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Fun things to do in des moines

What do you want to do first in this fun Iowa capital? Perhaps kids want to get those thrills on the roller coaters at Adventureland Park? Perhaps kids want to enjoy some horseback riding at Jester Park? Maybe kids want to ride an amazing turn-of-the-century replica carousel?

Des Moines has a HUGE range of attractions perfect to visit with kids! Love history? Living History Farms can actually transport kids back 300 years through three working farms - one even from 1700! Pretty amazing!  Animals more your bag? Blank Park Zoo has 22 acres dedicated to the beautiful animals that call the park home.

Love nature? Sure thing! Des Moines Botanical Center is one of the states most popular attractions, and when you visit you’ll see why! And for those creative minds - Science Center of Iowa! A great place where kids can interact with the exhibits to create, learn and play! 

A city where there is something for kids around every corner!

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  • Pump It Up Urbandale

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    (9 miles) Urbandale

    A bouncingly fun experience for kids who enjoy being active and of course bouncing!

  • Playground For Kids

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    (8 miles) Polk

    Indoor party and play center with over 9,000 SF of inflatables and our huge treehouse play structure will wear out even the most energetic kids! No arcade games here, lots of energy burning fun.

  • Perfect Games

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    (29 miles) Ames

    24 Lanes of Bowling, two-story Laser Tag arena, Huge Arcade, Bounce House. Full service Kingpin Pizza Restaurant. Party Reservations and great package deals. Make us your one-stop-shop for your ...

  • Adventureland Park

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    (7 miles) Altoona

    Theme Park and Water Park fun in Iowa for the whole family! Thrills, spills, and entertainment for your family day out - what more could you want!

  • The Beach Ottumwa

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    (74 miles) Ottumwa

    The Beach Ottumwa is a beautiful indoor / outdoor waterpark located in Ottumwa Iowa. The facility encompasses 13 acres and over a million gallons of safe family fun.

  • The Lost Island

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    (88 miles) Waterloo

    The Lost Island Waterpark is just minutes away from everything you need if your just visiting for the day, or planning to stay a week! This waterpark features a huge pool, five water slides, Lazy ...

  • Blank Park Zoo

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    (6 miles) Des Moines

    The Blank Park Zoo manages 49 acres of land. Of that, 22 acres have been developed into animal exhibits or facilities. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in ...

  • Iowa Aviation Museum

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    (47 miles) Greenfield

    A fascinating way to celebrate Iowa's aviation heritage, from 1910 through to modern day.

  • Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum

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    (54 miles) Oskaloosa

    Founded in 1844, the Nelson homestead is one of the premier historic attractions in Mahaska County. The property now features historic buildings from all over Mahaska County, providing visitors a ...

  • Grout Museum of History and Science

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    (89 miles) Waterloo

    Unearth the treasures of the past and gaze into the future at the Grout Museum District. You'll be surrounded by history and astounded by what is yet to come as you explore the world through ...

  • Bluedorn Science Imaginarium

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    (90 miles) Waterloo

    Described as a 'playground for the imagination', this interactive science center provides fun hands-on exhibits that demonstrate how science affects everyday life.

  • Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

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    (17 miles) Prairie City

    Spend the day driving through a 700 acre enclosed area and witness amazing bison and elk, as well as hiking, birding and mushrooming in this nature filled family day out adventure in Iowa!

  • Des Moines Botanical Center

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    Des Moines

    he Des Moines Botanical Center is one of the most popular cultural attractions in Iowa, providing educational, recreational, and community resources to thousands. Its goal is to provide botanical ...

  • Iowa Arboretum

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    (27 miles) Madrid

    A visit to the Iowa Arboretum's 378-acre facility located in scenic Boone County is an experience you won't want to miss. This site offers 40 acres developed as a 'Library of Living Plants' ...

  • Grimes Conservation Farm

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    (48 miles) Marshalltown

    Partly a nature preserve, partly a farm, partly an education center, and partly a recreation area, Grimes Farm is an unusual public space that combines a working agricultural operation with the ...

  • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

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    (10 miles) Grimes

    Their patented style of fun with trampoline covered floors and walls provided high level angular bounces kids can't get enough of. Session types include open jump, 3D Dodgeball and SkyRobics fitness ...

  • Pella Historical Village

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    (38 miles) Pella

    Whatever your idea of a vacation is, you\\\'ll Experience it in Pella. Immerse yourself in the old-world charm of the Netherlands as you stroll along our brick streets visiting our Dutch storybook ...

  • Science Center of Iowa

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    (1 miles) Parkway Des Moines

    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 ...

  • Living History Farms

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    (8 miles) Urbandale

    Living History Farms tells the story of 300 years of agricultural history through three working farms - a 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, 1850 Pioneer Farm, 1900 Horse-Powered Farm and 1875 Town with eleven ...

  • Guthrie County Historical Village

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    (40 miles) Panora

    The Guthrie County Historical Village, located on a beautiful 4-acre complex near the Middle Raccoon River and old Lenon Mill Park on the southwest side of Panora, Iowa, features ten buildings and ...

  • Grotto of the Redemption

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    (103 miles) West Bend

    The Grotto is a composite of nine separate Grottos, each portraying a scene in the life of Christ. The Grotto includes the largest collection of precious stones and gems found anywhere in one ...

  • Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad

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    (35 miles) Boone

    The Iowa Railroad Historical Society is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization which is dedicated to the preservation of, and educating the public about, the history of Iowa's ...

  • Heritage Carousel

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    (5 miles) Des Moines

    This turn-of-the-century replica carousel is hand carved from basswood, hand painted and ridden to the sound of an old-fashioned band organ. Through this the Heritage Carousel supports a nostalgic ...

  • Center Grove Orchard

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    (20 miles) Cambridge

    Fruit, farm, animals, mazes...yes please! A fun farm filled day out for kids in beautiful Iowa!

  • Phelps Youth Pavillion and Fun Space

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    (90 miles) Waterloo

    Using imaginative programs, visual adventures and interactive experiences to cover such subjects as Creativity Across Cultures, Farm, Construction Zone, Artists' Studio, Fun Stage, Time Machine and ...

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