Things To Do in Iowa: Des Moines

Lori Erickson
| October 24, 2023 | 1 Minute Read
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Do & See

Des Moines Art Center

With three buildings designed by internationally known architects Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Richard Meier, this museum is itself a work of art. Inside, see nearly 5,000 pieces spanning many centuries. 

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

More than 30 sculptures fill this 4.4-acre park in central Des Moines. The free park is considered one of the top sculpture gardens in the Midwest. Afterward, wander the 6-mile Art Route DSM, which features more than 80 public artworks.

Man lifts woman overhead in ballet performance on stage Ryan Morrison

Take in a show

The Des Moines Symphony, Ballet Des Moines, the Des Moines Civic Center and the Des Moines Community Playhouse are among the city’s many performing arts institutions. 

Eat & Stay


Enjoy classic French cuisine in a AAA Three Diamond brasserie-style restaurant with a casually chic setting.

Splash Seafood Oyster Bar & Grill

The aptly named Splash, a AAA Three Diamond restaurant, serves expertly prepared fresh seafood.

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

Stay at this 413-room AAA Three Diamond hotel. Amenities include an indoor pool, a fitness center, and the restaurant and cocktail lounge Mash + Marrow

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