West Des Moines, IA Things to Do

Attractions in West Des Moines promote fun, shopping and nightlife.

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The Jordan House in West Des Moines, IA
Photo courtesy of the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau

Val Air Ballroom

West Des Moines’ concert spot, Val Air Ballroom is the best entertainment venue for locals in the greater Des Moines area. Concert goers stand, but the ballroom has a bar with plenty of seating for music lovers with weary feet. The venue has plenty of room for dancing and hosts musical acts across all genres, from heavy metal to hip hop.

The Jordan House

The Jordan House is one of West Des Moines’ significant historical attractions. The oldest structure in the county, the house was built by one of the city’s first settlers, James C. Jordan. A passionate abolitionist, James Jordan used his house as part of the Underground Railroad.

Today, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. Visitors can admire the Victorian-style details and museum.

Valley Junction

Recognized with a Great American Main Street Award, Historic Valley Junction in West Des Moines is the home to the largest number of specialty shops in the city, as well as a statewide arts, entertainment and cultural center. Valley Junction is unparalleled as a shopping destination and provides visitors with plenty of places to eat and relax. Visitors enjoy annual festivals, gallery nights and a weekly farmers market.


Learn more about West Des Moines’ don’t-miss attraction.

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