“Educational and recreational attraction.”
On the east bank of the Des Moines River; the center houses one of the largest collections of plants in the Midwest: tropical; sub-tropical and desert-growing. It includes a weather-proof conservatory; showhouse; extensive exterior gardens; cafe and gift shop; and meeting room facilities.
I stopped here while on my move from Minneapolis to Tucson to take a break from the road and get some nature time. THIS PLACE IS AMAZING!! It was $10 for 1 adult however well worth it!! Clean bathrooms, a place to fill water bottles, a cute gift shop. AND a beautiful Arboretum and another smaller indoor garden with beautiful plants as well as a large outdoor walking space complete with pond, lotus flowers, large water fountain, and large waterfall! I spent about an hour here and spent some time just walking around in the grass with my shoes off. You also pass some great art sculptures on the way to the garden and get some great views of the city.
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Des Moines Botanical and Environmental Center
- Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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