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Take a trip back in time at Living History Farms, one of the state’s top tourism attractions.  Not only can visitors experience Iowa’s rich agricultural history, but they can also attend many events at the Farms, such as historical dinners, events for children and more.  This attraction changes so frequently, visitors can experience something different with every visit!

If summer fun is what you are seeking, enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you stroll along the city’s trail system. Urbandale boasts an extensive trail system with more than 44 miles of maintained trails. Maps of the trails are available at, the Parks and Recreation office, or at City Hall. You can also email the Park and Recreation office at

The City also maintains 12 tennis courts between three different locations:  South Karen Acres Park, Walker Johnston Park, and Lions Park.  All courts are open to the public FREE of charge.

To beat the summer heat, kids and adults enjoy three wading pools located at Lions Park, South Karen Acres and The Aquatic Playground.

parade 2011Urbandale is proud to be home to one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in the metro area.  The celebration showcases community pride with a parade, musical entertainment, carnival, vendors around Lions Park and of course a large fireworks display coloring the skies over Walker Johnston Park.

Kids can catch a breeze at the skateboard park located at Walker Johnson Park, play soccer, or play baseball at Walker Johnston Park. Urbandale’s sporting facilities are all well-maintained by the Parks department.

If entertainment is part of your itinerary, experience a Des Moines Buccaneers hockey game located in Urbandale or drive to Wells Fargo Arena for an Iowa Wild Game. You can also enjoy a movie, dine at one of Urbandale’s restaurants, or enjoy the company of friends at one of our many clubs or bar and grills.

Fall is a busy time for Urbandale.  With the weather changing, residents can keep up the fun of summer by taking it indoors to enjoy the Des Moines Metro’s only indoor public swimming poll located at 7201 Aurora Ave., Urbandale.  Many also escape to indoor fun at one of the two indoor play centers located in the community.

In the winter residents enjoy outdoor activities such a sledding and ice skating. One of Urbandale’s most unique parks is the sledding hill just west of the Metro Ice Sports Facility at 5100 NW 72nd Street. The hill is opened when there is a four-inch snow base (a sign will be posted). A warming room with a fireplace and concessions are available in the Ice Facility.   The ice skating pond is located at Lakeview Park (80th Street and Aurora Ave.). The pond may be used for ice skating when ice conditions are adequate. Signs are posted indicating whether the ice is thick enough for skating.

No matter what the season, Urbandale is busy with activity!