Things To Do in Iowa

48% Off 3D Golf Simulator

Shellsburg

$25 $13

Groups can improve their game off the course on 3D simulator while sipping domestic beer

50% Irish Dancing Classes

Davenport

$60 $30

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

43% Off Movies

Sioux City

$7 $4

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

Up to 51% Off at Washington Golf and Country Club

Washington

$55 $27

Golfers loop 9-hole course once or twice, testing their swinging skills amid open fairways and water hazards on five holes

48% Off Entry in 5K MudZilla Mud Run

Honey Creek

$75 $39

Runners take on a muddy 5K course full of obstacles like wall climbs and slip 'n' slides; after party features a complimentary drink

50% Off from SKAL - Wine & Beer Tastings

Factory Stores of America Outlet

$50 $25

Enjoy live music while sampling beers and wines

Up to 50% Off Pontoon Boat Rental

Dubuque American Lady Yacht Cruises

$355 $177

(7)

Design your own river excursion aboard a 21- or 24-foot Sylvan pontoon boat with comfy bench seating and a canopy for shade

Up to 67% Off Standup-Comedy Show

West Des Moines

$76 $25

(8)

Upcoming acts include an exuberant Rob Little, a musical J.R. Brow, and an impressionist Doug Thompson

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

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

Up to 80% Off Golf and Camping Outing

Orion

$494 $99

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

Tree Town Music Festival – Up to $213 Off Brad Paisley and Others

Heritage Park

$179.76 $115

Live_logo

Headliners include Brad Paisley and Toby Keith, plus rising stars Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, Scotty McCreery, David Nail, and Tyler Farr

missing id 3a0f4931-4109-bf4b-96cd-43cf8bc38785 Off Murder Mystery Dinner

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 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

Half Off at Kalona Golf Club

Kalona

$52 $27

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

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

25% Off Race-Day Package

Newton

$400 $299

Live_logo

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

50% Off Horseback Trail Ride or Lessons

Milo

$70 $35

Customers can enjoy nature during a one-hour trail ride, or riders aged 3 and older can learn horsemanship skills during private lessons

Up to 50% Off Mini Golf in Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill

$20 $11

(8)

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

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

Up to 54% Off Private Horseback Riding

Sumner

$50 $25

Students can ride Trixie, Chicken, or Zoey during horseback-riding lessons

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 42% Off Paddleboard Fitness Sessions

Oak Hill Marina

$20 $12

Cardio challenge on-board and land includes push ups, planks and more, offering a workout that tests balance and strengthens the core

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

Up to 54% Off a Batting-Cage Membership or Day Pass

Cedar Rapids

$150 $69

Baseball players can improve their power and accuracy with practice in batting cages at a premier scouting and development facility

53% Off Fitness Classes

Sweat, A Body Transformation

$75 $35

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

Up to Half Off Wine and Cheese at Ditmars Orchard and Vineyard

Council Bluffs

$18 $10

Glasses of Iowa-produced wines such as Country Squire and Good Neighbor accompany cheese plates in a scenic orchard setting

51% Off Lessons at McNulty School of Irish Dance

Loras College

$72 $35

45-minute classes held Sundays teach youngsters and adults the movements and techniques of Irish dance

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

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

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 54% Off Hot Yoga and Indoor Cycling at Pro-Fit Gym

Coralville

$64 $32

Get in shape with yoga classes in heated rooms or indoor cycling sessions

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

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

Up to 51% Off Wine Tour and Tasting

Indianola

$40 $20

(25)

Tour-goers can sip wine and eat cheese and crackers

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

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

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 50% Off 18-Hole Round of Golf

Arnolds Park

$64 $32

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

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

65% Off Fitness Classes

Hiawatha

$240 $84

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

50% Off

Longfellow

$120 $60

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

Up to 51% Off Round of Golf at Fox Run Golf Club

Council Bluffs

$66 $33

(10)

18-hole, 6,200-yard semiprivate course features design features of both parkland and links-style courses

50% Off Tastings at Rocky Waters Winery

Hanover Illinois

$24 $12

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

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

88% Off Fitness World West Membership

Multiple Locations

$248 $29

(7)

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

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

93% Off Boot Camp Package at Elite Edge Gym

Waukee

$443 $29

Program blends kickboxing, strength training, and meal planning

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

59% Off Bowling for Up to Six

Multiple Locations

$95 $39

Up to six players bowl on lanes equipped with optional bumpers and automatic scoring systems, and enjoy soda and pizza between frames

Half Off Circuit Training

Cedar Rapids

$300 $150

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

Up to 64% Off Boot Camp or Women's Fitness Classes at Fit2Live

Iowa City

$165 $59

Choose an all-female class for beginners or a boot camp composed of fat-burning workouts

