We mean no fuss when we say that Des Moines, the capital city of Iowa, is getting more popular by the day. It hosts a variety of museums, parks, and attractions. People love this city not only for its relaxed and steady vibe but also for its exciting and fun environment. We have listed some activities you can do alone or with your family this weekend in both Des Moines and West Des Moines.
Des Moines Art Center
The Des Moines Art Center is a venue of an extensive collection of contemporary art, sculptures, and paintings. It was established in 1948 and designed by Eliel Saarinen. This is a great place to be in if you are into the works of world-renowned artists such as Rodin, Monet, and Matisse.
The Capitol Tour
Whether you prefer a self-guided tour or a formal tour, the Capital Tour is a great way to learn about the Capitol building as well as the Capitol grounds. The tours can last for an hour and start at the rotunda, where a gift shop selling souvenir items is located. The historic building is an exceptional representation of 19th-century architecture.
Downtown Farmers' Market, Des Moines, Iowa
For almost forty years, the Downtown Farmers' Market has been supporting 300 bakers, artists, and farmers in the local area by bridging rural and urban communities. Their farmers represent 58 counties throughout Iowa and offer some of their produce to locals and visitors alike. Aside from the different products you can buy here, you can also witness festivals and special events, if you are lucky.
Des Moines Performing Arts
This non-profit arts organization runs the Des Moines Civic Center on Walnut Street. Founded in 1979 by local businessmen, the organization presents various international productions such as the Willis Broadway Series and the Dance Series. Aside from the Des Moines Civic Center, it also runs the Stoner Theater, Cowles Commons, and the Temple Theater. This is a perfect place to take your date this weekend.
Blank Park Zoo
Located on 9th Street near the historic Fort Des Moines, this zoological park aims to conserve the animals as well as educate the visitors about them. The 25-acre park initially opened as the Des Moines Children's Zoo in 1966. It is the only accredited zoo in Iowa and highlights the Discovery Center with several sections including the Free Range Aviary and the Cave.
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
This 14-acre botanical garden was first established as a city greenhouse in 1939, and the present-day Botanical Garden opened in 1979. You should not miss visiting this garden with over 1,200 kinds of plants on exhibit. It aims to celebrate plants and educate its visitors about them. It features collections of Bonsai, Amaryllis, Orchid, and many more.
You would want to eat after visiting all the sites we've mentioned above, and we know the best place that serves best-tasting tacos: Tasty Tacos. Fifty years ago, Grandma Mosqueda passed on her recipe for tacos to her grandchildren, and it became a hit up to this day. Tasty Tacos has five restaurants, and they serve their deep-fried tacos filled with lettuce, meat, and a generous amount of cheese to different customers every day.