Things To Do in Iowa


Murder Mystery for Two or Four, or Dinner and Overnight Stay at Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa (Up to 54% Off)

Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa

Multiple Locations

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

$170 $80

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Admission for Up to Two, Four, or Eight at German American Heritage Center (Up to 65% Off)

German American Heritage Center

German American Heritage Center

Historic building brims with exhibits celebrating the contributions & cultural heritage of German Americans; temporary kaleidoscope exhibit

$10 $4

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Movie Night with Popcorn and Soda for Two or Four at Riviera Theatre (Up to 41% Off)

Riviera Theatre

Riviera Theatre

Enjoy a second-run Hollywood movie while snacking on popcorn and sipping soda

$16 $10

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Mini Golf and Go-Kart Birdie Package for Up to 3, 5, or 8 at Palmer's Family Fun (Up to 59% Off)

Palmer's Family Fun

Palmer's Family Fun

Guests can enjoy jumping pillow, play 18 holes of mini-golf, and drive go-karts.

$36 $19

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$35 for 30 Days of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Sweat, A Body Transformation ($75 Value)

Sweat, A Body Transformation

Sweat: A Body Transformation

Certified trainers motivate students through boot camp–style classes that mix kettlebells with battle ropes, tires, and more

$75 $35

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12 or 24 Yoga Classes at Flex Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine (Up to 55% Off)

Flex Physical Therapy

Flex Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine

Medically trained instructors lead students through yoga postures and movements at a studio that specializes in healing through yoga

$120 $59

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$39 for One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes with Enrollment Fee at Kosama ($99 Value)

Kosama

Multiple Locations

Themed workouts throughout the week incorporate kickboxing, plyometrics, and TRX training to aim for target heart rates and full-body toning

$99 $39

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One Private Wine Tasting for Four or Eight at Rocky Waters Winery (50% Off)

Rocky Waters Winery

Rocky Waters Vineyard

During private wine tastings, winemakers serve seven samples and answer visitors' questions

$24 $12

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Mainstage Improv Show at The Last Laugh Comedy Theater (Up to 55% Off)

The Last Laugh Comedy Theater

The Last Laugh Comedy Theater

Audiences help the cast create an improv show at a theater founded by a teacher and performer from Second City

$15.48 $7

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Up to 41% Off Cake Decorating Class at Sweet To Eat Cakes and Bakery

Sweet To Eat Cakes and Bakery

Sweet To Eat Cakes and Bakery

From the merchant: Learn how to create and decorate cake pops!!

$40 $24

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Three Personal Training Sessions with Weight-Loss Consultation from Break Through Performance Center (50% Off)

Break Through Performance Center

Urbandale

No hype, no empty promises, or magic pill. Movement and diet assessment. Real one-on-one training, personalized for you.

$500 $250

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Movie for Two or Four with Popcorn and Drinks at The Waverley Palace Theatre (50% Off)

The Waverly Palace Theatre

The Waverly Palace Theatre

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

$27 $13.50

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Archery Package with Equipment & Lesson or Five Private Lessons at Affinity Archery (Up to 57% Off)

Affinity Archery

Affinity Archery

Students mastery archery skills from experienced bow wielders in private lessons

$58 $25

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Personal-Training Sessions at Gravity Fitness Center (93% Off)

Gravity Fitness Center

Gravity Fitness Center

Trainer motivates clients to reach goals with cardio, strength, and core experience builds stamina, tone muscles, and burns fat

$135 $9

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Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four at John Ernest Vineyard & Winery (Up to 45% Off)

John Ernest Vineyard & Winery

Tama

Tasting packages include one glass of wine and a souvenir glass for each taster, and a take-home bottle of wine per pair

$31 $18

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Laser-Tag Sessions or Party at Game On, LLC (Up to 69% Off). Seven Options Available.

Game On, LLC

Game On LLC

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

$10 $5

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two includes Cart Rental on a Weekday or Weekend at Kalona Golf Club (Up to 50% Off)

Kalona Golf Club

Kalona Golf Course

Built in 1928, course was named Best Nine-Hole Course by Iowa Golf Association & features rustic bridges, rolling terrain & mature arbors

$60 $30

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One or Three Junior or Adult Go-Kart Races, or VIP Track Pass with Race Discounts at MB2 Raceway (Up to 50% Off)

MB2 Raceway Inc.

