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Experiencing Downtown

Adventure Around Every Corner

There’s no place quite like Downtown Des Moines (DSM). As you stroll along the street after a delicious dinner and hear the distant melody of music by the river, you get the sense that Downtown DSM is special. It’s more than just another urban stop in the Midwest. It’s a vibrant place where you can live, work and play. From shopping in the Historic East Village to attending festivals in Western Gateway Park, there’s an adventure around every corner.

Experience a city where sculptures are easily found and miles of biking trails run right next door. Bring up your children in the #4 Best Place to Raise Children or come spend your golden years in the #5 Best City to Retire. Wherever you are in life’s journey, Downtown DSM is the place to take the next step. The people here are friendly, and there’s always something to enjoy.

From festivals and markets, places to stay and an abundance of quality restaurants and exciting nightlife, Downtown DSM has something to offer for everyone. Check out cultural attractions, family-friendly stops and free options. There's outdoor activities and miles of trails, as well as shopping and sports to keep you busy. An array of Downtown events offer opportunities for all ages to enjoy the city in new ways while Downtown DSM attractions are fun for all.

So stop and take a moment to experience the place that everyone is talking about. Come experience life in Downtown DSM.