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Things To Do in Des Moines, IA

Do you feel like you’re in a rut? Break free from the routine by exploring all the wonderful, fun-filled things to do in the area! We have it all from family fun and kid-friendly entertainment, to adult playgrounds and movie theaters. Discover just how rich the city is by scrolling below to find out the attractions around you.

Click on any attraction to get directions. You can also click on each category to find even more things to do. From outdoor fun to indoor mystery – nothing compares to the excitement that awaits you. With all our options, you’ll wish that days lasted longer!

Brenton Skating Plaza

Brenton Skating Plaza

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The Des Moines Ballroom

The Des Moines Ballroom

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Latino Heritage Festival

Latino Heritage Festival

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Toad Valley Public Golf Course

Toad Valley Public Golf Course

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Water Works Park

Water Works Park

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Century 20 Jordan Creek and XD

Century 20 Jordan Creek and XD

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Fort Des Moines Museum

Fort Des Moines Museum

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Des Moines Symphony

Des Moines Symphony

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Johnny's Hall of Fame Sports Bar

Johnny's Hall of Fame Sports Bar

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Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

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Jordan Creek Town Center

Jordan Creek Town Center

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Adventureland Park

Adventureland Park

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The Pappajohn Sculpture Park

The Pappajohn Sculpture Park

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Local Resources in Des Moines, IA

When you’re visiting a city or are new to the area, finding information on local resources might be hard. You may find yourself in need of airport information, food banks, local radio and TV stations, hospitals, churches or even schools in the area. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Our local resources include universities, colleges and school districts; local government services and branches; hospitals, clinics and urgent care services; local news stations and newspapers; airports and trains; and local utilities – cable and internet services, natural gas, electric, water and cell phone services.

Anything you might need while you travel or when you first get established in a new city, we have in our "Local Resources" tab at the top of the page. Click on the category you’re looking for to find countless options to suit your needs.

Grand View University

Grand View University

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City of Des Moines

City of Des Moines

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Veterans Affairs-VA Central Iowa Health Care System

Veterans Affairs-VA Central Iowa Health Care System

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Business Record

Business Record

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KCCI

KCCI

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Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile

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