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1. Community Letters Of Invitation

Table of
Contents

2. Statement of Support
3. Central Location
4. Why Greater Des Moines
5. Hospitality and Media
6. Oakmoor Racquet & Fitness Club
7. Over 10,000 Hotel Rooms, Plenty of Banquet Space
8. Things To Do and Special Event Opportunity

Mission Statement
The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau’s
(GDMCVB) mission is to promote Greater Des Moines
as a fun, vibrant and affordable destination statewide,
nationally and internationally. Our focus increases visitors
to our community through meetings, conventions, events,
sports, leisure and group tours, thereby contributing to the
local economy. As the visitor’s and meeting professional’s
trusted partner, we are the heart, soul and energy of our
destination. Our goal is to drive economic success and
enhance the quality of life in our communities.

The GDMCVB is a member of
Destination Marketing Association
International (DMAI). In earning
accreditation from the Destination
Marketing Accreditation Program,
the GDMCVB has attained a
significant measure of excellence.

Des Moines is your
connection to
Central location
Championship Venue
Memorable Experiences

A SUCCESSFUL EVENT!
The Greater Des Moines Convention and
Visitors Bureau, Des Moines Area Sports
Commission and the City of Des Moines
are ready to assist you in making your event a
success for you and each of your teams,
athletes and their fans.

Come,
Be Our Guest.
May 9, 2012
Dear Jim Hiser and USA Racquetball Site Selection
Committee Members,
We are delighted you are considering Greater Des
Moines as the host city for the 2013 USAR 40th National
Junior Olympic Championships.
You’re in good company. Annually, about 1,000 sporting events choose Des Moines
as their ideal location, allowing half a million visitors to enjoy Iowa’s capital city.
As you leaf through these pages, you will discover why Des Moines is a leading
destination for sporting events. The city’s central U.S. location and low cost per diem
are always appealing to sports planners and families. Many extraordinary attractions
and special events - plus entertainment, shopping and fine dining - offer every
diversion imaginable for visitors.
We are also committed to:
• Providing a free 10 court facility - Oakmoor Racquet & Fitness Club
• A $1,000 sponsorship that will be provided upon arrival in the city
• 5 complimentary hotel rooms during the championships
• Volunteer help at check-in/on-site registration
• Marketing and Promostions to help enhance the championship experience
• Complimentary site visit for up to 2 USA Racquetball staff members
Sincerely,

Greg Edwards
President & CEO
Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau

May 9, 2012
Jim Hiser
Executive Director
1685 West Uintah St., Ste. 103
Colorado Springs, CO 80904-2906
Dear Jim Hiser and members of the Site Selection Committee:
I am honored to invite the USAR 40th National Junior Olympic Championships to Des Moines in 2013.
There is no better place to experience the true heartland than in Iowa’s
capital city. In Des Moines, you’ll discover an array of attractions and
entertainment in a setting that boasts a rich history, a thriving present and
a very bright future. The arts and cultural opportunities here are second
to none; in 2009 one of the largest outdoor sculpture gardens in the world
opened to the public in downtown Des Moines. The Principal Riverwalk
continues to complete various phases, most recently the Center Street
Bridge which helps connect 100s of miles of trails throughout the area.
Your athletes, coaches and fans will at once feel comfortable and welcome in Des Moines as Oakmoor is a beautiful Fitness Center with amazing facilities and located just down the street from one of our major shopping malls. During your free time, experience the excitement of the city or
explore rural Iowa’s charming beauty, just minutes away. As you will see
throughout our bid, Des Moines is surrounded by fabulous communities that
truly embrace amateur athletics.
Of all the reasons you may chose our city, let me share the most important
one: community. Des Moines is a remarkable city of thoughtful and productive people. The National Junior Championships in 2013 are important
to us, and we want to ensure its success.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,

T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor
City of Des Moines, Iowa

A Warm Welcome to Des Moines
USA Racquetball
1685 West Uintah St., Ste. 103
Colorado Springs, CO 80904-2906
May 9, 2012

Dear USA Racquetball,
On behalf of the Oakmoor Fitness Club, the Iowa Racquetball Association, our many junior
players and their coaches, the reater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau (GDMCVB)
and the Des Moines Area Sports Commission (DMASC) we respectfully submit this bid to host
the 2013 USAR 40th National Junior Olympic Championships. The Oakmoor Fitness Club and
the City of Des Moines invite you to explore all that we have to offer.
To that end, the GDMCVB and the DMASC have offered to provide two USA Racquetball staff
members with an all-expense paid site visit. In addition, the bureau has offered a $1,000
sponsorship of the event. Please see tab 1 of this proposal.
Before your visit, let us give you a taste of what you’ll find.

The Oakmoor Advantage
With 10 courts, Oakmoor is one of the Midwest’s most popular tournament venues. Featuring
two stadium courts, Oakmoor’s events regularly draw players from across Iowa, Missouri,
Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin and South Dakota. During the last 5 events
held at our club, participants averaged 200 per tournament. More importantly, Oakmoor is a
popular venue for junior players. During our 2012 Spring Invitational, we had over 40 juniors
aged 4 to 18.
Oakmoor’s stadium courts are considered the jewels of competitive racquetball in Iowa. Along
the back side, 80 spectators are able to watch two games at once, while the seating area adjacent
to the side wall of court #1 provides space for 80 additional viewers.
The gallery style of Oakmoor’s eight other courts is ideal for junior events; the open balcony
is perfect for younger players receiving encouragement from coaches, parents and their
fellow players.

A Warm Welcome to Des Moines
The Oakmoor Advantage, cont.
Club amenities include a 30’ X 60’ indoor swimming pool, three hot tubs, two saunas, two
steam rooms, a bar, lounge, a full-sized basketball court and more than 100 exercise machines
and free weight stations. Day care, laundry and towel services are also available. To learn more,
visit www.oakmoorfitness.com.
The full sized gymnasium is adjacent to the stadium courts and is ideal for exhibitors and
vendors. In addition, the club’s location is also ideal as there are numerous restaurants and over
five hotels within walking distance, one of which has an indoor water park

The Des Moines Difference
We are well aware that the selection committee has a number of venues from which to choose
for this important event. And we welcome the competition! After all, the future of our sport lies
with our junior players. The more clubs bidding to host a juniors event, the better!

The question is, why Des Moines?
Let us start with a sort of “evangelical” appeal. Though few expect a return to the racquetball
heyday of the 1980’s anytime soon, the sport does appear to be alive and well in many larger
cities, especially those on the coasts. In the Midwest, however, racquetball advocates have
difficulty drawing attention to this “underground” sport. We know that a good coach can make
all the difference to a young player. But a national event like this can make a world of
difference to an entire generation of players. For our sport to survive in the heartland, a
Midwestern city such as Des Moines needs to host this event.
In addition to investing in the future of the sport in the Midwest, hosting the 2013 USAR Junior
National Championships makes sound economic sense. Please see tabs 4 and 6. Based on hotel,
dinning, and labor rates, Des Moines was recently ranked two years in a row as the most
affordable city to host a tradeshow. In this economy, that means a lot, especially if the goal is
to maximize registration rates. A four-night stay for a family of four in Des Moines is certainly
more appealing than the prospect of visiting a more expensive city.
Des Moines’ central location offers another advantage to hosting this national event. Please
see tab 3. Located at the junction of U.S. Interstates 80 and 35, getting to Des Moines by car
couldn’t be easier. It’s also important to note that St. Louis, home to one of the strongest high
school racquetball programs in the country, is only a 5.5 hour drive from Des Moines, while
Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Omaha are even closer. As for air service, 125 flights
arrive and leave the Des Moines International Airport daily. In addition, the airport serves 17
major U.S. cities with direct flights.

A Warm Welcome to Des Moines

In addition to investing in the future of the sport in the Midwest, hosting the 2013 USAR 40th
National Junior Olympic Championships makes sound economic sense. Please see tabs 4 and
6. Based on hotel, dining, and labor rates, Des Moines was recently ranked two years in a row
as the most affordable city to host a tradeshow. In this economy, that means a lot, especially if
the goal is to maximize registration rates. A four-night stay for a family of four in Des Moines is
certainly more appealing than the prospect of visiting a more expensive city.
Des Moines’ central location offers another advantage to hosting this national event. Please
see tab 3. Located at the junction of U.S. Interstates 80 and 35, getting to Des Moines by car
couldn’t be easier. It’s also important to note that St. Louis, home to one of the strongest high
school racquetball programs in the country, is only a 5.5 hour drive from Des Moines, while
Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Omaha are even closer. As for air service, 125 flights
arrive and leave the Des Moines International Airport daily. In addition, the airport serves 17
major U.S. cities with direct flights.
Finally, Des Moines is among the most family friendly cities in the country. Voted “All American City” for the 5th time in 2010, Des Moines became just the 6th city since the award
began in 1949 to be honored five times. Des Moines has hundreds of activities for families with
children of all ages. Please see tab 7 and 8. Whether you’re into amusement parks, science
exhibits, zoos, sculpture gardens or shopping, Des Moines has it all. And everything is within a
30 minute drive from Oakmoor—perfect for the “down times” between matches.
Thank you for considering Oakmoor Fitness Club and the City of Des Moines as the site to
host the 2013 USAR 40th National Junior Olympic Championships. We hope that you take
advantage of the all-expense paid visit to our club and our city. Come and see all that we
have to offer!
Sincerely,

Bryan Crosser Don McCormick
Oakmoor Fitness Center Iowa Racquetball Association

CONNECT.
All Roads Lead to Des Moines.
Greater Des Moines’ central location in the heart of the U.S. makes it
a natural choice for successful sporting events.

Getting here is simple...
Driving

Driving here? No problem. Des Moines is at the crossroads of Interstates 35 and 80. Add in
Interstate 235, which runs through the middle of Greater Des Moines from east to west, and
you have an easy drive anywhere in the Metro within 20 short minutes.

Getting around Greater Des Moines is simple...
DART Metro Transit

Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) offers transportation services to Greater Des
Moines communities including the cities of Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines, Clive, Pleasant Hill,
Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights. Their fleet of 90 buses travel over 15,000 miles
throughout Greater Des Moines daily making trips to shopping malls, major business districts,
residential areas and schools. (dmmta.com)

Taxis

Greater Des Moines taxi services offer a clean, comfortable way to get around the city and
its surrounding areas. Taxi Services include Capital Cab – (515) 282-8111, www.transiowa.
com – and Yellow Cab Company – (515) 243-1111, www.transiowa.com.

D-Line-Free Downtown Shuttle

This free shuttle has quickly become a favorite way to get around Downtown Des Moines.
The shuttle runs from E. 12th Street to 17th Street, along Grand Avenue and Locust Street. It
stops each block along the route at the red D-Line signs. The D-Line runs a complete
route every 10 minutes from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
(dmmta.com/downroutes_dline.html)

SKYWALKS

Des Moines boasts the largest climate-controlled skywalk system per capita in the world!
Connecting meeting facilities, shopping, restaurants and entertainment, the extensive,
4-mile skywalk allows visitors to enjoy Downtown Des Moines all year long, no matter
what season it is.