Repticon – 50% Off

Westfair Fairgrounds

$30 $15

Live_logo

Reptile, amphibian, and arachnid breeders and experts showcase creatures' behavior and biology through exhibits and demonstrations

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

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

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

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

81%Off Ballroom Dance-Lesson Package

Cedar Rapids

$360 $69

Students learn styles such as swing, salsa, tango, and samba in private and group lessons; show off their skills at social lessons

62% Off Introductory Fencing Class for Two

Iowa City

$50 $19

Learn the basics of foil fencing alongside a partner before applying new skills during a practice bout

Up to 50% Off at Honey Creek Golf Club

Worth

$44 $22

(7)

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

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

50% Off a Family Science-Center Visit

Cedar Rapids

$16 $8

STEM-based center provides hands-on activities for kids of all ages, including DNA and optical-illusion exhibits and a prehistoric tunnel

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

Up to 57% Off at CrossFit The Challenge

Cedar Rapids

$125 $54

Students study foundation of CrossFit's high-intensity strength and agility training, powering through lifts, sprints, pushups, and pull-ups

Up to 63% Off Adult Martial-Arts Packages

Cedar Rapids

$300 $119

Students 18 and older build self-confidence and fitness in martial-arts lessons; tai chi, wing chun, wushu, and other styles

Select Local Merchants

Blank Park Zoo educates the public about the wonders of the wild by re-creating far-flung habitats and ecosystems that house more than 1,000 animals and 104 different species ranging from Siberian tigers to hissing cockroaches. Zookeepers lead chats about animals and offer conservation tips, while exhibits include hands-on feedings that allow humans to go face-to-face or nose-to-beak with hungry giraffes and parakeets. Recent new arrivals welcome curious kids to commiserate with the growing pains and early bedtimes of young wallabies, camels, and seal pups, setting a foundation for learning that may be continued in classes designed for those aged 6 months to 5 years.

In addition to raising awareness about the environment, Blank Park Zoo contributes to conservation efforts to preserve the future of native animals and their natural homes. The zoo participates in seven endangered-species breeding programs and donates a portion of admissions proceeds to several different wildlife initiatives.

7401 SW 9th St.
Des Moines,
IA
US

ActivEdge Fitness Club's experienced fitness gurus shepherd clients toward a tighter body with two stories worth of cardio and weight equipment, an ample number of group classes, a basketball court, and a 25-meter lap pool. Gain a better understanding of your overall well-being with a health screen, a preliminary fitness assessment that utilizes resistance and balance tests, optional body-fat measurements, and a trainer consultation to calculate an individualized plan for achieving physical goals. Then guests can put their plans into action by piloting more than 50 cardio machines in workout zones equipped with several flat-screen televisions. A variety of group classes, which include Kardio Kickboxing and the pool-based Nautical Noodles, confuse muscles much more effectively than performing a triathlon in zero gravity or telling sinews they were adopted. While adults enjoy postworkout tanning, the kids' club's mini basketball court lets active little ones exercise away pent-up energy and mimic legendary video-game character Michael Jordan.

2120 Edgewood Rd SW
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra tickles ears with beautiful melodies and spectacular performances during its annual "Holiday Pops" concerts. Guest conductor Michael Butterman takes charge of an all-star cast that features six-time U.S. figure-skating champion Todd Eldredge as he shows off his moves and carves his version of a perfect tumbleweed into the ice. Actor and Quad Cities native John Getz lends his vocal talents to festive proceedings, and internationally acclaimed trumpeter Jon Faddis jazzes up orchestral pieces with fiery improvisation. The show takes place at the i wireless Center, with guests choosing from lower-bowl seats for straight-ahead sightlines or upper-bowl perches for enviable views of conductor stage dives.

327 Brady St
Davenport,
IA
US

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.

2595 Ridge Rd
Sioux Center,
IA
US

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.

5111 Osage Road
Waterloo,
IA
US

Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Academy's athletic facilities double as classrooms for players of all ages. A 10,000-square-foot arena houses indoor pitching mounds, technique cages, and throwing tunnels with Iron Mike and curveball pitching machines. An adjoining 2,000-square-foot performance center caters to youth and adult development programs.

Helming these facilities, experienced instructors adhere to a philosophy known as Life-Sport-Connect. As implied by its title, Life-Sport-Connect emphasizes the link between athletics and the real world. As athletes learn how to maintain a positive attitude, work as a team, and douse their coach in sports drink, they develop virtuous characteristics that affect their personal lives.

Classes, workshops, and camps primarily emphasize baseball, softball, and football. Regular baseball tournaments provide game time between local and regional teams, and a chance to show off with home-run derbies and throwing competitions.

2224 Heinz Rd
Iowa City,
IA
US

More Resources

Iowa Activities

A comprehensive guide to attractions and things to do.