Area Restaurants & Attractions

Greater Des Moines offers so much to see and do. Jump on a B-Cycle and experience the miles of trails. Catch a drink at one of the many wineries and breweries. Or let your taste buds run wild at one of downtown Des Moines’ trendy restaurants. Greater Des Moines is happening, fresh and full of adventure.

For a full list of area restaurants and attractions, visit the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau.


ATTRACTIONS

BLANK PARK ZOO

BLANK PARK ZOO

7401 Southwest 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
Phone: 515.285.4722

The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education and recreation.

GREATER DES MOINES BOTANICAL GARDEN

GREATER DES MOINES BOTANICAL GARDEN

909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, Iowa 50316
Phone: 515.323.6290

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden where exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants is our mission. Tropical and temperate gardens make us an oasis in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Whether you visit on your own or explore with a group, you will find the Botanical Garden a place where you can learn about fascinating plants, hone your gardening skills or immerse yourself in beautiful gardens.

IOWA HALL OF PRIDE

IOWA HALL OF PRIDE

330 Park Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: (515) 280-8969

The Iowa Hall of Pride, located in downtown Des Moines, is an interactive celebration to all that is good about Iowa. The people that are recognized at the Iowa Hall of Pride are former Iowa students who excelled in sport, on the stage, and as great ambassadors of their communities.

Take pride in Iowa as real stories of great Iowans are brought to life and explore through Hall of Heroes which features notable Iowans. Relive the stories, relive the glories. It is fun for all ages.

SCIENCE CENTER OF IOWA

SCIENCE CENTER OF IOWA

1 West Martin Luther King Junior Parkway
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: (515) 274-6868

Explore SCI's themed experience platforms full of hands-on exhibits, live interactive programs and demonstrations, engaging planetarium shows, larger-than-life IMAX films and so much more! From the Laughter-is-Learning Conjecture to the Really-Really-Super-Big-Screen Paradigm, a new way to discover science and fun awaits you with each visit.


RESTAURANTS

Jethro’s BBQ

Jethro’s BBQ

3100 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Phone: 515-868-0888
 Johnny’s Hall of Fame

Johnny’s Hall of Fame

302 Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 515-280-6679
Principal River’s Edge Restaurant

Principal River’s Edge Restaurant

730 3rd Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 515-564-8787

Unique settings. Amazing food. Memorable events. Whether you’re cheering the home team or singing your heart out at a concert, you’ll savor the difference of our regionally inspired menus in a truly inspired space, creating a truly wonderful experience, right in the heart of downtown Des Moines.

The Principal River’s Edge Restaurant features menu options such as Potato Pepper Jack Soup, Shrimp Cocktail with House Made Madame Mary Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce, Mac and Cheese and Gourmet Burgers and Sandwiches. The bar is just a few steps from an exciting view of the inside of the arena as well as the Principal Riverwalk and signature bridges of the Des Moines River.