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, the 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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