Hidden Treasures
in Des Moines, IA (showing 1 - 6 out of 6)

If you’re looking for must-see hidden spots in the area, you’ve come to the right place. We have everything you’re looking for to enjoy the town – whether for a few, fun vacation days or as a new resident. The area is full of quaint little plazas and gardens, and gorgeous cathedrals for a fun-filled afternoon with friends and family.

Among hidden treasures, you will also find important memorials and historic buildings that you won’t want to miss during your outing. Below you’ll find a detailed description of each location, along with their address, phone number, and website, to check out more information. We also have a useful map to easily plan your visit to every spot you want to hit.

Des Moines Botanical Center

909 Robert D Ray Dr
Des Moines, IA 50316   Directions

(515) 323-6290


Calling all green thumbs to the Des Moines Botanical Center. Meander through the rows of colorful miniature rose bushes, orchids and delicate bonsai trees. Learn tips about how to make a garden grow, sprout your own fragrant herbs and start your very own terrarium.

Des Moines Farmers Market

300 Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309   Directions

(515) 286-4928


Harvest local produce at the Des Moines Farmers Market located in downtown Des Moines. Stock your refrigerator with farm fresh eggs, goat cheese and seasonal vegetables. Buy an array of fresh flowers and wines for your home. As they say, "Come for the freshness and stay for the fun."

Historic East Village

602 Robert D. Ray Dr
Des Moines, IA 50309   Directions

(515) 283-4192


Discover Historic East Village, the capital city's thriving work and play district known to locals as the East Village. You'll find plenty of attractions, trendy boutiques like Eden and The Velvet Coat, hip eateries such as Lucca or Noodle Zoo and enjoy nightlife at Club Am or the Underground Lounge.

Kavanaugh Art Gallery

228 5th St
Des Moines, IA 50265   Directions

(515) 279-8682


Find artistic treasures at the Kavanaugh Art Gallery located in Des Moines. Enjoy a gallery that emerged from the founder's lifetime passion for collecting art. Meander through the 9,500-square-foot gallery to select investment-quality original paintings, sculptures and one of a kind mobiles at prices that won't break the bank.


3631 SW 61st St
Des Moines, IA 50321   Directions

(515) 246-8361


Stick to it at Sticks where you'll find unique object art, accessories and furniture handmade from birch, poplar and driftwood, made in the Sticks award-winning studio. This hidden gem of a studio grew from crafting smaller items such as ornaments and candle sticks, to receiving national acclaim for their distinctive lifestyle lines.

Water Works Park

2201 George Flagg Parkway
Des Moines, IA 50321   Directions

(515) 283-8700


Nature's largest collection of flowering crab apple trees grow at Water Works Park located in Des Moines. The beautiful 1,500-acre park is skirted by the Raccoon River and besides apples, sports big outdoor activities like biking, jogging, and hiking and picnicking. Naturally, nature lovers love it here!

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