Carlisle offers and abundance of activities within city limits and only minutes away in surrounding communities.
There’s always something going on! And now Greater Des Moines has a one-stop online resource for community-wide events, and places to visit, eat, or shop. It’s www.dmjuice.com.
The Des Moines Symphony is a full-service professional orchestra performing throughout the year.
Iowa Events Center arena and convention complex brings in major concerts, sporting events and conventions.
The Principal Riverwalk is currently under construction, with several components finished or near completion. This project is transforming our downtown riverfront.
The Blank Park Zoo is home to many animals for your enjoyment.
The Botanical Center offers thousands of species of plants and eleven floral shows per year under its huge geodesic dome.
The nationally-known Des Moines Art Center celebrates ancient, contemporary, representational and abstract creativity.
The Des Moines Civic Center hosts everything from Phantoms to Flutists.
The Des Moines Playhouse features well-known plays with outstanding local talent. The Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre at the Playhouse produces five shows per season for family members age five through adult.
The Iowa Hall of Pride features interactive, multi-media exhibits designed to showcase the achievements of all Iowans, from student athletes to sports legends, movie stars to scientists.
Explore history and find your Iowa ancestors at the Iowa State Historical Museum and Library.
Prairie Meadows is the nation’s first combination horse racing track and casino. Games include slots, craps, Black Jack, poker and roulette.
Take a tour of Salisbury House, an authentic Tudor mansion constructed from historical materials imported from England and furnished with period antiques.
Explore the wonders of science at the all-new Science Center of Iowa, including the Blank IMAX Dome Theater.
Adventureland amusement park is open every day in the summer and weekends in the Spring and Fall.
The Des Moines Metro Opera stages contemporary and traditional operas every summer.
The Drake Relays track and field performances are held each spring.
The Des Moines Arts Festival is ranked fourth-best in the nation by Art Fair Sourcebook, and each year draws almost 200,000 people to downtown Des Moines to view, purchase, and interact with art from all over the region.
GuideOne ImaginEve, is an annual free family New Year’s Eve event.
The Iowa State Fair commences each August with over one million visitors celebrating the food, rides and exhibits.
The 600-acre Living History Farms has been called “the best historical farm in the world.”
Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey: The Bucs provide exciting, affordable, entertaining brand of United States Hockey League Junior A action. They shoot, they score!
Des Moines Menace Soccer: Greater Des Moines’ entry in the men’s Premier Developmental Soccer League lives up to its name on the field. Get your kicks watching the world’s most popular sport.
Iowa Barnstormers: Iowa’s premier arena football team is back and better than ever for the new season, playing on Wellmark Field at the Iowa Events Center.
Iowa Cubs Baseball: Big leaguers of tomorrow play for the Chicago Cubs’ Triple A farm team in a newly remodeled park with the Iowa Capitol building’s golden dome standing proudly beyond the center field fence.
Cubs Web site
Drake University Bulldogs: Located in the heart of Greater Des Moines, Drake offers an array of men’s and women’s NCAA Division I sports action.
Grand View College Vikings: The place to go for serious, small-college men’s and women’s athletics. The Vikings compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball.
Iowa State University Cyclones: Major university, NCAA Division I sports are just 45 minutes up the road in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclone men and women compete in the rugged Big 12 Conference.
Simpson College Storm: Located just 12 miles south of Des Moines in Indianola, Simpson offers NCAA Division III athletics including football, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, track, soccer, tennis, cross country and more.
University of Iowa Hawkeyes: Fans from Greater Des Moines regularly make the two-hour drive down I-80 to Iowa City, to watch the NCAA Division I Hawkeyes in Big 10 Conference action.