Most of the time, when someone thinks of Des Moines, Iowa, they think of the first caucuses of the presidential primary cycle. Others think of our beautiful city’s insurance hub. Still others may envision corn fields, pigs, and outhouses (no, we don’t have those!).

If you have not been to De Moi *spoken with a French accent* (how the fancy farmers pronounce it) lately, you are missing a lot! Forgive us while we brag for a moment, courtesy of the Des Moines Partnership:

So, regardless of your reasons for visiting us, there are a million reasons to stay. Come for a day, or come for a week; our home city has unlimited opportunities for you to spend your time here.

We put together some terrific suggestions for your stay in the Butler Personal Concierge©, including:

Activities:

Adventureland* (14.1 miles)
3200 Adventureland Drive
Altoona, Iowa  50009
(515) 266-2121

Ashworth Pool (0.3 miles)
101 SW 45th Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 243-3567

The Blank Park Zoo (7.7 miles)

7401 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50315
(515) 285-4722

Brenton Skating Plaza (4.7 miles)
520 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 284-1000 

Des Moines Art Center (0.3 miles)
4700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 277-4405

The Des Moines Art Festival* (3.6 miles)
700 Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 286-4927

The Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market* (4.7 miles)
1007 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 286-4928

The Des Moines Public Library (3.6 miles)

1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 283-4152

Gray’s Lake Park (3.5 miles)

2101 Fleur Drive

Des Moines, Iowa  50321

(515) 237-1386

www.DSM.city/business_detail_T6_R58.php

 

  • The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (5.2 miles)

909 Robert D. Ray Drive

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 323-6290

www.DMBotanicalGarden.com

 

  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (4.8 miles)

909 Robert D. Ray Drive

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 323-6290

www.DMBotanicalGarden.com

 

  • Greenwood Park, Claire and Mile Mills Rose Garden (0.3 miles)

100 45th Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 237-1386

www.DSM.city/business_detail_T6_R60.php

 

  • The Heritage Carousel of Des Moines* (5.2 miles)

Union Park

Des Moines, Iowa  50316

(515) 362-5958

www.HeritageCarousel.org

 

  • Hoyt Sherman Place (2.5 miles)

1501 Woodland Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 244-0507

www.HoytSherman.org

 

  • Iowa Capitol

1007 E. Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50319

(515) 281-5591

www.Legis.Iowa.gov

 

  • Iowa State Fair* (7.2 miles)

3000 E. Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50317

(515) 262-3111

www.IowaStateFair.org

 

  • John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park (2.5 miles)

1330 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 237-1386

www.DesMoinesArtCenter.org/visit/pappajohn-sculpture-park

 

  • Living History Farms (8.4 miles)

11121 Hickman Road

Urbandale, Iowa  50322

(515) 278-5286

www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

 

  • Prairie Meadows Casino (14.2 miles)

1 Prairie Meadows Drive

Altoona, Iowa  50009

(515) 967-1000

www.PrairieMeadows.com

 

  • The Register’s Great Bike Race Across Iowa (RAGBRAI)*

Iowa

www.RAGBRAI.com

 

  • The Salisbury House & Gardens (0.8 miles)

4025 Tonawanda Drive

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 274-1777

www.SalisburyHouse.org

 

  • Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theatre (4.5 miles)

401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 274-6868

www. SCIowa.org

 

  • The State Historical Museum of Iowa (4.6 miles)

600 E. Locust Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50319

(515) 281-5111

www. IowaCulture.gov/history/museum

 

  • Terrace Hill (1.6 miles)

2300 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 281-7205

www. TerraceHill.Iowa.gov

* Seasonal events; check website for additional details on scheduling

 

Bars:

 

  • Bartender’s Handshake (0.8 miles)

3615 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 630-3008

www.TheBartendersHandshake.com

 

  • Blazing Saddle (4.6 miles)

416 E. 5th Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 246-1299

www.EastVillageDesMoines.com/listing/blazing-saddle/

 

  • Garden Nightclub (4.9 miles)

112 SE 4th Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 243-3965

www.EastVillageDesMoines.com/listing/garden-nightclub/

 

  • The Hall (3.0 miles)

111 S. 11th Street

West Des Moines, Iowa  50265

(515) 608-4100

www.TheHallDSM.com

 

