Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Greater Des Moines.
You guys know that I was in Minnesota up until this June when we moved back home to Iowa. We’re thrilled with the move and have been doing so many activities and events in our home state. I know that Des Moines isn’t well known by several people so I thought I would share some of our favorite things to do in downtown Des Moines! Check them out!
Things to Do in Des Moines
While we were in Des Moines visiting the other day, we hit a few of our favorites in Des Moines. I wanted to share them with you!
Sculpture Park in Downtown Des Moines – If you’re looking for some fun with the family that’s also inexpensive you must check out the Sculpture Park in Downtown Des Moines. You can spend hours lingering on the lawns, admiring the sculptures and if you’re lucky you’ll even find some amazing food trucks!
The 4.4 acre park, located within a major crossroads of the urban grid, creates a pedestrian friendly entranceway to downtown Des Moines. This accessible setting, coupled with the skilled landscape design and caliber of the art, makes it unlike any other sculpture park in the United States. The Pappajohns’ contribution of 28 works for the park is the most significant donation of artwork ever made to the Des Moines Art Center.
You’ll find some amazing art in the sculpture park so be sure to take a camera with you!
Science Center of Iowa – When we lived in the Des Moines area, I remember taking my kids to the science center at least a couple times each year. There’s so many different things for the kids to do that will keep them entertained and learning for hours! Plus, the Imax dome theater is not to be missed!
Experience the Science-Surrounds-Us-All Actuality at this 110,000 square-foot creative lifelong learning center in the heart of Downtown Des Moines. By placing the power of learning in the hands of the visitor with interactive experiences for all ages, the emphasis at SCI is less on what to learn and more on how to learn.
Adventureland – Come on Over to Adventureland – It’s going to be a fun filled day! Growing up in Iowa I think that every kid I know looked forward to the summer months and taking that trip to Adventureland. It’s one of those things that you look forward to all year long. It’s the Iowa amusement and water park destination that everyone must experience!
My boys have been to Adventureland several times, they love the rides, the food, and all the fun! It’s a MUST try!
Places to eat in Des Moines
Fongs Pizza – This is the best pizza that I’ve ever had. Seriously guys. This stuff is amazing! My kids and I inhaled a pizza – it was so good!
Are you looking for a unique experience? Think of a ‘frozen in time’ dive bar offering Asian-inspired pizzas & appetizers, sandwiches, salads and desserts. We also offer gluten-free & vegan selections. Be sure to try a tasty tiki drink or one of our delicious beers; many of which are brewed here in Iowa. Our fun-loving staff is here to show you a great time as you explore Fongolian territory.
Zombie Burger – To be honest, I have not eaten her yet, but I have heard people rave about it. I was really hoping to squeeze it into our visit but we ran out of time. Not to worry, it’s at the top of my list for our next visit!
Famous for inventive flavor combos in a “post apocalyptic chic” setting, Zombie Burger + Drink Lab serves fast food with a culinary edge in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Visit the quick-service counter for a bite on-the-go, or step into the Drink Lab for a full service meal, cocktails and Zombie Burger’s popular spiked milk shakes.
Where to Stay in Des Moines
Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel – If you’re looking for a fabulous hotel that’s in downtown Des Moines, this is the hotel you want. We stayed here a couple nights last month and had a great experience, it’s such a handy location for everything downtown. You’ll be able to walk to meals and several different activities with your family!
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Renaissance Savery Hotel stands as an elegant architectural landmark in the heart of downtown Des Moines. With a tradition of fine hospitality and superior service, it is here that presidents, generals and some of the Midwest’s grandest events were celebrated.