Driving Mileage – United States

CITY

MILES

HOURS

Atlanta, GA

904

14

Boston, MA

DO MORE. All Roads Lead
to Greater Des Moines.

CITY
Memphis, TN

MILES

HOURS

618

9.5

1,300

21

Miami, FL

1,566

24.5

Branson, MO

402

6.5

Milwaukee, WI

374

6

Cedar Rapids, IA

130

2

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

244

4

Chicago, IL

333

5.5

New Orleans, LA

1,013

15.5

Cincinnati, OH

590

9.5

New York City, NY

1,107

18

Oklahoma City, OK

546

8.5

135

2

Cleveland, OH

662

10.5

Dallas, TX

698

11

Omaha, NE

Davenport, IA

170

2.5

Philadelphia, PA

1,078

17

Denver, CO

672

9.5

Phoenix, AZ

1,407

22

Detroit, MI

599

9.5

Rapid City, SD
San Francisco, CA

626

10

1,801

26

Dubuque, IA

200

3

Fargo, ND

477

7.5

Sioux Falls, SD

284

4.5

Indianapolis, IN

475

7.5

Springfield, IL

337

5.5

Iowa City, IA

114

2

St. Louis, MO

350

5.5

Kansas City, MO

194

3

Topeka, KS

257

4

Kearney, NE

316

5

Toronto, Canada

838

13

Lincoln, NE

187

3

Vancouver, Canada

1,946

30

1,685

24.5

Waterloo, IA

112

2

Madison, WI

355

5.5

Wichita, KS

390

6

Mason City, IA

121

2

Los Angeles, CA

DO MORE. All Roads Lead
to Greater Des Moines.

Daily Flights to Des Moines

Daily Available Flights to Des Moines
Minneapolis

Milwaukee

Newark

Chicago
Cincinnati

Denver

Las Vegas
Los Angeles

Washington, DC

Memphis

Phoenix

Atlanta
Dallas
Houston

A IRL I N ES :

# o f Dail y
F ligh t s :

Allegiant Air
6
American
AIRLINESAirlines
WITH DAILY FLIGHTS
American Eagle
25
Allegiant
Air 6
Chautauqua
6
American
Airlines
Trans States
2
American
Eagle 25
Continental Airlines
Chautauqua 6
Express Jet
4
Trans State 2
Delta
Airlines
Continental
Atlantic Airlines
Southeast
6

Express Jet
4
Comair
8
Delta Airlines
Northwest
Airlines
Atlantic Southeast 6
Mesaba
12
Comair 8
Pinnacle
22
Northwest Airlines
Skywest-Midwest
Express
6

Mesaba 12
United
Pinnacle 22
United AirlinesExpress
10 6
Skywest-Midwest
Mesa-United Express
4
United
United
Airlines 10
Shuttle America
2

Mesa-United Express
Skywest-United
Express
8 4
America 2
Shuttle
US Airways Express

Skywest-United Express 4 8
Mesa
US Airways Express
Total
of Daily Flights 125
Mesa 4

TOTAL DAILY FLIGHTS

125

Tampa Bay/
St. Petersburg

Orlando

N O N -S T O PNON-STOP
FL I G H TS FLIGHTS
City
FROM DES MOINES

Atlanta
Atlanta
Chicago
Branson
Cincinnati
Chicago
Dallas
Dallas
Denver
Detroit
Denver
Houston
Detroit
Las Vegas
Houston
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Memphis
Los Angeles
Milwaukee
Memphis
Minneapolis
Milwaukee
Newark (Begins May 2011)
Minneapolis
Orlando
New York City
Phoenix
Orlando
St. Louis
Phoenix
Tampa Bay/
Tampa
Bay/St.
Petersburg
St. Petersburg
Washington, DC Washington, D.C.

Driving Mileage – Iowa

Ames – 37 miles

Dubuque – 200 miles

Burlington – 164 miles

Iowa City – 114 miles

Cedar Rapids – 130 miles

Mason City – 121 miles

Cedar Falls – 125 miles

Sioux City – 199 miles

Council Bluffs – 128 miles

Spirit Lake – 201 miles

Davenport – 170 miles

Waterloo – 131 miles

CONNECT. All Roads Lead
to Greater Des Moines.

Getting Around Des Moines

DO MORE. All Roads Lead
to Greater Des Moines.

DART
Des Moines, IA 50310
515-283-8100

The Des Moines Area Transit Authority (DART) offers a
complete family of transportation services to fulfill our
commitment to provide access to jobs, schools, and the
greater Des Moines community. The Des Moines DART’s
bus routes cover the cities of Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights. In addition,
DART’s commuter routes serve Altoona and Ankeny. Our
fleet of 90 DART buses travel over 15,000 miles
throughout the Des Moines area daily making
trips to shopping malls, major business districts,
residential areas and schools.

Northwest Iowa Transportation
Des Moines, IA 50333
515-576-6494
877-694-8726

We have a reputation for immaculate coaches,
professional operators in uniform and professional planning services. We’ve consistently received the highest safety ratings available
from the USDOT and USDOD since 1989. Our coaches range from 12 to 56 seats. Some feature lounges, mini-galleys or wheelchair lift.

Windstar Lines Inc.
Carroll, IA 51401
712-792-4221
888-494-6378

Windstar Lines operates late model, European style Van-Hool Motorcoaches. We provide superior service for inbound groups, convention shuttling, corporate/VIP events, general charter service. Based in Carroll, IA and with terminals in Des Moines and Iowa City, Windstar Lines
is “Your Connection to Iowa & Beyond.

DO MORE. All Roads Lead
to Greater Des Moines.

Getting Around Des Moines

Auto Rental Companies in Greater Des Moines
There are 13 rental companies and a number of dealers that will rent cars and vans in Greater Des
Moines. Many of the rental companies would like the opportunity to serve as the designated rental
company and offer a discount to families and teams. We will provide you with the contacts of
these companies. The following agencies are located in Greater Des Moines:
Alamo
Budget Rental
Chrysler Rental

Ford Dealer Renting

Hertz Rent A Car

Sears Car Rental

Western Car Rental


Avis Rent A Car
Chevrolet Rental

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Dollar Rent A Car
National Car Rental
Thrifty Car Rental

Taxi Services

Capitol Cab Company

1710 Guthrie Avenue, Suite V

Des Moines, IA 50316

Phone: 515-282-8111

Service provided 24/7/365 from the

DSM Airport. Rate estimatesare:

Downtown Marriott $10-$11;

Johnston $25-$27;WDM Marriott $28-$30.

Taxicabs accept cash, MasterCard, Visa,

American Express, Diners Club and Discover
Card.

Majestic Limousine Service
5094 NW 111th Drive, Suite C
Grimes, IA 50111
Phone: 515-986-0305
Majestic Limousine is a first class,
ground transportation company offering professional service. Our fleet
includes sedans, vans, limousines,
minibuses, and motorcoaches. Whether
it is 1 or1,000, our team will provide the
utmost professionalism to your clients.








Yellow Cab Company
Des Moines, IA 50316
Phone: 515-243-1111
Service provided 24/7/365 all locations
in Des Moines and the surrounding
suburbs. To schedule at taxicab, call
282-8111. Taxicabs accept cash,
MasterCard, Visa, American Express,
Diners Club and Discover Card.

Gene’s Transportation & Delivery Service
3302 49th Street
Des Moines, IA 50310
Phone: 515-249-1127
Airport Transportation - Pick-up and
drop-off for a five state area. Light delivery.

GDMCVB SERVICES
We are here to help you plan your event from start to finish! Find the perfect hotel and meeting
venue for your attendees in Des Moines. Every single detail matters as you plan your event.
As the destination experts in Des Moines, we are your biggest asset – rely on us! We’ll help you
create the “WOW” experience your attendees expect.
Location/Site Selection

• Distribute leads to hotels/venues on your behalf
• You can also search online at http://www.seedesmoines.com/planners/facility_search_tool.php
• Coordinate site visits
• Provide a summary of how your event will be accommodated in Des Moines

Marketing Support

• Des Moines promotional video (available via website or hard copy)
• Customized E-blasts
• Customized online maps
• Parking information (including parking garage locations and current pricing)
• Social media support
• Online photo gallery
• See Des Moines guides (the official visitors guide to the city)
• Press release assistance

Housing

• Available to groups using three or more hotels utilizing three or more hotels with a minimum 500 rooms on peak night
• Online process to process delegate reservations (various reports offered)

On-site Logistics

• Registration assistance – For every 100 rooms, receive four hours of on-site personnel pre- and post-convention
• Name badges (ranging from $.25 to $.45 each)
• Exhibitor welcome packets (including visitor guides, city maps, etc.)
• See Des Moines Mobile – a mobile website that allows attendees to search for nearby points of interest once
they’re in Des Moines
• Local coupons and discounts

Local Opportunities

• Social responsibility/community service opportunities
• Search online here: http://www.seedesmoines.com/planners/social_opportunities.php
• Teambuilding activities
• Search online here: http://www.seedesmoines.com/planners/team_building_opportunities.php
• Itinerary assistance
• Search online here: http://www.seedesmoines.com/planners/suggested_itinerary.php

For assistance with the rest of your event planning or to find out more about the services we offer, please contact
Paulette Lester at (515) 699-3443 or plester@desmoinescvb.com.

Greater Des Moines Accolades

#1 city for young professionals
(Forbes, July 2011)

#2 place for business and careers
(Forbes, June 2011)

Iowa first in the nation for cost of doing business
(CNBC Special Report, June 2011)

Richest metro area

(U.S. News & World Report, June 2011)

#2 in the Midwest and #16 nationwide for small business and
population growth
(The Business Journals, April 2011)

#5 best Midwest Food Town
(Midwest Living, March 2011)

One of the top 100 socially networked cities
(Men’s Journal, March 2011)

Des Moines Arts Festival #7 on list of Top 10 Fairs and Festivals
(AmericanStyle Magazine, February 2011)

Des Moines was
ranked the most
affordable city
to host a
tradeshow by
Tradeshow Week in
2008 & 2009.

Wells Fargo Arena Received Highest Ranking in Venue History
(Pollstar, January 2011)

Top 10 best city for doing business for the second year in a row
(Market Watch, December 2010)

Iowa 6th in the top ten for Top States for Business
(CNBC, 2010)

Received its fifth All-America City award
(National Civic League, June 2010)

#1 place to raise a family
(Forbes, June 2010)

#7 pick in Best Cities 2010 with fertile ground for new jobs
(Kiplinger, July 2010)

Iowa a top 10 state for wellness
(Gallup-Healthways, February 2010)

Greater Des Moines
hosted 2.9 million
visitors who created
an economic
impact of over
$1.6 billion in
Polk and Dallas
Counties during the
2010-2011
fiscal year.

