|Des Moines Art Center
internationally acclaimed museum houses impressive works by artists
of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Edward Hopper, Georgia
O'Keefe and Henri Matisse. The center, which also offers art
classes, consists of three buildings, each designed by a celebrated
architect: Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Richard Meier.
Iowa State Fairgrounds
This is America's Classic State Fair, with its
traditional competitions, agricultural exhibits and food displays,
it also features one of the world's largest livestock shows. The
400-acre fairgrounds hosts events year-round with three outdoor
stages, show rings, baseball fields and a multimedia center, and
also houses a 160-acre campground.
The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is a new addition to
downtown, a traditional English pub with more than 100 beers, 22 on
Des Moines Botanical Center
Known for its huge collection of the Midwest's
ornamental and native plants, this 14-acre center bordering the Des
Moines River features a domed conservatory that houses over 1000
varieties of exotic plants from throughout the world. The center
also has an impressive herb garden, tropical and desert plants, and
one of the best bonsai collections in the U.S.
Blank Park Zoo
A wide variety of animals are housed
in natural settings at this 22-acre, relatively small zoo, dedicated
to caring for the over 800 animals, educating the public about
different species, and generating fun experiences for children, such
as crawling through simulated prairie dog tunnels and feeding,
petting and riding animals.
Tournament Club of Iowa
An Arnold Palmer Signature Course which has
recently been selected to host the Allianz SR PGA TOUR Championship
and is noted for its bold elevation changes and magnificent vistas.
The King's House in Salisbury, England, was the
inspiration for this Tudor mansion.
Des Moines Symphony
The symphony began performing in the
Civic Center in 1979, the year the auditorium was finished, and
continues to perform all of its indoor full-orchestra concerts there
today. The full-service professional orchestra performs seven pairs
of classical concerts throughout the season, as well as a
three-concert pops series, family concerts and in-school ensemble
Adventureland has three water rides, three roller
coasters and 100 other rides in the park, which also has live
Sleepy Hollow Sports Park
Considered an excellent golf facility for
intermediate players, this complex offers a nine-hole par 3 course
with narrow fairways and water hazards that demand accuracy off the
|Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden
Right in the heart of the city is a
half-block long blaze of beauty - Better Homes and Gardens' testing
ground for various landscape designs that the company documents and
photographs. The area is one large area made of many mini-backyards,
complete with annuals, perennials, bulbs and typical backyard
structures like fences and gates.
Historic Governor's mansion.
Willow Creek Golf Course
An excellent three-course facility that offers
36-holes of golf featuring broad fairways and medium-sized,
A. H. Blank Golf Course
This challenging course is dominated by tree-lined
fairways and water hazards that come into play on many of the
The new club opened last year in an 1875
brownstone. Entertainment ranges from independent film showings to
alternative bands to a local production of "Hedwig and the Angry
Beaver Creek Golf Club
Renowned for excellent playing conditions, this
18-hole bent grass course offers large, fast greens and fairways
that are heavily lined with pines.
Copper Creek Golf Course
Contrasting front and back nines challenge a
golfer's ability to adapt: the first round offers broad fairways and
rolling hills; the second features narrow links carved through dense
Waveland Municipal Golf Course
Originally founded in 1894 and listed by the USGA
as one of the first 100 clubs established in the U.S., this course
continues to pose a challenge to golfers of all abilities due to its
bold elevation changes and well-guarded greens.
Woodland Hills Golf Course
This club consists of two challenging courses: the
North, which extends 5550 yards from the tees and features a
difficult back nine; and the South, which has wide fairways and
Otter Creek Golf Course
This relatively flat course is perfect for seniors
who like to walk and golfers who are new to the game.
Ponderosa Public Golf Course
Bunkers do not come into play on this
Bermuda-grass course, yet water hazards are present on several holes
and fairways tend to vary in width
Shady Oaks Golf Course
Don't let the scenic country vistas distract you
from the task at hand: tree-lined fairways and water hazards demand
shot accuracy at this difficult course.