Local Amenities

Looking for things to do or places to go?  Here are a few places to visit around our communities.

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Blank IMAX® Dome Theater

Don’t just watch a film. Experience the big picture! The six-story dome-shaped screen wraps you in larger than life images that surround your field of view, front-to-back and top-to-bottom. The 12,000-watt digital surround sound system lets you hear everything from a tiny drop of rain to a huge clap of thunder with crystal clarity. From sight to sound, this 216-seat theater is designed to challenge your natural sensory perception with a uniquely immersive movie experience!

Blank Park Zoo

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

Fareway

Fareway Stores, Inc. is a growing Midwest grocery company with more than 100 stores. We hold family values in the highest regard, demonstrating integrity, fairness and honesty in our relationships with customers, employees, vendors and suppliers.

Civic Center of Greater Des Moines

Central Iowa's Premier Not-For-Profit Performing Arts Center. Since 1979, the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines has grown from a dream of a small group of local business leaders, to the cornerstone of the downtown Des Moines redevelopment initiative. The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines serves as an outstanding community performing arts center, accessible to all, where people may be educated, entertained and enlightened.

Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center

The Des Moines Botanical and Environmental Center is one of the most popular cultural attractions in Iowa, providing educational, recreational, and community resources to thousands. Its goal is to provide botanical displays and educational services for its visitors. It is located on 14 acres along the east bank of the Des Moines River, close to downtown.

Historic East Village

Whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy a day witWhether you’re looking for a place to enjoy a day with friends, a new home, or a place to locate your business, we invite you to visit the Historic East Village. The diverse shops, restaurants, bars and residents bring a comfortable feeling to this pedestrian friendly village. The charm of this unique village is due largely to the passion of those who have chosen to open businesses here, move here, and spend time enjoying all that there is to experience in our inviting area of the city.

Des Moines Art Center

The Des Moines Art Center engages diverse local and international audiences with the art of today through its museum and school, adding to the cultural record through collections and programs.

Des Moines Farmers' Market

Support local agriculture and buy direct from Iowa farmers while shopping the Downtown Farmers Market. The Downtown Farmers Market presents Iowa producers from 51 counties across Iowa, offering fresh fruit, vegetables and so much more. Come for the freshness and stay for the fun at the Downtown Farmers Market!

Iowa Events Center/Wells Fargo Arena

Wells Fargo Arena is a 17,000 seat arena that opened July 12, 2005. The arena has been a consistent top 100 concert facility as ranked by Pollstar Magazine, hosts the Iowa High School State Wrestling and Basketball Tournaments annually, and is the home for the NBA D-League’s 2010 Champion Iowa Energy, the AHL's Iowa Wild and the AFL’s Iowa Barnstormers.

Hy-Vee

As an employee-owned company, Hy-Vee encourages each of its more than 70,000 employees to help guide the company. Its eight decades of outstanding success is a testament to those employees’ hard work and dedication to the vision of its founders. Today, Hy-Vee is synonymous with quality, variety, value and superior customer service. Its slogan, "A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle," expresses the foundation of the company’s operating philosophy.

Salisbury House

Discover the enduring charm of 16th century England, the changing America of the 1920s, the vibrant culture of the 21st century. Salisbury House & Gardens is all of that. Imagine moving through room after majestic room...the expansive Great Hall, the art-filled Common Room, the elegant dining room, the rare book-filled Library. And the experience has just begun. Treasures of art and antiquity create the dazzling mosaic that is Salisbury House & Gardens.

Living History Farms

Living History Farms is an interactive outdoor history museum which educates, entertains and connects people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences.

Jordan Creek Town Center

Jordan Creek Town Center brings a new level of shopping and entertainment to Central Iowa. The two million square foot center is a Town Center for West Des Moines.

Science Center of Iowa

Experience the Science-Surrounds-Us-All Actuality at this 110,000 square-foot creative lifelong learning center in the heart of Downtown Des Moines. By placing the power of learning in the hands of the visitor with interactive experiences for all ages, the emphasis at SCI is less on what to learn and more on how to learn.

Valley West Mall

Over 135 specialty shops. Includes hours of operation, events, entertainment, employment opportunities, location and contact information.

World Food Festival

Entering its seventh year in 2011, the U.S. Cellular® World Food Festival reigns as Des Moines' premiere taste event. Unique to this taste event is its flavors. Restaurants and food vendors who specialize in small operations are the highlight of this great event - mom & pop kitchens churning out their family recipes.

Great Western Bank

A home is more than a large investment: It’s your castle, your refuge, your personal corner of the world. And whether it’s your first home or your fifth, the buying process goes more smoothly when you’re dealing with a lender you can trust.

The mortgage specialists at Great Western Bank can help make your dream home a reality. We’ll ask the right questions, listen to your needs and goals, and find the mortgage that’s right for you. With competitive rates and terms that fit your lifestyle, Great Western Bank is your trusted choice for mortgage lending.

Northwest Bank

Get pre-approved for your mortgage loan before you even start shopping for a home! With a Pre-Approval from Northwest Bank you can look for a home with the confidence of knowing you are already approved, and what your interest rate will be.

Des Moines Buccaneers

The Des Moines Buccaneers continue to be a staple of hockey in the Midwest with 35 years of experience the team has won four Anderson Cup regular season championships, as well as four “Tier 1” National Championships and 4 Clark Cup Playoff Championships.

Des Moines is an amazing city that has supported the Des Moines Buccaneers for over 30 years. Playing hockey in this city affords our athletes many academic, cultural, and entertainment opportunities that serve to improve the overall experience of playing junior hockey.

Iowa Barnstormers

Barnstormers Basketball of Iowa was established to provide talented young athletes with quality teaching, competition, exposure, teammates, and a unique "family" atmosphere outside of their school basketball programs. The Barnstormers started with a single team in 2005, and added teams at multiple age groups in 2006. We added our first middle school teams in 2007, and our first girls teams in 2009.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs are a Triple-A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs, that plays in the Pacific Coast League. Their home games are played in Des Moines, Iowa, at Principal Park.

Iowa Energy

The Iowa Energy are an American professional basketball team based in Des Moines, Iowa. They play in the Eastern Conference in the NBA Development League (NBA D-League), a minor league basketball organization owned and run by the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Energy play their home games at the Wells Fargo Arena.[1] They broke the D-league attendance record on their first ever home game with 8,842 fans.[2][3] The record was later broken again by the Energy in Game 2 of the 2011 D-League Finals with an attendance of 14,036 fans.[4][5] The Energy won the 2011 D-League Finals, having defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers two games to one.

Iowa Wild

The Iowa Wild is an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League, that began play for the 2013-14 season. The team plays at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, as the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild.

The team was previously known as the Houston Aeros, calling Houston, Texas, home and most recently playing at the Toyota Center. On April 18, 2013, it was announced that the Aeros would be moving to Des Moines, beginning with the 2013-14 AHL season and be known as the Iowa Wild.[1][2]

The Wild is the second AHL team to call Des Moines and the Wells Fargo Arena home; the city previously was home to the Iowa Stars, which had been the Dallas Stars' AHL affiliate from 2005 until 2008 (in the team's final season in 2009, they were known as the Iowa Chops and were affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks).