With higher temperatures and a sun that is peeking around gray clouds, many of us are anticipating warmer days of summer! One exciting time during which many children and families alike look forward to is summer vacation, where they get a break from the school and work routine. Summer vacation can be a hectic travel time, with difficult to book plane flights, crowded “hot-spots”, and expensive price tags on everything. Instead of wasting time traveling this year, why not have a staycation in Des Moines? A staycation in Des Moines is a great way to have fun, save money, and experience awesome Des Moines attractions you may not have made the time to do normally.

Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo is a 25 acre zoological park on the south side of Des Moines, Iowa near historic Fort Des Moines. The zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is the only accredited zoo in Iowa. With animal exhibits galore, this Des Moines attraction will have something everyone in the family will enjoy.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
At the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants is their goal. Tropical and temperate gardens make an oasis in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Whether you visit on your own or explore with your family, you will find the Botanical Garden a place where you can learn about fascinating plants, hone your gardening skills or immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the gardens.

Living History Farms
Living History Farms is a 500-acre open air museum located in Urbandale, Iowa. The museum’s mission is to educate visitors and demonstrate the past 300 years of Iowa’s agricultural history.

Des Moines Art Center
The Des Moines Art Center is an art museum with an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, modern art and mixed media. It was established in 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa.

These are just a few of the fantastic Des Moines attractions that you and your family can experience during your staycation in Iowa, this year during summer vacation! Having a staycation in Des Moines is a great way to not only have an adventure in your own backyard, but save money, and experience all that Des Moines has to offer with the many Iowa attractions.