Culture in West Des Moines

GoWest for inspiration.

From happy hours to weekend brunches, family picnics to holiday shopping, West Des Moines’ restaurants, breweries, and retail stores provide the backdrop for a life full of big-time fun with none of the big-city attitude.


A foodie’s paradise.

With hundreds of restaurants, West Des Moines offers something of every taste and flavor. With over 250 unique restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, you’re never far from your new favorite spot.

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Ready for any runway.

No matter your style, you can find it in West Des Moines. From charming, local shops in historic Valley Junction to high-end national brands at Jordan Creek, we’ve got it all. To sweeten the deal, shop sales tax-free on the first Friday in August! Explore our area’s shopping today.

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A feast for the eyes and ears.

West Des Moines is home to a vibrant mix of public art, murals, live music venues, and performing arts. Enjoy award-winning museums, art centers and galleries, and live productions of musicals, theater, and music. With a thriving music scene, you’re never far from a live concert.

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Year-round adventure.

Hike, bike, or walk over 65 miles of trails in West Des Moines or venture further with a network of over 550 miles of trail in the surrounding area. The area boasts 27 parks and more than 1,200 total acres of parks for running, picnics, hiking, fishing, ice skating, and more. Learn about West Des Moines’ new Five Waters Project and its new amphitheater, boathouse, marathon loop, and greenway project.

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