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Urbandale, IA 50322
Phone: (515) 270-2424
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Encompassing 260 acres of wooded bottomland along the Raccoon River, at the southern edge of West Des Moines, Walnut Woods is open year-round and is the perfect area to enjoy such seasonal activities as cross-country skiing, camping, horseback riding, picnicking, fishing, bird watching, and canoeing.
The former home of James Jordan, the founder of Valley Junction, which was to become West Des Moines; this restored Victorian Italianate Gothic-style mansion served as a station on the Underground Railroad during the mid-1800s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, the home serves as a museum for the City of West Des Moines and as the office of the Historical Society. It is one of the oldest structures in Polk Country and the oldest in West Des Moines. The Jordan House is open to the public from May to September on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drake University is one of the best institutions in the Midwest. This private university offers topnotch educational resources for graduate and undergraduate degrees, as well facilities in athletics and extra-curricular activities. Equipped with experienced faculty and an interactive campus life, students can take advantage of Des Moines' vibrant cultural scene.
Visit this stunning Victorian Italianate-style home of Henry Wallace, former Secretary of Agriculture.
The Water Works Park is 1,500 acres of pure outdoor fun! Park visitors can enjoy fun activities such as hiking, fishing, picnicking, jogging, and biking. There are also large open areas for team sports, and picnic areas with grills and tables.
Hoyt Sherman Place is a multipurpose venue that dates back to the late 19th Century. The lavish building retains its original parquet floors and marble fireplaces, which makes it a popular venue for corporate events and private parties. The building is also home to an art gallery and a beautiful theater that seats 1252 people. Visitors are welcome to tour the building.
With well-pruned lawns and plenty of shady spaces, the Western Gateway Park is one of the nicest spots in all of Des Moines. Here is where groups of friends, families, students and visitors stop by to unwind and catch up. President Obama delivered a speech here at this park in 2008 to amid scores of cheering loyalists. Home to a number of annual events, the Des Moines Arts Festival is perhaps the most-awaited one here.
If it's a concert, a musical evening or a presidential campaign and if it's happening in Des Moines, chances are it's happening at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. This auditorium is an important landmark of the city. Don't be fooled by its simple facade, grand events have taken place here, including performances by Elvis and Ozzy Osbourne. Maybe even you could be a part of a historical event right here at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
Capital Square Nollen Plaza is a bustling little square in downtown Des Moines which visitors are inevitably bound to bump into while strolling through the city. Located at the corner of Locust and 3rd Street, evenings are the best times to walk here when everyone is relaxed and returning from work or catching up with friends and admirers.
Located on 14 acres along the east bank of the Des Moines River, near downtown Des Moines, the Des Moines Botanical Center is one of the most popular cultural attractions in Iowa. Providing educational, recreational and community resources to thousands each year, the Des Moines Botanical Center is a member of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.
The Iowa State Historical Building is located in the Historic East Village district of Des Moines. The building is home to the State Historical Museum, the Iowa Museum Store, the State Historical Museum Library and Archives, and Café Baratta's. Various community events are held here, including the annual Wild Rose Film Festival.
The historic East Village neighborhood in downtown Des Moines is filled with various bars, restaurants, and shops. The fun, eclectic atmosphere of this village is what attracts many visitors. The historic East Village also hosts many annual events, including the World Food Festival. Please check the neighborhood website to find out about all the businesses and events in the area.