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Fairfield Inn & Suites Des Moines Altoona
2.5 out of 5
460 Bass Pro Drive, Altoona, Des Moines, IA
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The price is $109 per night
4.7/5Exceptional! (232 reviews)

"You can tell the property is still relatively new. Very good condition and friendly staff. Hot tub was HOT as it should be. Two thumbs up."…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites Des Moines Altoona
Staybridge Suites Des Moines Downtown
3 out of 5
201 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, IA
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The price is $127 per night
4.7/5Exceptional! (635 reviews)

"The room was clean and spacious, and the staff was very hospitable. We didn't have the sit down breakfast due to Covid, but the staff gave us to go breakfast bags, and they were more than ample. If we travel to the area again, we will stay here."…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

Staybridge Suites Des Moines Downtown
Drury Inn & Suites West Des Moines
3 out of 5
5505 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA
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The price is $90 per night
4.7/5Exceptional! (930 reviews)

"It was clean! The staff was friendly and the food portions were large for the free breakfast. The only down-side was the poor television channel selection available."…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

Drury Inn & Suites West Des Moines
4 Bedroom, Sleeps 10, Heart of Beaverdale Clean, Room to Spread out
4.7/5Exceptional! (64 reviews)
Warm and welcoming home.

"This home is so comfortable and lovely. We had the best time and the house had everything we needed plus so much more! Leslie was so great to communicate with and we would definitely recommend anyone to stay here."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

4 Bedroom, Sleeps 10, Heart of Beaverdale Clean, Room to Spread out
Hotel Renovo
4.5 out of 5
11167 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA
The price is $139 per night
4.6/5Exceptional! (495 reviews)

"I always enjoy my stays at Renovo. It was nice and quiet and just what we needed to break up a long road trip."…"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Hotel Renovo
Wildwood Lodge
3 out of 5
11431 Forest Ave, Clive, IA
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The price is $78 per night
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,798 reviews)

"My only complaint was the morning breakfast. They did not have paper plates. It’s hard to eat biscuits and gravy in a bowl. It’s not like paper plates are out of stock right now. Also used liquid eggs out of a box. The one thing I really look forward to is eating a nice breakfast in the morning. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Wildwood Lodge
Homewood Suites By Hilton Ankeny
3 out of 5
2455 Southeast Creekview Drive, Ankeny, IA
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The price is $101 per night
4.6/5Exceptional! (262 reviews)

"Spacious room. Comfortable bed. Staff was attentive and polite."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Homewood Suites By Hilton Ankeny
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Des Moines West/Jordan Creek
3 out of 5
125 South 68th Street, West Des Moines, IA
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The price is $93 per night
4.6/5Wonderful! (372 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly! Room and hotel were very clean."…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2020

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Des Moines West/Jordan Creek
Hampton Inn & Suites Altoona - Des Moines
2.5 out of 5
215 Adventureland Drive NW, Altoona, IA
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The price is $106 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (268 reviews)

"This was a very updated & well decorated place. The thing I appreciated the most was the cleanliness!!! It was by far the cleanest hotel I have ever stayed in! I could tell the linens were freshly cleaned & our room was spotless. The only negative was, they still promised breakfast on their site ..."…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Altoona - Des Moines
Baymont by Wyndham Des Moines Airport
2.5 out of 5
6221 Willow Creek Ave, Des Moines, IA
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The price is $59 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)

"The cook was a very friendly guy! The food was excellent and service was well."…"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2020

Baymont by Wyndham Des Moines Airport
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Des Moines West, IA
3 out of 5
1350 Nw 118th St, Clive, IA
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The price is $71 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

"Property was clean and neat. The grab and go Breakfast was filling."…"

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Des Moines West, IA
SpringHill Suites Des Moines West
3 out of 5
1236 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA
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The price is $99 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (775 reviews)

"Staff was very helpful. Room cleanliness was lacking, hairs in shower."…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

SpringHill Suites Des Moines West
Comfort Inn Ankeny - Des Moines
2.5 out of 5
2602 SE Creekview Drive, Ankeny, IA
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The price is $59 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (321 reviews)

"Great place"…"

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Comfort Inn Ankeny - Des Moines
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Urbandale/Des Moines
2 out of 5
8711 Plum Dr, Urbandale, IA
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The price is $60 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"I sure liked the room and staff but missed the tables and other people to sit beside. It gets lonely traveling alone and just having your own room."…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Urbandale/Des Moines
Adventureland Inn
2.5 out of 5
3200 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA
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3.9/5Good! (246 reviews)