  • Juniper Moon (2.0 miles)

2005 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 369-7786

www.JuniperMoonDM.com

 

  • Sakari Sushi Lounge

2605 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 288-3381

www.SakariSushiLounge.com

 

  • The Station (1.1 miles)

3124 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 381-0052

www.TheStationDSM.com

 

  • Sully’s Irish Pub (1.3 miles)

860 1st Street

West Des Moines, Iowa  50265

www.SullysDesMoines.com

 

  • Wellman’s Pub (1.3 miles)

2920 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 245-9737

www.WellmansPub.com

 

  • The Yacht Club (1.5 miles)

2617 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 245-9208

www.TheAvenuesDSM.com

 

Entertainment:

 

  • Brenton Skating Plaza (4.3 miles)

520 Robert D. Ray Drive

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 284-1000

www.DSMPartnership.com/brentonplaza/

 

  • Des Moines Performing Arts (4.3 miles)

221 Walnut Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 246-2300

www.DesMoinesPerformingArts.org

 

  • Des Moines Symphony (2.6 miles)

The Temple for Performing Arts

1011 Locust Street, #200

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 280-4000

www.DMSymphony.org

 

  • Gas Lamp (2.2 miles)

1501 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 280-3778

www.Gas-Lamp.business.site

 

  • Hoyt Sherman Place (3.1 miles)

1501 Woodland Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 244-0507

www.HoytSherman.org

 

  • Iowa Barnstormers Football (4.1 miles)

Wells Fargo Arena

730 Third Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 633-2255

www.TheIowaBarnstormers.com

 

  • Iowa Wolves Basketball (4.1 miles)

Wells Fargo Arena

730 Third Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 564-8550

www.Iowa.GLeague.NBA.com/contact-us/

 

  • Iowa Wild Hockey (4.1 miles)

Wells Fargo Arena

730 Third Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 564-8700

www.IowaWild.com

 

  • Iowa Speedway Racing (41.2 miles)

3333 Rusty Wallace Drive

Newton, Iowa  50208

(641) 791-8000

www.IowaSpeedway.com

 

  • Movies
    • AMC Classic Cobblestone 9 (5.6 miles)

8501 Hickman Road

Urbandale, Iowa  50322

(515) 276-2419

www.AMCTheatres.com/movie-theatres/des-moines-ia/amc-classic-cobblestone-9

 

  • Century 20 Jordan Creek and XD (9.2 miles)

101 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 2000

West Des Moines, Iowa  50266

(515) 267-8981

www.Cinemark.com/theatres/ia-west-des-moines/century-20-jordan-creek-and-xd

 

  • Flix Brewhouse (4.2 miles)

3800 Merle Hay Road, Suite 1300

Des Moines, Iowa 

(515) 612-9200

www.FlixBrewhouse.com/Des-Moines/cinema-info/

 

  • The Playhouse (0.8 miles)

831 42nd Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 277-6261

www.DMPlayHouse.com

 

  • Principal Park Baseball (4.8 miles)

1 Line Drive

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 243-6111

www.MILB.com/iowa/ballpark

 

  • Wells Fargo Arena Concerts (4.1 miles)

Wells Fargo Arena

730 Third Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 564-8000

www.IowaEventsCenter.com

 

Restaurants:

 

American Cuisine

  • 801 Chophouse Des Moines (2.7 miles)

*the BEST steak you will ever have in your life*

801 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 288-6000

www.801Chophouse.com

 

  • Bauder’s and Donut King (0.7 miles)

*the BEST ice cream*

3802 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 255-1124

www.Facebook.com/pages/Bauder%20Pharmacy/121235987925823

 

  • Felix & Oscar’s (4.4 miles)

*the tastiest sauce-on-top pizza you can get*

4050 Merle Hay Road

Des Moines, Iowa  50310

(515) 278-8887

www.FelixAndOscars.com

 

  • Firebirds Wood Fired Grill (10.1 miles)

*great patio and the chicken tortilla soup is unmatched*

440 S. 68th Street

West Des Moines, Iowa  50266

(515) 259-8540

www.West-Des-Moines.FirebirdsRestaurants.com

  • Taste of New York (9.4 miles)

