Take a Hike: Walking Tours

Above: You know your neighborhood has arrived when it has its own T-shirt. Sherman Hill opens its “Doors to the Past” walking tours Sept 29 and 30.

The cooler sunny days of autumn are ideal for enjoying fresh-air walks. Apart from the health benefits, we have two more good reasons to lace up your strolling shoes:

Sherman Hill: The Sherman Hill Association’s “Doors to the Past, A Walking Tour of Homes” is this weekend, Sept. 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The tour starts at the Hoyt Sherman Place box office, where tickets are $15 ($5 for students; free for children 12 and under). You’ll learn the history of about 40 homes, gardens and buildings in the historic area.

Court Avenue and Riverfront: Stroll, sip and sample with Winefest Des Moines’ walking tour of the Court Avenue and Riverfront districts Thursday, Sept. 27. Plan to gather at Pivot Wealth Strategies, 210 Court Ave., No. 200, at 5:30 p.m. for a glass of wine before the tour begins. You’ll learn about the history of some of the city’s architectural treasures with stops at three restaurants for an appetizer and a glass of wine. The walking begins at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.

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