Highest-rated things to do in Des Moines, according to Tripadvisor

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October 10, 2021
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Highest-rated things to do in Des Moines, according to Tripadvisor

Every destination has reasons to visit, be it a nationally recognized landmark or a hometown favorite restaurant. Museums, parks, libraries, historic sites, performance venues—there’s always something to do, and no matter where you live or where you want to visit, you can find plenty to keep you busy. Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated things to do in Des Moines on Tripadvisor.

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#29. Saylorville Trail

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (26 reviews)
- Type of activity: Biking Trails
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#28. Rotary Riverwalk Park

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (17 reviews)
- Type of activity: Biking Trails, Parks
- Address: 821 W River Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309
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#27. Des Moines River Trail

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (33 reviews)
- Type of activity: Hiking Trails
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#26. Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (48 reviews)
- Type of activity: Gardens
- Address: 1716 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-3038
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#25. Easter Lake Park

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (12 reviews)
- Type of activity: Parks
- Address: 2830 Easter Lake Dr, Des Moines, IA 50320-2041
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#24. Brass Armadillo Antique Mall

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (47 reviews)
- Type of activity: Antique Shops, Flea & Street Markets
- Address: 701 NE 50th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313-1907
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#23. Terrace Hill

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (52 reviews)
- Type of activity: Historic Sites, Government Buildings
- Address: 2300 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5308
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#22. Court Avenue

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (114 reviews)
- Type of activity: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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#21. Clive Greenbelt Trail

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (52 reviews)
- Type of activity: Biking Trails, Jogging Paths & Tracks
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#20. Confluence Brewing Company

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (59 reviews)
- Type of activity: Breweries
- Address: 1235 Thomas Beck Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315-1055
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#19. Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (66 reviews)
- Type of activity: Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
- Address: Robert D. Ray Asian Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309
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#18. Hoyt Sherman Place

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (48 reviews)
- Type of activity: Theaters
- Address: 1501 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-3283
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#17. Wells Fargo Arena

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (114 reviews)
- Type of activity: Arenas & Stadiums
- Address: 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1302
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#16. West End Architectural Salvage

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (69 reviews)
- Type of activity: Antique Shops
- Address: 22 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50309-4310
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#15. East Village

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (172 reviews)
- Type of activity: Neighborhoods
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#14. World Food Prize Hall of Laureates

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (77 reviews)
- Type of activity: Speciality Museums
- Address: 100 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1767
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#13. Salisbury House

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (154 reviews)
- Type of activity: Historic Sites, Art Museums
- Address: 4025 Tonawanda Dr, Des Moines, IA 50312-2909
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#12. Des Moines Civic Center

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (200 reviews)
- Type of activity: Civic Centres
- Address: 221 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2148
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#11. Science Center of Iowa

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (254 reviews)
- Type of activity: Science Museums
- Address: 401 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309-4776
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#10. State Historical Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (187 reviews)
- Type of activity: History Museums
- Address: 600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50319-1006
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#9. Des Moines Art Center

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (298 reviews)
- Type of activity: Art Museums
- Address: 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
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#8. Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (359 reviews)
- Type of activity: Gardens
- Address: 909 Robert D Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309-2897
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#7. Downtown Farmers Market

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (415 reviews)
- Type of activity: Flea & Street Markets
- Address: 555 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50314
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#6. Principal Park

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (232 reviews)
- Type of activity: Arenas & Stadiums
- Address: 1 Line Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309-4640
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#5. Pappajohn Sculpture Park

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (709 reviews)
- Type of activity: Parks
- Address: 1330 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2002
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#4. Gray's Lake Park

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (321 reviews)
- Type of activity: Parks
- Address: 2100 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321-1158
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#3. Blank Park Zoo

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (631 reviews)
- Type of activity: Zoos
- Address: 7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315-6667
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#2. Iowa State Fairgrounds

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (874 reviews)
- Type of activity: Arenas & Stadiums
- Address: 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494
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#1. Capitol Building

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (845 reviews)
- Type of activity: Government Buildings
- Address: 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
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