Destination guide

The lively area of Downtown Des Moines awaits your stay

The area's live music and theatre scene are just some of the reasons to come on holiday to Downtown Des Moines. Renowned for its sporting events, restaurants and cycling, this city welcomes all visitors. Science Center of Iowa and Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden are just a couple of the must-see attractions. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.


Activities and attractions in Downtown Des Moines

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit while you're in town? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Downtown Des Moines a fun place to get away to. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Iowa State Fairgrounds (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Blank Park Zoo (4.7 mi / 7.6 km)
  • Adventureland (7.8 mi / 12.5 km)
  • The Wallace Centers of Iowa: Wallace House (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Waveland Municipal Golf Course (3.4 mi / 5.4 km)
  • Sky Glider East (3.6 mi / 5.9 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Downtown Des Moines

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Downtown Des Moines. These are some of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Pappajohn Sculpture Park (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Gray’s Lake Park (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Walnut Woods State Park (7 mi / 11.3 km)

Transport to and around Downtown Des Moines

Fly into Des Moines, IA (DSM-Des Moines Intl.), the closest airport, located 4.1 mi (6.5 km) from the city centre.

Where to stay near Downtown Des Moines?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 7 holiday rentals near Downtown Des Moines. From 3 Studios to 6 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Downtown Des Moines is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Downtown Des Moines?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Downtown Des Moines. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Hy Vee Hall: 44 holiday rentals
  • World Food Prize Hall of Laureates: 44 holiday rentals
  • Iowa State Capitol Building: 45 holiday rentals
  • Wells Fargo Arena: 44 holiday rentals
  • Polk County Courthouse: 45 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown Des Moines listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Studios in Downtown Des Moines?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 3 Studios in Downtown Des Moines. Our other popular types of Downtown Des Moines holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 6 holiday houses

Can I find a holiday accommodation with internet/wifi in Downtown Des Moines?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with internet/wifi among our 6 holiday homes with internet/wifi available in Downtown Des Moines. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.