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Meet Outside the Office at One of These Downtown DSM Locations

Meet Outside the Office

Get outside the conference room and take your next meeting to one of these outside-of-the-office spots in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). A change from the norm brings a fresh perspective — and your meeting is bound to hit peak productivity!

Walking or Biking Meetings

Pack your tennis shoes or rent a B-Cycle and enjoy these Downtown DSM parks, trails and recreation areas navigable by bicycle or by foot. A walking or biking meeting on-the-move will get your creativity flowing. (Note: W denotes areas ideal for walking and B denotes locations ideal for biking.)

The Skywalk (W)

With four miles of connected skywalk, an indoor walking meeting is perfect between appointments, during rainy or hot days and even wintertime. This Downtown DSM skywalk map can make navigation a breeze!

John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park (W)

In addition to its 24 sculptures, this 4.4-acre park features winding paved paths scattered with bench seating ideal for a quick outdoor walking meeting in the heart of Downtown DSM.

Principal Riverwalk (W & B)

Hop on a bicycle or go for a run or walk around the Principal Riverwalk! The loop from the Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge to the Red Bridge and back is approximately 1.3 miles, which takes roughly 20 minutes at a moderate walking pace.

Gray’s Lake (W & B)

The two-mile loop around Gray’s Lake, named the Krudenier Trail, is great for walking or biking meetings. The distance can be lengthened further by taking advantage of several connected trails including the Bill Riley Trail, Meredith Trail and several others. Stop for refreshments at Confluence Brewing Co., Exile Brewing or Mullets nearby, each boasting patio space.

Water Works Park (W & B)

Located just west of Gray’s Lake, the Bill Riley trail passes through Water Works Park making for a great walking, running or biking path for meetings on-the-go.

Dining Spaces

These Downtown DSM restaurants offer semi-private meetings spaces to hold a meeting while you eat a meal together — either lunch or dinner!

Patio Spaces

Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air at a Downtown Des Moines patio. Snag a bite to eat or an ice-cold drink to make your meeting extra enjoyable and productive.

Rentable Spaces or Large Meetings

Browse the list below for ideas to rent a space for either a group gathering or an intimate, controlled environment in Downtown Des Moines. For an in-depth list of off-site venues, Catch Des Moines is DSM’s convention and meeting expert resource.

Most Downtown DSM hotels also offer meeting and event space as well, in addition to in-house restaurants often serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.

For additional support for out-of-the-office meetings in Downtown DSM, find tips on getting around and parking to make navigation a breeze for your attendees.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

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