Things To Do in Des Moines





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The Heritage Carousel - The Heritage Carousel has provided smiles to thousands of people since it first started going in circles. It was established to provide an affordable, wholesome and nostalgic family based activity. It is located in a working class section of Des Moines and hosts riders from all over the metro area and Central Iowa, as well as those who travel to see authentic carousels across the country.

Adventureland - Adventureland Amusement Park contains over 100 rides, shows, and attractions including some of the country's most exciting roller coasters and thrill rides that can challenge the most avid amusement park enthusiasts. Adventureland presents a full array of shows in the park - from live music to magic to song and dance - there's always something to suit everyone's taste.

Science Center of Iowa - Imagine. Experiment. Play! At the Science Center of Iowa, the experience is yours! From the inner workings of the human body to the outer reaches of the solar system, science surrounds you with dynamic live programs and hands-on exhibits.

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Latino Heritage Festival - Local artists, and performers are able to show their talents. The festival is entertaining, cheerful, informative, and an enriching event that is enjoyed by thousands of participants regardless of age, race, ethnicity, creed, or gender.

Des Moines Arts Festival - Features include 175 professional juried artists, emerging Iowa artists, a Student's Vision K - 12 Art Exhibition, Interrobang Film Festival, over 25 family and adult art activities, performing arts stage, eclectic food booths, live music, street theatre, sculpture garden, and fireworks.

Iowa State Fair - Special features include one of the world's largest livestock shows, the country's largest state fair foods department, the state's largest arts show, hundreds of competitive events and wacky contests; 600 plus exhibitors and concessionaires selling quality and tasty treats, and 160 rolling acres of campgrounds.

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801 Steak & Chop House - A late 1920's New York City steak house interior with signature leather booths, cherry wood furnishings, and high ceilings. 801 Chophouse features aged USDA Prime beef. The freshest seafood and vegetables available including live Maine lobsters, jumbo king crab legs and oysters on the half-shell.

Centro - The urban eatery specializes in serving delicious Italian inspired food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparation by Chef George Formaro. CENTRO’S lively, casual yet upscale atmosphere make it perfect for dining with family, friends, clients and business associates.

Great China Restaurant - Great China is a family owned and operated restaurant located in Urbandale. Our chefs collectively have over 60 years of experience in Chinese cuisine and are dedicated to bringing its authentic taste to your table. We strive to create a casual yet hospitable atmosphere that all guests can enjoy.

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