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Travel Tips

Don't miss the hiking and biking trails for some outdoor fun. 1

Don't miss the High Trestle Trail for a scenic bike ride. 2

Explore the urban bike trails and the new pedestrian bridges. 3

Visit the Des Moines Art Center and indulge in farm-to-table cuisine. 4

Explore the Des Moines Art Center and Pappajohn Sculpture Park for cultural experiences. 5

Explore various events to fully experience the city's cultural offerings. 6

Stay in hostels or low-cost hotels to save money and meet new people. Use GAFFL to connect with fellow travelers. Always be cautious and aware of your surroundings. 7

Let someone know your whereabouts, have offline maps ready, and consider travel insurance for emergencies. 8

Enjoy ice cream at Black Cat Ice Cream and explore the city's attractions. 9

Don't miss the botanical gardens and museums. 10

Introduction

Features

  • πŸ’‘ Interactive Seesaws: The seesaws light up and emit sounds when in use.
  • 🎢 Sound Effects: Some seesaws produce sounds reminiscent of xylophone notes.
  • πŸ”„ Variety: The installation includes 15 seesaws of various sizes.
  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ For All Ages: Designed for people of all ages to enjoy.
  • 🌌 Night Experience: The lighting effects are particularly striking after dark.

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Dates and Hours

  • πŸ“… Open Dates: April 18 to May 19.
  • ⏰ Daily Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • πŸŒ… Farmers Market Days: Opens early at 7 a.m. on downtown farmers market days.
  • πŸŒ™ Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m. from April 30 to May 4.

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Location

  • πŸ“ Address: Cowles Commons, 313 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA 50309.
  • πŸ—ΊοΈ Google Maps: Easily find the location using Google Maps.
  • 🚢 Accessibility: Located in a central area, accessible by foot, car, and public transport.

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Organizers

  • 🀝 Main Organizers: Des Moines Performing Arts and Operation Downtown.
  • 🌟 Partnership: In collaboration with the Greater Des Moines Partnership.
  • 🎭 Support: Supported by local businesses and community organizations.

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Purpose

  • πŸŒ† Vision Plan: Part of the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Future Forward Vision Plan.
  • πŸ“ˆ Economic Vitality: Aims to enhance the economic vitality of downtown Des Moines.
  • πŸŽ‰ Fun Experiences: Responds to public interest in fun and engaging downtown experiences.
  • πŸͺ Support Local: Encourages visitors to support nearby shops and eateries.

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Cost

  • 🎟️ Free Admission: The 'Impulse' seesaw experience is free to the public.
  • πŸ’Έ No Hidden Fees: No cost associated with using the seesaws.

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Nearby Attractions

  • 🌽 Downtown Farmers Market: Open early on market days, located nearby.
  • 🎭 Des Moines Civic Center: Hosts various performances, including 'MJ' from April 30 to May 4.
  • 🍽️ Local Eateries: Numerous dining options in the vicinity.
  • πŸ›οΈ Shops: Various retail stores and boutiques nearby.
  • 🏞️ Parks: Other parks and green spaces within walking distance.

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