Discover a variety of things to do in West Des Moines

Situated near the intersection of I-80 and I-35, the Country Inn & Suites, Des Moines West makes an ideal home base for exploring the area. Whether your plans include a day on roller coasters at Adventureland Park, a star-studded event at Wells Fargo Arena, or a basketball game at Drake University, you’ll enjoy a quick commute to each venue. Des Moines offers plenty of cultural things to do and experience, including the Des Moines Art Center and Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Jordan Creek Town Center, less than three miles away, is the perfect place to enjoy a meal at chain favorites like The Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang’s.

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Adventureland Park

15.21 mi / 24.48 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.

Blank Park Zoo

9.9 mi / 15.93 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.

Des Moines Metro Opera

19.82 mi / 31.89 km from the hotel
If you’re visiting the area during the Summer Festival Season, make plans to see Des Moines Metro Opera perform pieces like Manon and Billy Budd.

Drake University

6.48 mi / 10.43 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

8.62 mi / 13.87 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

19.82 mi / 31.89 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

8.28 mi / 13.32 km from the hotel
Capable of accommodating up to 17,000 guests, this modern arena hosts basketball games, concerts, and conventions.

Heritage Carousel of Des Moines

8.81 mi / 14.18 km from the hotel
This 1900s replica carousel provides nostalgic fun the whole family will enjoy.

Jasper Winery

7.18 mi / 11.56 km from the hotel
Learn more about the world of winemaking in the tasting room before enjoying a glass of wine made from locally grown grapes.

Prairie Meadows

15.44 mi / 24.85 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.

Jordan Creek Town Center

2.6 mi / 4.19 km from the hotel
After browsing through the latest fashions at American Eagle or picking up a good book at Barnes & Noble, you can relax over dinner at one of the restaurants in this two-million-square-foot shopping center.