39 Things To Do In Des Moines, IA

  1. Eat at Zombie Burger, a zombie themed restaurant. Try an alcoholic milkshake while you’re there!
  2. Stroll around Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens.
  3. Write your name on Carl’s Place’s wall.
  4. Relax in a salt cave at Inner Space.
  5. Smoke hookah at The Chica Shack.
  6. Ride a carousel at Union Park.
  7. Eat at Fong’s Pizza a former Chinese restaurant transformed into a pizza shop.
  8. Enjoy a mixed drink and walk around West End Architectural Salvage.
  9. Explore the Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden.
  10. Try the Adam Emmenecker Challenge at Jethro’s BBQ.
  11. Take selfies at Selfie WRLD.
  12. Walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
  13. Drink beer and play arcade games at Up-Down.
  14. Enjoy chocolate covered bacon at Chocolate Storybook.
  15. Visit the historic outdoor Living History Farm.
  16. Watch a movie AND have a meal at Flix Brewhouse.
  17. Drink beer out of a boot at Hessen Haus.
  18. Rent a kayak at Gray’s Lake Park.
  19. Float in a tank at Fadeaway Floatation Center.
  20. Explore the 12-acre Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens.
  21. Tour the various historical homes around DSM including Salisbury House & Gardens, Jordan House, Terrace Hill and many many more.
  22. Visit the Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge.
  23. Try to escape a room at the Escape Chambers.
  24. Take gaming to the next level at RezBlue VR Arena.
  25. Visit the cats and dogs up for adoption at ARL.
  26. Play indoor pickleball and enjoy food at Smash Park.
  27. Freeze your body at negative temperatures at CryoSpa Mind & Body Wellness.
  28. Shop till you drop at Brass Armadillo Antique Mall.
  29. Throw darts or play other games at Richochet.
  30. Visit Hoyt Sherman and other notable name graves at Woodland Cemetery.
  31. Have a boba tea at Degree 8.
  32. Use pinball machines at the Operating Room.
  33. Go Kart at the Pole Position Raceway.
  34. Climb an indoor rock wall at Climb Iowa.
  35. Enjoy kava tea at Kava DSM.
  36. Play with cats and drink coffee at Coffee Cats.
  37. Help package meals for the hungry with Meals from the Heartland.
  38. Order mini donuts at Mahalo’s Coffee.
  39. Enjoy rolled ice cream at Totally Rolled.

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