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Sports

Des Moines might not have any major league teams but there are more than enough minor league teams to make up for it. Des Moines is home to the Iowa Wild Hockey, Iowa Cubs Baseball, Iowa Energy Basketball, Iowa Barnstormers Football, and the Des Moines Menace. Needless to say there are sports for every fan in your family. From the typical baseball, football and basketball, there are multiple hockey teams as well as Australian Football (better known as a combination of rugby and American football.) But the really amazing thing about all of the sports teams in Des Moines is that the cost of tickets to their games won’t break your bank.

15 Minute Rule

The pretty amazing thing about Des Moines is it’s size. It is a relatively small but up-and-coming city. There are plenty of things to do for every age group with booming suburbs within a 15 minute drive from the heart of Des Moines. But the real thing is: everything is a 15 minute drive from anywhere in Des Moines. From Urbandale, Ankeny and Altoona, to the east and west side of Des Moines, you can get to any location within 15 minutes. Making Des Moines an even more ideal location to call “Home.”

Good Eats

Des Moines is known for having some pretty interesting eats. For example, check out Zombie Burger. A zombie themed restaurant with incredible burgers. You HAVE to try the Walking Ched. It features fried Mac + Cheese buns complete with bacon and a burger patty. Or if you don’t have a ton of time, stop it at Fong’s to grab a slice of Crab Rangoon pizza. Fong’s is pizza place that specializes in Chinese cuisine. Those are just two of the best in Des Moines but there are many more places to check out.

Music Scene

2017 has brought many great musical talents to central Iowa. Wells Fargo Arena has already welcomed  bands like Green Day, Panic! At the Disco, and The Lumineers.in the next few months, Des Moines will host the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chainsmokers, Def Leppard, and more.

Farmer’s Market

Des Moines’ downtown farmer’s market is a local staple. The market includes nearly 300 vendors from 50 Iowa. For the health conscious, farm fresh eggs and produce of all kind are available. If you’re a dog lover, the market is known for attracting dogs and their owners alike for a morning stroll.

The Farmers market runs from May 6- October 28, from 7 AM to noon each saturday.

Low Cost of Living

Des Moines is one of the most cost friendly cities to live in. According to the greater Des Moines partnership, living in Des Moines will typically give you a combined savings of 10% over the nation. If you are looking to save money on everything from groceries to health care, head on over to this Midwest city.

Up and Coming

Des Moines is the hoppin’ place for new up and coming businesses. There is everything from local cupcake shops (Molly’s Cupcakes) to a new high tech Hy-Vee that is located in the heart of downtown. If food isn’t your thing, than try out some the hip new clothing stores. For example, Raygun is custom T-shirt shop that has everything from dope Des Moines sayings to hilarious political commentary. If you don’t believe me, check it out!

Small Businesses

If you’re tired of shopping at major chains and brands, Des Moines has a wide variety of small businesses to fit your fancy. Snookies Malt Shop is a well-known Des Moines staple specializing in all of your favorite ice cream creations. Unfortunately, you actually CAN have too much of a good thing, so this shop is only open from late spring to early fall. If ice cream isn’t your speed, try a Sputnick or just a regular cup of joe at Mars Cafe!

New Year, New You. New Gym?

We all set out to live a healthier lifestyle at the start of every New Year, and 2017 is no different. But we all know it can get tough to keep up with healthier food, and going to the same gym for every workout can get boring. Here are some local Des Moines gyms that offer a free trial day so you can learn more about healthy eating, get a change of scenery, and in some cases a change of workout! Continue reading “New Year, New You. New Gym?”

3 Places to Get Outside and Active Around Des Moines

Moving from the Land of 10,000 Lakes to Des Moines, I was skeptical that I would find the lakes, parks, and trails I was used to filling my weekends with. However, it didn’t long for me to find some unexpected gems in and around Des Moines to get outside and get active.

Check out a few of the outdoor spots that turned this Minnesota lake lover into a huge fan of Des Moines. Continue reading “3 Places to Get Outside and Active Around Des Moines”