Laughter and shrieks of excitement fill the air as families plunge down an enclosed water slide's 420-foot descent. The thrill ride is just one of the attractions that pack King's Pointe Resort & Waterpark's indoor and outdoor entertainment facilities. Nestled against the edge of Storm Lake, the outdoor park invites visitors to soar down its five slides and ponder loudly why its lazy river doesn't get a real job. The howling hurricane slide’s green open flume winds down to the earth in tangled twists, and side-by-side slides let friends race down 100-foot drops. Within the 20,000-square-foot indoor park, three more slides, a rock-climbing wall, and a slew of year-round activities await. Above all else, King's Pointe Resort & Waterpark makes safety a priority across all of their attractions; Red Cross–certified lifeguards keep a close eye on all visitors.
With balconies overlooking Storm Lake or the city, the onsite resort offers a relaxing retreat in which to browse free WiFi and order room service. Hungry guests have more options in the resort’s two restaurants: the Sara Lee Snack Shack and the Regatta Grille, where a wood-fired grill cooks ahi tuna and chefs pour alfredo sauce over al dente pool noodles.
The smells of hay and freshly picked apples mingle with the shouts of children on the annual Erie Shores Farm Tour. An organized event between four very different, yet equally welcoming, farm facilities, the self-guided tour encompasses fall foods and a range of harvest-themed activities. Hillcrest Orchards welcomes visitors with attractions such as hayrides, a corn maze, and pedal carts, while staff at Dostall Farms lead their guests on a guided tour of their humane meat-processing facility, where animals are fed only grass or corn. The event ends with a prize drawing at Matus Winery, where staff also give a guided tour of the wine-making facilities, including the giant barrel where the winemakers sleep every night. To ensure participants don't lose their ways, Erie Shores Farm Tour provides a complimentary map and suggested travel routes between locations.
At Bridges Bay Resort's Boji Splash indoor water park, a 500-gallon tipping bucket fills to the brim before it spills over and dumps its watery contents on the swimmers gathered below. Throughout the water park, guests can swim in the gradual-entry pool, swoosh down water slides, or float on tubes in the lazy river. Other aquatic features include a pirate ship equipped with water cannons, a spray playground, and a lily-pad water walk. After working up an appetite, head to Bracco Waterfront Grill for burgers, steaks, and seafood.
Thanks to Bridges Bay Resort's location along Lake Okoboji, most of the suites and condos feature stunning waterfront views. Condominiums come with a full kitchen, outdoor patio, and living room with fireplace to burn marshmallow effigies of Lex Luthor.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Owned and operated by Dr. Ronald J. Kolegraff, re*be is one of the most credentialed clinics in Iowa, specializing in vein treatments, skin surgeries, and cosmetic procedures. Treating varicose and spider veins with sclerotherapy, Dr. Kolegraff employs one of a variety of techniques best suited for the patient and the severity of vein problems, helping limbs look refreshed and ready for lederhosen season. Damaged veins will be injected with sodium tetradecyl sulfate, which makes the veins collapse or clot and then retreat from public life on the skin's surface. There are few restrictions on patients after the procedure, so three-legged races and leapfrog contests are encouraged.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.