Father’s Day in Des Moines

Father’s Day in Des Moines

Father’s Day is a week away, falling on Sunday, June 20 this year. There are several ways to spend the day with your dad in Des Moines, Iowa. We have gathered a list of fun experiences to celebrate dad and all the other father’s in your life. How are you celebrating Father’s Day in Des Moines? Share with us below!


Does the dad in your life enjoy a thrill? Adventureland is open for the season and is filled with tons of thrilling attractions. Grab the family and enjoy a fun day full of rides. Before you go check out all of our tips and tricks while you are there and do not forget to purchase your discounted tickets using one of these codes.

Valle Drive-In 

A bit of a drive from Des Moines, but definitely worth the experience. Grab the entire family, chairs, snacks, and head to a movie under the stars at the Valle Drive-In located in Newton, Iowa. While in the area make sure you buy dad a brew from local brewery Gezellig Brewing Company.

Easter Lake Boat Rental

Does your dad love to fish or kayak? The Easter Lake Boat Rental offers a large selection of high-quality boats. Take dad out on the water and enjoy each other’s company! Afterward, cool off on the beach and take a swim.

Jester Park Miniature Golf

Jester Park in Granger, Iowa is one of our favorite places to play and explore. Not only do they offer tons of hiking opportunities, bison, elk, water play, and more they have a miniature golf course! This fun course is fun for all ages. Grab dad and challenge him to a round of mini-golf.

Live Outdoor Music

Summertime in Des Moines is full of options for outdoor, live music including Sunday evenings. Do not miss wine and music at Summerset Winery located in Indianola from 2 to 5 p.m. Or head to the new Jamie Hurd Amphitheater in West Des Moines at Raccoon River Park for live music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Captain Roys 

Take dad to dinner! Captain Roys offers great food, drink and a fun atmosphere. Located right on the Des Moines River you may see a few boaters pass by and you are only a few minutes away from the infamous Rocket Slide at Union Park. Maybe dad will slide down with you. 

Family Bike Ride

Stay active this Father’s Day! One of my favorite stretches of bike trail is the Waukee Trailhead to The Handlebar in Dallas Center. The distance is about 6 miles one way and mostly flat. It is the perfect stretch of trail for the entire family. Grab lunch at The Handlebar or Kinship Brewery on your way back.

Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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