Top 10 Things to Do In Des Moines

As the capital city of Iowa, people have many expectations from Des Moines. Luckily, Des Moines is the best mix of new and old. With the many museums that show off the rich lore of the city and zoos that boast a wide range of animals, Des Moines entertains people of all demographics. This guide will show you top 10 things to do in Des Moines.

1. Terrace Hill

On top of the terrace hill lies the governor of Iowa’s house, more commonly referred to as the Hubbell Mansion. This iconic structure, built in 1869, is nearly 18,600sq feet and acts as a museum with static and rotating exhibitions.

2. Jasper Winery

Established in 2000, the Jasper Winery was the result of the many grape farms in Newton. Near 2008, Jasper Winery came to Des Moines. The winery offers tours of the facility as well as a wine tasting room.

3. The Better Homes and Gardens Test Gardens

Used a photography location for the Better Homes and Gardens magazine, present here are 22 different gardens separated by different themes. The park is accessible to the public at all time, except when the magazine uses them.

4. The State Capitol

Now a staple of every capital city in America, this state capital stands out. With a building as old as 1871, the state capitol building contains art collections and intricate stone carvings. These artifacts show off the country’s rich history.

5. Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Other than historic art, Des Moines promotes local art through the Pappajohn sculpture park. One of the quirkier sights of Des Moines, the founders of the park were Mary and John Pappajohn. Founded in 2009 the park shelters around 20 sculptures by local artists

6. State Historical Museum

The state historical museum prides itself on educating visitors on how the state of Iowa came to be.  The museum contains artifacts and documents, which offer insight on the growth of Des Moines.

7. Downtown Farmers Market

The downtown farmers market is famous for housing over 300 vendors and many street performers. These vendors include artisans, bakers, and farmers some who have been here for 30 years. Most people go there due to the fresh and local produce and the many choices of vendors.

8. Salisbury House and Gardens

Built in the 1920s, the Salisbury house and garden contains a beautiful botanical garden and an enormous mansion. The mansion houses a library, concert hall and an art museum with different exhibitions.

9. Des Moines Art Center

The Des Moines art center first opened in 1948 and has since been the go-to place for art aficionados. The center has many permanent and rotating exhibits as well as another form of art such as sculpture.

10. Blank Park Zoo

It is true that no trip is complete without a trip to the zoo, and what better place to go than the Blank Park Zoo. The zoo stretches over 25 acres of land and houses multiple animal species. The zoo also takes to educating visitors about environmental issues.

In conclusion, while this might not be the place for thrill seekers, it is a place of culture and history waiting to be explored by you.