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Top Des Moines Springtime Activities

The Pavilion at the Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa

Although it may not feel like it yet, the spring season is nearly here. While we wait for temperatures to get a bit warmer, we’ve decided to compile the best springtime activities to partake in. If you’re in the Des Moines area, then any one of the following activities can turn a lazy Saturday into a great memory! What are your favorite springtime activities? Comment below!

Have a Flowery Time at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Nothing represents the spring season better than beautiful blooming flowers. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a 10-acre public garden boasting indoor and outdoor gardens. Located in the downtown area, it features a water garden, conifer garden, rose garden, and “an iconic geodesic-domed conservatory with tropical and desert plants.” You can also grab a bite to eat at Trellis Café, a delicious lunch destination featuring plant-based, locally-sourced menu items.

Be Transported to East Asia

Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens

A mere six-minute walk from the Botanical Gardens, Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens boasts an Asian pavilion, stone pagodas, a pond, waterfalls, and much more. This “quick stop” is well worth it. Take your family on a leisurely stroll to experience the beauty of nature while becoming immersed in Asian culture. And, on top of that, you’ll also get an excellent view of the river! The Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens offer truly unique views of Des Moines. Visit today!

Visit Blank Park Zoo: Iowa’s Wildest Adventure

Keep the appreciation of nature going by visiting Blank Park Zoo! Experience and learn about animals from tropical rainforests, the Australian Outback, and Africa. Open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, prices range from $16 for adults and $10 for children. There are many upcoming events, such as Kids Night Out on 3/25 where kids can enjoy a free evening at the zoo! From the site, “Let us be your sitter for the night and send the kids to Blank Park Zoo for an animal-tastic evening.”

Then, from April 1st to May 30, the Wild Lights Festival will take place at the zoo. “Immerse your family in light and culture in a visually stunning festival of over 40 larger-than-life illuminated lanterns featuring endangered animals, Asian mythical creatures, and more.” A new theme, new lanterns, and fan favorites will return. Click here to learn more!

Embark Upon A Public Art Extravaganza – Des Moines Art Route

The city of Des Moines is well-known for its countless art installations and galleries. But art doesn’t have to be restrained to one location. The Art Route features 87 pieces of public art along a six-mile trail in Downtown Des Moines. This trail is fun and, above all else, free! What a perfect way to make the most out of a comfortable, sunny spring day. Take a look at the Art Route map to plan your walk, today!

Make the Most of Des Moines in the Springtime!

While these are just a few ideas to get the gears turning, they emphasize the wealth of options to partake in this springtime. Whether you’re looking for fun things to do on your own, with your kids, or with a group of friends, there’s something for everyone!