Explore fun things to do in Ankeny, Iowa and Greater Des Moines

Located just 10 miles from Adventureland Park, the Country Inn & Suites in Ankeny is a great home base for family-friendly things to do in the Greater Des Moines, Iowa area. After a day of zooming down waterslides and roller coasters, you can drive to downtown Des Moines in less than 15 minutes to sample the thriving restaurant scene. The nearby Wells Fargo Arena hosts a variety of big-name concerts and sporting events throughout the year. Need a relaxing break on a business trip? Play a round at the 18-hole Otter Creek Golf Course, just five miles from our hotel.

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Adventureland Park

5.15 mi / 8.29 km from the hotel
Board a thrilling roller coaster or a fun family ride at this expansive seasonal amusement park. During the summer, don’t miss Breaker Beach Wavepool and the Caribbean Cruiser lazy river at Adventureland water park.

Ankeny Area Historical Society

2.36 mi / 3.79 km from the hotel
The Ankeny Area Historical Society displays a rich variety of artifacts inside a house built in 1905.

Ankeny Art Center

2.91 mi / 4.69 km from the hotel
The Ankeny Art Center offers art classes and showcases work by Iowa artists with exhibits that change every six to eight weeks.

Blank Park Zoo

12.99 mi / 20.9 km from the hotel
Visit giraffes, African lions, red pandas, sea lions, and more at this 22-acre Des Moines zoological park, home to more than 100 animal species.

Drake University

8.18 mi / 13.17 km from the hotel
Attend a concert, an art exhibition, or a Bulldogs basketball game on Drake’s 150-acre campus near downtown Des Moines.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

7.72 mi / 12.43 km from the hotel
A world of plant life, including an impressive bonsai collection, awaits you at this 14-acre garden beside the Des Moines River.

Simpson College

23.37 mi / 37.61 km from the hotel
Cheer on the Storm athletes at Cowles Fieldhouse and Buxton Stadium, or take a tour of this liberal arts institution.

Wells Fargo Arena

8.1 mi / 13.04 km from the hotel
Capable of accommodating up to 17,000 guests, this modern arena hosts basketball games, concerts, and conventions.

Prairie Meadows

5.49 mi / 8.84 km from the hotel
At this popular entertainment complex, you can enjoy exciting quarter horse races, a vibrant casino, lively concerts, and a variety of special events.

Outlets of Des Moines

4.5 mi / 7.25 km from the hotel
Spend the afternoon doing some retail therapy at this shopping center, which features stores like Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Express.

Otter Creek Golf Course

4.21 mi / 6.77 km from the hotel
Tee off at this 18-hole public course featuring bluegrass fairways and multiple ponds. If you want to refine your swing, take advantage of the driving range.