Things to do in Des Moines

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Des Moines Botanical Center showing interior views and a park

Des Moines Attractions

Victorian houses, outdoor sculpture, and tree-lined rivers set the stage in Iowa’s largest city, where you can find plenty of arts, culture, and nature in the relaxed setting of a classic Midwestern metropolis. The things to do in Des Moines reflect the city’s transformation from a frontier boom town into a modern crossroads, as stately museums share space with a working fairground, covered walkways link the convention centers and coffee shops, and attractions from studios to open-air galleries abound.


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