What are some things to do in Des Moines, Iowa?


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A sampling of Des Moines, Iowa's many attractions include the Iowa State Fair, Adventureland, Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa and the Des Moines Symphony. As the capitol of Iowa, the city is also home to the ornate state capitol building, which is open for tours throughout the year, highlighting the building's architecture and artwork.

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What are some things to do in Des Moines, Iowa?
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The Iowa State Fair takes place for 11 days at the end of every summer. Held on over 400 acres, the fair features farm animals, contests with prizes, midway rides, food and live music. Des Moines' Blank Park Zoo showcases over 800 creatures from around the world and offers camel rides, sea lion demonstrations and wildcat shows.

Adventureland is the state's major theme park. Roller coasters and over a dozen water slides are among the park's attractions. The Science Center of Iowa boasts an IMAX Dome theater, live science demonstrations and a planetarium. Interactive exhibits and activities for visitors include cave exploration and a domino obstacle course.

The Des Moines Symphony performs classical favorites from greats such as Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak at the Des Moines' Civic Center. Highlight performances include each season's opening gala concert, New Year's concerts and a summertime outdoor Yankee Doodle Concert.

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