Things To Do in Iowa

American Food for Dine-In or Takeout from Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery (Up to 40% Off)

Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery

Walford

$20 $12

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Bar fare such as open-faced burgers smothered in chili and the Wild Hog pork loin sandwich with ham and bacon

Single-Day Admission for Two, Four, or Six on October 25 or 26 to the American Vintage Market (Up to 53% Off)

American Vintage Market

River Center

$20 $10

Vintage market featuring items such as vintage clothing, jewelry, antique furniture, records, kitchen items, art, and toys

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

Paintball International

KW Paintball

$48 $19

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

9- or 18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four Including Cart Rental at Washington Golf and Country Club (Up to 52% Off)

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

Admission for Two or Four to Mt. Crescent Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 11 (40% Off)

Mt. Crescent Oktoberfest

Honey Creek

$20 $12

Enjoy beers, pretzels, brats, polka, and breathtaking views at this traditional fest with modern twists

18 Holes with Cart and Basket of Range Balls for Two or Four at Veenker Memorial Golf Course (Up to 52% Off)

Veenker Memorial Golf Course

Veenker Memorial Golf Course

$93.50 $47

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Facility that hosts the Iowa Masters tournament offers challenging yet accessible course

$50 for a Segway Tour for Two at Chestnut Mountain Resort ($100 Value)

Chestnut Mountain Resort

Chestnut Mountain Resort

$100 $50

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Groups of up to eight people learn to operate Segways and then take a 3-mile route through the lush landscape of Chestnut Mountain

$19 for Admission for Four to Howell's Pumpkin Patch ($32 Value)

Howell's Pumpkin Patch

Cumming

$32 $19

After a tractor ride, families can pick their favorite jack-o-lanter-to-be at a pumpkin patch with a corn maze, barnyard, and go-carts

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

Fitness World West

Multiple Locations

$248 $29

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

45-Day Membership for One or Two or Personal-Training Package for One at Snap Fitness (Up to 80% Off)

Snap Fitness

Multiple Locations

$60 $12

Certified professionals lead assessments before helming one-on-one personal-training sessions within facilities boasting premium equipment

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

The Waverly Palace Theatre

Waverly

$27 $13.50

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

18 Holes of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at Wapsipinicon Country Club (50% Off)

Wapsipinicon Country Club

Fairview

$40 $20

Groups play nine-hole course twice, a scenic design situated on densely wooded land along the Wapsipinicon River

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

Quad Cities Fitness

Bettendorf

$90 $9

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

Bloody Mary Haunt Crawl with Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa (Up to 53% Off)

Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa

Periwinkle Place Manor B&B

$75 $35

Visitors tour a funeral home turned B&B in search of spooky sights and food, drinks, and gifts; psychic readings; karaoke; wagon rides

18 Holes of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental at Eagle Grove Golf Course (Up to 53% Off)

Eagle Grove Golf Course

Eagle Grove

$52 $29

Long straightaways dominate a nine-hole, par 35 layout that winds across 2,959 yards of rolling fairways

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

Game On, LLC

Centerville

$10 $5

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

$31 for an 18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart for Two at Cedar Valley Golf Course (Up to $62 Value)

Cedar Valley Golf Course

Center

$62 $31

18-hole course winds through 6,497 yds. of Iowa farmland with water features on 13 of the holes

Household Membership or History Lover Membership at the Wisconsin Historical Society and Museum (Up to 52% Off)

Wisconsin Historical Society

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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Membership includes discounted or free admission to the Society's historic sites, from Black Point Estate to Old World Wisconsin in Eagle

$18 for One Hour of Open-Jump Time for Two with Reusable SkySocks at Sky Zone Des Moines ($30 Value)

Sky Zone Des Moines

Grimes

$30 $18

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Open-jump time in a room of wall-to-wall trampolines

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

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

Haunted History Tour for Two or Four with Drinks and Dessert at The Hunter Mansion (Up to 47% Off)

The Hunter Mansion

Newton

$45 $25

Visitors explore the hauntings of the handsome mansion, full of early 20th-century details and once owned by a Maytag family member

Pumpkin-Patch Activities for Two with Optional Jason Brown Concert on September 27 at The Pumpkin Ranch (47% Off)

The Pumpkin Ranch

The Pumpkin Ranch

$17 $9

Jason Brown sings country; ranch activities include a nine-acre corn maze, jump pillow, zip lines, 30-foot slides, horses, and photography

Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Corn Maze at Pumpkinville Corn Maze (Up to 50% Off)

