If you're looking for a chance to take in some nice views and let the kids get a chance to play, go check out the new Rotary Riverwalk Park! It's a little tricky to get at it from the west side (especially when it rains, like today, and they have some of the roads blocked off from flooding). Instead, head over to the Robert D Ray Asian Gardens on the east side of the river, which is located right by the Des Moines Botanical Gardens. It's beautiful and free to walk through. From there, the pedestrian bridge crosses over the river and ends at Rotary Riverwalk Park.
My mother-in-law is in town for a few days, so I thought this would be a good way to do a little kid-friendly sightseeing.
Here's the view from the pedestrian bridge as we crossed over to get to Rotary Riverwalk Park.
There's the little park! The kids enjoyed playing there for a while, although the bobber was slippery from rain.
If you're hungry or want to see more of the river, you can continue on the riverwalk south to the Riverwalk Hub. Here's that route:
We crossed back over the bridge and then walked through the Asian gardens.
I loved the scenery the best, but the kids definitely had fun! This was a nice way to check out the city of Des Moines.