Sports fans in Des Moines, IA can root for the Iowa Cubs, the farm team for the Chicago Cubs. An art and science center offer educational distractions, while Court Avenue provides a meeting spot for students of Des Moines colleges and universities, featuring bars, coffee shops, and other social outlets. Music lovers flock to the amphitheater at Sherman Hill, near Drake University. Swimming and boating at Saylorville Lake appeals to nature lovers.
Students of Des Moines colleges and universities have a range of educational options, from large universities to smaller specialized schools. Des Moines is home to Drake University, one of the nation's oldest law schools with a 2007 undergraduate enrollment around 3,000 students. Des Moines colleges and universities often work in partnership with local business, helping to give students the real-world working experience they need to succeed after graduation.