attractions like the prehistoric dinosaurs at the ZooPlex.

Address: 7401 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315 - MAP
Phone: (515) 285-4722
Web: www.blankparkzoo.com

Historic East Village
Discover Historic East Village, the capital city's thriving work and play district known to locals as the East Village. You'll find plenty of attractions, trendy boutiques like Eden and The Velvet Coat, hip eateries such as Lucca or Noodle Zoo and enjoy nightlife at Club Am or the Underground Lounge.

Address: East 6th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 - MAP
Phone: (515) 281-4011
Web: www.eastvillagedesmoines.com

Des Moines Art Center
Works by Warhol, Matisse, Monet and O'Keeffe have all hung out at the Des Moines Art Center. Art lovers delight in viewing renowned collections of paintings, sculptures, modern art and mixed media. Along with representing world famous artists, the museum's restaurant manager and chef was rated one of the top five chefs in 2009 by the Des Moines Register. If you're an appreciator of the arts, this is an attraction for you.

Address: 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312 - MAP
Phone: (515) 277-4405
Web: www.desmoinesartcenter.org

Botanical & Environmental Center
Smell the roses at the Botanical & Environmental Center located on the east banks of the Des Moines River. This city greenhouse sits under a 150-degree geometric dome that is home to miniature roses, orchids, bonsai trees, flying birds, koi fish and turtles. Visit here to learn how to make your own garden grow.

Address: 909 Robert D Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50316 - MAP
Phone: (515) 323-6298
Web: www.botanicalcenter.com

Salisbury House and Garden
Step inside the Salisbury House & Garden in Des Moines to see grand Gothic architecture. The historic home attraction was built by a cosmetics magnate and spans twenty-two thousand square feet and has forty two rooms. Once inside you'll find over one thousand historical artifacts including exquisite furnishings, art, rare books and outside lush picturesque gardens.

Address: 4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA 50312 - MAP
Phone: (515) 274-1777
Web: www.salisburyhouse.org

National Balloon Museum
Set sail for the skies at The National Balloon Museum located minutes outside of Des Moines. Six thousand visitors come to the museum attraction annually to see high-flying exhibits like the Fantasia Balloon, Hot Air Airship, the Stone Family Balloons and learn about over 200 years of ballooning history.

Address: 601 North Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125 - MAP
Phone: (515) 961-3714
Web: www.nationalballoonmuseum.com

Adventureland Park
There's a Raging River at Adventureland Park in Des Moines. Get wet and wild on the Splash Over, a human washing machine or the Gang Plank and Pirates Plummet, a high speed body slide that'll leave you gasping for air. Go ahead and venture out to land at over one hundred rides, shows and attractions.

Address: 3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona, IA 50009 - MAP
Phone: (515) 266-2121
Web: www.adventurelandpark.com

Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Get lost in the big picture at the Blank IMAX Dome Theater located in Des Moines. Sit in front of a six-story dome shaped screen surrounded by larger than life images. Listen to the smallest sound amplified in 12,000-watt digital surround sound. Watch Blockbuster sagas like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two where you'll believe you're right beside Harry!

Address: 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309 - MAP
Phone: (515) 274-6868
Web: www.sciowa.org