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Popular Attractions in Des Moines

If you're a first time visitor to Des Moines, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but it may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about attractions in Des Moines.

What are some good attractions in Des Moines?

Here are some of the most recommended attractions in Des Moines.

Lincoln High School
2600 SW 9th St Des Moines, IA
Merle Hay Mall
3800 Merle Hay Rd Des Moines, IA

(515) 276-8551
Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market
400 E Court Ave Des Moines, IA
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
909 Robert D. Ray Dr Des Moines, IA

(515) 323-6290
Science Center
101 SW 4th St Des Moines, IA
Iowa State Capitol
1007 E Grand Ave Des Moines, IA

(515) 281-5591
Wells Fargo Arena
233 Center St Des Moines, IA

(515) 564-8000
Hoyt Sherman Place
1501 Woodland Ave Des Moines, IA

(515) 244-0507
Riverwalk Dog Park
1111 Illinois St Des Moines, IA
Iowa State Fairgrounds
3000 E Grand Ave Des Moines, IA

(515) 262-3111
Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th St Des Moines, IA

(515) 285-4722
Margo Frankel Woods State Park
Des Moines, IA
ATM (Quik Trip) Gas Station (Fuel)
4021 Fleur Dr Des Moines, IA
Vista Boarding Kennels
4400 NE 46th St Des Moines, IA

(515) 262-0309
Avondale Pet Resort
4318 E Army Post Rd Des Moines, IA

(515) 262-7297


Here's what Trippy members had to say about attractions:

"We also have Merle Hay Mall, a building in it called the Merle Hay Tower, is apparently the site of an old nunnery where some of the nuns became pregnant and were forced to abort them."  See More

"In Des Moines, if you can swing by on the weekend, be sure to check out the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market."  See More

"If you like downtown there are several hotels down there to stay at and places to shop, a lot of bars and night life, the Science Center, the Iowa State Capitol and Greater Des Moines Botanical GardenWells Fargo Arena and Hoyt Sherman Place for concerts."  See More

Where can I find out more about Des Moines?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Des Moines locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Des Moines.

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