Biking Tips for Des Moines, IA

Enjoy Des Moines by bike for a totally new experience of the city.

Bike your way to enjoy some of the city's premier science, culture, culinary and art attractions. Not only will you enjoy the fresh air, biking will give you a fresh perspective on the city. Whether you're visiting or a long-time resident, you may just discover something new about Des Moines!

Start at: Bike World

If you've got your own bicycle, make sure that the tires are properly inflated and your bike is in good working order before you roll out. Bike World is conveniently located at 6600 Douglas Avenue in Urbandale next to the Merle Hay Mall where you can park your vehicle for your day of bike touring. Bike World is a certified beginner-friendly bike shop and offer tune ups to make sure you're ready to ride. If you're checking up on your own bike, check the maintenance section of the free My City Bikes Des Moines app for free tutorials on DIY bike maintenance. To rent a bicycle, try one of the B-Cycle stations in Des Moines. Order your rental online at

Des Moines Art Center & John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Must-Eat: La Mie Bakery

Try the french toast with a very special combination of ingredients: peanut butter, bacon and bananas. Love omelets? Try the delectable fresh asparagus brie, and crème fraîche creation. Tartine anyone? Don't miss the bacon tuskegee. Heck, you may as well try them all - you earned it on this morning's ride!

Must-See: Des Moines Art Center & John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Feast your eyes on the sculpture garden and fine art at the Des Moines Art Center. Take in the museum's diverse collection, including a video gallery, photography, painting, prints, drawings and more. Outside you'll find a rose garden and a beautiful landscape filled with large scale sculptural works by some of the world's most renowned post-modern and contemporary artists.

Must-Do: Science Center of Iowa

Get hands-on with science at this wonder-filled museum. Get out of this world at the museum's digital planetarium called the Star Theater. Watch scientific demonstrations and do your own experiments at every exhibit and gallery in the museum! If you need a snack to hold you over, grab a bite at The Food Chain Cafe.

Must-Eat: Zombie Burger + Drink Lab

You may think a zombie theme for a burger joint is eerie, but it's not nearly as eerie as how delicious the burgers and shakes are at this kitschy Des Moines haunt. Don't be shy and come hungry, because you will devour these delicacies like a hungry zombie. Every "Goremet" burger is a pile of delicious, and the milkshakes are one of a kind.

Must-See: Iowa State Capitol

The stunning Iowa State Capitol building is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the cell phone tour lets you go at your own pace to see every intricate detail of the handsome centerpiece of Iowa's state government. Learn about historical artifacts, view monuments, and peek into the democratic process at work. Self-guided cell phone tours are available at the links below. To schedule a guided tour call (515)281-5591.

Zombie Burger + Drink Lab

Des Moines, IA by bike...

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