Des Moines is Awesome: You’re Going to Love It!

We are happy to host you in Des Moines in 2016! There’s so much to enjoy about Des Moines, and we hope you take the opportunity to experience all that the city has to offer. To help guide you to some of our favorite places, be sure to check the “Things to Do” section of the meeting website. We’ve highlighted museums, art venues, historical stops, and locations to shop and eat. Need help? Please stop by the hospitality table during the meeting to get in person recommendations or ask one of the friendly Des Moines area librarians for help.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
By now you probably have heard that Des Moines is the hippest city in America, and one reason for this designation is the city’s amazing restaurant scene. To help you find places to meet up, we have a fantastic Google map highlighting drinks and dining close to the Marriott. Not sure where to go? Be sure to stop by the hospitality table during the meeting to get in person recommendations or ask one of the friendly Des Moines area librarians for help.

  • Are you in town Saturday morning? Don’t miss out the food and fun at the Des Moines Farmer’s Market.
  • Are you a foodie? The Des Moines Register compiled a list of The 50 Essential Restaurants in Des Moines.
  • There are some very tasty options located in the Historic East Village, a neighborhood located one mile east of the hotel. If you are not up to a scenic walk, you can arrange for a shuttle from the Marriott or try a ride with Uber in addition to taxi services.
  • Do you like zombies, great burgers, alcoholic milk shakes, or all of the above? Then, you have to check out Zombie Burger.
  • Try a beer flight next time. Choose your own adventure in 6 tasty brews. 📷@webbersean #nationaldrinkbeerday

    A photo posted by Zombie Burger (@zombieburgerdm) on Sep 28, 2016 at 7:15am PDT

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    Nightlife
    Des Moines is definitely NOT boring. To help you find your scene, check out the Greater Des Moines Nightlife and Bars Guide for suggestions and maps. Are you looking for live music, comedy, a wine bar, a craft brewery, or coffee shop? We’ve got you covered! Not sure where to go? Be sure to stop by the hospitality table during the meeting to get in person recommendations or ask one of the friendly Des Moines area librarians for help.
    If you need a ride to and from the festivities, you may be able to arrange for a shuttle from the Marriott or you can try a ride with Uber in addition to taxi services.

    Parks and Trails
    We love cycling in the state of Iowa – just ask an Iowa librarian about RAGBRAI. If you would prefer to take a biking tour of the city, or just like the option of getting around town on a bike, be sure to check out Des Moines BCycle. You can rent a bike for a day and a daily fun pass is just $6 and a bike station is just two blocks from the hotel.

    Are you a runner? Catch a Run in the City on this Three mile route.

    Whether you want to bike or run, you can pick your own custom route using The City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation interactive map of available trails.

    Finally, whether you like to bike, walk, or just enjoy a great nature trail, take the opportunity to visit Gray’s Lake. The 167-acre Gray’s Lake Park is located on the southwestern edge of downtown Des Moines, less than two miles from the Marriot hotel. The park is five minutes away by car, but if you don’t have your own transportation, and if you don’t have time to walk, you can arrange for a shuttle from the Marriott or you can try a ride with Uber in addition to taxi services.

    Gray's Lake Map

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