- TripBuzz found 62 things to do with kids in or near West Des Moines, Iowa, including 52 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Des Moines, Urbandale, Altoona and Ankeny.
- From Monkey Joe's to West Grand Golf, the West Des Moines area offers 48 different types of family activities, including: Mini Golf, Bowling, Children's Play Area and Movie Theaters.
- Outdoor recreation and historic sights coexist to make West Des Moines a cultural and adventurous travel destination. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy archery, swimming, fishing, hiking trails and scenic parks, while history buffs can explore the nearby historic homes, landmarks and antique shops. The city is also home to modern retail shops and an array of dining options.
Small and large groups, as well as private parties, are comfortably accommodated at Cardinal Lanes, which features 20 lanes and offers everything from bumper bowling to Disco bowling with music and colorful lights in the dark.
Experience truly fresh dairy products at the Maytag Dairy Farm in Newton, Iowa. The farm's flagship product is Maytag Bleu Cheese, which is sold throughout the United States and is one of the finest cheeses produced in the country.
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3300 South 24th Ave East, Newton, IA 50208 MoreLess Info
Providing real NASCAR cars, Richard Petty Driving Experience allows visitors to race 50 laps on a speedway. The crew provides special training first before letting the visitor take the car out for a ride.
The Newton Community Theatre features quality theatre productions for guests of all ages. Past productions have included Les Miserables, A Christmas Carol, Annie, My Fair Lady, and It's a Wonderful Life, among many others.
Preserved and maintained by the Iowa Historical Society, the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad is a working rail line and mobile museum that offers rides on vintage locomotives. It is open seasonally and closes each winter.
Featuring the 6.5-acre McFarland Lake, McFarland Park provides 5.5 miles of trails suitable for hiking and biking. It can be used for fishing, picnicking, camping and exploring the woodland, tallgrass prairie and stream habitats located in the park.
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With a 7/8th mile paved, oval track, visitors at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience- Iowa Speedway can take an instructional class before heading to the track for laps. Visitors can choose to ride along with a professional or drive solo.
Iowa's largest lake, Lake Red Rock, is located within an hour's drive from Des Moines. The lake spans 15,000 acres, with an additional 35,000 acres of coastland. It is a popular destination for hiking, swimming, fishing and kayaking.
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Greenfield, Iowa's most unusual feature is Freedom Rock, a massive chunk of granite painted to honor Iowans who have served in the Armed Forces. Its creator, artist Bubba Sorensen, re-paints the rock annually.