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Day Trip to the East Village

The Historic East Village is a favorite destination for out of town visitors and locals alike.  A day of shopping and dining at this hip eclectic enclave is a Des Moines trademark. If you’re looking to entertain visitors or spend a day with the family near the East Village and you’re looking for fun to round out the day, these are some of our favorite tips.

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5 Attractions to Enjoy Near the East Village:

  1. Brenton Skating Plaza – Outdoor ice skating rink open daily mid-November to March.
  2. Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden – A public garden in the heart of Des Moines known for its iconic geodesic conservatory which features tropical and desert plants.
  3. Iowa State Capitol – FREE Admission and tours are given on the half hour.
  4. State Historical Museum – FREE Admission features permanent and traveling exhibits and Museum Treks on Saturdays.
  5. Simon Estes Amphitheater – Hosts a wide variety of community events such as fun runs, bike rides, and concerts, including the Nitefall on the River Concert Series.

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A Few East Village Tips:

  1. Some of our favorite East Village Shops are Domestica, RAYGUN, Ephemera Stationary Studio, Kitchen Collage and Jett & Monkey’s.
  2. Allspice Cullinarium sells spices and oils from around the world with samples available to taste before making your purchase.
  3. Scenic Route Bakery is a great place to take a shopping break for a coffee or adult beverage.
  4. Tacopocalypse and Zombie Burger are some of the more kid friendly dining options.
  5. Watch the Historic East Village Events Calendar for concerts, events, and the annual Holiday Promenade.
  6. Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown is located near the east village and makes a nice hub for a little family getaway or staycation.


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