Most of the time, when someone thinks of Des Moines, Iowa, they think of the first caucuses of the presidential primary cycle. Others think of our beautiful city’s insurance hub. Still others may envision corn fields, pigs, and outhouses (no, we don’t have those!).

If you have not been to De Moi *spoken with a French accent* (how the fancy farmers pronounce it) lately, you are missing a lot! Forgive us while we brag for a moment, courtesy of the Des Moines Partnership:

So, regardless of your reasons for visiting us, there are a million reasons to stay. Come for a day, or come for a week; our home city has unlimited opportunities for you to spend your time here.

We put together some terrific suggestions for your stay in the Butler Personal Concierge©, including:

Activities:

Adventureland* (14.1 miles)
3200 Adventureland Drive
Altoona, Iowa  50009
(515) 266-2121

Ashworth Pool (0.3 miles)
101 SW 45th Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 243-3567

The Blank Park Zoo (7.7 miles)
7401 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50315
(515) 285-4722

Brenton Skating Plaza (4.7 miles)
520 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 284-1000 

Des Moines Art Center (0.3 miles)
4700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 277-4405

The Des Moines Art Festival* (3.6 miles)
700 Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 286-4927

The Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market* (4.7 miles)
1007 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 286-4928

The Des Moines Public Library (3.6 miles)
1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 283-4152

Gray’s Lake Park (3.5 miles)
2101 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, Iowa  50321
(515) 237-1386

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (5.2 miles)
909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 323-6290

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (4.8 miles)
909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 323-6290

Greenwood Park, Claire and Mile Mills Rose Garden (0.3 miles)
100 45th Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 237-1386

The Heritage Carousel of Des Moines* (5.2 miles)
Union Park
Des Moines, Iowa  50316
(515) 362-5958

Hoyt Sherman Place (2.5 miles)
1501 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 244-0507

Iowa Capitol
1007 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50319
(515) 281-5591

Iowa State Fair* (7.2 miles)
3000 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50317
(515) 262-3111

www.IowaStateFair.org

 

John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park (2.5 miles)
1330 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 237-1386

www.DesMoinesArtCenter.org/visit/pappajohn-sculpture-park

 

Living History Farms (8.4 miles)
11121 Hickman Road
Urbandale, Iowa  50322
(515) 278-5286

www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

 

Prairie Meadows Casino (14.2 miles)
1 Prairie Meadows Drive
Altoona, Iowa  50009
(515) 967-1000

www.PrairieMeadows.com

 

The Register’s Great Bike Race Across Iowa (RAGBRAI)*
Iowa
www.RAGBRAI.com

 

The Salisbury House & Gardens (0.8 miles)
4025 Tonawanda Drive
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 274-1777

www.SalisburyHouse.org

 

Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theatre (4.5 miles)
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 274-6868

www. SCIowa.org

 

The State Historical Museum of Iowa (4.6 miles)
600 E. Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50319
(515) 281-5111

www. IowaCulture.gov/history/museum

Terrace Hill (1.6 miles)
2300 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 281-7205

 

* Seasonal events; check website for additional details on scheduling

 

Bars:

 

Bartender’s Handshake (0.8 miles)
3615 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 630-3008

www.TheBartendersHandshake.com

 

Blazing Saddle (4.6 miles)
416 E. 5th Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 246-1299

www.EastVillageDesMoines.com/listing/blazing-saddle/

 

Garden Nightclub (4.9 miles)
112 SE 4th Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 243-3965

www.EastVillageDesMoines.com/listing/garden-nightclub/

 

The Hall (3.0 miles)
111 S. 11th Street
West Des Moines, Iowa  50265
(515) 608-4100
www.TheHallDSM.com

 

Juniper Moon (2.0 miles)
2005 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 369-7786
www.JuniperMoonDM.com

 

Sakari Sushi Lounge
2605 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 288-3381
www.SakariSushiLounge.com

The Station (1.1 miles)
3124 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 381-0052
www.TheStationDSM.com

 

Sully’s Irish Pub (1.3 miles)
860 1st Street
West Des Moines, Iowa  50265
www.SullysDesMoines.com

 

Wellman’s Pub (1.3 miles)
2920 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 245-9737
www.WellmansPub.com

 

The Yacht Club (1.5 miles)
2617 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 245-9208
www.TheAvenuesDSM.com

 

Entertainment:

 

Brenton Skating Plaza (4.3 miles)
520 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 284-1000
www.DSMPartnership.com/brentonplaza/

 

Des Moines Performing Arts (4.3 miles)
221 Walnut Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 246-2300
www.DesMoinesPerformingArts.org

 

Des Moines Symphony (2.6 miles)
The Temple for Performing Arts
1011 Locust Street, #200
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 280-4000
www.DMSymphony.org

 

Gas Lamp (2.2 miles)
1501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 280-3778
www.Gas-Lamp.business.site

Hoyt Sherman Place (3.1 miles)
1501 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 244-0507
www.HoytSherman.org

 

Iowa Barnstormers Football (4.1 miles)
Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 633-2255
www.TheIowaBarnstormers.com

 

Iowa Wolves Basketball (4.1 miles)
Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 564-8550
www.Iowa.GLeague.NBA.com/contact-us/

 

Iowa Wild Hockey (4.1 miles)
Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 564-8700
www.IowaWild.com

 

Iowa Speedway Racing (41.2 miles)
3333 Rusty Wallace Drive
Newton, Iowa  50208
(641) 791-8000
www.IowaSpeedway.com

 

Movies

AMC Classic Cobblestone 9 (5.6 miles)
8501 Hickman Road
Urbandale, Iowa  50322
(515) 276-2419
www.AMCTheatres.com/movie-theatres/des-moines-ia/amc-classic-cobblestone-9

