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The Coolest Things to Do This Winter in Des Moines

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The winter season is upon us, and the holiday season is the best time to connect with family and friends by exploring the great city of Des Moines. Since we’re relatively far north compared to other cities, there are plenty of options that are available to us to have a good time. 

If you’re looking for great winter activities that you can do solo or with quality company, then this blog is for you! In this quick blog, we discuss some of our top ideas for winter activities 

State Historical Building 

Our first selection is a great choice year-round, but it is a great place to visit on your winter day out as well. The State Historical Building is full of great information and exhibits that teach you about our great state. From the founding to more recent historical facts, you can’t go wrong with a visit to this popular Des Moines attraction. 

Ice Skating 

Looking for an attraction that more closely resembles this chilly time of year? Then you may be interested in ice skating! While we all can’t fly with our minds, you can at least get the feeling of flying freely by gliding across the ice with friends and family. 

If you’re looking for a place to skate, Brenton Skating Plaza is a fantastic place to skate outdoors. If you are looking for a different place to skate, you should be able to find other smaller venues across Des Moines that offer a great experience. 


Sledding is good, clean fun that you can enjoy on both small and large hills. There are a number of places to go if you want to enjoy this simple pastime, and one place we can definitely recommend is the Waveland Golf course. 

Beaverdale Confections 

Do the chilly months spark your sweet tooth? If you haven’t already, you should try visiting Beaverdale Confections! They are a Des Moines favorite, offering in-house chocolates and candies. They offer everything you could want for your sweet tooth: chocolate, gummies, toffee, caramels, lollipops, and much much more! 

You don’t even have to take the family, there’s nothing wrong with getting some of your favorite sweets solo! 

Iowa Wild Game 

For an action-packed activity that you can enjoy, you may want to check out an Iowa Wild game. Hockey games are a great way to burn a few hours with intense skating, cheering, and singing. This is another fantastic idea to rally the whole family and enjoy some exciting sports on ice!

Arts & Crafts 

Des Moines has places to go for both passive and active art enjoyment. For a more passive experience, try visiting the Des Moines Art Center. With countless pieces to take in and enjoy, you’ll definitely find something that can spark the inner artist within you. The art center also hosts family events and art classes so you can actually participate in the action. 

For a more active experience, you should definitely try Glazed Expressions in Clive, Iowa. Here, you can do things like make a candle from scratch, paint pottery, or learn to paint on a canvas, among other things. It’s a great way to try your hand at a potential new skill in the presence of friends and helpful instructors. 

Let Loose This Holiday Season In Des Moines!

At Wenthold Excavating, we are well-acquainted with Des Moines and the many fun spots to visit. If you’re stumped on where to take the ones you love this season, we hope you check out our humble list and see what fits best for you. 

To learn more about the city or how Wenthold can start helping you construct your own must-see location, contact us today via phone or email to learn more!