the perfect place
TO CALL HOME

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES
IS THE PLACE TO BE

Downtown Des Moines is on the rise and wants you to come along! Whether you’re a young professional, a family that loves outdoor adventure, or a new retiree ready to live your best life, we have something to offer everyone… like affordable cost of living, great employment options, TONS of recreational activities, and easy, walkable access to work, food and play!


PARKS + LEISURE
  1. Gray’s Lake Park
  2. Pappajohn Sculpture Park
  3. Principal Park
  4. Simon Estes Ampitheater
  5. Water Works Park
FOOD + BARS
  1. A Dong
  2. Exile Brewing
  3. Bubba
  4. Hessen Haus
  5. The Iowa Taproom
  6. Up-Down DSM
  7. Confluence Brewing
OTHERS
  1. Iowa Methodist Medical Center
  2. West End Architectural Salvage
  3. Polk County Courthouse
  4. Fourth+Court Hy-Vee
  5. Science Center + Imax Theater
  6. Des Moines Civic Center
  7. Lauridsen Skate Park

URBAN PARKS

Gray’s Station is surrounded by green space. From the mile-long bike trail, wetland basin and Coleman Bridge within Gray's Station to Pappajohn Sculpture Park to the north, peaceful urban parks are minutes away. Our wetland basin is home to hundreds of native Iowa insect and plant species and acts as a natural filtration system for our downtown water.

TRAILS ON TRAILS

The trail system is one of the area’s most popular amenities. The network of trails within Des Moines serves as a core, connecting to over 550 miles of trails throughout Central Iowa. More than 65 miles of paved and 19 miles of soft trails run through the Des Moines park system. There is something and some way for everyone - from daily commuters to mountain bikers to runners and walkers of all ages.

THE DOWNTOWN FARMER'S MARKET

Farmers markets are a summer favorite for local produce, plants & flowers and fresh-baked treats! The longstanding Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market takes place each Saturday from May through the end of October, and hosts 165-plus on-site vendors.

IOWA CUBS

The Iowa Cubs are the Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Chicago Cubs – hi, Cubbie! They play their home games at Principal Park (or Sec Taylor to some)… located just minutes from Gray’s Station!