CONNECT.
DO MORE.Meet
Play in Des Moines.

Why Greater Des Moines

DES MOI N ES’ REVITALIZATIO N
Greater Des Moines is in the middle of an astonishing revitalization,
with a major emphasis on downtown.
IOWA EVENTS CENTER
A new 17,000 seat arena and 100,000
square foot exhibit hall...perfect for
sports events, conventions and
tradeshows.

Iowa Events Center

SCIENCE CENTER OF IOWA
A 50’ domed, walk-through planetarium
and an IMAX Dome Theater are just
the beginning of what the facility offers
as educational tools and entertainment
for its visitors.
Science Center of Iowa

PRINCIPAL RIVERWALK
Linking main attractions in downtown Des Moines and becoming an
attraction itself, the Principal Riverwalk incorporates a new pedestrian
promenade, multi-purpose trail, fountain, civic gardens and plazas on
both sides of the river. The Center
Des Moines River
Street Bridge is the latest addition to
the riverwalk.
Union Railroad Pedestrian Bridge

RESTAURANTS
Downtown Des Moines has seen everything from
Splash Seafood to Dos Rios (Mexican) to AllPlay
Sports Bar & Grill (and gaming facility) open to
compliment the hundreds of
restaurants that already existed.
Court Centre, which opened in
2007, offers 5 different
establishments in one building.

PapaJohn Sculpure Park

PAPAJOHN’S SCULPURE PARK
Over $40 million in sculputres are
located in this park on the western
edge of downtown Des Moines. Local
philanthropists John & Mary Pappajohn donated the items and this area
represents one of the largest free
sculputure gardens in the country.

These are the highlights of over $2.2 billion dollars of development in Des Moines.
As you’ll see throughout this bid proposal, all these components are in place and
dedicated to making your event a quality event.

Why Greater Des Moines

DO MORE. Meet in Des Moines.

CE N TRAL LOCATIO N
Greater Des Moines’ central location
in the heart of America makes it a natural
choice for the 2013 USAR 40th National
Junior Olympic Championships.
Des Moines is the definition of accessibility.
Located at the junction of U.S. Interstate 35
(border to border) and Interstate 80 (coast to coast),
Des Moines is an easy drive from anywhere.
Meeting attendees spend less time traveling
and more time enjoying Iowa’s spectacular capital city.

MIDWESTER N HOSPITALIT Y
Upon arrival in this four-time “All-American City,” you’ll be impressed by the area’s friendly
people, welcoming atmosphere and outstanding quality of life.
Warm Midwestern hospitality is abundant in Greater Des Moines, the political, economic
and cultural center of Iowa. The metropolitan area has retained its charm and preserved its
history while offering all the amenities of a large city shopping, sports, attractions and the arts.
Despite constant growth, driving across the metro (from the farthest point west to the
farthest point east), still takes less than 30 minutes. Interstate 235 is the freeway that runs
through the city.

Des Moines isn’t your hometown...
...it just feels like it!

Why Greater Des Moines

DO MORE. Meet in Des Moines.

Local Organizing Committee
Des Moines Moines Area Sports Commission
Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau
City of Des Moines
Polk County, Iowa
Iowa Racquetball Association
Oakmoor Fitness Club

GREATER DES MOINES RECENT/FUTURE HOSTING EXPERIENCE
Event Name Participants/Attendance
2014 AAU Junior Olympics 13,000 athlete/coaches
2013 USA Fencing NAC Division II/III/Cadet

1,500+ athletes

2013 US Tennis Association Missouri Valley Sectional Championships 800 athletes
2013 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships

212 teams

2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling National Championships

332 athletes/16,000

2013 NJCAA National Wrestling Championships

332 athletes

2012 US Tennis Association Missouri Valley Sectional Championships 800 athletes
2012 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships

1000+ athletes

2012 NCAA T&F Outdoor Championships

1,100 athletes

2012 NAIA Wrestling National Championships

300+ athletes

2012 USAG Iowa State Trampoline & Tumbling Championships

350 athletes

2011 US Tennis Association Missouri Valley Sectional Championships 800 athletes
2011 NCAA T&F Outdoor Championships

1,100 athletes

2011 USA Gymnastics Region XI Championships

600 athletes

2010 USATF Outdoor Championships 1,500+ athletes
2010 USA Gymnastics Western Nationals

392 athletes

2010 US Dept of Veteran Affairs National Golden Age Games

700+ athletes

2009 USA Fencing NAC Division II/III/Cadet

1,500+ athletes

2009 AAU Junior Olympics 13,000 athlete/coaches
2008 USA Taekwondo Olympic Qualifier

300+ ahletes

Why Greater Des Moines

CONNECT. Meet in Des Moines.

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HOTELS

THINGS TO DO

Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Embassy Suites on the River
Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus
Holiday Inn Express at Drake University
Hotel Fort Des Moines
Quality Inn & Suites Event Center
Renaissance Savery Hotel
Suites of 800 Locust

SeeDesMoines.com/trails

1. STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX
• Lincoln and Tad Monument (Fred Torrey)
• Pioneer Statuary Group (Karl Gerhardt)
• Buffalo Head Drinking Fountain, part of Pioneer Statuary Group (Alexander Doyle)
2. Hand and Land: Fingerprint (David B. Dahlquist)
3. EAST VILLAGE
• Artistic Bike Racks, 10 pieces (Local artists)
4. THE PRINCIPAL RIVERWALK
• Quantum Leaf (Sally Pettus)
• Hansen Triangle
5. Untitled (Joel Shapiro)
6. NOLLEN PLAZA
• Crusoe Umbrella (Claus Oldenburg and Coosje van Burgen)
7. COURT AVENUE DISTRICT
• Grotesque Gargoyle-Faced Keystones, 28 pieces (interior)
8. EAST MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARKWAY
• Several Works of Art
9. The Big Questions (Magas Harries and Lajos Heder)
10. PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL CORPORATION
• A World of Possibilities (Viola Frey) (interior)
11. AMERICAN REPUBLIC INSURANCE COMPANY
• Sphere Within A Sphere (Arnaldo Pomodoro)
(also several pieces in adjacent Sculpture Park)
WESTERN GATEWAY PARK
12. Plantoir (Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Burgen)
13. Temple Chess and Poetry Garden (Siah Armajani)
14. Wall Drawing 1238, Worlds and Twirls (Sol LeWitt) (interior)
15. John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, 24 pieces
(Various World-Renowned Artists)
OTHER DOWNTOWN LOCATIONS
16. Until the Woods Begin to Move, site-specific interactive labyrinth (Anna Gaskell)
17. Puzzle of Life, wall mural (Barri Lester)
18. Spectral Liberation (Christiane T. Martens)
19. Des Moines Color Field, wall media (Stretch)
20. Wall Drawing #601, Forms Derived from the Cube, 25 variations
(Sol Lewitt) (interior)

PUBLIC ART

1. Brenton Skating Plaza
2. Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
3. Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center
4. Des Moines Public Library
5. Historic East Village
6. Hoyt Sherman Place
7. Iowa Events Center
8. Iowa Hall of Pride
9. Iowa State Capitol
10. Principal Park
11. Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
12. State Historical Museum of Iowa
13. Temple for Performing Arts, The

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Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Big City Burgers & Greens (American) **
400 Locust Street, Suite 195, Des Moines • (515) 537-8433
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. M-F; 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sat
Lunch: $$
BOS (American) **
Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel,
401 Locust Street, Des Moines • (515) 284-1267
6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 5 - 9 p.m. M-F; 6:30 a.m. - Noon & 5 - 9 p.m. Sat-Sun
Breakfast: $$ Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$$

9 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. M - Thu; 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. F; 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.-Sat

801 Chophouse (Steak & Chops)
801 Grand Avenue, Suite 200, Des Moines • (515) 288-6000
5 - 9 p.m. Sun; 5 - 10 p.m. M-Sat; Bar opens at 4 p.m. M-F
Dinner: $$$$
Americana Restaurant & Lounge (American)
1312 Locust Street, Des Moines • (515) 283- 1312

DOWNTOWN

Bauder Pharmacy (Deli & Ice Cream)
3802 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 255-1124
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sun; 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. M-F; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Big Tomato Pizza Co. (Pizza)
2613 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 288-7227
11 a.m. - 3 a.m. Sun - Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Chef’s Kitchen (American)
1903 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 255-4411
5 - 10 p.m. M-Sat; Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - Noon Sat; 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sun
Breakfast: $ Dinner: $$
Drake Diner (American) **
1111 25th Street, Des Moines • (515) 277-1111
7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun; 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. M-Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
El Blue Burrito (Mexican)
1434 Des Moines Street, Suite 8, Des Moines • (515) 256-8660
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun - Thu; 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Flying Mango (Barbeque) **
4345 Hickman Road, Des Moines • (515) 255-4111
5 - 9 p.m. T-Thu; 5 - 10 p.m. F-Sat
Dinner: $$$
Gateway Market & Café (American) **
2002 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 243-1754
7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun-Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Hoshi Sushi Lounge (Japanese)
2314 University Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 369-7253
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 5 - 9 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Jethro’s BBQ (Barbeque) **
3100 Forest Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 279-3300
9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. F;
9:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Noah’s Ark Restaurant Lounge & Bakery (Italian- American)
2400 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 288-2246
11 a.m. - 11 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - Midnight F- Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Patton’s Restaurant & Catering (Soul Chic-American)
1552 E Grand Avenue, Suite D, Des Moines • (515) 265-2203
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-T; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m &
4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thu-F; 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sat.
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
Sambetti’s Sports Bar & Grill (American) *
1430 2nd Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 245-9780
10 a.m. - 2 a.m. M-F; 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Star Bar (American) * **
2811 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 244-0790
9 a.m. - Midnight Sun; 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. M-F; 9 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Woody’s Smoke Shack (Barbeque)
2511 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 277-0005
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. M-F; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $

CENTRAL

11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sun-Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$$
Dos Rios Cantina & Tequila Lounge (Mexican) * **
316 Court Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 282-2995
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. F-Sat;
Limited Menu 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. M-Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
El Bait Shop (American) * **
200 SW 2nd Street, Des Moines • (515) 284-1970
11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sun-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Fong’s Pizza (Pizza) *
223 4th Street, Des Moines • (515) 323-3333
11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sun-Thu; 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Genevieve’s (American)
Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus, 1050 6th Street,
Des Moines • (515) 283-0151
6 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 5 - 10 p.m. M-F; 7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 5 - 10 p.m. Sat-Sun
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Gong Fu Tea (Tea)
414 E 6th Street, Des Moines • (515) 288-3388
7 a.m. - 6 p.m. M-F; 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat
Govenor’s Lodge Grill & Tavern, The (American)
Quality Inn & Suites Events Center, 929 3rd Street, Des Moines •
(515) 282-5251
4:30 - 9:30 p.m. M-Sat; Bar open until Midnight
Dinner: $$
Gusto Pizza Co. (Gourmet Pizza) **
1905 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 244-8786
4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. M -Thu; 11 a.m. - 11p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Hessen Haus (German)*
101 4th Street, Des Moines • (515) 288-2520
Noon - 10 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. M - Sat; Bar open to midnight
Sun-T & 2 a.m. W-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$

