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Where to Buy Local This Summer in DSM

2021 Summer 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. This week’s #DSMlocal buying guide is for summer things to do and see in the region, so check out the featured items below for where to spend time with friends and family in DSM.


Golf Cars of Iowa

Featured Item: Golf Car
Description: Purchase your own golf car, new or used, from Golf Cars of Iowa in Pleasant Hill.

River Valley Golf Courses

Featured Item: Twilight Golf
Description: In 2021, you can play up to 18 holes for only $28 after 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or for $33 after 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Sugar Creek Golf Course

Featured Item: PGA Golf Instruction
Description: Sugar Creek Golf Course offers private or semi-private golf lessons by appointment for all ages and abilities.

Toad Valley Golf Course

Featured Item: Mini Golf
Description: Bring the kids and play a little putt-putt at Toad Valley's mini golf course in Pleasant Hill.

Find a list of all Member golf courses in DSM here.

Outdoor Family Activities

Adventureland Park

Featured Item: Season Passes
Description: Enjoy unlimited park admission when you purchase a season pass.

Blank Park Zoo

Featured Item: Memberships
Description: Purchase one of five available memberships through the Blank Park Zoo or a combo membership between the Zoo and other regional attractions.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Featured Item: Ruan Reflection Garden
Description: Visit the Ruan Reflection Garden for a tranquil space and views of Downtown DSM. While you’re there, you can support this popular DSM attraction by becoming a member, dining at the Trellis Café or shopping for garden-related items.

Living History Farms

Featured Item: Memberships
Description: Choose from one of the Living History Farms membership options to experience 300 years of history through the 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, 1850 Pioneer Farm, 1876 Town of Walnut Hill and 1900 Horse-Powered Farm.

Science Center of Iowa

Featured Item: Advance Tickets
Description: Purchase a timed ticket for general admission to the Science Center of Iowa. Face coverings and temperature checks will be in place for all visitors.

Find more things to do in DSM here.

Parks + Campgrounds

Brenton Arboretum

Featured Item: Dog Day Passes
Description: Brenton Arboretum offers self-guided and guided tours, as well as a Nature Play Area for kids and labyrinth. The arboretum is also open to dogs. Non-members can purchase passes for $5 here.

Rock Creek State Park

Featured Item: Camping
Description: Rock Creek State Park’s eight miles of multi-use trails and five-mile biking trail are located in Kellogg. Also available at the park are fishing, boating and hiking opportunities. Reserve a camping spot here.

Find a list of all Member parks and campgrounds in DSM here.

Patio Dining

Magee’s Irish Pub

Featured Item: Brunch
Description: Whether you order the Chocolate Truffle Porridge, the Caramel French Toast or the Full Irish Breakfast, you’ll enjoy brunch at Magee’s.

Star Bar

Featured Item: Small Plates
Description: Looking for patio dining near Downtown DSM? Check out Star Bar’s small plates featuring BBQ’d Chicken Sprigrolls with Mango Salsa or Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna with Ginger and Wasabi.
Burgers, sandwiches and kids plates are also available.

You can also search our Patio Dining Buying Guide for ideas on outdoor dining options.

The original #DSMlocal Buying Guide offers gift ideas for a variety of recipients from bookworms to pet lovers and more. Throughout the year, The Partnership will continue to add even more buying guides to encourage buying local, curated with DSM shops, restaurants and service providers in mind for shoppers like you! The Partnership’s most recent guides are listed below:

If you’re a business owner and Member of The Partnership interested in being featured in one of the buying guides, sign up here.

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.