Pumpkinville Corn Maze

Mitchellville

$12 $7

Stretching up to 20 acres, the fourth-generation corn and soybean farm's maze often keeps adventurers exploring for an hour or longer

$199 for a Four-Week Semi-Private Training Package with Two Sessions Per Week at Elite Edge Gym ($399 Value)

Elite Edge Gym

Waukee

$399 $199

Program blends cardiovascular exercises and strength training in a motivating small-group setting

Train Ride and Museum Visit for Two or Four at Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum (Up to 47% Off)

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

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

Oskaloosa Golf Course

Oskaloosa

$70 $35

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

18-Hole Round of Golf for One, Two, or Four at Emerald Hills Golf Club (Up to 50% Off)

Emerald Hills Golf Club

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

$49 for 18-Hole Round of Golf for Two with Cart Rental at Bos Landen Golf Club ($130 Value)

Bos Landen Golf Club

Pella

$130 $49

18-hole, par-72 course designed by architect Dick Phelps winds through190 acres of dense forest; name means "Land of the Woods" in Dutch

Mini Golf, Go Karts, Trampolines and More for Four or Eight at Zip Zone (Up to 51% Off)

Zip Zone

Linden Heights

$56 $28

Groups of up to four or eight enjoy access to mini golf, trampolines, go karts, and many other family friendly activities

3 Months of Unlimited Group Fitness Classes from 2BFit (65% Off)

2bfit

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

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

Mayer School of Irish Dancing

Davenport

$60 $30

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

5 or 10 Private or Group Basketball Lessons at Astronaut Basketball Academy (Up to 72% Off)

Astronaut Basketball Academy

Gates Park

$350 $99

Young players of all skill levels learn basketball fundamentals or finesse their technique during private or group classes

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

Sweat, A Body Transformation

Sweat, A Body Transformation

$75 $35

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

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

Rocky Waters Winery

Hanover Illinois

$24 $12

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

$11 for Hookah and Refills for Two at Chicha Shack ($20 Value)

Chicha Shack

West Des Moines

$20 $11

Hookah session with refills includes a choice of tobacco in flavors such as cola, cherry, sweet apple, and pomegranate

$30 for $50 Worth of Gymnastics — Koach All Stars Cheer Teams and Tumbling

Koach All Stars Cheer Teams And Tumbling

Ankeny

$50 $30

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

Wine-Glass Painting Class for One, Two, or Four from El Arte Uncorked (Half Off)

El Arte Uncorked

Urbandale

$40 $20

Instructor Connie Pruitt guides students as they paint one-of-a-kind designs on provided wine glasses

Camping and Unlimited Golf for Two People for Two or Three Days at Hillcrest Event Center (50% Off)

Hillcrest Golf & Camping Resort

Orion

$275 $137

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

Three-Week VIP Gym Pass for One or Two at Ultimate Fitness (74% Off)

Ultimate Fitness

Multiple Locations

$35 $9

Three weeks of access to two gyms, including strength-training and cardio equipment in semiprivate rooms, indoor pool, and kids' jungle gym

5 or 10 BeMoved Dance-Fitness Classes from Rachel Klapper Movement Arts (Up to 65% Off)

Rachel Klapper Movement Arts

Downward Dog Yoga & Fitness

$75 $29

BeMoved Dance Fitness classes incorporate a wide variety of dance and musical styles, such as Bollywood, jazz, Latin, and disco

Six or 12 Weeks of Metabolic Training and Nutritional Coaching at Twork It Out Fitness (Up to 77% Off)

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

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Wineglasses and Bottle of Wine at Grape Escape Winery (Up to Half Off)

Grape Escape Winery

Pleasantville

$26 $13

Guests savor sips of wine concocted from 100% Iowa grown grapes, then take home logo-emblazoned glasses and a bottle to share

18-Hole Green Fees for Two or Four at Terrace Hills Golf Course (Up to 48% Off)

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

Admission for Two, Four, or Six at John Wayne Birthplace (50% Off)

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

Overnight Family Camp or Mom/Youth Camp at Camp Hantesa (Up to 61% Off). Ten Options Available.

