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Choose from the following:
Basilica of St. John Blank Park Zoo
Des Moines Art Center Des Moines Botanical Center
Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey Des Moines Dragons Basketball
Des Moines Menace Soccer Fort Des Moines
Greater Iowa Aquarium Center Hoyt Sherman Place
Iowa Barnstormers Arena Football Team Iowa Cubs Baseball
Iowa State Capitol Iowa State Fair
Italian American Cultural Center Salisbury House
Science Center of Iowa Sleepy Hollow Sports Park
State of Iowa Historical Building Terrace Hill Historical Site
Wallace House White Water University Fun Park


Basilica of St. John

1915 University Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat., 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
open., year-round.


Blank Park Zoo

7401 SW Ninth St.
Des Moines, Iowa
Open: 10-5 daily, May 1-Oct. 15.

22 acre zoo featuring natural exhibits.


Des Moines Art Center

4700 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50312
Phone: 515-277-4405
Museum Hours:
Open 11 am - 4 pm; Thursdays until 9 pm; First Friday of each month 11 am - 9 pm; Sunday - noon - 4 pm; Closed Monday
Thursday and the first Friday of each month extended hours are for Art After Hours

Noon-4 Sundays
Free Admission

Please call ahead for details and to confirm hours of operation as these items may change without notice.


Des Moines Botanical Center

909 E. River Dr
Des Moines Iowa
Open: 10-6 Mon.-Thu., 10-9 Fri., 10-5 Sat.-Sun., year-round.

Spectacular seasonal displays of plants, flowers and free-flying birds.


Greater Iowa Aquarium Center

501 E. 30th
Des Moines, Iowa
Phone: 515-263-0612
Open: Mon.-Sun., year-round.


Hoyt Sherman Place

1501 Woodland Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 515-244-0507
Please call ahead for hours of operation

The original home of Hoyt Sherman, one of Des Moines founders. It was built in 1877 and was his home until he died in 1904.
The home has been expanded from its original construction to include not only the magnificent home, but also entertainment, banquet and meeting facilities. Of special interest is the historic theater.


Iowa Barnstormers Arena Football Team

505 Fifth Ave., Suite 1001
Des Moines, Iowa
Phone: 515-282-3596
Ticket Info: 515-242-2966
Open: Fri. or Sat. night games, late Apr. to mid-Aug.


Des Moines Menace Soccer

6400 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Phone: 515-226-9890


Des Moines Dragons Basketball

The Dragons minor league basketball team played here from 1997 until 2001. They are no longer in operation. This page has more information on the former team.


Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey

Metro Ice Sports Arena
7201 Hickman Road
Urbandale, Iowa
Phone: 515-278-9757 or 515-25-40-ICE


Iowa Cubs Baseball

350 SW First St.
Des Moines, Iowa
Phones: 515-243-6111 or 800-GO-ICUBS
Hours: 9-5 Mon.-Fri., 9-noon Sat., Apr.-Sep.; offices open all day during game days.

AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.


Iowa State Fair

30th and University Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa
Phones: 515-262-3111 or 800-545-FAIR (June-Aug.)


Salisbury House

4025 Tonawanda Dr.
Des Moines, Iowa
Phone: 515-279-9711
Please call ahead for hours of operation

A 42 room mansion modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England. It was built in the 1920's by Carl and Edith Weeks.


Sleepy Hollow Sports Park

4051 Dean Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa
Phones: 515-262-4100 or 515-263-9707

Hours vary by activity, year-round.


State Capitol
East Ninth and Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa
Phone: 515-281-5591

Open: 8-4:30 Mon.-Fri., 8-4 weekends and holidays. Please call to confirm hours of operation


State of Iowa Historical Museum

600 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, Iowa
Phone: 515-281-5111
Open: 9-4:30 Tue.-Sat.; noon-4:30 Sun. Closed Mon. and state holidays.

Just west of the Capitol building, this museum has hands-on exhibits that bring Iowa history to life. Many other interesting and varied exhibits are available for visiting.


Terrace Hill Historic Site

2300 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa
Phone: 515-281-3604
Please call ahead for hours of operation

On the highest hill in Des Moines, this is the home of Iowa's governor. It is known as the "palace of the prairie." It was first built in 1869 for B.F. Allen, the state's first millionaire. The heirs of the next owner, Frederick M. Hubbell donated the estate to the state of Iowa for use as the governor's residence.


Wallace House

756 16th St.
Des Moines, Iowa
Phone: 515-243-7063
Hours: 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 Mon., Wed. and Fri., year-round. Group tours and special events any time by appointment.

A restored, 1882 Italianate-style Victorian home first owned by Henry A. Wallace. It is now a museum and vice-presidential library.


White Water University Fun Park

5401 E. University Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50327
Phone: 515-265-4904
Please call ahead for hours of operation - not open all year.


Fort Des Moines Museum
225 S.E. Army Post Road
Des Moines, Iowa
Phone: 515-284-6005
Explore the history of the Women's Army Auxilliary Corps when it was stationed in Des Moines from 1942-46. Fort Des Moines also housed the first black officer training center in 1917.


Science Center of Iowa

401 West Martin Luther King Junior Parkway
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 515-274-4629

Discovery to the power of Fun, school programs, camps, classes laser light shows and much, much more


Italian-American Cultural Center
1961 Indianola Ave
Des Moines, IA 50315-7134
Phone: 515-280-3719


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