Des Moines, Iowa

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Des Moines, Iowa, USA

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  • Heritage Carousel of Des Moines
    Located in Union Park
    515-323-8200, The seasonal, 35-passenger Heritage Carousel is one of the few carousels made of wood since the 1930s. Each hand carved and hand primed, the animals on the carousel... more info  map

Historic Homes & Buildings

  • Basilica of St. John
    1915 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
    515-244-3101, Built in a stunning Romanesque style, this basilica features stained glass windows with marble interior. Tours are available. more info  map

  • Bennett School
    Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265
    515-225-1286, One of the last one-room schoolhouses built in the West Des Moines area, used until 1941, Bennett School has been fully restored to reflect the memories of former... more info

  • Iowa State Capitol
    East 9th and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319
    515-281-5591, Built between 1871 and 1886, this magnificent building is one of the nation's finest examples of 19th century architecture. Its dome, constructed of steel and brick, is... more info  map

  • Jordan House
    2001 Fuller Road, Des Moines, IA 50265
    515-225-1286, The former home of James Jordan, the founder of Valley Junction, which was to become West Des Moines; this restored Victorian Italianate Gothic-style mansion served as a... more info  map

  • Wallace House
    756 16th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
    515-243-7063, Visit this stunning Victorian Italianate-style home of Henry Wallace, former Secretary of Agriculture. more info  map

Museums & Galleries

  • Des Moines Art Center
    4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
    515-277-4405, The Des Moines Art Center "presents thought-provoking exhibitions and educational programs, as well as hands-on studio art classes." With a major emphasis on... more info  map

  • Heritage Art Gallery
    111 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
    515-286-2242, Housed in a circa 1908, Beaux Arts Classical-style United States Post Office, the Polk County Heritage Gallery provides a multi-use exhibition space for artistic and... more info  map

  • Hoyt Sherman Place
    1501 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
    515-244-0507, A grand manor home built by prominent businessman Hoyt Sherman, the Hoyt Sherman Place is now a museum and performing arts center. An impressive collection of 19th and... more info  map

Parks, Gardens & Zoos

  • Blank Park Zoo
    7401 Southwest 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315
    515-323-8383, With a mission “to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education and recreation,” the 49-acre Blank Park Zoo is the only zoo in Iowa... more info  map

  • Des Moines Botanical Center
    909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50316
    515-323-6290, Located on 14 acres along the east bank of the Des Moines River, near downtown Des Moines, the Des Moines Botanical Center is one of the most popular cultural... more info  map

  • Yellow Banks Park
    Yellow Banks Park is located along the Des Moines River Water Trail, off Vandalia Road about two miles east of Highway 65. more info


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