Let the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden be your destination for an upcoming visit. As a progressive cultural institution, the Botanical Garden is a seasonally inviting backdrop for celebrations, receptions and a destination tourist attraction. Seven acres of outdoor gardens opened in the Spring of 2015 and include a water garden, rose garden, conifer and gravel garden, formal allee and much more. The renovated indoor spaces are for guests to enjoy the tropics during Iowa’s weather extremes.
Enjoy the wonderful park atmosphere as you and your family view over 800 furry, finned and feathered exotic creatures at the Zoo. You'll find a surprise around every corner as you follow the winding path and manicured gardens! Experience the wonders of nature found in the Wilds of Africa and the Australian Outback. The indoor Discovery Center will amaze you with its mountainous and tropical habitats filled with exotic plants, birds, fish and animals.