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There's so much to do in Greater Des Moines.  Here's a partial list of some of the wonderful attractions that make Des Moines a unique and wonderful place to visit and live.

Photos of Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Des Moines
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The PappaJohn Sculpture Park features artwork of the world's most celebrated artists. These 4.4 acres in the downtown's Western Gateway Park now display 24 sculptures worth a combined $40 million.  Free.

Photos of Capitol Building, Des Moines
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Trip Advisor ranks the State Capitol Building as the #1 attraction in Des Moines. The exterior of the building is entirely of stone with elaborate columns and handsomely designed cornices and capitals. The dome is gilded with tissue paper thin sheets of pure 23-karat gold with a protetive layer sealing the gold from the weather. Beautiful archetchure with marble grand staircase and law library. A great place to visit.

 

Photos of Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines
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The Iowa State Fair is a quientessential state fair - Runs for two weeks in August. Enjoy every type of food on a stick, rides, concerts, and much more!

 

Photos of Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines
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The Des Moines Art Center is an art museum with an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, and modern art. FREE admission

Photos of Principal Park, Des Moines
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Principal Park-Home of the Iowa Cubs, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

Photos of Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines
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Blank Park Zoo where a wide variety of animals are housed in natural settings.

Photos of Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines
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The Science Center of Iowa is a great place for the whole family. See exhibits, try your own experiments, or watch an IMAX movie.

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