Des Moines

In the summertime, there are tons of fun things to do in Des Moines, Iowa. The sun is shining, the skies are blue and with the many parks and activities there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. Here is a guide highlighting some of the fun things you and your family should check out in Des Moines in the summer.

Des Moines Arts Festival
www.desmoinesartsfestival.com
June 26th-28th
Western Gateway Park, Des Moines, Iowa
You and your family can enjoy the art and music at this annual summer festival in downtown Des Moines. It is

Des Moines Blank Park Zoo
www.blankparkzoo.com
7401 Southwest 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
(515) 323-8383

Any time of the year is fun to visit the Des Moines Blank Park Zoo, but especially in the warmer months. It is a relatively small zoo, but the facilities are immaculate, housing many native and exotic species of animals. It is definitely worth checking out!

Easter Lake Park
www.conservationboard.org
2830 Easter Lake Drive
Des Moines, Iowa
(515) 285-7612
Easter Lake Park is located on the south side of the city and is a great place to enjoy the lovely trees and pleasant lake. Go on a jog or bike ride, go fishing, go swimming at the beach or take a spin out on a boat.

Water Works Park
2201 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, Iowa
(515)283-8791
Another fun summer option is Water Works Park, where you can enjoy a bike ride, a picnic, going fishing or joining in on a pick-up sports game.

Des Moines Art Center
www.desmoinesartcenter.org
4700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
(515) 277-4405
The Des Moines Art Center is a great place to visit all year round. The museum boasts an impressive collection of artwork and believe it or not, admission is free.

Living History Farms
www.lhf.org
11121 Hickman Road
Des Moines, Iowa
(515) 334-9625
At the Living History Farms you can learn about five time periods of farming history: an Ioway Indian village in 1700, a Pioneer Farm in 1850, a frontier town of Walnut Hill in 1875, a horse-powered farm in 1900, and a current crop farm.

Valley View Aquatic Center
255 South 81st Street
West Des Moines, Iowa
(515) 221-9068
At the Valley View Aquatic Center you can enjoy taking a dip in one of the three pools, taking a dive off of the diving board, slide down one of the four water slides or relax on the lazy river. You will love it!

As you can see there are may fun activities to enjoy in Des Moines in the summertime. Have a nice trip!