You took the plunge and are officially husband and wife. Congratulations! Now for the part every newlywed couple looks forward to more than any other thing (besides the presents): the honeymoon! If you decide not to travel to faraway lands where you will need a passport, Des Moines offers many romantic getaway options for your honeymoon and is a great place to start the rest of your lives together. Take a look at just some of the great options you have for planning a honeymoon in Des Moines.

The first thing you’ll have to decide is whether you want to stay in a cabin, in a hotel, in a tent, etc. The options are endless! If you decide to go for a hotel, the Ramada Tropics Resort is the perfect place to stay. With suites that include a king size bed, whirlpool tubs, and a wet bar, it’s the perfect place to continue rekindling that spark every day. Receive passes for the Buccaneer Bay Indoor Water Park and spend time relaxing by the pool together. The Ramada Tropics Resort is central to many places you will want to visit while on your honeymoon, making it easy to get to and from.

There is something for everyone in Des Moines, depending on what your interests are. Looking for an old fashioned date? Catch a Broadway show at the Des Moines Community Playhouse and hold hands through the production. If you’re looking for something a bit fancier, enjoy the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra and Chorus at the Des Moines Metro Opera. Want to get your dancing feet moving? Take some Salsa Des Moines or Step into Swing dance class at the Des Moines Ballroom. Or perhaps you’re looking for a bit of a thrill. Check out Z Balloon Adventures and take a hot-air balloon ride over Des Moines and enjoy the breathtaking views of the city and countryside. If wedding stress is still wearing on you, book a couple’s spa day at Sahar’s and get a couple Wine and Rose Spa Treatment.

Places to Eat
Many cultures view meal time as the most important part of the day and a big social affair to get to know each other. There are many places, both romantic and casual, to check out while in Des Moines to get the most of the Iowa culture and experience. Go for a romantic night out at Café Di Scala and get a taste of Italy in this century-old Victorian Mansion in an atmosphere inspired by Scala Coeli in Southern Calabria, Italy. Looking for more French cuisine? Check out Django just off of 10th Street. Other great options for a romantic night out include Lucca, with its open-style kitchen, and The Oyster Bar at Splash. For something quick and easy, but still delicious, visit the Ramada Tropics Resort’s restaurant, the Castaway Bar and Grille, before retiring to your room for a hot bath.

Night Life/ Places to Drink
After a night out and a great dinner, if you’re looking for a place to have a night cap or catch some local music, there is a plethora of places to grab a drink. Check out The Brewhouse No. 25 for a beer garden and live music with access to the bike trail for a nice walk after your drinks. The Firetrucker Brewery specializes in craft beers and regularly has live, local music. If looking for something more quiet and romantic, check out Della Vita with their Napa Technology Wine Stations for a self-serve wine bar. Other wine bars include Louie’s Wine Dive.

Des Moines offers many other great date ideas for a truly romantic and memorable honeymoon.