Quality Inn & Suites Des Moines Airport
5231 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50321
Phone: (515) 287-3434
Fax: (515) 287-3434
The Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center was built in the honor of the U.S. Army's first officer candidate class for African American men in 1917, and the establishment of the first Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942. The Education center serves to be a national attraction with artifacts, exhibits, archival photographs and period art, also a resource center for students and a historical site for conferences, meetings and celebrations.
With 49 acres of land, inhabited by 104 different animal species and 1,484 animal specimens, Blank Park Zoo is the only accredited zoo in the state of Iowa. The zoo also boasts of the widest range and collection of the botanical collections in Iowa. The zoo aims at inspiring appreciation of the nature, something that is fast declining in people today. The zoo is open only from November to February. So make sure you dont miss out the opportunity this year to see all the species of animals here. For further booking details please visit the website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit this stunning Victorian Italianate-style home of Henry Wallace, former Secretary of Agriculture.
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.
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.
Located in Des Moines, the Iowa State Capitol building is imposing and beautiful. Constructed between 1871 and 1886, it is the only state capitol in the United States that has five domes. It was one of the tallest buildings in Iowa until 1924 and it's central dome is gilded with actual gold. The capitol houses the Iowa State Senate, House of Representatives and Governor, among other major state agencies.
Eye-candy for the botanists' soul, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden prides itself on its beautiful plantations, exotic flowers and manicured hedges. It is on a mission to create awareness among people about horticulture and the environment through its several educational tours. Natural lover or not, head here to soak in the lovely atmosphere or simply for a breath of fresh air.