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Blogs & Sites
Location: 225 - 10th Street, Boone, IA
The Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad offers tours of the Des Moines River valley by train, along with special holiday and Thomas & Friends excursions. Advance reservations are strongly rec...
Location: 2201 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, IA
Water Works Park, named for its proximity to the Des Moines water treatment facility, is home to several annual events, including Jolly Holiday Lights.
Location: 1101 Porter, Des Moines, IA
Northwest Aquatic Center has a water slide, a zero depth entry, a water mushroom, and a shaded swim area. Swimming lessons are available starting with Infant and Me classes through to adults.
Location: 2701 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA
In addition to state-of-the-art bowling and tavern-style dining options, Plaza Lanes also now offers an outdoor volleyball arena.
Parties: Plaza Lanes offers basic ($9.95/child) ...
Location: 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA
The Des Moines Botanical Center offers families plenty of opportunities to explore and discover beauty in nature. Kids can also pick up a scavenger hunt and activity pamphlet at t...
Location: 75 East Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA
Location: 1801 Pennsylvania Avenue, Des Moines, IA
Location: E 30th and University Ave, Des Moines, IA
Location: 217 Fifth Street, West Des Moines, IA
Historic Valley Junction - a six-block historic district along Fifth Street that was first settled in 1846 - now boasts about 150 shops, galleries, and eateries, and hosts a farmers market a...
Location: East 30th Street & East University Avenue, Des Moines, IA
In addition to the state fair each August, the Iowa State Fairgrounds hosts almost 200 other special events throughout the year.
Location: 541 South Pleasant Hill Boulevard, Des Moines, IA
Doanes Park's 43 acres boast two playgrounds, open shelters, tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, and a Youth Center that offers recreational programming for youth and the communit...
Location: Highway 163 & Copper Creek Drive, Des Moines, IA
Copper Creek Lake Park features a lighted trail around the 40-acre lake, a playground, and a shelter with electricity that can be rented for private events. Visitors can fish from the shorel...