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Holiday Inn & Suites Des Moines-Northwest

Things to Do in Urbandale

The northwest Des Moines suburbs of Johnston and Urbandale combine easy Interstate access and neighborhoods with corporate locations and just 20 minutes from anywhere in Des Moines

Explore Urbandale

Explore Urbandale

Living History Farms

11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322

This 500 acre, open air museum tells the story of Midwestern agriculture and rural life. Interpreters in period costumes recreate daily routines of early Iowans. Visit the 1700 Farm, 1850 Farm, 1875 Town, 1900 Farm and Modern Exhibit Center. Open daily May 1 through September 1 and Wednesday through Sunday September 3 through October 19.

Adventureland Theme Park

305 34th Avenue Northwest, Altoona, IA 50009

Adventureland Park has more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, including three great roller coasters. Rides for all ages are available, from mild to wet-and-wild. Shows throughout the park feature a variety of family entertainment.

Prairie Meadows Casino & Track

1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, Iowa 50009

Prairie Meadoes features 1,900 slot machines, table games including poker and blackjack, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing spring through early fall, simulcast racing, restaurants, concessions and lively lounges. There is free admission and valet parking. Prairie Meadows is accessible to persons with disabilities. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Iowa Speedway, Newton

3333 Rusty Wallace Drive, Newton, Iowa 50208

Iowa Speedway 1 mile track offers high-speed, pulse-pounding racing events.

Wells Fargo Arena

730 3rd Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Wells Fargo Arena is a world-class showcase for today's top stars, big sports and your own unique events. It is home to the Iowa Wild AHL Hockey Team, the NBA D-League team, Iowa Wolves and the Iowa Barnstormers Arena Football team.

Iowa Events Center - HyVee Hall,Veteran Auditorium

730 3rd Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Hy-Vee Hall/Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Wells Fargo Arena and Polk County Compex comprise the Iowa Events Center in Downtown Des Moines. The $217 million center provides more than 300,000 square feet of connected space. Hy-Vee Hall and Veterans Memorial Auditorium offer general session seating for up to 17,000, 17 break-out rooms and tradeshows for up to 1,020.

Polk County Convention Complex

501 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

The Polk County Convention Complex (Plex) is located downtown connected to the skywalk system with 50,000 square feet of exhibit space for groups of up to 4,000.

Saylorville Reservoir - US Army Corps of Engineers

5,900 square acre reservoir offering miles of bike and hike trails, nature center with butterfly garden, fishing, hunting, sailing, boating, waterskiing and watersports. Saylorville is located near the communities of Johnston and Polk City.

Camp Dodge - Iowa National Guard

7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston, Iowa 50131

Camp Dodge is home to the Iowa Army Air National Guard, Gold Star Museum, ESGR Employer Support of the Guard, MCTC Midwest Counterdrug Training Center, the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, and Marine Corps Recruiting Battallion.

Capitol Building

Schedule a tour of our Iowa Capitol. This is intended for groups of 10 or more. Smaller groups should call 515.281.5591. Tours can be scheduled Monday through Saturday.

Iowa State Fairgrounds

Blank Park Zoo

Imagine a place where you can have a wild family adventure viewing rhinos or feeding a giraffe while also helping preserve animals for future generations. A portion of the proceeds from your visit to Blank Park Zoo is used to protect animal populations throughout the world.

Des Moines Farmers Market

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Reputed 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.

Des Moines Art Center

This internationally acclaimed museum houses impressive works by artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe and Henri Matisse.

Gray's Lake Park

Beautiful park with a trail and water feature in downtown Des Moines.

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Open to visitors since September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park features artwork by 22 of the world's most celebrated artists. The 4.4 Acre park, located within a major crossroads of the urban grid, creates a pedestrian friendly entranceway to downtown Des Moines.

Principal Park

Minor League Baseball Park

Science Center of Iowa

Engaging and inspiring a love of science on-site and across the state.

Des Moines Civic Center

Jordan Creek Town Center

Upscale shops and restaurants in West Des Moines.

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