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There’s so much to do in Greater Des Moines. Here’s the list of year-round attractions, and you’ll also find some outstanding seasonal events and attractions as well. And, if you need a place to stay when you come to visit, the Convention and Visitors Bureau can help with travel and hotel reservations.


The Principal Riverwalk  bridge has transformed our downtown riverfront. Free.

The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park features artwork of the world’s most celebrated artists. These 4.4 acres in the downtown’s Western Gateway now display 24 sculptures worth a combined $40 million. Free.

Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
SCI is open 362 days a year. SCI is located at 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Des Moines. Entrance fee.

blank park zooDes Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines. Opened 6 days a week, closed on Mondays. Free Admission.

Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
Performing arts theater. Visit the website for event schedule and prices.

Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th in Des Moines. Open year-round. Visit the website for details. Entrance fee.

artPrairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino
One Prairie Meadows Dr in Altoona. Free admission to casino and racetrack. Must be 21 or older.