Best Places To See in Des Moines

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7401 Southwest 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315 Directions

Since 1966

Blank Park Zoo is a zoological park located in south Des monies. The Blank Park Zoo's mission is to promote nature love through conservation, awareness, science, and recreation. It was originally based on nursery rhymes and included a moat fortress, Noah's Ark house, petting zoo, and miniature railroad. Visitors will notice the Meredith Alpine Display at the Discovery Centre 's door, accessed from the zoo's central guest lobby. Visitors can enjoy the pair of red pandas in the zoo from an indoor enclosure with an attached travel tunnel, allowing additional space for the animals in an outdoor exhibit. Discovery Center Aquarium includes aquatic environments from all over the world. A part of the waterfall above the Amazon River Pool is available.

Night Eyes, Conservation, Libraries, Scout, Weddings, Animal Days, Facility Rental, Home School Programs, Field Trip, Birthday Parties, Zoo Brew Reveal Party, Conservation Speaker Series, Group Visits, Exhibitions, Member Events, Spring Break Schedule, Early Education, Gators on The Green and Safari Camps & Family Nature Club

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Price: Adult (13-64): $14
Child (2-12): $8
Senior ( 65+): $11

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Mon - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309 Directions

Since 1979

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is located in the middle of Des Moines. It offers an everlasting visitor experience through progressive architecture, creative programs, and diverse exhibits. In imaginative spaces built to discover, illustrate, and enjoy the beauty of the plant environment, the conservatory has over 1,200 separate taxa from around the globe. The gardens will display vibrant annual color schemes based around creative themes influenced by music, literature, fashion, and pop culture, using plants as the exhibition ingredients. Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden offers free admission for children under age 3.

Venue Rentals, Youth, Horticultural Exhibits, North Gallery, Plants, Garden Shop, Group Visits, Families Programs, Students, Adult Education, Calendar of Events, Dine, Teachers, Educational Programs, Conservatory and Indoor Gardens, Garden Photos, Plant Collections & Outdoor Gardens

Price: Adults & Youth: $7

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Mon - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312 Directions

Since 1948

Des Moines Art Center is located in Des Moines, Iowa. During the year, a large central gallery rotates through several art shows, most of which are showcased at one to three months. These shows involve solo shows arranged around a theme by globally known musicians, touring shows by other organizations, and community shows. The museum room's portion displays the permanent collections in various ways, including limited rooms for short-term printing and photography exhibits, a multimedia display, and long-term, chronologically and thematically arranged installations. Outdoor sculptures and a rose-garden are found on the property. The Gallery borders an adjacent reflecting pool on both sides. Des Moines Art Cente welcomes you with free admission.

Art Exhibitions, School Tour, Facility Rental, Summer Camps, Dining, Birthday Parties, Gift Shop, Guided Tours, Stores, Workshop, Private and Special Events, Cooking Classes, Wedding Events, Conservation, Educational Programs, Field Trips & Classrooms

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Tue - Wed & Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon Closed

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