Here are a few ideas of things to do during your stay in Des Moines or to pass the time between the ceremony and reception:

East Village
The Historical Building is located in the East Village Neighborhood of Des Moines. It has recently come back to life as a community of eclectic shops, restaurants, and galleries. Raygun (formerly known as SMASH) and Gong Fu Tea are two of our favorite East Village spots.

Court District
Just west of the Des Moines River, the Court Avenue District also offers a lot of fun distractions.  Java Joe’s , Vaudeville Mews, Hessen Haus, Science Center of Iowa, Court Avenue Brewery,  and the Farmers’ Market are all worth checking out.

Principal Riverwalk
The Principal Riverwalk connects the east and west sides of downtown Des Moines through a 1.2 mile loop of paths and bridges. The Long Look Garden and Hansen Triangle plazas feature significant sculptures from world-renowned artists. Two new pedestrian bridges cross the river – the Union Railroad Bridge on the south and the Court Avenue Bridge on the north. (From East Village Web Site)

Pappajohn Sculpture Park
The Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a brand new greenspace in downtown Des Moines featuring a collection of 24 sculptures donated by John and Mary Pappajohn, local art collectors and philanthropists. The park is a collaboration between the City of Des Moines and the Des Moines Art Center.

Des Moines Art Center and Clare and Miles Rose Garden

Des Moines Botanical Center