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

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

$20 $12

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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

Davenport

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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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

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

$55 $27

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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

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

$93.50 $47

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

Rocky Waters Winery

Hanover Illinois

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

$24 $12

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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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$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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Four-Week Nutrition Class with a One- or Three-Month Membership at Goals In Motion Fitness Studio (Up to 58% Off)

Goals In Motion Fitness Studio

Multiple Locations

Participants learn to adopt a healthier lifestyle in a four-week nutrition class and enjoy full access to the fitness studio

$178 $75

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

The Waverly Palace Theatre

Waverly

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

Hillcrest Golf & Camping Resort

Orion

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

$275 $137

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

Quad Cities Fitness

Bettendorf

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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$139 for Murder Mystery Dinner & One Night Stay for Two at 2-Jo's Murder Mystery Dinners ($270 Value)

2-Jo's Murder Mystery Dinners

Periwinkle Place Manor B&B

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

$270 $139

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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

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

$52 $29

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

Game On, LLC

Centerville

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

Wisconsin Historical Society

Multiple Locations

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

$60 $29

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$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

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

$30 $18

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

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

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

$350 $20

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

The Hunter Mansion

Newton

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

$45 $25

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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

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

$26 $13

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

Terrace Hills Golf Course

Clay

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

$48 $27

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

Elite Edge Gym

Waukee

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

$399 $199

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Train Ride and Museum Visit for Two or Four at Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum (Up to 45% Off)

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum

Boone

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

$56 $32

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

Eddyville Raceway Park

Harrison

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

$24 $12

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18-Hole Round of Golf for One, Two, or Four with Cart at Spencer Municipal Golf Course (Up to 52% Off)

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer

Relatively few trees characterize open layout with 34 bunkers and intersecting waterways on multiple holes

$41 $20

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

Bos Landen Golf Club

Pella

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

$130 $49

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Season Pass or 10-Punch Skate Card at Brenton Skating Plaza (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

Brenton Skating Plaza

East Village

Skaters glide across the ice amid panoramic downtown views

$102.50 $50

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

2bfit

Hiawatha

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

$240 $84

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

Astronaut Basketball Academy

Gates Park

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

$350 $99

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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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$29 for a $50 Wine-Tasting Card at Della Viti ($50 Value)

Della Viti

Downtown Ames

The wine bar’s self-serve stations dispense patrons’ choice of 48 different wines from all over the world

$50 $29

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Kids' Painting Class for One, Two, or Four from El Arte Uncorked (50% Off)

El Arte Uncorked

Multiple Locations

During 90-minute classes held at Monkey Joe’s, kids paint their own masterpiece on a 16”x20” canvas; parents may join kids for no added cost

$40 $20

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45-Day Membership for One or Two or Personal-Training Package for One at Snap Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

Snap Fitness

Multiple Locations

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

$60 $15

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Annual Family Pool Pass at Urbandale Parks and Recreation (Up to 48% Off)

Urbandale Parks and Recreation

Urbandale

Kids and adults enjoy a full year of splashing and swimming inside Urbandale’s indoor pool

$250 $129

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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

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

$150 $75

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

Ultimate Fitness

Multiple Locations

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

$35 $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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5 or 10 BeMoved Dance-Fitness Classes from Rachel Klapper Movement Arts (Up to 65% Off)

Rachel Klapper Movement Arts

Downward Dog Yoga & Fitness

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

$75 $29

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes, or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Studio B (Up to 58% Off)

Studio B

Grimes

Yoga classes designed for all levels of yogis improve flexibility, reduce muscle tension, and build lean muscle

$110 $55

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

Twork It Out Fitness

Clive

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

$210 $49

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

Annelise Winery

Indianola

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

John Wayne Birthplace

Winterset

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

$14 $7

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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

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

$64 $32

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Visit for Two or Four Adults, or Two Adults and Two Children at Blank Park Zoo (Up to 39% Off)

Blank Park Zoo

Des Moines

More than 1,000 exotic animals ranging from Siberian tigers to cockroaches

$22 $14

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

INTENSITY Fitness Club

Cedar Rapids

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

$300 $150

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

Chicha Shack

West Des Moines

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

$20 $11

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

Koach All Stars Cheer Teams And Tumbling

Ankeny

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

$50 $30

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Five Fitness Classes at Break Through Performance Center (70% Off)

Break Through Performance Center

Urbandale

Learn hard-style kettlebell movements such as the goblet squat, swing, and Turkish Get Up during a kettlebell 101 class

$100 $30

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

Kosama

Kosama - Coralville

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

$199 $49

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Conceal-and-Carry Course for One or Two or an Online Course at Active Defense Awareness Training (Up to 71% Off)

Active Defense Awareness Training-ADAT

Freedom Center Camp Dodge

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

$150 $55

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

La Vida Loca Winery

Lincoln

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

$32 $19

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Pottery Wheel Throwing Class for Two or Four at Kil'n Time Studio (50% Off)

Kil'n Time Studio

Waukee

Instructors teach students to throw clay on a pottery wheel during two-hour sessions with two pounds of clay

$60 $30

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

Spirit Expeditions

East Village

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

$50 $25

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

TC Dance Club International

Taylor

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

$360 $48

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

319 Fitness

Longfellow

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

$140 $69

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

Whatta' Dish

West Des Moines

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

$30 $15

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One Month of Unlimited Hot Yoga, CrossFit, and Cycling Classes for One or Two at Pro-Fit Gym (63% Off)

Pro-Fit Gym

Coralville

Unlimited memberships open doors to facility fully stocked with weights and machines, as well as high-energy classes including hot yoga

$160 $59

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

CrossFit Afterburn

Des Moines

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

$99 $39

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

Revolution Martial Arts

Cedar Rapids

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

$199 $89

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

Iowa City Fencing Center

Iowa City

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

$50 $19

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

Glowgolf

Des Moines

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

$18 $10

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

Unity Acrobatic Sports & Artistic Movement

Des Moines

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

$100 $60

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

CrossFit The Challenge

Cedar Rapids

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

$125 $54

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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

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

$247 $49

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

Studio3

Woodland Heights

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

$20 $10

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

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

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

$134.55 $18

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

Z's Bar

McKinley School - Columbus Park

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

$20 $11

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

The Ice Ridge

Southridge Mall

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

$17 $9

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

B Squared Recording Studios

Des Moines

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

$190 $105

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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

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

$24 $16

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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