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Gray's Lake Park

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Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
Phone Number: +1 515 237 1386
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Concurrence on 3rd best park in the nation

I will have to agree with what i heard about this park being the 3rd best park in the US. The location first is perfectly put where it is close to downtown, but not in downtown... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I will have to agree with what i heard about this park being the 3rd best park in the US. The location first is perfectly put where it is close to downtown, but not in downtown. It is exactly 1.98 miles around the main track that encircles Gray's lake. It has about every outlet you would want in a park... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great couple of mile walk around the lake. I never tire of this area, very pretty even after dark. Fairly safe, though I try not to walk alone. Plenty of parking east and west side of lake. Summer boat rentals and concession stand are a nice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Warm November day with time for a walk. Very heartening to see lots of citizens out enjoying a beautiful day walking around this lake very pretty lots of places for picnics plenty of parking it's beautiful spend some time here.

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Des Moines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been boating here since I was 14. When ib season there are boat rentals. I prefer to bring my own kayak for a quick paddle. There is a beautiful observation area above the boat rentals with tables and chairs and beautiful view of downtown. Fir those who like to walk, there is tge mile long walking path. A... More 

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Cedar Rapids
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was in Des Moines the other day visiting family & friends and was taken to this place. I was really impressed with what I witnessed. This place is "only" 167 acres big but it sure didn't appear to be that small. I have hiked in every state park in Iowa and let me tell you folks, being at this... More 

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Run, Yoga, Pilates, Walk, Bike, water sports, etc. All you want to do at a park is found at Gray's Lake, in the most beautiful city of Iowa; DES MOINES!

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Thank 1We_Travel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ran through here for the half marathon. A beautiful park. The bridge across the lake is particularly nice. A fun lake for stand-up paddling.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice park near to downtown. Calm and could see people in various activities - Good for a nice walk or ride on bike with lake view.

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

It's so close to traffic but by itself is a serene place where one can sit by the water, walk, run or just have a picnic as the mood is. Difficult to believe it's so close to downtown!

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Grays Lake has a great paved sidewalk and bridge to go around. The path is stroller friendly and has slight inclines and declines. It is not strenuous or over crowded. There is also a location, with limited hours, to rent paddle boats, paddle boards or sailboats.

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