Des Moines

High-performance electric European go-karts speed around quarter-mile indoor track at speeds of up to 45 mph

$23 $13

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One or Two Candles or Candle Bouquets with a Studio Session for One or Two at Glazed Expressions (Up to 51% Off)

Glazed Expressions

Glazed Expressions Des Moines

Paritcipants are walked through candle- and candle-bouquet-making sessions as they craft their own colorful, scented wax

$40 $20

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3-Lap Ride-Along or 5- or 10-Lap Formula Car Driving Experience at The Formula Experience (Up to 51% Off)

The Formula Experience

Iowa Speedway

Burn rubber in on a track ride-along with a professional driver, or take the wheel of a F2000-Style Formula car or Factory Five Shelby Cobra

$99 $49

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Spring Fling to a Murder Mystery on Saturday, April 25 at 6 p.m. (Up to 33% Off)

Spring Fling to a Murder Mystery

Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater

Complimentary wine and an array of desserts enhance participants’ sleuthing abilities at an interactive murder-mystery

$25 $16.75

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Mini Golf for 4 or 8, or a Mini Golf Birthday-Party Package at Toad Valley Golf Course (Up to 53% Off)

Toad Valley Golf Course

Toad Valley Golf Course

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

$20 $10

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Pedaler's Jamboree Iowa with Rider Pass, Camping, and Main Stage Entry in Jefferson on September 5–6 (Up to 51% Off)

Pedaler's Jamboree Iowa

Kenny's Pub

Bike enthusiasts and music fans take to the Raccoon River Valley Trail for two relaxing days of biking, live music, and camping

$45 $22

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Overnight Dad & Youth or Family Camp for 2, 4, or 8 at Camp Hantesa (Up to 58% Off). 12 Options Available.

Camp Hantesa

Boone

Enjoy the beautiful grounds of Boone, Iowa, for an overnight stay with family chock-full of activities

$70 $35

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18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart for Two or Four at Oskaloosa Golf Course (Up to50% Off)

Oskaloosa Golf Course

Oskaloosa Golf Course

Using rolling countryside as natural palette for their artful pendulums, golfers enjoy manicured conditions on a course open since 1920

$70 $35

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18-Hole Round of Golf for One, Two, or Four at Emerald Hills Golf Club (Up to 52% Off)

Emerald Hills Golf Club

Emerald Hills Golf Course Iowa

Hilly terrain and multiple doglegs can lead to hazardous lies on 18-hole course that measures 6,632 yd. from back tees

$61 $29

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18 Holes of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at Lake Creek Country Club (Up to 54% Off)

Lake Creek Country Club

Lake Creek Country Club

6,813-yard course promises challenging holes and scenic foliage

$120 $59

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Iowa Wild Hockey Game at Wells Fargo Arena on April 3 or 9 (Up to 48% Off). Two Seating Options Available.

Iowa Wild

Wells Fargo Arena

The Wild square off against the Rochester Americans and Rockford IceHogs during the final month of the AHL season

$23.25 $12

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Super Fun Party Package or Five General Admissions at The Play Station (Up to 50% Off)

The Play Station

The Play Station

Kids climb and crawl on a three-level playground before heading to the game area to earn tickets for prizes

$160 $90

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$30 for Four Beginner's Irish Dancing Classes at Mayer School of Irish Dancing ($60 Value)

Mayer School of Irish Dancing

Mayer School of Irish Dancing

Learn the basic footwork of traditional Irish dance at a school with more than three decades of teaching experience

$60 $30

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All-Day Paintball Package for Up to 4, 6, or 12 & Equipment Rental from Paintball International (Up to 62% Off)

Paintball International

KW Paintball

Equipped with rental paintball markers and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

$48 $19

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$60 for $120 Groupon — Iowa City Fitness

Iowa City Fitness

Longfellow

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

$120 $60

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Conceal-and-Carry Course for One or Two or an Online Course at Active Defense Awareness Training (Up to 79% Off)

Active Defense Awareness Training

Hilton Garden Inn Omaha East/Council Bluffs

NRA-certified teachers, many of whom have military and law-enforcement backgrounds; concealed-carry courses supplement permit applications

$120 $49

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One or Two Groupons, Each Good for Admission to a Two-Hour Paint & Sip Art Party at Creative Spirits Ames (Up to 40% Off)

Creative Spirits - Ames

Creative Spirits Ames

Patrons bring own beer or wine to the studio in Westowne Ames as instructors guide painters step-by-step to create personal masterpieces

$35 $21

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Two or Four Bottles of Wine at Stone Cliff Winery (46% Off)

Stone Cliff Winery

Stone Cliff Winery

Locally made wines include chardonnay, cabernet, and white zinfandel, as well as seasonal wines made from local apples and cherries

$24 $13

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Standup Comedy for Two or Four at Des Moines Funny Bone Through August 29 (Up to 69% Off)

Des Moines Funny Bone

Des Moines Funny Bone

Upcoming acts include comics seen on Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central

$80 $25

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$29 for a Two-Month Gym Membership with Unlimited Fitness Classes at Fitness World West ($248 Value)

Fitness World West

Multiple Locations

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

$248 $29

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Camping and Unlimited Golf for Four at Hillcrest Event Center (75% Off). Four Options Available.

