1920 Hackley Ave,
Distance from hotel: 1.5 miles
Lions and tigers and bears oh my! Opened in 1986 as an AZA accredited zoo the 49 acre Blank Park Zoo now houses over 100 species and almost 1500 animals. Hang with the King Island wallaby race with the Aldabra tortoise and roar with an African lion – it’s all in a day’s work at Blank Park Zoo. For the true animal lovers out there arrange for a behind-the-scenes tour to help train the sea lions or feed the giraffes for exciting Iowa activities!
7401 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Distance from hotel: 3.2 miles
Principal Park continues to rate as one of the top minor league facilities in the country. The stadium which was built prior to the start of the 1992 season has seen over seven million fan passes through its gates.
1 Line Drive
Distance from hotel: 3.4 miles
Enjoy the sounds of a full-service professional orchestra! The Des Moines Symphony performs six pairs of classical concerts throughout the season as well as an Opening Night Gala a New Year’s Eve pops performance and the annual Yankee Doodle Pops Concert. The current conductor Maestro Joseph Giunta has been directing the symphony for over 20 years.
221 Walnut Street
Distance from hotel: 3.9 miles
The Iowa Events Center is located in downtown Des Moines and is comprised of Hy-Vee Hall - the states largest exhibit hall, Wells Fargo Arena - a top 100 concert facility, and Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center - the states largest ballroom.
730 Third Street
Veterans Memorial has now been renovated into a beautiful state of the art Convention Center. Inside Veterans Memorial is now considered Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center with 27 meeting rooms and the state's largest ballroom (over 28000 sq ft). Veterans Memorial Hall located inside the west entrance is a 5000 sq ft tribute to Iowan's servicemen and women. Documents personal stories photos and more detail each conflict since Iowa's statehood in 1846.
833 5th Avenue
The moment visitors enter the building they know they have walked into an extraordinary facility. The open design of the building provides great sight lines from every seat a view of the action from concourse areas and tremendous vistas of downtown Des Moines including the skyline Principal River Walk and Capital building. In addition to hosting large concerts and family events Wells Fargo Arena is the home to two minor league sports franchises.
703 3rd Street
Distance from hotel: 4.5 miles
Tokens Inc. Family Fun Center Family entertainment pizza pop food miniature golf lazer tag games birthday parties family fun and team building.
313 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, Iowa
Distance from hotel: 6.3 miles
The Iowa State Fair may very well provide the ten most fun-filled days in the whole year. Sprawled over 400 acres including wooded campsites the fair attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually with numerous things to do in Iowa. Among the entertainment exhibits rides and music are some annual favorites including the Butter Cow and the Mighty Bluegrass Shows Midway’s double Ferris wheel.
East 30th Street & East University Avenue
Distance from hotel: 8.6 miles
Exciting shopping dining and entertainment in West Des Moines Iowa
101 Jordan Creek Parkway
Distance from hotel: 11.3 miles
This outdoor amusement park featuring over 100 rides shows and attractions is a destination that’s fun for the whole family. Cruise through sections divided by theme such as Outlaw Gulch Main Street Adventure Island River City and the Space Shot Midway. Rides vary from the kid-friendly Frog Hopper and Puff the Dragon to the more adventurous Tornado rollercoaster and River Rapids Log Flume for fun-filled things to do in Iowa.
3200 Adventureland Drive
Distance from hotel: 11.4 miles
Enjoy 1900 slot machines table games including blackjack and poker live horse racing (Apr.-Oct.) and simulcast horse racing. Triple Crown Eatery and AJ's Steakhouse live concerts and entertainment. Valet parking. Meadows Events and Conference Center. Ages 21 and older only in casino. Under 21 may attend races and dine accompanied by an adult.
1 Prairie Meadows Dr
Distance from hotel: 2.1 miles
This vineyard grows over six varieties of French-American grapes including Chancellor Foch St. Croix Edelweiss Seyval Blanc and La Crescent which are bred to withstand Midwestern winters.
2400 George Flagg Parkway
Distance from hotel: 4.3 miles
Located along the east bank of the Des Moines River this center contains spectacular displays of plants flowers and free-flying birds. Visitors can experience spring and summer vistas year-round under one of the largest geodesic domes in the United States without worrying about the weather outside. The center houses an extensive collection (over 1750 species) of tropical sub-tropical and desert-growing plants—probably more than any other place in the Midwest. There are also extensive exterior gardens a café and a gift shop. Guided tours are available if reservations are made at least two weeks in advance.
909 Rober D Ray Dr
Distance from hotel: 6.5 miles
Sleepy Hollow Sports Park and Event Center is Des Moines' unique 80-acre year-round outdoor sports and family recreation complex. Sleepy Hollow emphasizes year-round activities and family fun
4501 Dean Avenue
Distance from hotel: 12.5 miles
Distance from hotel: 1 miles
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