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Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden

Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden

Green thumbs will find inspiration (or down-right envy).

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41.585244
-93.637045
Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden
Grand Avenue & 15th Street
Des Moines
50309
515-284-3994
Blank Park Zoo

Blank Park Zoo

Home to 104 species and 1,484 animal specimens.

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41.516079
-93.621759
Blank Park Zoo
7401 S.W. Ninth St.
Des Moines
50315
515-285-4722
Des Moines Botanical Garden

Des Moines Botanical Garden

A Japanese bonsai tree exhibit, herb garden and orchids.

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41.5974405030114
-93.61435174942017
Des Moines Botanical Garden
909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines
50309
515-323-6290
Gray’s Lake Park

Gray’s Lake Park

Walk, jog or bike along the lakeside two-mile trail.

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41.570493
-93.638259
Gray’s Lake Park
2101 Fleur Drive
Des Moines
50315
515-237-1386
Iowa State Capitol

Iowa State Capitol

A fine examples of 19th-century architecture.

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41.591762
-93.60601
Iowa State Capitol
E. Ninth Street and Grand Avenue E.
Des Moines
50319
515-281-5591
Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair

A celebration of agriculture and industry since 1854.

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41.600456
-93.558398
Iowa State Fair
E. 30th Street and University Avenue E.
Des Moines
50317
515-262-3111
John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

The perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon.

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41.585313
-93.634558
John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
1330 Grand Ave.
Des Moines Art Center
Des Moines
50309
515-277-4405
Principal Park

Principal Park

Even if you’re not a Cubs fan, a ball game here is a must.

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41.581681
-93.617032
Principal Park
1 Line Drive
Des Moines
50309
515-243-6111
The Iowa Caucus

The Iowa Caucus

The months leading up to January, every four years.

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41.600545
-93.609106
The Iowa Caucus
Des Moines
World Food & Music Festival

World Food & Music Festival

Mingle with 75,000 food lovers at this annual festival.

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41.58615
-93.62668
World Food & Music Festival
East 6th Street & East 4th Street
Suite 100
Des Moines
50309
515-286-4906

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