Things to do in des moines

Things To Do in Des Moines

Everything you need is right here in Des Moines. Action-packed sports entertainment, live music, acclaimed performing arts, and world-class restaurants and shopping that make it all worth your while. In Iowa's bustling state capital, there's an adventure around every corner. Try your hand at water sports on Gray's Lake, grab a pint at a downtown brewery, hike one of the miles of nearby trails, or tee-off at an Arnold Palmer Signature course. Below are a list of our favorite attractions you'll want to explore and play.

Wells Fargo Arena

Sports fans and music lovers flock to Des Moines's premier entertainment venue. The Wells Fargo Arena is a 17,000 seat multi-purpose event facility founded in 2005. Catch slamming dunks at an Iowa Energy NBA development league game, or thrilling touchdowns at an Iowa Barnstormers arena football league game. The calendar is packed with special sports events, tournaments, and the hottest concerts you won't want to miss.

Prairie Meadows Racetrack

Try your luck at one of the first combination racing-casino facilities in the country. This adrenaline-pumping entertainment venue is packed with over 2,000 Vegas-style slot machines, and table games like black jack, baccarat and Texas hold ‘em poker. Make your pick for the fastest horse in town, satiate your appetite at one of four casual dining eateries, or watch your favorite big-time bands rock out on stage.


Iowa's largest theme park is packed with 100 thrill rides, family rides and attractions just for kids. You'll have a blast making a splash on thrilling water rides like Gang Plank & Pirates' Plummet and Splash Over. Dare to challenge the Outlaw wooden coaster or the Dragon steel coaster. Grab a lounge chair and chill along Kokomo Kove, or soar high through the tree tops on Sky Ride. The choice is yours!