Things To Do In...Des Moines

October 30, 2007 1:38pm

For many top pro riders, their 2008 season starts this weekend as the opening round of the 2007 – ’08 Toyota AMA Arenacross series kicks off Friday/Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, inside the Wells Fargo Arena. And that’s a great place for us to pick up with our “Things To Do In…” online feature, presented by RXR Protect. The arenacross action doesn’t get going till the evening, which leaves plenty of time throughout the day for you to explore the local area. So here are a few things to do in Des Moines. Also, for tickets, show times and any other info you might need, check out
       First, some Flash Trivia: Chad Pederson is the only rider from the state of Iowa to ever win an AMA Supercross 125cc main event. What number was Chad wearing the night he won? The first five correct answers will get a 2007 Red Bull Motocross of Nations “Team USA” T-shirt from MotoTees and a 2007-’08 AMA Toyota Arenacross Yearbook. Send your answers to

Art Center
4700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50312-2099
Fine art collection and educational programs.

Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
Conveniently located just south of Army Post Road on S.W. 9th Street.

Botanical Center
909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA 50316
Year-round plants and flowers from around the world.

Historical Museum
600 East Locust
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Iowa's history - preserved.

Iowa Hall of Pride
330 Park Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Hours of family fun.

Science Center
401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Live demonstrations and hands-on exhibits.

State Capitol
East 12th & Grand
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Built in 1886, many displays throughout the building.

Veterans Memorial Auditorium
833 Fifth Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
"Vets" has become a part of Iowa's history, playing host to everyone from leading entertainers to future Presidents to high school athletes seeking state titles.

Fenders Cycle Open House

Fenders Cycle & Motorsport will be having an Open House Party in conjunction with the opening round of the Toyota Arenacross Series. Come down Thursday, November 1st, from 4-8PM and meet riders and Miss Arenacross; Register to win tickets, free food and drinks, door prizes, video games and 20 percent off all parts and accessories. Fenders Cycle is located on the south side of Des Moines, right in front of Southridge Mall at 1109 E. Army Post Rd.


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And since a lot of industry personnel and fans will be commuting through the state of Iowa, you may want to check out these cool attractions.

Battle Hill Museum of Natural History
Battle Creek, Iowa
Small town museum stuffed with dead animals, created by a guy stuffed with every fact about them.

Ax Murder House
Villisca, Iowa
The 1912 maniac who killed the people in this house is still unknown, but that doesn't stop travelers from wanting to sleep over.

World's Largest Strawberry
Strawberry Point, Iowa
Maybe you like strawberrys—really, really big strawberries!