Things To Do In Des Moines

Up to 45% Off Science Center of Iowa for 2 or 4

Downtown Des Moines

$22 $12

Interactive exhibits include rocket building, space exploration, with recent additions of the Eureka! Lab and renovated Small Discoveries

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

East Village

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Half Off Roller-Skating at Skate South

Multiple Locations

$18 $9

Pairs and foursomes glide around in traditional quad skates or inline skates; Skate West has a glossy wood floor

40% Off Gymnastics

Des Moines

$100 $60

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Half Off Yoga and Dance Classes

Drake Park

$60 $30

Certified instructors lead yoga and meditation classes for all skill levels, as well as bellydancing and barre work

53% Off 5K Sleepy Hollow Mud and Beer Run Entries

Des Moines

$190 $89

Races benefiting different charities route runners through muddy obstacles or beer-themed challenges

60% Off Boot Camp at RoundKick Gym

Roundkick Gym

$171.39 $69

Fitness program drills your body with a variety of exercises, including kickboxing, bulgarian bags, ropes, plyometrics, and TRX suspension

Up to 77% Off Metabolic Training at Twork It Out Fitness

Clive

$210 $49

35-minute workouts held four days a week work to chisel the core, build muscles, boost metabolism, and improve heart health

50% Off Fitness Classes at Cycle Down Dawg

West Des Moines

$120 $60

Cycling classes feature state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and visuals; TRX classes build strength; yoga improves flexibility and posture

88% Off Fitness World West Membership

Multiple Locations

$248 $29

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Instructors whip students into shape with Zumba and Pilates classes; trainers tailor workouts with Olympic weights, cardio theater, and pool

Up to 87% Off Photography Classes

West Des Moines

$247 $49

Photo seminars teach how to use the different settings on your camera, or learn to process, retouch, and store digital images

Up to 50% Off Horseback Riding

Four Mile

$70 $38

14-acre tract hosts instruction in English and Western pleasure riding overseen by lifelong horse lover

Up to 50% Off Mini Golf in Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill

$20 $11

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Mini-golf course is designed after a full-size golf course's putting greens with contoured planes, roughs, sand traps, and water hazards

Up to 48% Off Golf at Terrace Hills Golf Course

Clay

$48 $27

Golfers avoid water that lurks on eight holes and trees that line fairways as they complete and 18-hole, par 71 excursion

50% Off Classes at TGR Fitness

Ankeny

$60 $30

Fitness center hosts an array of introductory and advanced classes in pole fitness, TRX, Piloxing, and more

Up to 53% Off Yoga or Barre Classes

Ankeny

$75 $35

Calm your mind and boost your flexibility in a beginners' or Hot Power yoga class or sculpt muscles in barre classes

51% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons at Louw Stables

Van Meter

$140 $69

Students aged 7 through adult learn animal care and horsemanship fundamentals on and off this stable's well-tempered steeds

John Wayne Birthplace – 50% Off a Visit

Winterset

$14 $7

Birthplace of Oscar-winning actor John Wayne, star of The Searchers and True Grit, features artifacts from his films and life

93% Off Boot Camp Package at Elite Edge Gym

Waukee

$443 $29

Program blends kickboxing, strength training, and meal planning

52% Off Wine Tasting at Penoach Vineyard & Winery

Adel

$33 $16

Wine tasters uncork a bottle of one of Penoach's wines, such as Farmhouse White or Windmill Red, sipped from a souvenir glass

Up to 51% Off Wine Tour and Tasting

Indianola

$40 $20

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Tour-goers can sip wine and eat cheese and crackers

25% Off Race-Day Package

Newton

$400 $299

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Have your name plastered to a race car with sponsorship packages that include complimentary pit and garage passes

Half Off Racing Experiences

Iowa Speedway

$129 $64

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

50% Off from SKAL - Wine & Beer Tastings

Factory Stores of America Outlet

$50 $25

Enjoy live music while sampling beers and wines

59% Off Obstacle-Course Race

Iowa

$119 $49

Waist-high waters, rope swings, cargo nets, and mud pits challenge racers across a 5- to 7-mile course that culminates in an after-party

Up to 60% Off at Camp Hantesa

Camp Hantesa

$64 $30

Enjoy the beautiful grounds of Boone, IA for an overnight stay with family or days chock-full of activities for kids

Up to 47% Off Train Ride and Railroad-Museum Visit

Boone

$56 $30

Explore Des Moines River Valley from a 1920s locomotive before delving into Iowa’s railway history through the museum’s train exhibits

