As Iowa's capital city, Des Moines is a hub of government action, business activity and cultural affairs. Although Des Moines has a big city hustle and bustle, residents are extremely proud of the city's small town atmosphere. With festivals, miles of trails, wineries, breweries, concerts and more, Des Moines is busy, happening and fresh. Throughout the year you can see Broadway musicals, ice skate on Brenton Plaza, rent a standup paddleboard at Gray's Lake, enjoy one of the many restaurants in the city, and more.
You can catch a day under the sun at Gray's Lake or enjoy the miles upon miles of maintained trails through the city that helped make Des Moines a "Runner Friendly Community" according to the Road Runners Club of America. There are also ample parks, swimming pools, golf courses and sports complexes like Sleepy Hollow to meet the needs of anyone looking for a quiet stroll or adrenaline-filled activity. The IMT Des Moines Marathon is an annual event the third weekend in October. The list of things to do around Des Moines is endless! For detailed information about things to do in Des Moines, check out Catch Des Moines
, the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau website, which has all you need to know about spending a day or the rest of your life in Des Moines. For other information, visit the City of Des Moines website