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    Discover Amazing Animals, Attractions in Des Moines, Iowa

    Families will enjoy discovering amazing animals at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. We enjoy the enclosed Discovery Center that features a butterfly garden, bat cave, coral reef aquarium, hands-on water lab, and Iowa’s largest collection of tropical plants. In the 22-acre zoological park you can explore the natural exhibits featuring over 800 animals from five continents, and join festive events as well as hands-on activities throughout the year at the Blank Park Zoo.

    The World Around Us Comes To Life At The Science Center of Iowa - Among the newer attractions for families to explore in Des Moines, Iowa is the Science Center of Iowa. Here, you can search for fossils and arm-wrestle someone in a different time zone. Interactive exhibits and live programs bring science to life as guests discover more about the human body and take an imaginary flight into outer space.

    Children will also love visiting an exciting, permanent exhibit at the State Historical Society of Iowa, Mammoth: Witness to Change. It's always a joy to watch children and adults alike stand back in awe as they see, feel and hear life as it was 15,000 to 16,000 years ago. The cornerstone of the exhibit is the complete skeleton of the Hebior Mammoth, discovered near Kenosha, Wis., in 1994.

    To beat the heat while in Des Moines head to the Adventure Bay Water Park that features 13 water slides, including two 65-foot speed slides, inner tube and body slides, a family inner tube raft ride and a 6,000 square foot swimming pool and swim up bar, the Adventure Bay Water Park will be a popular spot for fun. And, it is located within Iowa’s largest amusement park – Adventureland Park, so you can enjoy all the thrills and entertainment, then go for a splash at Adventure Bay Water Park!

    By Josh Schubert

    Getting There:

    Discover entertainment, attractions, and plan your visit to Adventure Bay Water Park and Adventureland Park by visiting https://www.adventurelandpark.com/.

    To learn more about animals and events at the Blank Park Zoo visit www.blankparkzoo.com.

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