Union Park – Des Moines, Iowa

Union Park, Des Moines, Iowa, Heritage Carousel, splash pad, Des Moines parks, parks, Des Moines outdoors

Union Park is one of Des Moines’ oldest parks, with a rocket slide, Heritage Carousel, wading pool, and playground. There is a formal floral garden to walk through in addition to lots of shade trees.

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Name: Union Park
Address: 725 Thompson Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316
Type: Places to play and places to get wet
Bathrooms:  Yes
Shade: Yes, shaded shelter
Playground: Yes
Trails: No
Water: Yes, wading pool
Other notes: .50 cent carousel rides, the carousel is wheelchair accessible – more info on Heritage Carousel here. Basketball, skiing, reservable shelters, formal garden, grill, tennis courts.
Official Website:   http://www.dmgov.org/Departments/Parks/Pages/Union.aspx

Other things nearby of note:

  • If you’re looking for other places to get outside, check back in with the interactive map.
  • Just down the hill is Captain Roy’s right on the Des Moines River which offers live music, food, drinks, and kayak rentals. The perfect spot for lunch after a day in the park!


The Rocket Slide is the iconic staple of Union Park. When we made a visit in June 2022 the giant slide was not open. There was a sign posted that shared they were waiting for a part. The rest of the structure was open to play and climb on.

Union Park also offers a ton of green space with shade and picnic tables. In addition, they also offer shelter, modern bathrooms, and a splash pad! This would be such a fun park for a celebration.

Newer to Union Park is two fun climbing structures. They have a smaller one for little kids and a bigger one for bigger kids! My kids loved, loved all the climbing of these structures. The new playgrounds really encouraged the kids to use their imaginations, encouraged balancing, climbing, and much more.

The Heritage Carousel is also located within Union Park.  This iconic structure is a must-stop when you make a visit. Rides are $0.50 per child/ride and $1 per adult/ride. All ages love this fun carousel!

Have you been here? Leave a comment and let people know what you think!


Union Park, Des Moines, Iowa, Heritage Carousel, splash pad, Des Moines parks, parks, Des Moines outdoors

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