Summer in Des Moines is loaded with possibilities. From story times in the park, carnivals and festivals to summer reading programs, camps and more. It is hard to keep track of all the fun. Bookmark the Summer in Des Moines Ultimate Guide to have on hand all summer long.

  • Make sure to check out theĀ event calendar daily for fun events and activities happening all summer long.
  • Enjoy a challenge? Download our free Summer Bucket List and see how many you can cross off this summer.

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Some general and useful posts that will help you out this summer.

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Adventureland

Adventureland is a central Iowa favorite. Here are some tips and tricks on visiting and getting discounts of admission tickets.

Food

These two will be a lifesaver this summer. An extensive guide to where kids eat free and some favorite ice cream shops you HAVE to try out.

Parks, Pools + More!

Des Moines Outdoor Fun is loaded with review of parks, lists and an interactive map. If you enjoy being outdoors, make sure you bookmark this site!

Summer Camp

There are lots of different options for summer camp. Take a look at our giant list and some specific reviews.

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Farmer’s Market + Strawberries!

Fresh produce is the best during the Summer. Visit one of the many local farmer’s markets or pick your own produce including strawberries.

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Summer Reading

Make sure you visit your local library this summer! Sign-up for a summer reading challenge or attend a storytime outdoors.

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Summer Favorites

Biking, golfing, a visit to the zoo. What is your summer favorite?

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Summer Music

Live music outdoors. There are so many options this summer in Des Moines!

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Discounted + Outdoor Movies

Enjoy a discounted movie indoors on a hot steamy day or grab your blankets and watch a movie under the stars.

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Explore the Indoors!

It is known to get hot and steamy here in Des Moines. Cool off indoors this summer and explore one of these many places.

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