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Water Works Park, Des Moines

#13 of 14 in Parks in Des Moines
Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Water Works Park is a 1,500 acre park near downtown Des Moines, Iowa. It is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Located along the Raccoon River, the park offers trails, picnic areas, grills, and fields.

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  • Spring is the best time to go when the Cherry Blossom's are in full bloom. I went through there in September but I wanted everyone to know about the Spring  more »
  • This is one of the Des Moines gems that doesn't get enough credit for all it does. It does a lot to contribute to the local community. You have access to a nice section of woods, a river and some...  more »
  • Nice, well kept park. I like the gated loop section on the far west the best. There are two old stone chimneys that give a nice backdrop for pictures. It also has access to a rail road over the Des Moines River and to its banks for fishing as long as the river is low.
  • I grew up near Water Works Park and spent many hours/days exploring the great outdoors here. Even now, every visit to this huge natural space in the heart of Des Moines is like coming home. There are vast open areas for kids to run and play in, woods to explore, and several lagoons for fishing. There's a picnic area and wildlife to share with your family. And someday soon, Water Works Park will even offer a concert venue. It's worth a visit. Take a loaf of bread and let the kids feed the geese.

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