Things To Do in Iowa

Half Off Circuit Training

INTENSITY Fitness Club

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

62% Off Introductory Fencing Class for Two

Iowa City Fencing Center

Iowa City

$50 $19

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

Hank Williams Jr. and Ted Nugent – Up to 50% Off Concert

Hank Williams Jr. and Ted Nugent

Mid-America Center

$54.50 $27

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Legendary outlaw country artist and five-time Entertainer of the Year joins the Motor City Madman for a high-octane live show

Up to 71% Off Formula Car Racing Experiences

The Formula Experience

Iowa Speedway

$99 $29

Burn rubber in a Porsche Boxster on a race-rack ridealong with a professional driver, or take the wheel of a Formula car for 5 or 10 laps

Up to 48% Off a Obstacle-Course Mud Run

HARD CHARGE

Cownie Sports Complex

$75 $39

Racers plunge through mud, sand, and water on a obstacle course followed by free beer at a post-race party

50% Off Wine Glass Painting Class

El Arte Uncorked

Urbandale

$40 $20

Painting classes allow each participant to color a wine glass using provided paint and supplies

Up to 81% Off Art-Studio Sessions

Glazed Expressions

Clive

$40 $10

Three-hour sessions provide use of studio for creation of art pieces such as canvas painting, pottery and glass fusing

50% Off Horseback Trail Ride or Lessons

Ridgetop Horse Ranch

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 Share My Smile Benefit Concert

Share My Smile’s Children’s Summer Festival

Council Bluffs

$20 $11

Family-friendly festival with live music, bounce houses, and games; proceeds benefit Share My Smile

Up to 51% Off Races or Scavenger Hunt from Grinnell Games

Grinnell Games

Multiple Locations

$35 $17

Families team up for kid-friendly scavenger hunt, racers crawl through mud in Warrior Race 5K, or sprint to the finish line in trail run 10K

45% Off Recording-Studio Rental

B Squared Recording Studios

Des Moines

$190 $105

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

Up to 62% Off Discover Flight or Aircraft Ground School

Advanced Air Incorporated

Council Bluffs

$524 $199

Ground school and practice flight preps prospective pilots for FAA exams; discovery flight lets up to three passengers enjoy scenic views

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

Ditmars Orchard & 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

Half Off Studio-Fee Sessions at Whatta’ Dish

Whatta' Dish

West Des Moines

$30 $15

Studio-fee sessions allow guests to embellish a wide variety of bisque pieces

John Wayne Birthplace – 50% Off a Visit

John Wayne Birthplace

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 54% Off Private Horseback Riding

Ventures Riding Center

Sumner

$50 $25

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

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

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum

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 44% Off Paddleboard Lessons

SUP Iowa

Oak Hill Marina

$55 $33

Lesson teaches basics of standup paddleboarding, such as how to launch, how to maneuver with paddles, and gear and safety lessons

50% Off Kids and Adults Art Classes

Studio3

Woodland Heights

$20 $10

Artists of all ages grab brushes and get painting during comprehensive classes; browse the studio's selection of colorful, handmade works

Select Local Merchants

The umber hue of scotches hints at bouquets of smoke and peat and bottles of liquor with notes of orange, rhubarb, and cherry await for future drinks. At Central City Liquors, colorful labels display brand names ranging from Grey Goose and Patrón to Captain Morgan and Jack Daniel’s. In addition, an inventory of tequilas, whiskeys, and gins provides all the ingredients to make any mixed drink and half the ingredients to make a guitar full of gin.

1460 2nd Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

Behind Whatta' Dish's handsome, unpainted wood exterior lies a treasure trove of similarly unadorned pottery that awaits the caress of a paintbrush. Ensconced in warm light and bright, multihued walls, guests embellish a wide array of bisque pieces, such as ornaments, pet dishes, and plates. As the last coat begins to dry, Whatta' Dish's staff whisks finished pieces away, glazing and firing them to give each item a protective gloss that makes it safe for use with food and trips through the dishwasher. Guests are free to tote along their own snacks and beverages of choice.

509 Elm St
West Des Moines,
IA
US

Farrell’s eXtreme Body Shaping helps clients of all ages, lifestyles, gender, and athletic ability achieve their fitness goals through results-orientated training. Long-time taekwondo competitor and teacher Lance Farrell developed the program to combat obesity and assist people develop healthy lifestyle habits by incorporating the fat-burning, strengthening and endurance building aspects of competitive martial arts training into a course for those less interested in traditional sparring or contact drills. During 45-minute sessions hosted six days a week, Farrell uses fitness as a catalyst for improving overall health, wellness, and athletic abilities. A 10-week program can result in visible changes sparked by discipline and nutritional commitment.

121 NE 18th St.
Ankeny,
IA
US

At Core Fitness, muscle-makers can utilize and experience free weights, cardio classes, workout machines, and more. Over 145 classes per week range in level to suit fledgling fitness fans and experienced exercisers alike. Both locations are open 24 hours every day, ensuring even the busiest beekeepers have the opportunity to put down their apiary aprons and get fit. Choose from slimming, heart-pumping sessions like the Bodypump class, where muscle mavens can tone and define muscle without building bulk, or relax and revitalize mind and body with Warm Yoga Flow. Other choices include spin class, kickboxing and Zumba; all classes are lead by certified and sculpted instructors. Each facility also boasts saunas and steam rooms, as well as free parking to match their perpetual operating hours.

1395 Jordan St
North Liberty,
IA
US

Variety is the main draw at Last Stop Beverage Shop, a family-owned-and-operated emporium of adult-friendly elixirs. The doors of this unassuming roadside warehouse open to reveal sprawling shelves stocked with wine, beer, whiskey, tequila, and other potent potables that can easily enliven any celebration or Meet the Press viewing party. Owner Jim Swacker and his knowledgeable staff are on hand to make recommendations or help navigate the well-stocked aisles, where coveted labels such as Black Velvet, Patron, and Ecco Domani share space with budget-friendly bottles of Barefoot and Jacob’s Creek wine.

2839 E University Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

At Just Train For Life Fitness, certified P90X trainers motivate fit-seekers to push themselves to lead healthier lives through high-intensity P90X classes. The body-sculpting regimens blend cardio, resistance training, core work, and mobility exercises, and can be modified to suit varying levels of fitness. Though the workouts are challenging, the trainers cultivate a friendly atmosphere and opt for positive encouragement over in-your-face shouting or stealing the slowest performer's lunch money.

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Ankeny,
IA
US