Destination guide

The lively area of Downtown Des Moines awaits your stay

The area's live music and theater scene are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Downtown Des Moines. Renowned for its sporting events, restaurants and biking, this city welcomes all visitors. Science Center of Iowa and Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden are just a couple of the must-sees. 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 cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Downtown Des Moines a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • 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 features

Exploring the natural landscape of Downtown Des Moines

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation 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 center:

  • 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)
How to get there

Transportation 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 center.

Where to stay around Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 11 vacation rentals near Downtown Des Moines. From 3 house rentals to 8 condo and apartment rentals, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Downtown Des Moines area.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Downtown Des Moines?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Downtown Des Moines. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Des Moines Public Library: 51 vacation rentals
  • 801 Grand: 51 vacation rentals
  • Iowa Events Center: 51 vacation rentals
  • Science Center of Iowa: 51 vacation rentals
  • Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden: 51 vacation rentals

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

Can I rent Houses in Downtown Des Moines?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 3 Houses in Downtown Des Moines. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown Des Moines include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 8 rentals available
  • Studios: 5 rentals available

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Downtown Des Moines?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 10 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Downtown Des Moines. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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