Just under thirty minutes north of Wick, you’ll find downtown West Des Moines, where plenty of fun awaits you and your pooch. A few local businesses are dog-friendly, and they’re usually marked as such. But if you’re looking to have some serious fun, head to Raccoon River Dog Park. This dog park, an astounding twelve acres, is off-leash and completely fenced in, allowing your dog to safely run around and make new friends. A permit is required to use the park, so make sure you have that worked out before you visit. Make sure to bring along some waste disposal bags, as none are provided.