Embassy Suites on the River, 101 E Locust Street, Des Moines •(515) 244-1700

High Life Lounge (Bars & Nightclubs)*
200 SW 2nd Street, Des Moines • (515) 280-1965
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sun - Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Hyatt Place Des Moines Downtown (American)
418 6th Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 282-5555
Open 24/7
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Java Joe’s Coffeehouse (Coffee & Tea)
214 4th Street, Des Moines • (515) 288-5282
6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun; 6:30 a.m.- 11 p.m. M-Thu; 6:30 a.m. -Midnight F-Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Johnny’s Hall of Fame (American) *
302 Court Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 280-6679
11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sun-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Keller’s (Deli)
623 Grand Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 280-5112
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. M-F
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $
Kirkwood Lounge, The (American)
406 Walnut Street, Des Moines • (515) 288-9606
11 a.m. - Midnight M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. F; 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
Luna Bistro + Catering (Bistro)
621 Des Moines Street, Des Moines • (515) 288-9849
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. M-F; 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. W-F; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sat;
5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. every other Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$$$
Mullet’s (American)
1300 SE First Street, Des Moines • (515) 244-1443
7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - Close M-Thu; 6 a.m. - Close F; 7
a.m. - Close Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Panera Bread Downtown (Deli)
215 10th Street, Des Moines • (515) 309-0991
7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun; 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. M-Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Papa John’s Pizza (Pizza)
Greater Des Moines locations
10:30 a.m. - Midnight. Some locations are open later.
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Quinton’s (American) *
506 E Grand Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 244-6624
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun-Thu; 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. F-Sat; Bar open to 2 a.m. Sun - Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Raccoon River Brewing Company (Brew Pub) *
200 10th Street, Des Moines • (515) 362-5245
11 a.m. - 11 a.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Riverwalk Café (Bistro)
Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center, 909 Robert
D. Ray Drive, Des Moines • (515) 323-6288
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. M-Sat
Lunch: $
Rock River Grill & Tavern (American) *
Des Moines Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Avenue,
Des Moines • (515) 558-6730
6:30 a.m. - Midnight Sun-Thu; 6:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. F-Sat
Breakfast: $$ Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$$
Royal Mile (Bars & Nightclubs)*
210 4th Street, Des Moines • (515) 280-3771
11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sun - Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Sbrocco Wine Bar & Wine Shop (Bistro) *
208 Court Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 282-3663
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 4 - 10 p.m. M-Sat; Winebar 11 a.m. - Close M-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$$
Shorty’s (Irish)
208 Court Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 282-3663
4 p.m. - Midnight T-Thu; 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. F-Sat
Dinner: $
South Union Bread Café (Deli)
1007 Locust Street, Des Moines • (515) 248-1782
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. M-F
Lunch: $

Greater Des Moines Dining Guide

Café Baratta’s (Bistro) **
State Historical Museum, 600 E Locust Street, 3rd Floor, Des Moines •
(515) 281-3294
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. M & Sat; 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. T-F
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $
Capital Pub & Hot Dog Co. (American)
400 SE 6th Street, Des Moines • (515) 246-8364
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. M-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Centro (Italian) **
1007 Locust Street, Des Moines • (515) 248-1780
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$$
Cosmopolitan Lounge (American) *
Suites of 800 Locust Hotel & Spa, 800 Locust Street,
Des Moines • (515) 288-5800
5:30 - 10:30 a.m. Sun; 5:30 - 10:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. - Close M-Sat
Breakfast: $ Dinner: $$
Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company (Brew Pub) *
309 Court Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 282-2739
4:30 p.m. - Midnight Sun; 11 a.m. - Midnight M-Thu;
11 a.m. - 2 a.m. F-Sat;
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$$
Cuatro (Mexican) **
400 Walnut, Street, Suite 100, Des Moines • (515) 288 - 9637
11 a.m. - 2 a.m. M - Thu; 4 p.m. - 3 a.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Des Moines Social Club (Bars & Nigtclubs)*
400 Walnut Street, Des Moines • (515) 288-3672
5 p.m. - Midnight M- Wed; 5 - 2 p.m. Thurs - Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Django (French)
210 10th Street, Des Moines • (515) 288-0268
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 4 - 9 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 11
a.m. - 11 p.m. F; 11 p.m. Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$$
Doozies Bar & Grill (American) * **

Bandana’s Bar-B-Q (Barbeque)
301 E First Street, Ankeny • (515) 964-9989
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun-Thu; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Chips Restaurant (American)

NORTH

AJ’s Steakhouse (Steak & Chops)
Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino, 1 Prairie Meadows
Drive, Altoona • (515) 957-3535
5 - 10 p.m. T-Thu; 5 - 11 p.m. F-Sat
Dinner: $$$
Claxon’s Smokehouse & Grill (Barbeque)
3131 8th Street Southwest, Altoona• (515) 967-7979
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
Home Plate Diner, The (American)
304 E 30th Street, Des Moines • (515) 262-7000
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sun; 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. M-Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Jethro’s BBQ’n Jake’s Smokehouse Steaks (Barbeque)
2601 Adventureland Drive, Altoona • (515) 957-9727
9:30 - 10 p.m. Sun;11 a.m. - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. F;
9:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
Over the Top (American)
955 NE 56th Street, Pleasant Hill • (515) 371-6741
Noon - 9 p.m. Sun-Thu; Noon - 10 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Pizza Hut (Pizza)
1600 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 244-7700
11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sun-Thu; 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Sugar Shack Restaurant (American)
100 8th Street Southeast, Suite E, Altoona • (515) 957-2527
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. M-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Triple Crown Eatery (Buffet)
Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino, 1 Prairie Meadows
Drive, Altoona • (515) 967-1282
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sun; 6 - 10:30 a.m. T & Sat; 7 - 10:30 a.m. M &
W-F; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. M - Sat; 4 - 10 p.m. M- Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Tursi’s Latin King Restaurant (Italian)
2200 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 266-4466
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. T-F; 4 - 10 p.m. T-Thu; 4 - 11 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$$
Yanni’s Grill & Vineyard (Italian & Greek)
3160 8th Street Southwest, Altoona• (515) 957-9391
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 5 - 9 p.m. T-Thu;
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 5 - 10 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$

EAST/NORTHEAST

Spaghetti Works (Italian)
310 Court Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 243-2195
11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sun-Thu; 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Splash Seafood Bar & Grill (Seafood)
303 Locust Street, Suite 100, Des Moines • (515) 244-5686
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. M-F; 5 - 10 p.m. M-Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$$
Starbucks (Coffee & Tea)
Hyatt Place Des Moines Downtown, 418 6th Avenue,
Des Moines • (515) 282-5555
Open 24/7
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Taste of Thai (Thai)
215 E Walnut Street, Des Moines • (515) 528-2407
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 5 - 9 p.m. M-Sat
Lunch:$ Dinner:$
Zombie Burger + Drink Lab (American)
300 E Grand Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 331-1753
11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sun-Thu; 11 a.m. - 4 a.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $

America’s Incredible Pizza Company (Buffet)
3799 86th Street, Urbandale • (515) 276-1472
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun-F; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Carlos O’Kelly’s (Mexican)
4371 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines • (515) 334 - 3331
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun - Thu; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. F - Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner:$
Castaways Bar & Grill (American)
Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center
5000 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale • (515) 864-7444
6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun-Thu; 6:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. F-Sat.
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que (Barbeque)
4351 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines • (515) 331-3300
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun-Thu; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Fat Boyz Saloon & Grill (American)
200 Gateway Drive, Suite 106, Grimes • (515) 986-0355
11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - Midnight M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Machine Shed, The (American)
11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale • (515) 270-6818
7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun; 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. M-Sat; 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sat - Sun Buffet
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Merle Hay Mall Food Court (Fast Food)
3800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines • (515) 276-8551
Noon - 5:30 p.m. Sun; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. M-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Mojos on 86th (American)
6163 NW 86th Street, Johnston • (515) 334-3699
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. M-F; 5 - 9 p.m. M-Thu; 5 - 10 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Murphy’s Sports Bar & Grill (American)
2675 100th Street, Urbandale • (515) 334-0633
11 a.m. - Close Sun-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Panera Bread Johnston (Deli)
5525 Merle Hay Road, Johnston • (515) 251-7733
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun; 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. M-Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Panera Bread Urbandale (Deli) **
2839 86th Street, Urbandale • (515) 253-9223
7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun; 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. M-Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Plaza Mexico (Mexican)
6110 NW 86th Street, Johnston • (515) 270-5010
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $

NORTHWEST

2502 SE Tones Drive, Ankeny • (515) 964-2112
11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. F-Sat;
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Chuck’s Restaurant (Italian)
3610 6th Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 244-4104
4:30 - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 4:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. F-Sat
Dinner: $$
Leaning Tower of Pizza (Pizza)
512 SW 3rd Street, Ankeny • (515) 964 - 0401
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun; 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. M-W;
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Th; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
On The Waterfront Seafood Restaurant (Seafood)
2414 SE Tones Drive, Ankeny • (515) 963-1940
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
Panera Bread Ankeny (Deli)
2310 SE Delaware, Ankeny • (515) 963-3373
7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun; 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. M-Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Tournament Club of Iowa (American)
1000 Tradition Drive, Polk City • (515) 984-9440
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. M, T & Thu; 11 a.m. - Dusk W & F
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Yanni’s Grill & Vineyard (Italian & Greek)
410 S Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny • (515) 965-7802
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 5 - 9 p.m. T-Thu;
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 5 - 10 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$

Bambino’s Restaurant (Italian)
4221 S Orilla Road, West Des Moines • (515) 981-9127
5 - 9 p.m. T-W; 5 - 10 p.m. Thu-Sat
Dinner: $$
Bang Bang Mongolian Grill (Mongolian)
6240 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines • (515) 440-2264
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun-Thu; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri-Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$

WEST

Baratta’s (Italian)
2320 S Union Street, Des Moines • (515) 243-4516
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. M-F; 5 - 9 p.m. Sun-Thu; 4 - 10 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Bennigan’s Grill & Tavern (American) *
1810 Army Post Road, Des Moines • (515) 309-3111
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$$
Carlos O’Kelly’s (Mexican)
6250 SE 14th Street, Des Moines • (515) 953 - 0554
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun - Thu; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. F - Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Grill, The (American)
6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines • (515) 287-2400
6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Sun-Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse (Steak & Chops)
Radisson Hotel , 6800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines • (515) 287-0848
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
Mezzodi’s (Italian)
4519 Fleur Drive, Des Moines • (515) 287-3333
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Z’s Bar (Bars & Nightclubs)*
1511 S Union Street, Des Moines • (515) 288-6100
11 a.m. - Close M- Sat
Breakfast: $$ Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$$

