Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to experience nature indoors (and outdoors), with a variety of plants and gardens in their dome-shaped building. There are gardens outside as well, with short dirt paths to explore. Each time we have visited there has been at least one display with hands on materials for kids, and they love looking at the koi fish and all the different plants! It is a great place to play “I Spy” as well.
Name: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Address: 909 Robert D. Ray Drive Des Moines, IA 50309
Type: Places to visit
Shade: Yes, museum is inside
Trails: Yes, dirt paths
Water: Yes, indoors and out
Other notes: There is an entrance fee, currently adults are $8, 65+ & Military $7, 4-17 $6, 3 & under free, but check the website for current prices. Outdoor rose garden, water garden, outdoor art. Indoor plant displays and gardens.
Official Website: http://www.dmbotanicalgarden.com/
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