Top Things to Do in Des Moines, IA

July 10th, 2018 by

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You’ll have a tough time running out of things to do in Des Moines. From a day at the races to a night at the rink, the city is teeming with activities and attractions that are easy to reach in your next car.

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Hotel

Altoona’s Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetrack runs three graded stakes races during the thoroughbred season (Grade III Cornhusker Handicap, Grade III Iowa Oaks, and Grade III Iowa Derby). Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Hotel also features an onsite casino that contains 1,900 slot machines and casino game tables, including poker, roulette, and blackjack.

Adventureland Resort

A family-owned amusement park just northeast of Des Moines, Adventureland offers over 100 rides, shows, and attractions. Kids can enjoy Chuck Wagon, a miniature western-themed Ferris wheel. Thrill seekers can head to The Monster, the first Infinity Coaster in the United States. There are plenty of rides in between to satisfy every visitor.

Horses at gate at racetrack

Downtown Farmers’ Market

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is open from the first Saturday of May through the last Saturday of October. You’ll find nearly 300 vendors from urban and rural communities across the state. They offer everything from arts and crafts to Iowa-raised meat.

Valley Junction

Historic Valley Junction transports you back to the Des Moines of old. A wonderful mix of old and new offers a collection of unique shops and popular events. Take a walk around Valley Junction and enjoy the hometown feel. Events include Dancing Through The Ages, All Iowa Bash, and regular Music in the Junction days.

Watch the Iowa Wild

Feel like sitting back and watching some hockey? Book a ticket to see the Iowa Wild play at Wells Fargo Arena.

Reach All the Fun Stuff to Do in Des Moines in Your Own Vehicle

Whether you want to take your kids for a day they won’t forget at Adventureland or explore Iowa’s past at Valley Junction, getting around is much easier when you have your own set of wheels. If you want to get around with ease, check out the used car inventory of CarHop of Des Moines.

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