SOUTH

Bos Landen Golf Club (American)
2411 Bos Landen Drive, Pella • (641) 628-4625
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. M-Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
David’s Milwaukee Diner (American)
Hotel Pattee, 1112 Willis Avenue, Perry • (515) 465-3511
7 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 5 - 8 p.m. Sun; 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 5 - 9 p.m. M-F;
7 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 5 - 10 p.m. F- Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$

OTHER

Sam & Gabe’s Italian Bistro (Italian)
8631 Hickman Road, Des Moines • (515) 271-9200
5 p.m. - Close M-Sat
Dinner: $$$
Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria (Pizza)
8561 Hickman Road, Urbandale • (515) 537-8361
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun-Thu; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Taki Japanese Steakhouse (Japanese)
2677 86th Street, Urbandale • (515) 331-3030
4 – 9 p.m. M; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 4 – 10 p.m. T – Sat; 4 – 9 p.m. Sun
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Tally’s Restaurant, Bar & Catering (Rooftop) (American)
2712 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 279-2067
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. – Close M – Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Texas Roadhouse (American)
8744 Northpark Drive, Johnston • (515) 251-4597
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun; 4 - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 4 - 11 p.m. F; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
Trophy’s Sports Bar (American)
Plaza Lanes Family Sports Complex
2701 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines • (515) 255-1111
3 p.m. – 2 a.m. M; 3 p.m. – 12 a.m. T; 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. W-Sun
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Trostel’s Greenbriar Restaurant (American)
5810 Merle Hay Road, Johnston • (515) 253-0124
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. W-F; 5 p.m. - Close M-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$$

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano (Italian)
5990 University Avenue, West Des Moines • (515) 221-9900
11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. M-Thu;
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Fri; 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
Carlos O’Kelly’s (Mexican)
4055 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines • (515) 225-4321
11 a.m. - 10 p.m Sun - Thu; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. F - Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Champps Restaurant & Sports Bar (American) *
101 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines • (515) 440-6565
11 a.m. - Close Sun-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Chicken Coop Sports Bar & Grill (American)
1960 Grand Avenue, Suite 23, West Des Moines • (515) 223-0088
11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sun-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
CK’s Steakhouse (Steak & Chops)
West Des Moines Marriott, 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway,
West Des Moines • (515) 267-1500
6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 5 - 10 p.m. Sun-Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
Club Car Restaurant & Lounge, The (American)
13435 University Avenue, Suite 200, Clive • (515) 226-1729
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Cosi Cucina Italian Grill (Italian)
1975 NW 86th Street, Clive • (515) 278-8148
4 - 9 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. T-Thu; 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. F;
Noon- 10:30 p.m. Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$$
Down Under Bar & Grill (Bars & Nightclubs)
8350 Hickman Road, Clive • (515) 278-6718
3 p.m. - 2 a.m. M - Thu; 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. F-Sun
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
El Chisme Restaurant (Fusion - Mexican & Italian)
Historic Valley Junction, 225 5th Street, West Des Moines •
(515) 255-5756
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. T-F; 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$$
Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que (Barbeque)
1720 22nd Street, West Des Moines • (515) 267-0800
11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun-Thu; 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (Steak & Chops)
150 S Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines • (515) 457-2916
5 - 9 p.m. Sun; 5 - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 5 - 11 p.m. F-Sat
Dinner: $$$$
Granite City Food & Brewery (Brew Pub)
12801 University Avenue, Clive • (515) 224-1300
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - Midnight M-Thu;
11 a.m. - 1 a.m. F; 9 a.m. - 1 a.m. Sat.
Breakfast: $$ Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
Jethro’s BBQ ‘n Jambalaya (Barbeque)
9350 University Avenue, West Des Moines • (515) 987-8686
11 a.m. - 11 p.m. M-F; 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sat-Sun
Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse (Steak & Chops) **
Holiday Inn & Suites at Jordan Creek, 7125 Mills Civic Parkway,
Suite 110, West Des Moines • (515) 333-5665
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
Lone Star Steakhouse (Steak & Chop)
1801 22nd Street, West Des Moines • (515) 223-9606
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun - Thu; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Maddy’s Again Neighborhood Pub & Grill (American)*
165 S Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 210, West Des Moines •
(515) 267-6411
11 a.m. - 2 a.m. M-F; 8 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sat-Sun
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Mi Patria (Ecuadorian)
1410 22nd Street, West Des Moines • (515) 222-2755
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. T-Sun
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Ohana Steakhouse (Japanese)
2900 University Avenue, Suite A, West Des Moines •
(515) 225-3325
5 - 9 p.m. T-Th, Sun; 5 -10:30 p.m. F-Sat
Dinner: $$$
Revised: 5/1/2012

* Bars & Nightclubs

$$ – $10.01–$20
$$$$ – $30.01+

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$$$ – $20.01–$30

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Lunch: $ Dinner: $
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (Asian) *
Jordan Creek Town Center, 110 S Jordan Creek Parkway,
West Des Moines • (515) 457-7772
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun-Thurs; 11 a.m. - 11 a.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Red Lobster (Seafood)
3838 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines • (515) 226-2150
11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun-Thu; 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
RedRossa Napoli Pizza (American)
12695 University Avenue, Suite 100, Clive • (515) 221-2529
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun-Thu; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (Brew Pub) *
4508 University Avenue, West Des Moines • (515) 267-8900
11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sun-Thu; 11:30 a.m. - Midnight F-Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
Samurai Sushi & Hibachi (Japanese)
Jordan Creek Town Center, 7125 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 110,
West Des Moines • (515) 223-4888
Noon – 9 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 – 10 p.m. M-Thu
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 - 10:30 p.m. F; 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$$
Saraj Restaurant & Bakery (Bosnian)
1300 50th Street, West Des Moines • (515) 255-1133
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. T-Thu; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$$
Trostel’s Dish (Small Dish)
12851 University Avenue, Suite 400, Clive • (515) 221-3474
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. M-F; 5 p.m. - Close M-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$$
Waterfall Grille Restaurant & Lounge (Bistro)
Sheraton WDM, 1800 50th Street, West Des Moines • (515) 223-1800
11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sun-Sat; Lounge open until Midnight
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$
Waterfront Seafood Market (Seafood)
2900 University Avenue, West Des Moines • (515) 223-5106
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $ Dinner: $$
West End Diner (American)
3535 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines • (515) 222-3131
6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sun; 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. M-Sat;
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Wine Experience at Jordan Creek, The (Bistro)
Jordan Creek Town Center, 101 Jordan Creek Parkway,
Suite 6000, West Des Moines • (515) 457-8577
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. M-Thu; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. F-Sat
Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$

3:30 p.m. – close M-Thu; 3:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. F; 10:30 a.m. – close Sat-Sun

Panera Bread Westown Parkway (Deli)
4150 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines • (515) 221-0888
7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun; 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. M-Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Panera Bread University Avenue (Deli)
6740 University Avenue, West Des Moines • (515) 440-1523
7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun; 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. M-Sat
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Panera Bread Jordan Creek (Deli)
Jordan Creek Town Center, 101 Jordan Creek Parkway,
West Des Moines • (515) 221-0060
7 a.m. - 9 p.m. M-Thu; 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. F-Sat; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun
Breakfast: $ Lunch: $ Dinner: $
Park Place Restaurant (Buffet)
Sheraton WDM, 1800 50th Street, West Des Moines • (515) 223-1800
7a.m.-NoonSun;6:30-11a.m.M-F;7-11a.m.Sat;Buffetclosesat10a.m.M-F
Breakfast: $$ Lunch: $$ Dinner: $$$$
The Penalty Box (American)
Valley West Inn
3535 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines • (515) 225-2524

Hospitality and Media

CONNECT. Meet in Des Moines.

Des Moines Hospitality and Welcoming Program
Our community is ready to welcome your athletes with open arms. The people
of Greater Des Moines are genuinely kind, hard working and fun. Greater Des
Moines will roll out the read carpet and its famous Midwestern hospitality. The
hospitality, coupled with the experience and dedication of the LOC, are set to
provide the best overall experience to date for the 2013 USAR 40th National
Junior Olympic Championships. The community will know your event is here and
they will go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
The LOC will initiate the following welcome/hospitality programs:

• Every individual will receive a welcome bag with area information, maps,
coupons, things to do, etc
• Airport Welcome Desk/Signage
• Information tables set-up at check-in, Oakmoor Fitness Club and the HQ
hotel property
• Banners and signage at the Oakmoor Fitness Club and HQ hotel property

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CONNECT. Meet in Des Moines.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) will work with USA Racquetball (USAR) to
adhere to your standards and promote the event in a championship manner.
We will work with the Iowa Racquetball Association and their resources to promote the event,
promote the experience in Des Moines, Why Des Moines and what we have to offer.
We will work with the Iowa Games and Iowa Sports Foundation to promote these championships
We will work to make sure their websites have clear information about the championships on
their front page. We will make sure that their link is on our website and other pertinent
racquetball sites to promote these championships.
We will work with the USAR and your website to provide information about the area and
promote the experience that athletes, coaches and fans will have at these championships in
Des Moines.
We will work with The Iowa Sports Connection, a company dedicated to “Promoting positive
participation in youth sports by recognizing active Iowans from the Pee-Wees to the Preps to the
Pros”. They distribute a monthly magazine in Casey’s General Stores and we will work with them
on a racquetball piece for their June issue. In addition, The Iowa Sports Connection website,
e-mail newsletters and weekly talk shows will offer opportunities for local to talk about the sport
of racquetball and this great event.
The CVB staffs information tables at 100s of events throughout the year and can distribute
appropriate information at each.
The Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Des Moines Area Sports
Commission (DMASC) are committed to using technology to promote the 2013 USAR 40th
National Junior Olympic Championships. We will work at promoting the event on our website,
our facebook sites, our twitter accounts and through e-mail blasts.
• Starting shortly after the bid is awarded, we will formulate a “Welcome brochure” that can
be e-mailed to all 2012 and past participants that talks about “Why Des Moines” and
• provides contact information
• Leading up to the championships, we will develop e-Blasts that talk about Things to Do,
Restaurants, Dining, and Hotels that can be sent to wrestling clubs/teams/past participants
providing more information on the area
We are also committed to:
• Using the Sports Media datbase list on the following page to distribute information to media
outlets in the state
• Once the event is booked, the event will be located on the CVB Calendar of Events
page and we will work to have our website www.seedesmoines.com located on as many
racquetball sites as possible
• Lastly, we are open to ideas

Oakmoor Racquet &
Fitnesss Club

CONNECT. PLAY in Des Moines.