Hillcrest Event Center

Hillcrest Golf & Camping Resort

9-hole golf course, Olympic-sized outdoor pool, hiking trails, and volleyball courts supply daytime fun before guests retire to tents or RVs

$788 $197

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Two or Five Personal-Training Sessions at Quad Cities Fitness (Up to 92% Off)

Quad Cities Fitness

Quad Cities Fitness

Trainers Blake and Caitlyn help clients lose weight and inches with fitness plans that are tailored to each person’s unique needs and wants

$90 $9

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2, 8, or 16 Dance-Fitness Classes from Rachel Klapper Movement Arts (50% Off)

Rachel Klapper Movement Arts

Multiple Locations

BeMoved dance classes incorporate a wide variety of dance and musical styles, such as Bollywood, Jazz, Latin, and Disco

$32 $16

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Riding Lessons or Trail Ride for Two at Jester Park Equestrian Center (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.

Jester Park Equestrian Center

Jester Park Equestrian Center

Instructors teach students riding and horsemanship techniques, or take pairs on a trail ride through the countryside

$35 $19

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Wine Tasting Package for Two or Four at Annelise Winery (Up to 46% Off)

Annelise Winery

Annelise Winery

Guests at a scenic family winery can sample premium selections before taking a bottle and souvenir glass home with them

$34 $20

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18-Hole Green Fees for Two or Four at Terrace Hills Golf Course (Up to 32% Off)

Terrace Hills Golf Course

Terrace Hills Golf Course

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

$36 $25

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Wine-Tasting for Four or Eight with Take-Home Bottles of Wine and Wineglasses at Dale Valley Vineyard (66% Off)

Dale Valley Vineyard

Stuart

In a renovated 19th-century schoolhouse, visitors sample eclectic red and white wines crafted from locally grown ingredients

$32 $11

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Golf Outing with Cart for Two or Four at Cedar Pointe Golf Course (Up to 52% Off)

Cedar Pointe Golf Course

Boone

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

$72 $35

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Tube Rental on Saturday or Sunday from Raccoon River Excursions (40% Off)

Raccoon River Excursions

Raccoon River Excursions

Shuttle buses pick up campers and customers from designated pick-up location, and drop them off at the Racoon River for 3-7 hours of tubing

$25 $15

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Concealed-Carry Permit Certification Course for One or Two or Online Video Course from CCW Pros (Up to 82% Off)

CCW Pros

Best Western

Conceal and carry permit certification course qualifies students to continue applying for an Iowa permit

$120 $41

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Ballroom Dance Class Packages at Fred Astaire Dance Studio (Up to 72% Off). Two Options Available

Fred Astaire of the Quad Cities

Fred Astaire of the Quad Cities

Studio cofounded by Fred Astaire trains students with a curriculum that breaks social dances down into easily combined components

$125 $35

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart at Big Rock Country Club (Up to 50% Off)

Big Rock Country Club

Big Rock Country Club

An 18-hole, 6,085-yard course along the Volga River with wide fairways for beginners and tricky bunkers to test experienced players

