Iowa's capital is filled with hidden gems, nationally recognized attractions and award-winning restaurants. Start your Des Moines adventure with tours of the stunning Iowa State Capitol and Terrace Hill mansion. Learn about Iowa history at the State Historical Museum of Iowa and the remarkable Salisbury House. Be sure the catch the annual Iowa State Fair and year-round events at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Bring the whole family and enjoy the interactive exhibits at the Science Center of Iowa, admire the magical gardens at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden or take some stunning family photos at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
For the area's best shopping, head to the Historic Valley Junction or Des Moines' East Village to discover a variety of boutiques, restaurants and great historical charm.
Outdoor Recreation & Exciting Eateries
Wherever you are in Des Moines, there's likely a trailhead nearby. Bring your bike, skates or walking shoes to explore the area's 800 miles of recreational trails, including the Great Western & Bill Riley Bike Trail. Also be sure to keep an eye out for summer events or winter ice skating at the Brenton Skating Plaza.
The eating options are just as endless. Nationally recognized favorites include Fong's Pizza and Zombie Burger. For the best of fine dining, grab a table at Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Co., Centro, Malo or Americana. For more great food and delicious brews, check out the Iowa Tap Room, El Bait Shop, Lua Brewing or Big Grove Brewery & Taproom.
If you're looking for a fun night out with friends, grab a beverage and enjoy a show at Flix Brewhouse or Teehee's Comedy Club. Or embrace the relaxing atmospheres of Jasper Winery, Peace Tree and Confluence Brewing.
Catch Des Moines, a city with Broadway shows, public art, delicious food, and so much more. Cheer on the Iowa Cubs, Iowa Wild and more. Enjoy live music by the river and plenty of craft beer. Browse charming street front shops and department stores. Select from dozens of breathtaking venues fit for conventions, tradeshows and sports action. Des Moines is a city where you can catch it all.