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3 Best Places To See in Des Moines, IA

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BLANK PARK ZOO

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

Since 1966

Here’s The Deal:
Blank Park Zoo is a 49-acre zoological park on the south side of Des Moines, Iowa, United States, near historic Fort Des Moines. Its mission is to promote nature love through conservation, awareness, science, and recreation. It is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is the only accredited zoo in Iowa. Visitors will notice the Meredith Alpine Display at the Discovery Centre's door, accessed from the zoo's central guest lobby. Discovery Center Aquarium includes aquatic environments from all over the world. The Blank Park Zoo manages 49 acres of land. Of that, 22 acres have been developed into animal exhibits or facilities. Currently, there are 104 different animal species, and 1,484 animal specimens cared for at the Blank Park Zoo. Discovery Center will amaze you with its mountainous & tropical habitats filled with exotic plants, birds, fish, and animals. Blank Park Zoo offers free admission for members.

SPECIALTY:
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

Price: Online Tickets
Children (2–12years): $10
Adults (13–64 years): $16
Senior Citizens (65+ years): $14

Discount: 10% discount at the WildThings Gift Shop
10% discount at the Safari Grill for members
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blankparkzoo.com

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Mon-Sun: 10am - 4pm

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GREATER DES MOINES BOTANICAL GARDEN

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

Since 1979

Here’s The Deal:
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a 14-acre botanical garden located near downtown Des Moines, Iowa, United States, on the east bank of the Des Moines River and north of I-235. It provides an everlasting visitor experience through progressive architecture, creative programs, and diverse exhibits. With a mission of exploring, explaining, and celebrating the world of plants, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden inspires and engages visitors through education, experience, and exploration. In 2013, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and underwent extensive renovation and expansion. From their storied Bonsai collection to uncommon plant species (like Carrie the Corpse Flower) to seven acres of outdoor gardens, there’s something of interest for gardening enthusiasts and casual observers alike. Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden offers free admission for children under age 3.

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

Price: Adult: $10
Senior (65+): $9
Military: $9
Youth (4-17): $7

Discount: 10% off Garden Shop purchases for members View Coupon

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dmbotanicalgarden.com

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Tue-Sun: 10am - 5pm
Mon: Closed

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SCIENCE CENTER OF IOWA & BLANK IMAX DOME THEATER

401 West Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309 DIRECTIONS

Here’s The Deal:
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater is a science museum located in Des Moines, Iowa. The museum opened in 1970 in Greenwood-Ashworth Park and was called the Des Moines Center of Science and Industry. It was renamed the Science Center of Iowa in 1985. It moved to its current location in 2005. The center's mission is to engage and inspire Iowans along their lifelong science learning journey. The center features special-format theaters and unique programming that attract Iowans and distant visitors. It attracts more than 300,000 people annually through a statewide educational outreach program. SCI programming reaches every county in Iowa, encourages cultural understanding, and provides Iowans with unique experiences. The Science Center offers free admission for members.

SPECIALTY:
Science Museum, Permanent Exhibits, Traveling Exhibit, Imax, Youth, Adult, Family & All-Ages Programs

Price: General Admission:
Child (2–12): $13
Adults (13–64): $13
Senior (65+): $11

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sciowa.org

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Thu-Sun: 9am - 4pm
Mon-Wed: Closed

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