Quick Facts


Where to eat?

What to do?


Grimes, a northwest suburb of Des Moines, has grown like a weed over the past 10 years but still maintains the feel of a small town. With all the amenities a person could want a short drive away, a charming Main Street, and farm field borders, it’s not hard to see why so many have flocked to the area in recent years. 

Population: 16,295 (2022 estimation), nearly double the amount from 2010 (8,412)

Some notable businesses found in Grimes include: Beisser Lumber, Toyota of Des Moines, FedEx (distribution center), Hicklin Powersports , Canoyer Garden Center, Bentley Ridge Tree Center, and so many more!  Grimes is home to massive Hy-Vee that sits at the corner of Highway 141 and 1st Street. At the time of construction it was the largest store Hy-Vee had built (93,000+ Square Feet).

Fun fact – Grimes “skyline” is made up of not one but TWO water towers, which stand side by side. 


Along with Dallas Center, most of Grimes makes up the Dallas Center Grimes School District (DCG). Some areas of Grimes feeds into the Johnston Community School District. DCG Schools offer a unique Optional Kindergarten (OK for short) program for children who are old enough for Kindergarten but may need an extra year to develop the skills necessary to thrive in full day kindergarten. DCG’s mascot is the Mustang and their colors are red and white!

    • Dallas Center Grimes High School: 9th – 12th grade 
    • Oak View: 7th-8th grade
    • Dallas Center Grimes Middle School: 5th – 6th grade, located in Dallas Center
    • Dallas Center Elementary: K – 4th grade, located in Dallas Center
    • Heritage Elementary School: K – 4th grade
    • North Ridge Elementary School: K – 4th grade
    • South Prairie Elementary School: OK – 4th grade
    • Dallas Center Grimes Preschool: Y3 – Y4

Where to eat?


    • Sol Agave – Tequila and Tacos right on the main drag
    • Hacienda Vieja – Cantina and grill with a huge bar
    • Uptown Bar and Grill – Located on old town Main Street. The perfect spot for a fun night with friends
    • Mustang Grill – Located on Main Street, a sports bar and hometown favorite
    • Stevie C’s – Another spot to check out on Main Street, an eccentric bar serving wood fired pizza, sandwiches, and bar food.
    • Pour Choices Neighborhood Bar –  Loaded food and drink menu + great happy hour and brunch offerings
    • Pepp’s Pizzeria – Home of the upside down pizza
    • Heavenly Delights – A classic, seasonal ice cream shop, loved by everyone

What to do?

  • K1 Racing – Put your racing skills to the test at this indoor go-kart race track!
  • Sky Zone – Jump off some energy. Perfect for a rainy day.
  • Climb Iowa – Indoor climbing gym. 
  • Beaver Creek Golf Course – 27 Holes!
  • Grimes Sports Complex – Tennis courts, soccer fields, volleyball courts, softball fields, baseball fields, basketball courts, a skate park, and much more.
  • Old School Pinball Arcade – Take a blast to the past and enjoy pinball and other old school arcade games!
  • Rainbow of the Heartland  – A playset company that allows for kids to free play on their showroom playsets. Just $10 and adult supervision is required. 
  • Pure Sweat + Float Studio – Relax on a whole new level with infrared saunas and float therapy.