Tours in DES MOINES with kids

“Please, sir, can I have some tours?”

Why, of course you can! Tours are the ultimate way for the family to experience a city or attraction, and in Des Moines, Iowa there are certainly lots to choose from! 

Why not take the family on a city tour? It’s a great way to not only see this amazing The Hawkeye State  city, but a great way for kids to LEARN about the city too! You can never have too many fun facts to tell friends!

Why not take a nature tour? There are plenty of places to go with kids in and around Des Moines, with some spectacular wildlife and wilderness to explore and experience. You might be surprised how quickly the scenery changes!

A tour that can take you back in time? Sounds exciting! Historical tours are always a great experience with children, because they can use their imagination as they recount incredible and iconic events that happened right where they are standing!

Wildlife tours, ghost tours, food tours….see another side of Des Moines!

May the tours be with you!

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  • National Balloon Museum

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    (16 miles) Indianola

    Take a look at the fascinating history of ballooning at this Iowa museum, with over 200 years of history to explore!

  • 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 ...

  • American Gothic House Center

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    (86 miles) Eldon

    Explore the life of artist Grant Wood, and THE house that inspired the painting American Gothic! Creative and historical family day out in Iowa!

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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!

  • Cascade Falls Aquatic Center

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    (8 miles) Ankeny

    A family friendly outdoor aquatic center in Iowa with heated water, kiddie slides, lap pools and water slides!

  • 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

    Water fun in Waterloo at The Lost Island! With slides, a lazy river, and even go karting and 18 hole mini golf! Great family fun in Iowa.

  • 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 ...

  • Playground For Kids

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    (8 miles) Ankeny

    Great indoor play for kids in Iowa with inflatables, Treehouse fun, slides, ball rooms, parties - and so much more! Great for kids up to 12 years!

  • 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!

  • Des Moines Botanical Center

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    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 ...

  • Pappajohn Sculpture Park

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    (2 miles) Des Moines

    Stroll through sculptures from 22 amazing artists in this beautiful Des Moines park, with 4.4 acres to explore.

  • Gray's Lake Park

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    (3 miles) Des Moines

    167 acres in the heart of Des Moines where families can enjoy walking, biking, and outdoor fun!

  • Jester Park Natural Playscape

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    (16 miles) Des Moines

    A beautiful and unique natural playscape in Jester Park for kids over 5 years where their creativity will be challenged!

  • 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!

  • 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 ...

  • Perfect Games

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    (29 miles) Ames

    24 lanes of bowling, two-story Laser Tag arena, huge arcade and even birthday parties. Great adventure in Iowa for those active kids!

  • 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!

  • Feldhackers Family Fun Center

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    (54 miles) Creston

    A family fun center in Iowa with bowling and a lazer maze, with a focus on offering a safe environment for kids and parents to strengthen their relationship

  • 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 ...

  • Airline Amusement Park

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    (91 miles) Waterloo

    Bumper cars, goofy golf, a driving range and batting cages are all on offer at this fun family park. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do with kids in Iowa

  • Palmers Family Fun

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    (91 miles) Waterloo

    Outdoor family fun for kids of all ages in Iowa, with zooming Go Karts, mini golf and even a driving range.