One of the greatest benefits of living in Iowa is experiencing four distinct seasons. There are few places on the planet with such a diverse climate.
Iowa summers are filled with sunshine and tropical weather. Our autumns are gorgeous with lots of cool, crisp days. Our winters cool things off with plenty of snow for outdoor fun. But it’s our springs that will make you want to call Iowa your home.
Springtime here is hard-earned. It takes its sweet time arriving, but when it does — BAM! It’s an explosion of sunny days, blooming flowers, and the most joyous emotional state of people who are so excited about the warmer temperatures.
Any day above 50 degrees makes Iowans ditch our winter coats and pull on our favorite shorts. We open our windows, put down the convertible tops, hop on bikes and motorcycles, and truly make the most of the springtime.
If you’re new to central Iowa or just need a refresher on why it’s so enjoyable in the spring, here’s a list of seasonal activities compiled by Two Rivers Marketing associates:
Saturday mornings at the Downtown Farmers’ Market
Afternoon drinks on sunny patio bars
People-watching and shopping in the East Village
Long walks around Gray's Lake
Walking tours of the most eye-popping murals
Golf with friends on any of the public courses
Music and family events at Middlebrook Farm in Cumming
Blooming crab apple trees and cherry blossoms in Waterworks Park
Watching the skateboarders at Lauridsen Skatepark
Picking out seeds and garden plants at Holub Greenhouse near Ames
Exploring the best hiking and bike trails in central Iowa
Sniffing the lilac bushes at Ewing Park
Family pictures in front of the best public art in Des Moines
Long walks with frisky dogs
Grilling all the meats!
Spotting daffodils in the yards of historic homes at Sherman Hill
Ice cream cones at a favorite local ice cream shop
Lazy car rides with the windows down, singing favorite tunes
Iowa Cubs baseball games at Principal Park
Riding the pirate cat at the Heritage Carousel at Union Park
Dutch letters and tulip selfies at Tulip Time in Pella
Hunting for morel mushrooms
Yelling “Goooaaalll!” at weekend soccer matches
Getting back in the garden and playing in the dirt
Setting up the backyard hammock and reading a good book
Want even more ideas to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine in Des Moines? Our writer Diane Heldt offers her own list of reasons to love an Iowa spring.
As always, if you have questions about our agency or living or working in Iowa, we want to hear from you! Contact us anytime.