- Our list of the best things to do in Des Moines, Iowa, features the top 83 nearby activities — including 35 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Des Moines, IA has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Entertainment & Shows, Outdoor Places, Museums & Galleries, and Amusement.
- The results below include the top 28 things to do within the city of Des Moines, IA , followed by 55 popular activities in nearby cities, including West Des Moines, Urbandale, Ankeny, Indianola, Altoona, Madrid and Johnston
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Maxheim Photography 536 36th St, Des Moines, IA MoreLess Info
Experienced photographer offers one-on-one photography tutoring sessions where clients learn the basics of photography
98% 1021 votes
East 9th & Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA MoreLess Info
Built in the late 1800s, the Iowa Capitol Building hosts regular public tours in Des Moines. The building features artwork and historical carvings, as well as its most recognizable gold dome.
95% 401 votes
2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA MoreLess Info
In the middle of Des Moines, find two miles of trails surrounding a lake in the area known as Gray's Lake Park. The area features biking and walking paths, as well as fishing areas.
90% 1314 votes
E. 30th St. and University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50319 MoreLess Info
The Iowa State Fairgrounds plays host to the annual Iowa State Fair each Fall. Visitors come for the midway games and rides, to see livestock, and to eat fair food.
96% 221 votes
4th Street and Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA MoreLess Info
The Downtown Farmers Market is open rain or shine from May through October. There are roughly 300 family farmers, artists, bakers, and crafters from around the state who participate in the large open-air market.
90% 295 votes
1 Line Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309 MoreLess Info
Principal Park is a minor league baseball stadium located in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa Clubs play at the stadium, which was rebuilt in the early 1990s at the same site it was in 1947 when it was called Pioneer Park.
88% 438 votes
4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312 MoreLess Info
19th and 20th century artwork is at home at the Des Moines Art Center. The facility includes three buildings, also housing art classes and special events for visitors and the community
85% 840 votes
1400 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309 MoreLess Info
The Pappajohn Sculpture Park is an urban, outdoor art venue located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The park, part of the Des Moines Art Center, includes sculptures from 21 artists in a park setting.
80% 861 votes
909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309 MoreLess Info
See more than 1000 varieties of plants at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Center in Iowa. The domed conservatory includes a tropical garden, desert garden and sculptures under one roof.
77% 992 votes
Des Moines, IA MoreLess Info
Adventureland is a theme park located in Des Moines, Iowa. The park includes thrill rides, as well as family and kiddie rides, and most recently added a water park called Adventure Bay.
76% 925 votes
7401 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50315 MoreLess Info
See animals in their natural settings at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa. Along with animal viewing, there are a handful of kiddie rides like the train, carousel and camels.