Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

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Key Info

909 Robert D. Ray Dr.

Price & Hours

$10 for adults; $7 for youths ages 4 to 17; free for children 3 and younger
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Details

Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Despite chilly Midwestern winters, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden remains a year-round top attraction thanks to the site's domed conservatory, which is kept consistently balmy to nurture the tropical plants housed within. Along with palm trees and a waterfall, the conservatory houses a variety of bright flowers, cactuses and succulents, among other plants. Outside the conservatory, there are numerous themed gardens interspersed with sculptures, including a rose garden and a water garden. In total, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden spans 7 acres.

According to recent visitors, the garden is a worthwhile stop year-round. Many who visited during winter referred to the conservatory as an oasis. Reviewers frequently used words like "beautiful" and "relaxing" to describe the garden.

You'll find the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden along the Des Moines River, a little more than a mile northeast of downtown Des Moines. Parking at the garden is free. The garden is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to the coronavirus, the on-site cafe is only open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults, $7 for youths ages 4 to 17 and is free for children 3 and younger. For more information, visit the official website.

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