Des Moines, IA
- Have fun with the family at Adventureland Amusement Park,offering more than 100 rides and slides, shows, and the most exciting roller coaster in the country.
- Have a relaxing picnic at the Big Creek State Park,featuring numerous shelters and picnic areas, as well as a playground for children, a beach, various outdoor recreational opportunities and a 26-mile paved trail for bicyclists.
- Visit the 40-acre Blank Park Zoo where you will find more than 100 animal species and more than 1400 furry and feathered friends, also containing one of the state's largest botanical collections.
- Take advantage of the shopping opportunities offered at Jordan Creek Town Center , being a 2-million square foot center representing a new level of entertainment and shopping in Central Iowa.
Des Moines City is home of the Iowa Cubs Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League, also known as I-Cubs, representing the Class AAA team of the major Chicago Cubs league.
They always play their home games at the principal Park, which is located at the confluence of Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers, also hosting each summer, the Iowa High School Athletic Association's state baseball tournaments.
The famous Drake Relays are held every year, in April, at Drake University. In 2008, Drake Stadium hosted the NCAA Track & Field Championships, being scheduled to host in 2010 the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Since 2001, the Principal Charity Classic, representing a Champions Tour golf event, has been held in Des Moines, every May and June, benefiting several children's charities in the state of Iowa.
The Hy-Vee Triathlon, held every June, since 2007, and the IMT Des Moines Marathon, kept every October, represents 2 other popular sport-related events that take place in the City of Des Moines, annually. In 2008, the Hy-Vee Triathlon served as a qualifier to the Olympic Games.
The largest annual event that takes place in Des Moines City is the Iowa State Fair, happening in August, attracting thousands of festival goers every year, featuring many entertainment opportunities, such as the Blue Ribbon Kid's Club, which is a special club for 10 year olds, giving the children the opportunity to participate in 7 free fun-filled activities.
The entertaining contests, provided for visitors, include the Backgammon Tournament, the Banjo/Guitar/Mandolin Contest, the Bench Press/Deadlift Contest, the Older Iowans' Music Contest, the Pigtail, Ponytail and Braid Contest, the Pedal Power Pull and dozens other fun family activities.