Up to 62% Off Golf Outing for 2 or 4

Marcy

$144 $55

Scenic par 72 course begins with open, forgiving front 9, easing golfers into back 9 that features water hazards on nearly every hole

Up to 50% Off at Honey Creek Golf Club

Worth

$44 $22

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Bentgrass fairways bound over rolling hills and bend around mature trees and water hazards at a challenging 6,805 yd. course

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Periwinkle Place Manor B&B

$270 $139

Pairs dine on a hearty meal while participating in a twisting tale of mayhem and murder, and enjoy a one-night stay with breakfast

Up to 36% Off Intro to Flight Lessons

Marshalltown Municipal Airport

$69 $44

Take to the skies in a four-place, low-wing Piper airplane during lesson with a professional instructor

Up to 69% Off Laser-Tag Sessions or Party

Centerville

$10 $5

Drug- and alcohol-free arcade with a LaZer Runner laser-tag system; for parties, customers may bring outside food

50% Off Movie Package

Waverly

$27 $13.50

Surround-sound system booms audio of first-run releases as viewers in plush seats snack on popcorn and soda

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At Nova Cinema, cinephiles and casual moviegoers alike nosh on popcorn while watching first-run movies projected on full-size silver screens. Nova Cinema’s selection of talkies changes weekly, with current high-octane thrillers, family flicks, and love stories showing seven days of the week. Recent selections include The Hunger Games, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, _ and _Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, as well as 21 Jump Street, a coming of age story about street signs learning to conquer their fear of heights.

4353 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines,
IA
US

Anytime Fitness is a busy, popular fitness chain that works to remove common obstacles to working out. At any one of the 21 locations this Groupon is valid for, clients have 24/7 access to the gym’s cardio and strength-training equipment, and some locations offer group fitness classes, such as Zumba and small group training. Certified personal trainers are available to help those looking to take their workouts to the next level, and members can finish their exercise routines with a stop off at the onsite tanning booth to add a summery glow to muscles.

4490 East University Avenue
Pleasant Hill,
IA
US

Brenton Skating Plaza's outdoor ice-skating rink is comprised of a 160'x60' sheet of ice that can hold up to 220 skaters. There, skaters—equipped with one of 450 pairs of skates available for rent—can cut lines through the ice in the open air, surrounded by all-glass boards. Throughout the season, which stretches from November to March, the rink hosts skating lessons, broomball games, and public skating.

520 Robert D Ray Dr
Des Moines,
IA
US

Midwest Cage Championship, the region's largest MMA organization, has been showcasing brutal cage fights in Des Moines for more than five years. In 12 bouts across seven divisions, bone-cracking ballerinas will dance a pugilistic pas de deux, gracefully pirouetting into each other's pressure points. Lonnie Scriven and "Hollywood" Johnny Case join together to explore a vast terrain of bodily pain in the lightweight championship. Then, for the main event, light heavyweights Jesse Lund and Tyrone Roberts come to blows over the ownership of a belt, like deal-crazed shoppers at a Belt-Mart firesale.

730 3rd St.
Des Moines,
IA
US

Des Moines Driving Range stretches out 5,000 square feet of grass tee area for golfers to tinker with drivers, irons, and wedges. Marked flags protrude from the elevated greens and shake with each passing wind gust to offer a realistic target for aiming golfers. In addition to an expansive driving range, the training spot accommodates short games with three chipping greens and three putting greens. The range opens its doors all week from 8:30 a.m. until dark.

2944 NW 66th Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

Premiere Bowling thrills pin smashers and beam blasters of all ages with a variety of family-friendly games and activities. Each bowling lane is equipped with its own seating area and 32-inch LCD TV for computerized tallying, and optional automatic bumpers keep pint-size alley sharks from gutter-ball unglory ($1–$3.50 per game; shoe rental $2–$3.50 per player). During Friday and Saturday evenings the lights are dimmed to make way for lazer bowl ($5 per game), featuring black lights, fog, and futuristic lasers, as the latest popular tunes and Benedictine hymns are pumped through the alley's sound system. Next door to the house of pin punishment, Extreme Lazer Tag houses more than 2,200 square feet of playing area shrouded in foggy darkness, perfect for living out video-game-hero dreams, working out tensions with your roommate, or living out your fantasy of starting a ragtag militia of space marines with Mark from accounting ($6 per person for a 7.5-minute bout).

655 NE 56th St
Pleasant Hill,
IA
US

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