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Des Moines, IA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 124
Total Sleeping Rooms 13,000
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 13,000
Committable Meeting Rooms* 37
Convention Center Space 286,300 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 150,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 28,800 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $107
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $167
*Maximum for a single hotel

Des Moines, IA Things to Do and Attractions

Adventureland Park

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Located on the northeast corner of the city's metro area, Adventureland Park offers fun and entertainment to thousands of visitors each year. With over 100 rides, shows and attractions, the park has something to suit guests of all ages and tastes.

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Blank Park Zoo

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For Iowa's wildest adventure, visitors need only hop over to Blank Park Zoo. Located just two miles from the Des Moines International Airport, Blank Park Zoo comprises 22 acres of exhilarating animal exhibits and facilities. Dating to 1963, the zoo

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Brenton Skating Plaza

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From November to March, visitors can experience a true winter wonderland at the Brenton Skating Plaza. Located on the banks of the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines, the 120-foot-by-60-foot rink is a key aspect of Des Moines' astounding

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Des Moines Art Center

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Recognized internationally as a world-class museum, the Des Moines Art Center is a treasure trove of contemporary art in the heart of Des Moines. Designed by world renowned architects Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Richard Meir, the three buildings

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Des Moines Botanical Center

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One of Iowa's most popular cultural attractions, the Des Moines Botanical Center is located on 14 acres along the east bank of the Des Moines River near downtown Des Moines. Dating back to 1979, the center features a signature 150-foot-tall geodesic

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Fort Des Moines Museum & Education Center

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One of Iowa's most celebrated attractions, the 4.6-acre Fort Des Moines Museum & Education Center pay-s tribute to the U.S. Army's first honor candidate class of African American men in 1917, and the establishment of the first Women's Army Auxiliary

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Historic East Village

Located east of downtown, the Historic East Village is an eclectic, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood where historic buildings mingle with hip eateries, funky boutiques and one-of-a-kind retail shops. Running from the Des Moines River to the State

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Historic Jordan House

Owned and operated by the West Des Moines Historical Society, the Historic Jordan House is a significant part of Des Moines' storied past. Dating back to 1850, Jordan House was the former home of Senator James C. Jordan, one of Iowa's most

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Iowa Hall of Pride

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Located on the lower level of the Iowa Events Center, the Iowa Hall of Pride opened in 2005 to showcase Iowa athletics, academics and arts. The only one of its kind in the nation, the 26,000-square-foot hall features 27 exhibits that cover a variety

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Iowa State Capitol

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Completed in 1886, the Iowa State Capitol represents one of the nation's finest examples of 19th century architecture. Inside, visitors can see stunning works of art and fixtures of wood and stone, while outside, the majestic steel and brick dome

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Living History Farms

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A 550-acre open air museum, Living History Farms tells the historic tale of Midwestern agriculture and rural life. With the help of guides dressed in period garb, this award-winning museum transports visitors through five historical time periods

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Prairie Meadow Racetrack and Casino

Visitors to Des Moines can raise the stakes at Prairie Meadow Racetrack and Casino. With something for everyone, guests try their luck at one of 1,750 slot machines or enjoy table games such as roulette, blackjack, craps and Texas Hold 'Em. The

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Principal Park

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Home to minor league baseball team the Iowa Cubs, Principal Park is one of the top rated minor league facilities in the nation. Originally opened in 1947 as Pioneer Park, the old stadium was demolished and rebuilt at a cost of $12 million in 1992.

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Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater

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A world of unique discovery awaits at the 110,000-square-foot Science Center of Iowa. Children and adults alike enjoy this state-of-the-art facility, which focuses on "how" to learn rather than "what" to learn. Visitors participate in live programs

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State Historical Museum

Housed in a stunning granite and glass structure at the foot of the Iowa State Capitol, the State Historical Museum takes visitors on a trip through Iowa's storied past. Visitors step into the Caucus Iowa Exhibit and place their vote on issues of

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801 Steak & Chop House

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Located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, 801 Steak & Chop House is the city's place for steaks. In addition to an already lengthy list of accolades, 801 became the first Iowa restaurant to receive the highly coveted DIRoNA Award of Excellence.

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Bistro Montage

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Touted as Des Moines' original French bistro, Bistro Montage is a fine dining foodie favorite. A hit among critics, The Des Moines Register called Bistro Montage "the place to enjoy perfectly prepared French food." Set amidst the charm of the

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CENTRO

Located in the restored Temple for Performing Arts, this urban eatery specializes in Italian cuisine that uses fresh ingredients and impeccable preparation. Meaning "city center," the ambiance at CENTRO (pronounced chen-tro) is casual but upscale.

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Dos Rios Cantina & Tequila Lounge

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The newest addition to the bustling Court Avenue entertainment district in downtown Des Moines, Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge blends traditional Mexican recipes and customs with contemporary twists. Guests can enjoy the Nuevo Cocina style of

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Splash Seafood Bar & Grill

Only steps away from the Iowa Events Center, Splash Seafood Bar & Grill makes its home in Des Moines' historic Homestead Building. A Des Moines institution, Splash serves up fresh seafood flown in daily from coastal ports. Patrons dine among salt

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