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Principal Riverwalk overview

Principal Riverwalk is unique for its historical sites, and known for its live music and theater. You'll find a wide variety of bar and dining choices. Families will find plenty of fun at Iowa State Fairgrounds and Blank Park Zoo. Popular attractions like Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Botanical Center are sure to leave an impression. A family- and business-friendly area, Principal Riverwalk also has something for everyone.

Where to stay in Principal Riverwalk

With a wide assortment of lodging choices to choose from, Principal Riverwalk has options to suit everyone's style. There are 110 hotels in the Principal Riverwalk area and you can shop as many as 28 deals for rooms on, some with discounts of up to 42%.
  • • 35 2-star hotels with an average price of $51 per night
  • • 61 3-star hotels with an average price of $76 per night
  • • 11 4-star hotels with an average price of $103 per night

How to get to Principal Riverwalk

Fly in to Des Moines, IA (DSM-Des Moines Intl.), 4 mi (6.5 km) from downtown Principal Riverwalk.

What to see around Principal Riverwalk

Fun activities include attractions such as:
  • • Principal Park
  • • Wells Fargo Arena
  • • Veterans Memorial Auditorium
  • • The Wallace Centers of Iowa: Wallace House
  • • Sky Glider West
Family-friendly attractions include:
  • • Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden
  • • Sky Glider East
  • • Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • • Sleepy Hollow Sports Park
  • • Blank Park Zoo
Live music and theaters stand out with top cultural places to visit like:
  • • Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater
  • • World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
  • • Science Center of Iowa
  • • State Historical Society of Iowa Museum
  • • The Temple for Performing Arts
Some top places to visit in the area include:
  • • Des Moines Botanical Center
  • • Iowa State Capitol Building
  • • Salisbury House
  • • Des Moines Art Center
  • • Adventureland

When to visit Principal Riverwalk

Curious about when's the best time to visit? Here are the seasonal norms to help with your planning:

Seasonal temperature averages
  • • January-March: 56°F day, 14°F night
  • • April-June: 85°F day, 35°F night
  • • July-September: 86°F day, 49°F night
  • • October-December: 69°F day, 15°F night
Seasonal rainfall averages
  • • January-March: 4.6 inches
  • • April-June: 13.5 inches
  • • July-September: 11.7 inches
  • • October-December: 6.3 inches