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Attractions in Des Moines

Visiting the capital of Iowa will have its' many advantages for the traveler. There are several attractions in Des Moines, Iowa that will be enjoyed by the visitor.

Among the variety of places to see and things to do are the historic buildings, museums, sightseeing, parks, sports and others too numerous to mention. It all depends on the interests of the visitor.

The art lover must visit the Des Moines Art Center located on Grand Avenue. Designed in 1948 this museum has 19th and 20th century art pieces and also offers classes and poetry readings. The Des Moines Botanical Center is perfect for the plant and flower lover who enjoys exotic plants and free-flying birds. This unique center has 14 acres right on the banks of the Des Moines River

For the traveler who may want to try his luck to come home with more than he left with, there is the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino. With both horse and greyhound racing there is something for every fan. The slot machines number over 1,000 so the machine fanatic will never tire of trying his luck in the casino

Adults as well as children will enjoy a visit to the Blank Park Zoo. With over 800 species of animals, the 20 acres also include an Australian Walkabout and an African Boardwalk. It is also a great way to spend a nice day outdoors with the family. Other family-friendly attractions are Adventureland Park, which is a theme park, the Heritage Carousel of Des Moines and the Living History Farms.

Some of the top historic places to see are the Hoyt Sherman Place, the Salisbury House, the Basilica of St. John, Terrace Hill, the Jordan House, and the state capitol building. These are the places to take an interesting sightseeing tour into the past.

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