With 10 courts, Oakmoor is one of the Midwest’s most
popular tournament venues. Featuring two stadium courts,
Oakmoor’s events regularly draw players from across Iowa,
Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin and
South Dakota. During the last 5 events held at our club,
participants averaged 200 per tournament. More
importantly, Oakmoor is a popular venue for junior players.
During our 2012 Spring Invitational, we had over 40 juniors
aged 4 to 18.
Club amenities include a 30’ X 60’ indoor swimming pool,
three hot tubs, two saunas, two steam rooms, a bar, lounge,
a full-sized basketball court and more than 100 exercise
machines and free weight stations. Day care, laundry and
towel services are also available.
A full sized gymnasium is adjacent to
the stadium courts and is ideal
for exhibitors and vendors.

Oakmoor Racquet &
Fitnesss Club

CONNECT. PLAY in Des Moines.

Oakmoor’s stadium courts are considered the jewels of
competitive racquetball in Iowa. Along the back side, 80
spectators are able to watch two games at once, while the
seating area adjacent to the side wall of court #1 provides
space for 80 additional viewers. The gallery style of Oakmoor’s
eight other courts is ideal for junior events; the open balcony
is perfect for younger players receiving encouragement from
coaches, parents and their fellow players.

DO MORE.
Meet and Stay in Des Moines.
Whether it’s a sporting event, trade show or simply a visit, we know
the visitor wants value and we deliver.
No matter what part of the city you stay in, your accommodations
will be close to your event facilities with rates ranging from $89 - $129.
Des Moines was recently named the most affordable U.S. city to hold
tradeshows in, according to Tradeshow Week magazine, based on
domestic hotel and labor rates, as well as the cost of
restaurant meals.
While part of the reason for the ranking is due to the city’s
affordability, Des Moines’ central location, accessible hotel rooms
and number of meeting facilities are also primary reasons sports
planners choose to hold their event here.
Upon arrival in this five-time, “All-American City,” you will be
impressed by the area’s friendly people, welcoming atmosphere
and outstanding quality of life. Hospitality is abundant in Greater Des
Moines – the political, economic and cultural center of Iowa. The
metropolitan area has retained its charm and preserved its history
while offering all the amenities of a large city including shopping,
sports, attractions and the arts.
Enjoy a restful night’s sleep whether you stay at one of our full-service
hotels or a local bed and breakfast. Greater Des Moines has over 100
accommodations to choose from offering more than 10,000 rooms.

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GREATER DES MOINES MAP KEY

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WAUKEE

73

87
95 82
90

Living
History Farms

44 42 Homemakers
57

URBANDALE

56 45 54
46
48
Hay
Mall

Center

84 Village of
Ponderosa
77 West
Glen
85
88 81 Town

Jordan
Creek
Town
Center

Des Moines
International
Airport

Des Moines
Art Center

105

52

2

Park
Zoo

27

7

ALTOONA

TO Iowa Speedway

BONDURANT

15
13

8
9 12
4 6 11 Adventureland
3
14 Park
Meadows
10 Prairie
Racetrack
5 & Casino

Bass Pro
Shops

106

CARLISLE

PLEASANT
HILL

18

Iowa State
Fairgrounds

DES MOINES

17
34

30

35

Ankeny
Regional
Airport

26
25 19
31
28
33
22 24
23
16

69
66 71
60
63 64
Southridge
Mall
68
62 Blank

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99

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20
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100104 103

Drake
Des Moines University
Playhouse

NORWALK

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WEST
DES MOINES

Historic
Valley
Junction

79

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51 50
55 47 41
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Merle

37

JOHNSTON

49
53 40
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CLIVE WINDSOR
86 72 80
HEIGHTS
76 74 78 Valley
96 93 West
Mall
89 94 92
91 83

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GRIMES

ANKENY

105. Butler House on Grand
106. Victoria’s Vineyard B&B

Bed & Breakfasts

97. Des Moines Marriott Downtown
98. Embassy Suites on the River
99. Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus
100. Hotel Fort Des Moines
101. Hyatt Place Des Moines Downtown
102. Quality Inn & Suites Event Center
103. Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel
104. Suites of 800 Locust Hotel & Spa

DOWNTOWN

72. Best Western PLUS - Des Moines West
73. Candlewood Suites
74. Chase Suite Hotel
75. Clive Hotel & Suites
76. Country Inn & Suites - Des Moines West
77. Courtyard by Marriott West Des Moines at Jordan Creek
78. Courtyard by Marriott - West/Clive
79. Days Inn at Walnut Creek
80. Days Inn Des Moines West/Clive
81. Drury Inn & Suites - West Des Moines
82. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott West Des Moines
83. Hampton Inn - West Des Moines
84. Hilton Garden Inn West Des Moines
85. Holiday Inn & Suites at Jordan Creek
86. La Quinta Inn
87. Motel 6 - Des Moines West
88. Residence Inn by Marriott
89. Sheraton - West Des Moines
90. SpringHill Suites by Marriott West Des Moines
91. Staybridge Suites Hotels in West Des Moines
92. StudioPLUS
93. Super 8 West Des Moines/Clive
94. Valley West Inn
95. West Des Moines Marriott
96. Wildwood Lodge, The

WEST

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37. America’s Best Inn
38. American Inn & Suites
39. AmericInn Lodge & Suites
40. Comfort Suites at Living History Farms
41. Days Inn - Merle Hay
42. EconoLodge
43. EconoLodge Inn & Suites - Merle Hay
44. Extended Stay America
45. Hilton Garden Inn - Des Moines/Urbandale
46. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Urbandale
47. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Des Moines Northwest
48. Microtel Inn & Suites
49. Motel Relax
50. Quality Inn & Suites - Merle Hay
51. Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center
52. Royal Motel
53. Sleep Inn - Urbandale
54. Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center
55. Super 8 - Urbandale
56. TownePlace Suites by Marriott
57. Villa Lodge

NORTHWEST

16. AmericInn - Ankeny
17. Baymont Inn & Suites
18. Beacon Motel
19. Best Western - Metro North
20. Budget Inn & Suites
21. Comfort Inn
22. Comfort Inn - Ankeny
23. Country Inn - Ankeny
24. Courtyard by Marriott - Ankeny
25. Days Inn - Ankeny
26. Fairfield Inn & Suites - Ankeny
27. Hampton Inn & Suites - Ankeny
MITCHELLVILLE
28. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Ankeny
29. Motel 6 - Des Moines North
30. Palace Inn
31. Quality Inn & Suites - Ankeny
32. Rodeway Inn
33. Super 8 - Ankeny
34. Travelodge
35. Value Place - Ankeny
36. Village Inn Motel

NORTH

60. A-1 Motel
61. Baymont Inn & Suites Airport
Conference Center
62. Best Western PLUS Marquis
Des Moines Airport Hotel
63. Comfort Inn at Des Moines Airport
64. Days Inn & Suites - Airport
65. Fairfield Inn & Suites - Airport
66. Hampton Inn - Airport
67. Hawkeye Motel
68. Holiday Inn - Airport
69. Motel 6 - Airport
70. Radisson Hotel - Des Moines Airport
71. Super 8 - Airport

SOUTH

EAST/NORTHEAST

3. Adventureland Inn
4. Archer Motel
5. Best Western Altoona Inn
6. Broadway Motel
7. EconoLodge Inn & Suites Fairgrounds
8. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Altoona
9. Motel 6 - Altoona
10. Motel 8
11. Regency Inn & Suites
12. Settle Inn
13. Sleep Inn & Suites - Pleasant Hill
14. The Hotel at Prairie Meadows
15. Value Place - Pleasant Hill

58. Hotel Pattee
59. Super 8 - Perry

PERRY

HOTELS
1. Hickman Motor Lodge
2. Holiday Inn Express at Drake University

CENTRAL

ACCOMMODATIONS &
MEETING FACILITIES
Des Moines is your connection to:
•Affordability
• Central Location
• Championship Venue
• Memorable Experiences

HOTELS LISTED IN THIS SECTION
Adventureland Inn
Hilton Garden Inn - Des Moines/Urbandale
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – Des Moines Northwest
Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center
Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center
TownePlace Suites by Marriott

FACILITIES LISTED IN THIS SECTION
Hy-Vee Conference Center
Iowa Events Center
Prairie Meadows Convention Center

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Adventureland Inn

3200 Adventureland Drive
Altoona, IA 50009
(515) 265-7321
(800) 910-5382
Fax: (515) 265-3506
adventureland-inn.com

Total Rooms: 187
Singles: 1
Doubles: 159
Suites: 27
Airport Shuttle: No
Free Wireless Internet: Yes
Free Parking: Yes
Free Breakfast: No
Restaurant on-site

ROOM NAME

SQ. FT

DIMENSION

THEATRE

BANQUET

CLASSROOM

CONFERENCE

U-SHAPE

Iowa Ballroom

4,116

42’ x 98’

400-450

280

300

--

--

Rooms 1 and 2

1,176

42’ x 28’

80-90

70

60

40

30

Rooms 4 and 5

1,176

42’ x 28’

80-90

70

60

40

30

Rooms 3

1,766

42’ x 42’

168

128

96

50

45

Room 1, 2, 4, 5 (each)

588

21’ x 28’

45

32

24

20-25

16

Iowa Balcony

1,932

84’ x 23’

--

112

--

--

--

West Courtyard

1,932

84’ x 23’

--

125

--

--

--

North Parkview

3,000

50’ x 60’

--

200++

--

--

--

Board Room

300

20’ x 15’

--

--

--

12

--

South Parkview

540

36’ x 15’

50

40

30

25

--

Grand Ballroom

3,024

28’ x 108’

350

202

144

84

75

Room 6, 7, 8 (each)

1,008

28’ x 36’

70

64

46-50

36

30

Room 6 and 7

2,016

28’ x 72’

200

128

100

60-70

60

Room 7 and 8

2,016

28’ x 72’

200

128

100

60-70

60

Palace

12,600

90’ x 134’

1300

800/900

--

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--

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Hilton Garden Inn –
Des Moines/Urbandale

8600 Northpark Drive
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 270-8890
(877) STAY-HGI
Fax: (515) 727-4949
desmoinesurbandale.gardeninn.com
Total Rooms: 148
Singles: 91
Doubles: 47
Suites: 10
Airport Shuttle: Yes
Free Wireless Internet: Yes
Free Parking: Yes
Free Breakfast: No
Restaurant on-site

ROOM NAME

SQ. FT

DIMENSION

CEILING

RECEPTION

BANQUET

THEATER

CLASSROOM

U-SHAPE

Ballroom

4,320

87’ x 49’

14’

600

300

550

275

100

Ballroom 1, 2 , 3 (each)

1,440

30’ x 49’

14’

175

100

175

85

40

Ballroom Foyer

1,836

102’ x 18’

10’

225

120

250

130

55

Salon

1,350

26’ x 49’