"The 2 different pool areas and getting to your room was like a maze but fun"…"

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Adventureland Inn
Ramada Tropics Resort & Conf Center by Wyndham Des Moines
3 out of 5
5000 Merle Hay Rd, Urbandale, IA
The price is $71 per night
3.6/5Good! (1,000 reviews)

"The only thing this hotel has going for them is the pool area. the rooms need a lot of attention."…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Ramada Tropics Resort & Conf Center by Wyndham Des Moines
Sterling Hotel and Suites
3 out of 5
11428 Forest Ave, Clive, IA
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The price is $72 per night
3.5/5Good! (988 reviews)

"I love this property stay there whenever in the area and highly recommend the penthouse the biggest steal in town. The front desk staff is the best customer service I’ve seen in a long time and the maintenance and cleaning crew are also excellent. Look forward to my next visit."…"

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2020

Sterling Hotel and Suites
Ramada by Wyndham Ankeny
3 out of 5
133 SE Delaware Avenue, Ankeny, IA
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The price is $63 per night
3.3/5 (994 reviews)
Spacious Room

"Room was very large. We had 7 in our party and had lots of extra space."…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

Ramada by Wyndham Ankeny
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Where Should We Stay in Des Moines?

If you've been thinking about a vacation with your kids, Des Moines is a good choice. The biking trails, swimming spots, and festivals are just some of the things that make this a good destination for family vacations. Arrange a flight into Des Moines, IA (DSM-Des Moines Intl.), which is located 4.1 mi (6.7 km) from the city center. Des Moines has 113 child-friendly hotels and other accommodations so you'll have a variety of options when you're deciding where you should stay.

Vacationing families have good things to say about these accommodations:

Adventureland Inn: Offers 2 indoor pools, a restaurant, and free parking. Guests like the overall comfort at this 2.5-star hotel.

Comfort Inn Ankeny - Des Moines - Features an indoor pool, free parking, and free buffet breakfast. The clean rooms and breakfast options make this 2.5-star hotel popular with guests.

When Should We Visit Des Moines?

You're probably hoping for good weather for your family trip. You can use these tips to plan when to pack up the kids and head to Des Moines.

  • Hottest months: July, August, June, and September, with an average temperature of 84°F
  • Coldest months: January, February, December, and November, with an average temperature of 17°F
  • Driest months: January, February, December, and November, with an average rainfall of 1.48 inches
  • Rainiest months: June, May, July, and August, with an average rainfall of 4.57 inches

What Should We See and Do in Des Moines?

While you are vacationing in Des Moines, you and the family might want to see interesting spots such as Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Art Center. Make sure you have plenty of time to take in the area's activities like Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Iowa State Capitol Building, and Salisbury House.

Des Moines is also known for its:
  • Sports
  • Festivals
  • Live music
  • Theater
  • Biking
  • Restaurants

Frequently asked questions

What's Des Moines like for family-friendly vacations?
If you’ve been thinking about a vacation with your kids, Des Moines is a good choice. The biking trails, swimming spots, and festivals are just some of the things that make this the perfect spot for family trips. Take to the air and fly into Des Moines, IA (DSM-Des Moines Intl.), which is located 4.1 mi (6.7 km) from the center of Des Moines.
What's the best place to stay for families in Des Moines?
Ramada Tropics Resort & Conf Center by Wyndham Des Moines is a top 3-star hotel on Expedia for families, and features a water park and an indoor pool. Other choices for your family trip include Drury Inn & Suites West Des Moines and Ramada by Wyndham Ankeny.
How many family-friendly hotels should I expect to find in Des Moines?
Expedia has 113 hotels in Des Moines that are perfect for families.
What's the weather like in Des Moines?
The hottest months are usually July and August with an average temp of 72°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 29°F. Average annual rainfall for Des Moines is 36 inches.
What's there to see and do with your family in Des Moines?
While you and your family are staying in Des Moines, you might want to visit some family-friendly attractions such as Wells Fargo Arena, Iowa State Fairgrounds, and Adventureland. Make sure you have plenty of time to take in the area’s activities like Des Moines Civic Center, Iowa Events Center, and Hoyt Sherman Place.

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