Skip to main content

Read 100 Things to do in Des Moines Before You Die before your next Des Moines Trip!

I'm so excited to tell you about Erin Huiatt's new book, 100 Things to do in Des Moines Before You Die which she sent me a free copy of for review purposes. This book is in the same series as my Siouxland travel guide, 100 Things to do in Sioux City and Siouxland Before You Die and 100 Things to do in Iowa Before You Die by Sara Broers. and I'm a huge fan of this series, which is why I wanted to write for it in the first place! Anyway, a big part of why I love this series is that our publisher, Reedy Press, does not just have a professional writer on their staff churn out travel guides about places they haven't been based on internet search results that may or may not still be accurate. Instead, they rely on local experts to write about their own areas and share the big attractions and the great little places that everyone should know about.

Who wrote 100 Things to do in Des Moines Before You Die?

Erin Huiatt is the author of and she is the best person I could think of to write this book. She runs The Des Moines Parent website and all of their affiliated social media. Through this, she has really become an expert on fun in the entire Des Moines area. She's also a mom of two and has experienced the realities of taking a family to these places, not just whether they sound ok on paper. This is Erin's first book, and I hope to read more from her in the future! 

What's in 100 Things to do in Des Moines Before You Die?

Inside 100 Things to do in Des Moines Before You Die readers will find 100 great ideas for fun in the Des Moines area, broken into five chapters:
  • Food and Drink: 
  • Music and Entertainment:
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Culture and History
  • Shopping and Fashion
Each chapter had some of the best-known places in Des Moines like the Iowa State Capitol, Zombie Burger, and Jordan Creek Town Center and some lesser known "hidden gem" type places--or maybe they're just places I personally haven't been lucky enough to visit or hear about before, like Wooly's, JouJou, Rusty Star Alpacas, the Jordan House Museum, and the Union Park Heritage Carousel. 

I was really impressed, especially because we lived in Des Moines and West Des Moines for 4 years while my husband was in grad school and his first job immediately after grad school, so I thought I knew at least *most* of the best places in town. But Erin's wonderful book quickly set me straight. I am really excited to know deeper stories for some of the places I already knew about, and to have a huge number of new-to-me places to add to my bucket list for future Des Moines trips, of which I hope there are many. 
One thing's for sure: next time I go to Des Moines, I'm bringing my copy of Erin Huiatt's 100 Things to do in Des Moines Before You Die with me. 

Where to buy 100 Things to do in Des Moines Before You Die

To get your own copy, head to Erin's 100 Things Des Moines website, order from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or grab a copy in person on your next Des Moines trip--most local bookstores keep it on hand. 


Popular posts from this blog

Sioux City & Siouxland Christmas

Christmas is coming! The Sioux City area has so many fun and festive events to celebrate the Christmas season, and this post will be updated throughout the coming weeks as new events and details announced. I'm thrilled to share all the festive fun with you! You might also enjoy my posts on Christmas Road Trips (Christmas fun in Omaha, Sioux Falls, Okoboji, and more!) Christmas Tree Farms in Siouxland , Family Friendly New Year's Eve , Experience Gifts for Siouxland Families , and Last Minute Christmas Gifts You Can Buy in Siouxland ! This post features the best Christmas events in Siouxland, the best places in Siouxland to see Christmas lights , and some of the best places in Siouxland to see Santa !  Sioux City & Siouxland Christmas Events November 2023 Christmas at the Homestead  at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Saturday 11/11/23 November 11th from noon to 4pm at  Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve  in North Sioux City, South Dakota Historical building

Best Places to Play Inside in Sioux Falls

When extreme weather means outdoor play is off the table, there's still tons of fun to be had inside in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area, where kids can climb, explore, and learn about history, science, art, animals, and much more, all year round. Here are some of the best places to play inside in Sioux Falls:

Siouxland Pumpkin Patches

now updated for 2023! One of the best parts of living right in the middle of some of the world's best farmland is access to amazing pumpkin patches! Here are some of the great pumpkin patches within a 2-hour drive from downtown Sioux City, listed by distance from downtown Sioux City. This roundup is being updated to reflect 2023 pumpkin patch hours, rates, and events, and I will update throughout the season as new details are available. Please e-mail me if you own or operate a pumpkin patch and would like to update your entry or add a patch to our list! Scarecrow Farm Photo used with permission from Scarecrow Farm Location : 1592 Charles Avenue, Lawton, Iowa Distance from downtown Sioux City : 8.7 miles/ 15 minutes (4 miles East of Menards) Dates for 2023 : Sunflower Days are weekends in September, beginning September 9th, 2023. Click here for more information on Sunflower Days at Scarecrow Farm. Then September 30th & October 1st, 2023 enjoy Oktoberfest at Scarec