$70 $40

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  • Harmony Yoga & Wellness
    Having taught high school band for well over 20 years, Roxianne Scott knows the importance of rhythm. She doesn't always need an instrument to explore the concept, however?at Harmony Yoga + Wellness, she showcases a type of music and movement that comes entirely from the human body. She and her staff lead yoga classes that encourage strength, flexibility, and self-awareness, regardless of your experience level. Some sessions, including Vinyasa and yoga for endurance athletes, embrace an intensive practice. Others move more slowly, incorporating elements of meditation or helping beginners to master the basic poses without giving them an extra leg to balance with. The studio helps visitors to achieve calm outside of class, as well. Their resident massage therapist blends eastern and western modalities into muscle-soothing treatments, and a reiki master works to optimize clients' energy flow. Even if you simply feel like relaxing in the space, you can sip on some complimentary tea and browse the lounge's lending library, or peruse the apparel and locally made jewelry in the boutique.
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    2300 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA US
  • ActivEdge Fitness Club
    ActivEdge Fitness Club's large, two-story fitness temple burns calories with its high-tech cardio deck featuring mounted flat-screen TVs, drowns them in a 25-meter lap pool, and scares them off with the help of peers in more than 20 fitness classes. On the first level, members pump free-weights on a carpeted floor that cushions joint strain, or on a variety of machines designed to sculpt lats, glutes, and thighs. As parents make a splash in aqua aerobics, their kids can burn off excess energy and talk about their favorite characters from Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations in the supervised childcare center. Members can also make use of the club's basketball court and follow it up with a trip to the tanning room. For a high-intensity full-body-blasting boot camp, the gym’s own GTX program answers with an intense cross-training regimen. Instructors lead groups through a series of interval stations where clients build muscle definition and whip cardiovascular systems into shape with the help of punching bags and medicine balls laid out on turf and rubber floors. During those training sessions, guests lift and push giant tractor tires, swing heavy ropes, and hop high onto plyometric boxes—all exercises that incorporate functional movements to help people perform everyday tasks, such as hurling giant tractor tires into the air and lassoing them with heavy ropes.
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    2120 Edgewood Rd SW
    Cedar Rapids, IA US
  • Mills Entertainment
    Seasoned boat captains and crustacean prospectors Sig Hansen, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Andy Hillstrand gather to share with audience members their tales of struggle and survival during crab season on the high seas, as partly documented by the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. Fishing the Bering Sea in the middle of winter demands strong wills—which can come together in times of treacherous weather and 100-foot waves or come to blows about who performs better in the three-legged crabwalk race. Selected audience members will also have the chance to don the survival suits from the Time Bandit. Following the story-swapping and previously unreleased video footage, greenhorns and avid fans will have the opportunity to launch questions at the captains, wave giant foam claws, and learn how to communicate in claw-snap Morse code.
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    136 East 3rd Street
    Davenport, IA US
  • The Ridges Golf Club
    Featuring professional staff members, an impeccably maintained course, and true-rolling greens arranged according to the position of 18 miniature meteor craters, The Ridge offers a golf experience for clubbers both skilled and woefully handicapped. A full round of evasive holes ($25 weekdays, $27 weekends) tantalizes cleek caressers and promises more excitement than a ruptured appendix. A golf-cart rental ($15) and a medium bag of range balls ($5) are included in the package, as well as a caged self-loathing that, according to The Ridge’s policies, can be unleashed upon any golfer who putts an eagle.
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    2595 Ridge Rd
    Sioux Center, IA US
  • Halloween Traditions
    For more than 10 years, The Heart of Darkness has elicited scares from nearly 10,000 visitors every Halloween season with one of the largest haunts in Iowa. People from across the country and ghosts studying abroad brave nine separately themed areas on the terror-infested grounds, from a haunted playground to a maniacal-clown asylum. Each section crawls with grotesque creatures. A living scarecrow swipes at guests with a rusted sickle, causing them to flee right into the padded cell of Crispy, a demented arsonist whose victims gave him a taste of his own medicine by scorching his skin. So committed to their duty to terrify, owners Kevin and Dolly Schults are affectionately known as The Halloween Family, as detailed on a 2009 episode of ABC's Wife Swap. Outside their spooky corridors, the Schults reward survivors with concession stands, a live DJ, and a photo booth that snapped the pictures Crispy uses for his online-dating profile.
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    5111 Osage Rd
    Waterloo, IA US
  • Iowa University Athletics
    The University of Iowa Athletics program spans more than a century of tradition, including a venerated football team founded in 1889 as well as prodigiously successful wrestling and basketball programs. Consistently ranked among the top 25 college stadiums in the nation for attendance, Kinnick Stadium regularly houses more than 70,000 spectators in its stands during home football games. The venue takes its name from Iowa football legend Nile Kinnick, who in 1939 commemorated his Heisman Trophy win by painting himself bronze and dashing across the field. Since the inauguration of Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 1983, the men's and women's basketball teams have posted .777 winning percentages. One of the largest university-owned facilities in the nation, Carver-Hawkeye packs in more than 15,000 fans for events that have included Big Ten and NCAA Championships as well as an exhibition match featuring the 1984 Olympic men's basketball team. The stadium also hosts the wrestling team, which boasts 18 undefeated seasons and a trophy case of retired mouth guards in its storied history.
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    205 Carver-Hawkeye Arena
    Iowa City, IA US