 

Century 20 Jordan Creek and XD (9.2 miles)
101 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 2000
West Des Moines, Iowa  50266
(515) 267-8981
www.Cinemark.com/theatres/ia-west-des-moines/century-20-jordan-creek-and-xd

 

Flix Brewhouse (4.2 miles)
3800 Merle Hay Road, Suite 1300
Des Moines, Iowa
(515) 612-9200
www.FlixBrewhouse.com/Des-Moines/cinema-info/

 

The Playhouse (0.8 miles)
831 42nd Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 277-6261
www.DMPlayHouse.com

 

Principal Park Baseball (4.8 miles)
1 Line Drive
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 243-6111
www.MILB.com/iowa/ballpark

 

Wells Fargo Arena Concerts (4.1 miles)
Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 564-8000
www.IowaEventsCenter.com

 

Restaurants:

 

American Cuisine

801 Chophouse Des Moines (2.7 miles)
*the BEST steak you will ever have in your life*
801 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 288-6000
www.801Chophouse.com

 

Bauder’s and Donut King (0.7 miles
*the BEST ice cream*
3802 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 255-1124
www.Facebook.com/pages/Bauder%20Pharmacy/121235987925823

 

Felix & Oscar’s (4.4 miles)
*the tastiest sauce-on-top pizza you can get*
4050 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, Iowa  50310
(515) 278-8887
www.FelixAndOscars.com

 

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill (10.1 miles)
*great patio and the chicken tortilla soup is unmatched*
440 S. 68th Street
West Des Moines, Iowa  50266
(515) 259-8540
www.West-Des-Moines.FirebirdsRestaurants.com

 

Taste of New York (9.4 miles)
*Brooklyn style pizza that makes New Yorkers jealous*
165 S. Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 160
West Des Moines, Iowa  50266
(515) 223-8669
www.TasteOfNewYorkPizza.com

 

The Waveland Café (1.2 miles)
*you will never eat better hash browns during your existence*
4708 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50311
(515) 279-4341
www.WavelandCafe.com

 

Whalburgers (9.7 miles)
*you will want seconds of their chocolate cake shake*
7105 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 160
West Des Moines, Iowa  50266
(515) 225-4885
www.Wahlburgers.com/westdesmoines

 

Zombie Burger (4.5 miles)
*a MUST for every burger enthusiast*
300 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 244-9292
www.ZombieBurgerShakeLab.com

 

Asian Cuisine

Shanghai Chinese Restaurant (12.8 miles)
*hot & sour soup and pot stickers that are yummy*
33 NE Carefree Lane
Waukee, Iowa  50263
(515) 987-3111
www.Shaghaiwk.com

 

Italian Cuisine

Centro (2.7 miles)
*the hand-rolled cavatelli is to die for*
1003 Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 248-1780
www.CentroDesMoines.com

 

Noah’s Ark (1.6 miles)
*cannoli cannot get any better than theirs*
2400 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 288-2246
www.NoahsArkDesMoines.com

 

Mexican Cuisine

Taco Casa (4.3 miles)
*the biggest, yummiest soft shells AND hardshells*
2506 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50310
(515) 279-7785
www.c-we.com/taco.casa/

 

Tasty Tacos (5.2 miles)
*flour taco shells make this staple unforgettable*
1400 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50316
(515) 266-4242
www.TastyTacos.com

 

And if you are less adventurous, or our favorites do not get your attention, here are some nearby alternatives:

 

Drake Diner (2.6 miles)
1111 25th Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50311
(515) 277-1111

www.DrakeDiner.com

 

Eatery A (1.2 miles)
2932 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 282-8085
www.EateryADSM.com

 

McDonald’s (1.1 miles)
6125 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 255-2543
www.McDonalds.com

 

Palmer’s Deli & Market (1.3 miles)
2843 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 274-4004
www.PalmersDeliAndMarket.com

 

Panchero’s Mexican Grill (1.4 miles)
2708 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 777-2898
www.Pancheros.com

 

Star Bar (1.4 miles)
2811 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 244-0790
www.StarBarDSM.com

 

Taco John’s (3.0 miles)
350 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, Iowa  50265
(515) 255-4485
www.TacoJohns.com

 

Viva Mexican Restaurant (1.1 miles)
6101 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 255-8238
www.VivaDSM.com

 

Wendy’s (1.4 miles)
225 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, Iowa  50265
(515) 277-7472
www.Wendys.com

 

Shopping:

 

Jordan Creek Town Center (9.2 miles)
101 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa  50266
(515) 224-5000
www.JordanCreekTownCenter.com

 

Ray Gun (4.6 miles)
505 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 288-1323
www.RayGunSite.com

 

The Shops in the Historic East Village (4.6 miles)
East 6th Street and Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
www.EastVillageDesMoines.com

 

Sticks, Inc. (4.6 miles)
400 E. Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
(515) 282-0844
www.Sticks.com

 

Tandem Brick Gallery (1.4 miles)
2722 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
\(515) 282-1031
www.TandemBrickGallery.com

 

Outlets of Des Moines (14.3 miles)
801 Bass Pro Drive
Altoona, (515) 380-7400
www.OutletsOfDesMoines.com

 

Target (5.5 miles)
1800 Valley West Drive
West Des Moines, Iowa  50266
(515) 225-3784
www.Target.com

 

Walgreens (0.9 miles)
3501 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 271-5047
www.Walgreens.com

 

Wal-Mart (3.7 miles)
1001 73rd Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50324
(515) 274-6359
www.WalMart.com