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Where to Buy Local Over Spring Break in DSM

2021 Spring Break Guide

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is continuing to look local first when it comes to buying from Greater Des Moines (DSM) shops, restaurants and more. By supporting small businesses, the money you spend in the region will stay within the community. Spring means warmer weather — and in 2021, the ramping up of vaccinations across DSM — so there’s no better time to look local for your spring break shopping needs!

Change of Scene

Adventureland Inn & Resort

Featured Item: Spring Break Package
Description: From Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 28, find spring break package deals that include bungalow rentals and general admission Splash Passes.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Des Moines Downtown

Featured Item: Indoor Pool
Description: Enjoy the indoor pool at Embassy Suites by Hilton Des Moines Downtown. The hotel is located in the bustling Historic East Village.

Surety Hotel

Featured Item: Live Music at Surety Lounge
Description: Surety Lounge will welcome Damon Dotson on Friday, March 12 and Jake Schrodt on Friday, March 19 to the Surety Lounge.

Find a listing of Member hotels in DSM here.

Engage + Explore

Blank Park Zoo

Featured Item: Shamrocks & Shells Event
Description: Enjoy a socially distanced party for St. Patrick's Day at Blank Park Zoo. Tickets are limited and not available at the door. Purchase yours here — each ticket includes on green beer.

DSM Book Festival

Featured Item: Limited In-Person Events
Description: The following DSM Book Festival hands-on activities will be offered for a nominal fee throughout the duration of the festival. Sign yourself up over spring break and get ready to learn and create with other locals. Don’t forget to invite your friends for the following events:

  • Faux Calligraphy Basics (Free
  • Create Your Own Book Planter with the Art Terrarium ($25)
  • Embroidery with Tactile Modern Handcraft ($30)
  • Garden Party with Rose Farms ($50)


Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Featured Item: $10 Dome After Dark Admission (Members may reserve tickets with membership.)
Description: General admission tickets are $10 for all ages to Dome After Dark. Enjoy a stroll through the dome lit up by luminarias, lanterns and twinkle lights while enjoying drinks and food from Trellis. Masks required except while eating and drinking. Social distancing enforced.

Iowa Wild

Featured Item: Spring Break Ticket Package
Description: On Sunday, March 14, grab the exclusive spring break ticket package that includes a game ticket, Iowa Wild baseball cap and Iowa Wild hockey puck. Add on an Iowa wild foam claw for $10.

The Wallace Centers

Featured Item: Cooking Classes
Description: Learn from Chef Katie by signing up for a $25 virtual cooking class. The following classes will be offered this spring:

  • Beet + Pear = Dessert (Thursday, March 25, 2021)
  • Moroccan Favorites (Thursday, April 1, 2021)
  • Middle Eastern Menu (Thursday, April 8, 2021)
  • 3 Sauces Every Pro Knows (Thursday, April 15, 2021)
  • Kids in the Kitchen (Thursday, April 22, 2021 — this class is only $20)
  • Spring Cocktails & Appetizers (Thursday, April 29, 2021)
  • Gone Fishin’ (Thursday, May 6, 2021)


Find a list of Member attractions and events here.


Café Baratta’s

Featured Item: Breakfast or Lunch on the Patio
Description: You can’t beat the beautiful views of the Iowa State Capitol. Enjoy patio dining for breakfast or lunch Monday through Friday, as well as lunch Saturday at Café Baratta’s.

Gilroy’s Kitchen + Pub + Patio

Featured Item: Weekend Brunch
Description: Weekend brunch is available from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are not required, but encouraged. Carryout and curbside-to-go orders are also available for brunch.


Featured Item: Smoked BBQ on the Patio
Description: Try out smoked sandwiches or ribs at Mullets. A new covered lower patio offers outdoor dining during the rain and colder months, too.

Eatery A

Featured Item: Wood-Fired Pizza on the Patio
Description: Enjoy a specialty wood-fired pizza on the patio at Eatery A along Ingersoll Avenue in Downtown DSM.

As the weather warms up, be sure to visit the patios of our Extend the Season grant recipients, who received funds for outdoor heating equipment in order to prolong the outdoor dining season. You can also find a listing of all Member restaurants here.


Central Iowa Pool & Spa

Featured Item: Pool Installation
Description: Need help designing and installing a pool this year? Central Iowa Pool & Spa offers inground, semi-inground and above ground pool installation in Ankeny, Urbandale and Des Moines.

Dutch Meadows Landscaping & Garden Center

Featured Item: Landscape Design
Description: Serving Pella, Oskaloosa and Knoxville, as well as a 25-mile radius, Dutch Meadows Garden Center & Landscaping offers full-service landscaping and designs.

Homemakers Furniture

Featured Item: Patio Furniture
Description: Find Adirondack seating, outdoor rocking chairs, fire pits, patio umbrellas and more at Homemakers Furniture in Urbandale.

Iowa Bike Co.

Featured Item: Bike Detail
Description: It’s about time to hit the bike trails! Iowa Bike Co. offers a bike detail for $30, which includes a thorough cleaning of the frame and wheels only. All cyclists welcome!

Madison County Parks

Featured Item: Yurt Cabin Rentals
Description: Now is the time to make a reservation for a Yurt Cabin in Madison County this summer. Find all the details on reserving a cabin online.

Learn more about buying local by visiting dsmpartnership.com/buylocal and make sure to use #DSMlocal when posting about your local products, services or purchases on social media.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.