Camp Hantesa

Worth

$64 $30

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

Two, Four, or Six Tickets to a Weekend Race at Eddyville Raceway Park (50% Off)

Eddyville Raceway Park

Harrison

$24 $12

Satisfy your need for speed by watching cars race down a 1/8-mile drag strip

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

East Village

$50 $25

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

$150 for $300 Worth of Circuit Training at INTENSITY Fitness Club

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

$60 for $120 Groupon — Iowa City Fitness

Iowa City Fitness

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

$15 for Five Studio-Fee Sessions at Whatta' Dish ($30 Value)

Whatta' Dish

West Des Moines

$30 $15

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

Birthday Party for Up to 10 or 20 Kids or Family-and-Friends Party for 20 at KidZone Chef Parties (Up to 50% Off)

KidZone Chef Parties

Marion

$150 $75

Kids and adults alike celebrate birthdays or just have fun at parties where they make their own pizza, play games, and take home goodies

$49 for One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Kosama ($199 Value)

Kosama

Kosama - Coralville

$199 $49

Burn fat and build lean muscle using muscle-confusion based sessions that include kickboxing, kettlebells, cardio, and suspension training

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

Annelise Winery

Indianola

$34 $20

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

One or Two Months of Unlimited Fit Factory Classes at CrossFit Afterburn (Up to 65% Off)

CrossFit Afterburn

Des Moines

$99 $39

Fast-paced, high-intensity cardio in a class that incorporates boot-camp and circuit-style training for stability, endurance & strength

$48 for Private or Group Ballroom Dance Lessons for an Individual or Couple ($360 Value)

TC Dance Club International

Taylor

$360 $48

Seasoned dance instructors teach individuals or couples the basics of ballroom dance in a private or group setting

Two Weeks of Unlimited Boxing and Kickboxing Workouts for One or Two at Title Boxing Club (Up to 91% Off)

Title Boxing Club

Sycamore Mall

$189 $19

Members burn calories and tone bodies while learning the proper techniques

Three Rounds of Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Glowgolf (Up to 50% Off)

Glowgolf

Des Moines

$18 $10

Luminescent golf balls, lit-up putters, neon obstacles, and incandescent walls illume players negotiating tricky glow-themed landscapes

Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four at La Vida Loca Winery (Up to 45% Off)

La Vida Loca Winery

Lincoln

$32 $19

Sample sweet, semisweet, or dry wine at family-owned winery, then take home a bottle and wineglasses

$60 for $100 Worth of Gymnastics — Unity Acrobatic Sports & Artistic Movement

Unity Acrobatic Sports & Artistic Movement

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

Six-Week Self-Defense Camp for One or Two People at Revolution Martial Arts (Up to 58% Off)

Revolution Martial Arts

Cedar Rapids

$199 $89

Six-week camps teach practical self-defense skills effective for real-life situations

3-Month Membership or Membership with 12 Personal-Training Sessions for One or Two at 319 Fitness (Up to 51% Off)

319 Fitness

Longfellow

$140 $69

Trainers combine the unlimited use of their equipment and facilities with one-on-one lessons that guide members toward goals

Three-Hour Shoot Better Pictures Class, Photo-Editing Class, or Both Classes at J. Johnson Photo (Up to 87% Off)

J. Johnson Photo

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

Art Classes for One or Two Kids or Adults, or Handmade Merchandise at Studio3 (50% Off)

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

CrossFit Foundation and Regular Classes at CrossFit The Challenge (Up to 57% Off). Two Options Available.

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

$19 for a Two-Hour Introductory Fencing Class for Two at Iowa City Fencing Center ($50 Value)

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

One or Three Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Cycle Down Dawg (Up to 65% Off)

Cycle Down Dawg

West Des Moines

$120 $60

Classes include TRX and yoga, barre classes to build lean muscle, and cycling classes with state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and visuals

Pub Food at Z's Bar (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Z's Bar

McKinley School - Columbus Park

$20 $11

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Diners chow down on homestyle pub eats in a laid-back setting

$19 for Two Weeks of Unlimited Boxing and Kickboxing Classes with Hand Wraps at Title Boxing Club ($40 Value)

Title Boxing Club

Cedar Rapids

$40 $19

Members burn calories and tone bodies while landing a flurry of jabs, right hooks, and roundhouse kicks during each one-hour class

Open Skating with Ice-Skate Rentals for Two, Four, or Six at The Ice Ridge (Up to 51% Off)

The Ice Ridge

Southridge Mall

$17 $9

Skaters strap on rental blades before cruising atop the sleek synthetic-ice surface at this year-round, indoor rink

One, Two, or Three Years of Online Guitar or Bass Lessons from Dangerous Guitar (Up to 91% Off)

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

$134.55 $18

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

$105 for $190 Worth of Recording-Studio Rental — B Squared Recording Studios

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

Two Hours of Bowling and Pitchers of Beer or Soda for Two, Four, or Six at Bowlerama Lanes (Up to 50% Off)

Bowlerama Lanes

Des Moines

$24 $16

Recently revamped bowling center features new lanes, automatic scoring system, full-service pro shop, and concessions with snacks and beer

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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.

2300 University Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

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.

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