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The abundant dining options and live music are top of the list for many visitors to Downtown Des Moines. A stop by Wells Fargo Arena or Des Moines Civic Center might round out your trip.
Find beautiful government buildings, cultural attractions and a garden oasis in this older section of the city extending along a pretty riverfront.
While Capitol Park isn't home to many top sights, Wells Fargo Arena and Iowa Events Center are some notable places to visit nearby.
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While Greater South Side might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Air Lanes Bowling Center and Gray’s Lake Park.
Reviewed on Jul 3, 2020
Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020
Families will find kid-friendly activities in Central Iowa, and visitors give high marks for the fun sporting events, festivals, and college vibe. This city also attracts tourists with its live music, restaurants, and shopping. Top sights in the city include Adventureland, Iowa State Fairgrounds, and Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
The city is well known for its festivals and live music, and cultural venues include Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines Art Center, and Stephens Auditorium. Families come for attractions such as Adventureland, Iowa State Fairgrounds, and Blank Park Zoo. The city is notable for landmarks like Salisbury House, 801 Grand, and The Temple for Performing Arts.
In Central Iowa, you'll be able to select from 405 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have plenty of choices for a perfect vacation. Below are top ranked ones based on our user reviews:
Other favorite sights in Central Iowa include Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Iowa State Capitol Building, and Wells Fargo Arena.
If you want to journey outside of the city, hop aboard a train from Osceola Station, Ottumwa Station, or Creston Station. Central Iowa may not have many public transportation choices so consider renting a car to explore more.