Think Iowa is Boring? Rethink that! Top Things to See & Do Near Ankeny!

Coming to Iowa for the first time? Wondering what you can check out when you aren’t in the office? We have you covered! Here are some ideas based on what you are in the mood for!

Educational

The Science Center

401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Des Moines, IA 50309IMG_20170318_170116

The Science Center of Iowa is made for interactive and hands on learning. There are live programs and demonstrations by the terrific staff members, a variety of themed exhibits, a 216 Seat IMAX theater, and a 50 foot domed planetarium known as the Star Theater.

 

 http://www.sciowa.org/

The Art Center

1330 Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50309

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The Art Center is an Art Museum as well as a school. Come see their in house art collection and gorgeous architecture at no cost to you!

 

http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/visit/hours-directions

State Historical Museum

600 East Locust St. Des Moines, IA 50319

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The Museum is full of a variety of exhibits and programs. Feel free to stop by and browse at your leisure or if you prefer give them a call for a low cost tour.

https://iowaculture.gov/history/museum/visit-or-tour

The Botanical Center

909 Robert D. Ray Drive Des Moines, IA 50309

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The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is made for all seasons and celebrates sustainable horticulture at the intersection of people. plans and passion.Inside the conservatory be transported to the tropics. Complete with exotic orchids and other vivid  blooming plants, amongst a canopy of palm trees.

http://www.dmbotanicalgarden.com/about-us/des-moines-parks-recreation/

 

Reiman Gardens

1407 University Blvd. Ames, IA 50011

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Reiman Gardens is just a short drive from Ankeny, located in Ames. Immerse yourself in a world filled with exotic butterflies and watch time disappear. After tour the 17 acre gardens, conservatory, and outdoor pond.

http://www.reimangardens.com/plan-your-visit/

Shopping

Jordan Creek Mall

101 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266

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From Build a Bear to the Apple Store there is something for everyone at Jordan Creek Mall!

https://www.jordancreektowncenter.com/en.html

 

The East Village

 

 

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Entertainment

Flix Blewhouse

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The Civic Center

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Perfect Games

 

Outdoors

Grays Lake

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High Trestle Trail

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Saylorville Lake

 

Ledges Park

 

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