Catch Des Moines

400 Locust Street Suite 265 50309-2350

Catch the ease of Greater Des Moines

Iowa's capital city is known for going above and beyond when it comes to hosting meetings and events. So while there are many fantastic reasons for you to choose Greater Des Moines for your meeting destination, let us highlight the following three! - Facilities See your vision come to life in Greater Des Moines. Enjoy the first-class service and versatile size of the Iowa Events Center, Des Moines’ premier convention center featuring a 28,000 square-foot ballroom, 150,000 square feet of exhibit space, and 32 meeting rooms. Discover the perfect off-site venue and create memorable experiences. With a wide variety of options, you’ll find the right-sized venue complimented by one of the city's 145+ hotels. - Accessibility Located in the heart of the country, Greater Des Moines is easily accessible by land or air. For those who prefer a road trip, the city is situated at the intersection of I-80 and I-35. For the frequent fliers, Des Moines International Airport offers 160 flights a day, including 20+ direct flights to major U.S. cities. Upon arrival, your attendees will appreciate the quick commute (less than 10 minutes!) and walkability of downtown. The downtown district is well connected with a four-mile skywalk system offering climate-controlled access to many venues and attractions. Rideshare services are readily available, as well as bike rentals and 800+ miles of connected recreational trails. - Big City Amenities This capital city is rich in culture and booming with business. Year after year, Des Moines ranks as one of the three largest cities for financial, insurance, and ag-bio industries. Home to numerous corporate headquarters, this savvy metropolitan continues to produce big-city attractions, high-profile sporting events, coveted national acts and performing arts, world-class festivals, award-winning farm-to-table cuisine, and impressive art collections to maintain its position as an industry and entertainment leader.

Distance from airport

  • Des Moines International Airport

    5 mi. from city center

Local Attractions

Des Moines Community Playhouse

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents a full season of musicals, dramas, comedies and family shows each year. The shows represent the best of Broadway present and past, with professional quality sets, costumes and acting at a price nearly everyone in the community can afford. The Playhouse is one of the largest and oldest continuously-operating community theatres in the United States.
831 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA, US 50312

Iowa Speedway

Iowa Speedway, “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet,” is central Iowa’s home for both racing and non-racing fans who are looking for thrilling, all-American entertainment on and off the track. The Rusty Wallace designed track offers 7/8 mile tri-oval racing with 12-13-14 degree compound banking in the turns. Iowa Speedway also offers a wide range of options for events in our Newton Club such as wedding receptions, business meetings, tradeshows and much more.
3333 Rusty Wallace Drive
Newton, IA, US 50208

Living History Farms

Looking for a unique gathering place? Living History Farms has indoor and outdoor facilities for meetings, daytime retreats, receptions and picnics. Museum tours, catered meals and horse-drawn wagon rides are also available.
11121 Hickman Road
Urbandale, IA, US 50322

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

When the Chicago and North Western announced its intention to end service to (and scrap) the entire line, a group known as the "Boone Railroad Historical Society" was formed. 2,254 charter members pulled together, and secured the funding necessary to purchase the 11.3 miles of the line which makes up our railroad today. The first trip handling passengers was made in November of 1983. Tickets for a ride out onto the high bridge were sold out of a tent.
225 10th Street
Boone, IA, US 50036

Iowa Gold Star Museum

The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, Iowa's premier veterans museum, displays artifacts and tells the story of Iowa veterans from the Mexican War of 1846 to present day. It also has a reference library on military subjects and Iowa veterans. This is the perfect venue for a two-hour outing.
7105 NW 70th Avenue
Camp Dodge
Johnston, IA, US 50131

Iowa Arbotetum

A visit to the Iowa Arboretum's 378-acre facility is an experience you won't want to miss. The 40-acre 'Library of Living Plants' showcases hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowers. Visit our large and diverse display of plants that can be successfully grown in Iowa. An additional 330 acres offer unique woodland trails and a restored prairie walk.
1875 Peach Avenue
Madrid, IA, US 50156

Iowa State Capitol

Historical landmark
The 23-karat golden dome towering above the city is a favorite of sightseers. Four smaller domes flank the main dome. The Capitol houses the governor's offices, legislature and the old Supreme Court room. Guided tours are available. Call for tour times.
E 9th Street & Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA, US 50309

Des Moines Arts Festival

The internationally-recognized Des Moines Arts Festival returns June 23-25, 2017 to Downtown Des Moines' Western Gateway Park. The Festival features visual arts, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, Interrobang Film Festival, Jazz and Wine Pavilion and plenty of eclectic food and beverage booths providing guests with an arts experience to remember!
15th & Locust Streets
Western Gateway Park
Des Moines, IA, US 50309

Convention Centers

  • Iowa Events Center

    Centrally located at the intersection of Interstates 80 & 35 in Downtown Des Moines, minutes from the Des Moines International Airport, the Iowa Events Center is ready to host your event of 10 - 18,000 people! TAX-EXEMPT convention center facility

    • Exhibit Space150,000 sq. ft.
      Total meeting space86,500 sq. ft.



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