Destination guide

The captivating city of Ankeny awaits you

The area's entertainment and festivals are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Ankeny. This city's restaurants, shopping and sporting events draw many visitors. Adventureland and Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or friends trip, vacation rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.


Activities and attractions in and around Ankeny

Do you want to discover things to do in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Ankeny a fun place to get away. Here are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Adventureland (7.4 mi / 12 km)
  • Iowa State Fairgrounds (9.7 mi / 15.7 km)
  • Blank Park Zoo (14.7 mi / 23.7 km)
  • John Deere Des Moines Works Tours (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Otter Creek Golf Course (2.4 mi / 3.8 km)
  • Woodland Hills Golf Course (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Ankeny

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Ankeny is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (9.4 mi / 15.1 km)
  • Saylorville Lake (5.6 mi / 9.1 km)
  • Big Creek State Park (8.1 mi / 13 km)
  • Pappajohn Sculpture Park (10.2 mi / 16.5 km)
  • John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park (10.3 mi / 16.5 km)
  • Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden (10.4 mi / 16.7 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Ankeny

The nearest airport is in Des Moines, IA (DSM-Des Moines Intl.), located 14 mi (22.5 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Ankeny?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 41 vacation rentals near Ankeny. From 25 Houses to 11 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ankeny for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ankeny?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ankeny. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Des Moines Area Community College: 46 vacation rentals
  • Otter Creek Golf Course: 63 vacation rentals
  • John Deere Des Moines Works Tours: 48 vacation rentals
  • Ankeny Art Center: 48 vacation rentals
  • Saylorville Lake: 57 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ankeny listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Ankeny?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 25 Houses in Ankeny. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ankeny include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 11 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 4 rentals available
  • Studios: 7 rentals available

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ankeny?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5 vacation rentals with pool available in Ankeny. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.