*Brooklyn style pizza that makes New Yorkers jealous*

165 S. Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 160

West Des Moines, Iowa  50266

(515) 223-8669

www.TasteOfNewYorkPizza.com

 

  • The Waveland Café (1.2 miles)

*you will never eat better hash browns during your existence*

4708 University Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50311

(515) 279-4341

www.WavelandCafe.com

 

  • Whalburgers (9.7 miles)

*you will want seconds of their chocolate cake shake*

7105 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 160

West Des Moines, Iowa  50266

(515) 225-4885

www.Wahlburgers.com/westdesmoines

 

  • Zombie Burger (4.5 miles)

*a MUST for every burger enthusiast*

300 E. Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 244-9292

www.ZombieBurgerShakeLab.com

 

Asian Cuisine

  • Shanghai Chinese Restaurant (12.8 miles)

*hot & sour soup and pot stickers that are yummy*

33 NE Carefree Lane

Waukee, Iowa  50263

(515) 987-3111

www.Shaghaiwk.com

 

Italian Cuisine

  • Centro (2.7 miles)

*the hand-rolled cavatelli is to die for*

1003 Locust Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 248-1780

www.CentroDesMoines.com

 

  • Noah’s Ark (1.6 miles)

*cannoli cannot get any better than theirs*

2400 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 288-2246

www.NoahsArkDesMoines.com

 

Mexican Cuisine

  • Taco Casa (4.3 miles)

*the biggest, yummiest soft shells AND hardshells*

2506 Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50310

(515) 279-7785

www.c-we.com/taco.casa/

 

  • Tasty Tacos (5.2 miles)

*flour taco shells make this staple unforgettable*

1400 E. Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50316

(515) 266-4242

www.TastyTacos.com

 

And if you are less adventurous, or our favorites do not get your attention, here are some nearby alternatives:

  • Drake Diner (2.6 miles)

1111 25th Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50311

(515) 277-1111

www.DrakeDiner.com

 

  • Eatery A (1.2 miles)

2932 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 282-8085

www.EateryADSM.com

 

  • McDonald’s (1.1 miles)

6125 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 255-2543

www.McDonalds.com

 

  • Palmer’s Deli & Market (1.3 miles)

2843 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 274-4004

www.PalmersDeliAndMarket.com

 

  • Panchero’s Mexican Grill (1.4 miles)

2708 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 777-2898

www.Pancheros.com

 

  • Star Bar (1.4 miles)

2811 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 244-0790

www.StarBarDSM.com

 

  • Taco John’s (3.0 miles)

350 Grand Avenue

West Des Moines, Iowa  50265

(515) 255-4485

www.TacoJohns.com

 

  • Viva Mexican Restaurant (1.1 miles)

6101 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 255-8238

www.VivaDSM.com

 

  • Wendy’s (1.4 miles)

225 Grand Avenue

West Des Moines, Iowa  50265

(515) 277-7472

www.Wendys.com

 

Shopping:

 

  • Jordan Creek Town Center (9.2 miles)

101 Jordan Creek Parkway

West Des Moines, Iowa  50266

(515) 224-5000

www.JordanCreekTownCenter.com

 

  • Ray Gun (4.6 miles)

505 E. Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 288-1323

www.RayGunSite.com

 

  • The Shops in the Historic East Village (4.6 miles)

East 6th Street and Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

www.EastVillageDesMoines.com

 

  • Sticks, Inc. (4.6 miles)

400 E. Locust Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50309

(515) 282-0844

www.Sticks.com

 

  • Tandem Brick Gallery (1.4 miles)

2722 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 282-1031

www.TandemBrickGallery.com

 

  • Outlets of Des Moines (14.3 miles)

801 Bass Pro Drive

Altoona, Iowa  50009

(515) 380-7400

www.OutletsOfDesMoines.com

 

  • Target (5.5 miles)

1800 Valley West Drive

West Des Moines, Iowa  50266

(515) 225-3784

www.Target.com

 

  • Walgreens (0.9 miles)

3501 Ingersoll Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50312

(515) 271-5047

www.Walgreens.com

 

  • Wal-Mart (3.7 miles)

1001 73rd Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50324

(515) 274-6359

www.WalMart.com