25 free things to do in Des Moines, Iowa

25 free things to do in Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines is the capital city of Iowa. This central Iowa city is filled with a rich art scene, history, culture and agriculture. Whether you have a weekend in Des Moines or a spending a longer time in the city, there are a large number of things to do in this Midwest city that are free.

Here are 25 free things to do and places to go in Des Moines, Iowa.

Downtown Farmers Market

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Western Gateway Park

Des Moines Art Center

State Historical Building/Museum

Gray's Lake Park

Historic Valley Junction

East Village

Des Moines Public Library 

Ankeny Art Center

Des Moines Water Works Park


Capitol Building

Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden

World Food Price Hall of Laureates

West End Salvage

Wall Art Murals

Splash Pads + Fountains around the city

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge

Robert Ray Asian Gardens

Easter Lake Park

Des Moines River Trail

Riverwalk Park

Saylorville Trail

Lauridsen Skate Park

Jasper Winery