Experience Iowa


With its proximity to the metro area, patrons attending the Summer Festival Season have the option to book their stay in Des Moines or nearby the theatre in Indianola.

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On site dining is available before every performance (with the exception of June 24 and July 13). While you’re not at the opera, we encourage you to support restaurants that have supported DMMO this season.

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Des Moines is able to compete with the Midwest’s bigger cities in terms of culture, dining and entertainment but it doesn’t sacrifice any of the charm and familiarity of Iowa’s delightful small towns. The city supports dozens of museums and performing arts venues, a fabulous diversity of restaurants and hotels, and parks and trails of all kinds to ensure than any visitor here won’t be hard pressed for things to do. Visit Hopper and Matisse at the Des Moines Art Center, take a trip back in time at the State Historical Society of Iowa, visit more than 15,000 exotic plants at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, visit the remarkable Pappajohn Sculpture Garden, visit the beautiful Iowa State Capitol with its golden dome, or simply take a stroll along the Des Moines River at the Riverwalk. With more than 400 restaurants, 8 professional sports teams ranging from baseball to hockey to roller derby, 76 city parks, 45 miles of trails and three city golf courses, there’s always something to do in Iowa’s largest city to entertain any guest. Shopping districts include the Historic East Village, Valley Junction, West Glen Shopping Center, and Jordan Creek Shopping areas. You can visit the Des Moines Convention and Visitors' Bureau website for current events happening during your stay!

For the most authentic Iowa experience, Indianola offers all of the charm of small-town America with easy direct access to Des Moines. The city boast any number of attractions, dining establishments and amenities. Enjoy the great outdoors along the Summerset Trail or in the Buxton Park Arboretum, have a glass of wine at numerous area vineyards or a bit to eat at popular local restaurants, or visit the National Hot Air Balloon Museum. It’s all here in Indianola.