When you’re done gazing at all the vehicles on display at the GoodGuys 27th Annual Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals aka the GoodGuys Mid-Summer Classic, here are some stops you should make to explore the local culture in the Des Moines area. Be sure to stay long enough at the Mid-Summer Classic to enjoy the fireworks, AutoCross, All-American Sunday, Swap Meet, Nitro Thunder Fest and so much more! You can view all the Mid-Summer Classic event info here: https://www.good-guys.com/hln-2018
- Blank Park Zoo – https://blankparkzoo.com/
Blank Park Zoo opened its doors in 1986 and currently has almost 1,500 animals on their 49 acres of land. You can visit the sea lions and red pandas or take a ride on the train or even a camel!
- Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel – https://www.prairiemeadows.com/
Whether you want to try your luck at poker tables and slot machines or watch the horses race around the track, the Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel has plenty for you to do. You can come for the day or book a room in the award winning hotel and take advantage of their indoor saltwater pool.
- Pappajohn Sculpture Park – https://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/visit/pappajohn-sculpture-park
The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park opened in 2009 and features art from over 20 of the world’s most admired artists. The 4.4 acre park is located right in downtown Des Moines and you can enjoy the unique park on your own, with a tour guide or with an audio tour that is available online or over the phone.
- Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden – https://www.dmbotanicalgarden.com/
Located in the heart of Des Moines, the Botanical Garden opened in 1929 and has 7 acres of lush gardens to roam. With the 80’ tall and 150’ wide domed conservatory, you can enjoy the Botanical Garden during any weather. Between the plant collections and exotic species, like the Corpse Flower, there is always something new blooming for your enjoyment.
- Jasper Winery – http://jasperwinery.com/
This estate style winery is family owned and operated right in downtown Des Moines. The winery is open 7 days a week and offers a complementary tasting room bar with views of the barrel and production rooms. On Thursdays you can enjoy a glass or two while listening to live music with their Summer Concert Series.
- Adventureland Resort – https://www.adventurelandresort.com/
With over 100 rides, attractions and shows, the Adventureland Amusement Park and Adventure Bay Waterpark is sure to be a family favorite. Scream your way down one of the many roller coasters, leisurely float down Caribbean Cruiser Lazy River or try your luck at one of the many fair-like game areas.