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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!

Des Moines Botanical Center

Des Moines Botanical Center

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Des Moines Playhouse

Des Moines Playhouse

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Art Festival

Art Festival

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A.H. Blank Golf Course

A.H. Blank Golf Course

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Historic East Village

Historic East Village

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Blank IMAX Dome Theatre

Blank IMAX Dome Theatre

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Iowa Hall of Pride

Iowa Hall of Pride

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Des Moines Metro Opera

Des Moines Metro Opera

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Shorty's Somewhat Fancy Bar

Shorty's Somewhat Fancy Bar

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Des Moines Botanical Center

Des Moines Botanical Center

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Jordan Creek Town Center

Jordan Creek Town Center

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Adventureland Park

Adventureland Park

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Salisbury House & Garden

Salisbury House & Garden

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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.

Drake University

Drake University

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Des Moines Police Department

Des Moines Police Department

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Iowa Methodist Medical Center

Iowa Methodist Medical Center

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KCCI

KCCI

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WHOTV

WHOTV

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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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