10’

150

90

140

60

40

Meeting Room A & B
(each)

675

25’ x 27’

10’

65

45

50

30

25

Board Room

360

12’ x 30’

16’

25

20

35

16

15

Banquet Patio

1,872

37’ x 64’

--

225

120

--

--

--

Restaurant

616

29’ x 23’

16’

60

35

--

--

--

Restaurant Patio

760

32’ x 16’

--

75

65

--

--

--

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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites –
Des Moines Northwest

4800 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50322
(515) 278-4755
(800) 465-4329
Fax: (515) 278-2846
holidayinn.com/desmoinesia
Total Rooms: 198
Singles: 63
Doubles: 98
Suites: 37
Airport Shuttle: Yes
Free Wireless Internet: No
Free Parking: Yes
Free Breakfast: No

ROOM NAME

SQ. FT

DIMENSION

CEILING

RECEPTION

BANQUET

THEATER

CLASSROOM

U-SHAPE

Heartland Ballroom

4,500

50’ x 90’

10’

425

375

750

325

74

Salon AB or BC

2,250

50’ x 45’

10’

210

185

375

165

64

Salon A, B or C (each)

1,500

50’ x 30’

10’

140

125

250

110

54

Salon D

360

18’ x 20’

10’

30

24

25

12

20

Wisconsin Room

1,125

22’ x 51’

9’

75

60

100

80

40

Indiana, Illinois or
Nebraska Room (each)

550

22’ x 25’

9’

50

40

50

30

18

Missouri, Michigan or
Colorado Room (each)

550

22’ x 25’

9’

50

40

50

30

18

Kansas, Minnesota (each)

550

22’ x 25’

9’

50

40

50

30

18

South Dakota Room

265

22’ x 12’

8’

20

20

25

18

--

Iowa Boardroom

910

45’ x 25’

8’

45

--

--

--

--

Boardroom

550

22’ x 25’

8’

20

--

--

--

--

Lounge

360

17’ x 210’

8’

25

20

30

18

20

Bennigan’s East & West

1,320

45’ x 30’

9’

100

80

125

75

44

Bennigan’s East, West
(each)

660

30’ x 22’

9’

50

40

60

30

32

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Ramada Tropics Resort &
Conference Center

5000 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50322
(515) 278-0217
Fax: (515) 276-8172
ramadatropicsresort.com
Total Rooms: 166
Singles: 28
Doubles: 122
Suites: 16
Airport Shuttle: No
Free Wireless Internet: Yes
Free Parking: Yes
Free Breakfast: No
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ROOM NAME

SQ. FT

BANQUET

THEATER

CLASSROOM

Main Ballroom

5,200

350

450

180

Ballroom: West

2,600

180

250

90

Ballroom: Northeast or Southeast Section

1,300

90

125

45

Salon A

480

40

50

20

Salon B

480

40

50

20

Salon C

500

42

56

20

Salon D

500

42

56

20

Salon A & B combined

960

80

100

40

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Stoney Creek Inn &
Conference Center

5291 Stoney Creek Point
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 334-9000
(800) 659-2220
Fax: (515) 334-9000
stoneycreekinn.com
Total Rooms: 165
Singles: 69
Doubles: 46
Suites: 50
Airport Shuttle: Yes
Free Wireless Internet: Yes
Free Parking: Yes
Free Breakfast: Yes

ROOM NAME

SQ. FT

DIMENSION

CEILING

RECEPTION

BANQUET

THEATER

CLASSROOM

U-SHAPE

Northwoods Center

4,543

77’ x 59’

14’

300

300

400

215

126

Pioneer

1,974

47’ x 42’

9’

120

120

120

70

40

John Deere

702

26’ x 27’

8’

40

40

60

32

24

Timberland

816

24’ x 34’

8’

40

40

60

32

24

Green Acres

567

21’ x 27’

8’

40

40

55

32

24

Pines

646

19’ x 34’

8’

32

32

35

25

21

Meadows

646

19’ x 34’

8’

32

32

30

25

15

Club Room

448

14’ x 32’

9’

Hospitality room with screened porch and bar

FlooR plaNs
The Hy-Vee Conference Center’s convenient location,
award-winning chef and state-of-the-art audio-visual
capabilities make this facility central Iowa’s premier
banquet and meeting location.
The Conference Center is your one-stop shop for
business meetings and banquets, featuring nearly
12,000 square feet of meeting space, designed to
break out into smaller rooms for business and social
functions.
Whether you require a classroom-style training session
with a multimedia presentation, accompanied by
light refreshments, a cocktail party or a large banquet
with hors d’oeuvres and a buffet dinner, we can
accommodate all of your needs.
For more information on our services or to schedule
your next event call us at 515-267-2892 or visit us on
the web at www.hy-veecc.com.

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1200

CeiliNg
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Conference Center

141’ x 82’

11.747

banquet
750

Class
600

iowa Room

69’ x 82’

5,800

300

250

N/A

500

20’

minnesota Room

37’5” x 41’

1,400

60

60

40

100

18’

missouri Room

35’11” x 41’

1,400

60

60

40

100

18’

illinois Room

35’11” x 26’10”

1,000

50

40

30

60

18’

south Dakota Room

35’11” x 26’10”

1,000

50

45

30

60

18’

Nebraska Room

35’11” x 28”

1,00

50

45

30

60

18’

18’/20’

Iowa Events Center

Level 1: The 14,400 sq ft can be divided into a maximum of three meeting
rooms that can create up to eight individual meeting rooms.

Subtotal of All Meeting Space

Level 2: This level consists of 150,000 sq ft of continuous exhibition space
broken up into three separate halls of approximately 50,000 sq ft each.

Total Square Feet
223,000

Level 3: This level consists of an additional 27,975 sq ft of meeting space
broken up into 21 separate meeting rooms or a combination of specialized
settings. Each room is separated by an operable wall for your room sizing
convenience. These operable air walls allow the flexibility to open up this
floor to accommodate up to 180 - 8’ x 10’ exhibit booths.

Total Meeting Rooms
33
Total Exhibit Square Feet
150,000
Total Ballroom Square Feet
28, 730

Level 4: The Grand Ballroom with an operable wall allows banquets up to
2,330 guests.

Total Pre-Function Square Feet
42,100

LEVEL

ROOM NAME

SQ. FT.

DIMENSION

CEILING

BANQUET

THEATER

CLASSROOM

10 x10
BOOTHS

1

Meeting Rooms 1-8

1,800 each

30’ x 60’

12’

110

180

90

--

1

2 Meeting rooms (7 &8)

3,600

60’ x 60’

12’

230

360

180

--

1

3 Mtg. Rooms (1-3, & 4-6)

5,400

90’ x 60’

12’

340

540

270

--

2

Hall B

46, 725

267’ x 175’

35’

3,050

4, 247

2, 270

260

2

Hall C

49, 395

267’ x 185’

35’

3,200

4, 49-

2, 318

281

2

Halls B & C

96,120

267’ x 360’

35’

6, 270

8,737

4,545

541

2

Hall A

50, 806

266’ x 191’

13’

--

--

--

262

2

Whitfield

1,116

46; x 25;

9’ 10”

88

115

60

--

2

Business Center

600

--

--

--

--

--

--

2

Show Offices

250/office

--

--

--

--

--

--

3

Meeting Rooms 301, 311

1,000 each

20’ x 50’

16’

80

11

69

--

3

Meeting Rooms 302-309,
312-319

1,350 each

27’ x 50’

16’

110

155

96

--

3

Meeting Room 310, 320

1,200 each

24’ x 50’

16’

100

133

81

--

3

Board Room

950

38’ x 25’

16’

80

111

69

--

4

Meeting room 401

1,000

40’ x 25’

12’

80

111

69

--

4

Meeting room 402

1,400

25’ x 52’

12’

110

155

78

--

4

Grand Ballroom

28, 730

180’ x 160’

30’ -40’

2,330

3,111

1,929

122

4

Grand Ballrooms A & B

14, 365 each

180 x 80’

30’ -40’

1,165

1,550

964

61

WELLS FARGO ARENA
ROOM NAME

SQ. FT

DIMENSION

CEILING

BANQUET

THEATER

Arena Floor

31,700

259’ x 125’

127’

1,850

16,400

Fixed Seating

--

--

--

--

12,460

Prairie Meadows
Racetrack & Casino

1 Prairie Meadows Drive
Altoona, IA 50009
(515) 967-8544
(800) 325-9018
Fax: (515) 967-1362
prairiemeadows.com
Prairie Meadows is not only a redhot gaming and horse racing
destination, it also offers superb
state of the art meeting facilities.
The 14,000 square foot Meadows
Ballroom offers state-of-the-art AV
and a stage. Additional rooms are
available for meetings of 25 to 180
attendees.

TRACKSIDE MEETING FACILITIES
NUMBER OF
PEOPLE

ROOM NAME
The Prairie Rose Room

65

The Pavilion

180

North Turfside

120

Trackside Hospitality Tent

85

In 2012, Prairie Meadows celebrated
the grand opening of their attached
hotel and meeting space.

EVENTS & CONFERENCE CENTER
Room Name

Sq Ft

Ceiling

Theater

Reception

Classroom

Banquet

Altoona Room

630

12'

50

50

27

40

Meadows Ballroom

14,100

25'

1,326

1,500

600

960

Meadows Ballroom A

4,120

25'

390

400

180

240

Meadows Ballroom B

4,950

25'

429

500

200

320

Meadows Ballroom C

5,445

25'

507

600

220

400

Pavilion

2,967

13'

300

329

100

200

Polk County Room

730

12'

50

60

30

40

Prairie Rose Room

1,058

9'

N/A

80

24

64

Salon 1

1,325

25'

100

147

57

50

Salon 2

1,300

25'

100

144

54

50

Salon 3

1,250

25'

100

138

51

50

Grand Lobby

4,944

25'

N/A

250

N/A

N/A

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Shop.

New developments and old favorites make Greater Des Moines a unique shopping
destination you’ll keep coming back to. Explore boutiques, specialty shops, malls and
retail stores across the Metro.

Dine.

Greater Des Moines has over 850 restaurants from national chains, such as P.F.
Chang’s China Bistro, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar and Carlos O’Kelly’s,
to many hometown favorites. With such an array of restaurants, there is something to
satisfy every taste bud and guarantee a memorable dining experience that fits into
any budget.

Play.

Experience Greater Des Moines’ great attractions. Racetracks, casino, zoo, science
center, amusement park and more - we really do have it all.

Watch.

From live theater to concerts to opera - including Broadway productions - our
cultural sensations will have you calling for an encore.

Socialize.

From neighborhood hangouts to upscale wine bars, Greater Des Moines offers all
the nightlife you’d expect of a hip, cosmopolitan city. Dance clubs, sports bars and
piano bars can all be found within the Metro.

See.

