Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center

1-Night Stay for Up to 5 w/ Water-Park Passes & Breakfast at Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center in Des Moines, IA

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Relaxing Water-Park Escape in Iowa's Capital City

A plaster pirate wearing a red cloak stands guard atop the lookout tower of a replica schooner at the Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center. Within the view of his telescope, there's a bubbly hot tub, palm trees, a tiki bar, and a massive water slide that twists like a corkscrew into the aqua pool below. Altogether, the indoor water arena measures up at 18,000 square feet of aquatic fun, which can be enjoyed year-round, rain or shine. The park lies just a short walk from the resort's guest rooms, which are outfitted with a pair of queen-size beds set amid earth-toned decor. After a day at the water park, lodgers can meander to Castaways Bar & Grill for savory steaks, seafood, and pasta dishes.

Des Moines, Iowa: Eclectic City amid Midwest Scenery

Iowa's capital city lies along the Des Moines River in the center of the state. The brick-paved streets of the eclectic East Village are lined with art galleries, trendy cafés, and historical buildings. Larger entertainment establishments include the Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center, Adventureland Park, and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium—where, in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne infamously bit the head off a bat and was immediately elected governor.

For outdoor fun, head to Jester Park, which encompasses a golf course, campgrounds, and 8 miles of hiking trails. Bison and elk herds roam the land just as they did 200 years ago; you can watch the animals from viewing stations or check out accompanying art exhibits.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

  • 1-night stay for up to five. Click here to see all options.
  • Four water-park passes
  • Breakfast passes for two adult and two kids 10 or younger

Policies and Fees

Book by: 8/15/13 (Options 1–2) or 9/20/13 (Options 3–6)

  • Blackout dates: not valid 8/8–8/15, 8/30–8/31, 9/1, 9/7, or 9/14
  • Cancellation policy & fees: Must cancel by 4 p.m. 24 hours prior to arrival or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 12% tax not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • 18,000-square-foot water park
  • Restaurant and poolside bar
  • Spa and boutique
  • Arcade
  • Fitness room
  • Coffee shop
  • Free WiFi throughout property

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 8/15/13 or 9/20/13, depending on option purchased, or promotional value expires
  • Valid for travel 7/28/13-8/17/13, 8/18/13-9/30/13, or 8/2/13-9/30/13 depending on option purchase
  • Not valid 8/8-8/15, 8/30-8/31, 9/1, 9/7, 9/14
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • Must cancel by 4pm 24-hours prior to arrival or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • 12% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Poolside Room

  • Two queen-size beds
  • Standard occupancy: 5
  • Maximum occupancy: 5
  • Adding occupants above standard: N/A
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Microwave, coffeemaker, and refrigerator

Non-Poolside Room

  • Two queen-size beds
  • Standard occupancy: 5
  • Maximum occupancy: 5
  • Adding occupants above standard: N/A

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for $10 per day
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: no pets allowed inside the property
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 11 miles from Des Moines International Airport (DSM)
  • By cab: about $25 from DSM

Traveler's Tips

  • Additional water-park passes are available for $15 each, and two additional passes can be purchased per room.

Customer Reviews

Everything. Nice rooms. Very kid friendly. Great breakfast buffet. Nice waterpark.
Travis H. · October 23, 2013
fun for all ages!
Maureen W. · October 16, 2013
Staff was great! Restaurant and Tiki Bar were both good food and very friendly staff! My kids loved it!
Christy L. · October 2, 2013

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