Activities & Attractions
Discover one of America’s most dynamic downtowns
From world-class cultural institutions to top-tier dining, downtown Des Moines offers endless options for the urban explorer – many just steps from our front door.
The John and Mary PappaJohn Sculpture Park
Located just a short walk from the Des Lux, this pedestrian-friendly, beautifully landscaped 4.4 acre park features 28 works by the world’s most celebrated artists.
The sculpture park is located at 1330 Grand Avenue, and is open from sunrise to midnight daily. The nearby Des Moines Art Center also offers a wide range of exhibitions.
The Principal Riverwalk
Featuring lighted, landscaped public spaces, world-class public art and unique pedestrian bridges and pathways, the Principal Riverwalk is one of the nation’s most acclaimed urban outdoor recreation attractions. Learn more at https://www.principal.com/riverwalk/
Downtown Des Moines also contains a series of urban trail loops connecting many of the major attractions, including the Science Center of Iowa, Principal Park, Gray’s Lake Park, the Court Avenue district, the East Village neighborhood and Principal Riverwalk. Hotel staff will be happy to help customize a trail for you.