Greater Des Moines boasts a vibrant arts scene and a collection of cultural events
that invite you to explore their creative side. Soon you can see our new outdoor art
scene - the new Pappajohn Sculpture Park, currently being constructed at
Western Gateway Park.

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Things To Do
Adventureland Park
adventurelandpark.com

Science Center of Iowa
sciowa.org

Adventureland Park has
more than 100 rides, shows
and attractions, including
three great roller coasters.
Rides for all ages are
available, from mild to
wet-and-wild. Also enjoy a
variety of family entertainment shows.

This dynamic 110,000
square-foot facility features
six interactive learning
areas, live programs
and hands-on activities
encouraging learning and
fun for all ages.

Blank Park Zoo

Des Moines Botanical
& Environmental Center

blankparkzoo.com
The Blank Park Zoo is
Iowa’s Wildest Adventure!
Experience the wonders of
nature found in the tropical
rainforests, Australian
Outback and Africa. The
zoo offers educational
classes, tours and rental facilities.

Iowa Hall of Pride

www.iowahallofpride.com
All Iowa students, K-12,
are admitted free to the
Iowa Hall of Pride. Filled
with dozens of handson interactive exhibits,
Iowa Hall of Pride tells
the stories of Iowa’s
communities and their
heroes. It’s fun for kids, adults and families.

John & Mary Pappajohn
Sculpture Park
desmoinesartcenter.org

The 4.4 acre sculpture park
located in Downtown Des
Moines features 24 works
of art donated by John
and Mary Pappajohn
from their renowned
personal collection of
contemporary sculptures.
The sculptures are valued
at more than $40 million.

www.botanicalcenter.com

More than a place for
plants, the Botanical
Center is a place for
people. The center’s 15,000
exotic plants, special
events, interactive display
greenhouse make it an
ideal stop. is among the
best examples of American
Victorian Second Empire architecture.

Jester Park Equestrian Center
jesterparkec.com

Dedicated to providing
horse enthusiasts the
ideal area to pursue their
passions. Guided trail
riding, wagon and sleigh
rides, year-round riding
lessons, team building,
camps, therapeutic riding,
long- and short-term equestrian boarding and
indoor and outdoor arenas available for rent.

Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market
desmoinesfarmersmarket.com
The Downtown Farmers’
Market presents Iowa
producers from 51 counties,
offering fresh fruit, vegetables
and so much more. Come for
the freshness and stay for the
fun!

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Things To Do
All Play of Des Moines
allplaydm.com

Ultimate entertainment
complex. High-energy
location with over 100
virtual reality games, a
3-story rock climbing wall
and Laser-X, plus Fanatics
Grille & Bar.

Recreational Trails

seedesmoines.com/trails
Des Moines boasts over
100 miles of trails and was
recently named thenumber
one walking city in Iowa
by Prevention magazine.
Our extensive trail system is
perfect for walking, running
and biking. Be sure to
download our trails maps
featuring walking routes and public art.

Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino
prairiemeadows.com

America’s Incredible Pizza Company
incrediblepizza.com/urbandale
America’s Incredible
Pizza Company features
four themes dining rooms
and a buffet with over
100 items. Enjoy a smokefree and alcohol-free
facility with indoor gokarts, bumber cars, minigolf, mini-bowlingand
classic arcade games.

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park
sleepyhollowsportspark.com

This unique 60-acre,
year-round sports park
features downhill skiing,
snowboarding and snow
tubing during the winter
months and miniature golf
course, par-3 golf course,
batting cages, sand volleyball leagues and bumper
boats in spring and summer.

Brenton Skating Plaza

Prairie Meadows features
1,900 slot machines,
table games including
poker and blackjack,
Thoroughbred and
Quarter Horse racing
spring through early
fall, simulcast racing,
restaurants, concessions and lively lounges.

brentonplaza.com

Tokens Inc. Family Fun Center

Climb Iowa

tokensfamilyfun.com

Everyone will have a blast
at Tokens. We have great
pizza and more. Lazer tag
two-level arena, mini golf
and arcade. Come join in
the fun for all ages.

From November to
March, Brenton offers
people of all ages the
chance to ice skate in
the open air, under the
stars. A fun, recreational
experience for families
and individuals of all ages.

climbiowa.com
Climb Iowa is the largest
indoor rock climbing and
training center in Iowa. It
offers over 10,000 square
feet of top rope, boulder,
and lead climbing.
They also offer fitness
equipment and yoga classes.

Things To Do – Aquatic Centers

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Cascade Falls Aquatic Center

Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center

The leisure pool includes zero
depth entry pool with kiddie
slide. There floor geysers and
water cannons, (2) 250 foot
inner-tube water slides, a lazy
river and a lap pool with diving
well, drop slide, 1 meter spring
board and 3 meter platform
diving. They also have a Flowrider surf machine and a Swirl Bowl
slide.

The leisure pool includes zero
depth entry. There are 150’ &
140’ water slides, a kiddie slide, lily
pad walk, floor geysers, an area
for lap swimming, water walking
and a splash park. The splash
park features a series of above
ground water play features,
below ground jetsprays, geysers and fountains all installed on
a flat splash pad.

Holiday Aquatic Center

Valley View Aquatic Center

Holiday Park Aquatic Center is
a multi-purpose pool complex
that features the following: 5
lane 25 yrd competitive pool
with diving board and drop
slide, a large leisure pool with
spray features, multiple water
slides including the “speed slide”.

Valley View Aquatic Center
is a three pool complex that
features the following: 10 lane 25
yrd competitive pool with diving
board and drop slide, a large
leisure pool with spray features,
four water slides including the
“speed slide”, and a 600 ft. lazy
river.

www.ci.ankeny.ia.us/Index.aspx?page=654

www.wdm-ia.com/Index.aspx?page=197

Clive Aquatic Center

www.ci.ankeny.ia.us/Index.aspx?page=654

www.wdm-ia.com/Index.aspx?page=197

www.cityofclive.com/departments/parks-recreation/ Teachout Aquatic Center
aquatics-center/
www.dmgov.org/Departments/Parks/Pages/
InandOntheWater.aspx
The leisure pool includes a zero
depth entry. There are sprays,
This leisure pool features zerofountains, a toddler treehouse
depth entry, various shade
slide, shade seating, and a
structures, a body slide, a
floating turtle. There is a lap
tube slide, a concession area,
pool that has a drop slide and
mushroom water feature,
a diving board located in the
floatables and an open grass
deep end. The Lazy River is a
sunbathing area.
current stream with a few splashes of excitement.

Northwest Aquatic Center

www.dmgov.org/Departments/Parks/Pages/
InandOntheWater.aspx
This leisure pool features zerodepth entry, various shade
structures, a body slide, a
tube slide, a concession area,
mushroom water feature,
floatables and an open grass
sunbathing area.

Birdland Aquatic Center

www.dmgov.org/Departments/Parks/Pages/
InandOntheWater.aspx
This leisure pool features zerodepth entry, various shade
structures, a body slide, there is
also an 8-lane 50 meter pool, a
concession area, and an open
grass sunbathing area.

CONNECT. With More.

Things To Do – Shopping
Historic Valley Junction
valleyjunction.com

Historic Valley Junction is a
charming, renovated
railroad district with a
collection of more than 120
retail businesses, including art
galleries, fashion boutiques,
antique shops, restaurants
and specialty stores.

Historic East Village

eastvillagedesmoines.com
Historic East Village is a
progressive, pedestrian
friendly neighborhood
featuring eclectic local flair.
The East Village is a hub of
activity with annual festivals,
diverse nightlife scene,
beautiful streetscape and
restored historic properties.

Valley West Mall
valleywestmall.com

Valley West Mall is Des Moines’
premier shopping center
offering three department
stores- JC Penney, Von Maur
and Younkers. Other stores
include Banana Republic,
Charlotte Russe, The Limited,
Eddie Bauer, Gap and more.

Merle Hay Mall
merlehaymall.com

Merle Hay Mall is Iowa’s first
enclosed shopping mall
with 1.2 million square feet of
retail space featuring Target,
Younkers, Old Navy, Sears
and Kohl’s, as well as over 100
specialty stores. Staples and
Ulta joined in 2009.

Bass Pro Shops
basspro.com

Jordan Creek Town Center
jordancreektowncenter.com
Jordan Creek Town Center
is a huge retail, dining
and entertainment
development including a
two-level enclosed mall
with125 retailers, a movie
theater and restaurants.

Southridge Mall

shopsouthridgemall.com
As the only enclosed
shopping center serving the
south side of Des Moines,
the mall owns the loyalty of
the south side shopper. The
mall recently completed
a renovation project
that modernized and
brightened the center.

While you’ll find a huge
selection of outdoor gear,
Bass Pro Shops stores are
also part museum, art
gallery, antique store,
aquarium, education,
conservation and
entertainment center. The
entire store is a tribute to the vast diversity of the Iowa
landscape, its history and the culture of its people.

West Glen Town Center
westglentowncenter.com

From home furnishings and
wine tasting to the latest
looks and plush pampering,
West Glen Town Center is
your shopping destination.
West Glen also offers
delicious dining choices
and exciting night life
options.

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Things To Do – Sports
Iowa Energy

Golf Courses

The Iowa Energy basketball
team is a franchise of
the NBA Development
League. The team plays
24 home games at the
Wells Fargo Arena with
the season beginning in
November and running
through April.

Easy access, affordable
pricing and an abundance
of courses make Des
Moines an outstanding
place to bring your clubs.
Fifteen public courses with
at least 18 holes await you.

iowanba.com

seedesmoines.com/sports/golf_courses.php

Knoxville Raceway
Iowa Cubs

iowacubs.com
The Iowa Cubs are the
Triple-A affiliate of the
Chicago Cubs. The
I-Cubs play in 11,000-seat
Principal Park as part of
the Pacific Coast League.
The I-Cubs season runs
early April to early September.

Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey
bucshockey.com

The Des Moines Bucs
have been a vital part of
the Central Iowa sports
community since 1980.
The Bucs provide fastpaced entertainment
from September to April.

Iowa Speedway

knoxvilleraceway.com

For over 50 years, Knoxville
Raceway has been
entertaining people from
around the globe with the
most exciting open wheel
and dirt track racing on the
planet. Racing takes place
from mid-April through
September.

Des Moines Menace
menacesoccer.com

The Des Moines Menace
are a PDL soccer team
playing their home games
right here in West Des
Moines. Their season runs
May - July. Be sure to
check out a game...the
atmosphere is electric!

iowaspeedway.com

Iowa Barnstormers

Iowa Speeway offers
high-speed, pulsepounding racing events.
The 10,000 square foot,
modern facility hosts
national races and
concerts throughout the
racing season.

The Barnstormers are the
newest member of Arena
Football 1. Home games
are played April through
July at Wells Fargo Arena in
Downtown Des Moines.

theiowabarnstormers.com


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