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Principal Riverwalk Vacation

Principal Riverwalk overview

Principal Riverwalk is a small town known for its natural features, and surrounded by picturesque views of flowers and rivers. You'll enjoy the abundant beer 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

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area around Principal Riverwalk has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels in Principal Riverwalk with Hotels.com by checking our online map. Our maps display the areas and neighborhoods around all Principal Riverwalk hotels so you can see how close you are from landmarks and attractions, and then refine your search within the larger area. The best Principal Riverwalk hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

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

Family-friendly attractions include:
  • • Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden
  • • The Wallace Centers of Iowa: Wallace House
  • • Sky Glider West
  • • Sky Glider East
  • • Iowa State Fairgrounds
It's notable for its riverfront, flowers, and top spots for nature lovers that include:
  • • Des Moines Botanical Center
  • • Pappajohn Sculpture Park
  • • John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
  • • Grays Lake Center
  • • Saylorville Lake
Some top places to visit in the area include:
  • • Science Center of Iowa
  • • Iowa State Capitol Building
  • • Salisbury House
  • • Des Moines Art Center
  • • Blank Park Zoo

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: 4.61 inches
  • April-June: 13.50 inches
  • July-September: 11.65 inches
  • October-December: 6.26 inches