Things To Do In Waukee

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

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

93% Off Boot Camp Package at Elite Edge Gym

Waukee

$443 $29

Program blends kickboxing, strength training, and meal planning

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

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

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

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

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 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

Up to 58% Off Kids’ Play at Pump It Up in Urbandale

Urbandale

$120 $50

Air-filled obstacle courses, plush slides, and inflatable bouncers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 50% Off Mini Golf in Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill

$20 $11

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

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

Up to 51% Off Wine Tour and Tasting

Indianola

$40 $20

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Tour-goers can sip wine and eat cheese and crackers

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

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 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 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

Up to 50% Off at Honey Creek Golf Club

Worth

$44 $22

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

50% Off from SKAL - Wine & Beer Tastings

Factory Stores of America Outlet

$50 $25

Enjoy live music while sampling beers and wines

25% Off Race-Day Package

Newton

$400 $299

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

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

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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 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 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

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

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Anytime Fitness is a busy, popular fitness chain that works to remove common obstacles to working out. At any one of the 21 locations this Groupon is valid for, clients have 24/7 access to the gym’s cardio and strength-training equipment, and some locations offer group fitness classes, such as Zumba and small group training. Certified personal trainers are available to help those looking to take their workouts to the next level, and members can finish their exercise routines with a stop off at the onsite tanning booth to add a summery glow to muscles.

817 Main St
Adel,
IA
US

Former college athletes Melissa Grandon and Ryan Arguello founded Max Life Fitness & Nutrition to shape up bodies with vigorous workouts and practical nutritional advice. Each boot camp fuses moves from strength training, yoga, kickboxing, kettlebells, and plyometrics in a union as healthy as a marriage between a ThighMaster and a rice cake. Pairing inner health with outer brawn, Max Life consults clients on sound dietary choices through supermarket tours that lead shoppers to the most succulent fruits and the carrots with the least sour expressions on their faces, as well as nutrition workshops, healthy-dish potlucks, and unlimited one-on-one counseling. Classes take place Monday through Friday at 5:15 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and 6:15 p.m.

75 NE Venture Dr
Waukee,
IA
US

When golfers step onto River Valley Golf Course’s elevated first tee, the sun glances off the clubhouse windows to their backs and an emerald sweep of the Raccoon River Valley unfurls before them. Taking cues from that tranquility, they gracefully arc their balls over the gently doglegging fairway, avoiding the creek hugging the hole to the left. Careful second shots pop up into the sky before landing on the wide green and setting up eagle putts. With the shots sunk, golfers continue on across the remaining 17 fairways, dodging ponds on 3 holes and skirting 25 bunkers speckled throughout.

This incorporation of the landscape takes center stage on the par 3 12th. There, a partial-island green formed by a pond that almost envelops a peninsula tests accuracy. Players can take the risk overshooting the drive, play it safe by chipping on in two, or let the strategic decision overwhelm them until they’re curled up on the ground. But to help prepare for all situations, the River Valley practice facility presents golfers with a greenside practice bunker and a 300-yard range.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Total length of 6,684 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 72 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 124 from the back tees
  • Three sets of tees per hole
  • Scorecard

22927 Valley View Trl
Adel,
IA
US

From above, the 4-acre corn maze at Patch’s Pumpkins & Honey Farm looks like a challenge. It weaves through swaying stalks and around cleared expanses that spell out words to literate blue jays flying overhead. The maze’s mile-long pathways are dotted with checkpoints, making the labyrinth easy for families to conquer in about an hour. One of the many autumnal attractions at the farm, the corn maze and its kid-size sister entertain groups as fall sets in.

Elsewhere on the farm, the sound of a soaring pumpkin cuts through the air every hour, on the hour, as it’s fired from a novelty cannon. Trace its path and you’ll encounter striped circus tents housing all manner of diversion: a straw bale maze, a jumping pit filled with corn kernels, and a lineup of furry creatures beckoning hands at the petting zoo. To navigate all these attractions, folks can meander the grounds on foot, in the bed of an antique tractor, or atop a pony that circles its course and refuses to accept tips.

3558 L Lane
Adel,
Iowa
US

Started as a nonprofit club back in 1974, Des Moines Skydivers originally provided a way for its skydiving-enthusiast members to enjoy an expensive passion as cheaply as possible. After upgrading its Cessna 195 to two newer models, the group expanded its focus, welcoming members of the public to Winterset Airport for first-time jumps, tandem jumps, accelerated training courses, and varied jumps for seasoned skydivers. The group also holds an annual get-together every Labor Day weekend called Dollar Daze, during which partygoers can pay a dollar to either jump from an airplane or give a quick smooch to the pilot.

3405 North 8th Avenue
Winterset,
IA
US

Countryside Golf Course's 18-hole layout rolls across 6,366 yards of the Iowa countryside, but it's the first 574 yards that immediately catch golfers' attention. The course challenges players from the moment they stake their tree slivers into the soil of the first tee box, where they look out onto the course's hardest-rated hole: a 574-yard par 5 that doglegs to the right towards a green guarded by sand and water on either side. The difficult opener sets the tone for the rest of the course, where water comes into play on seven holes—six on the front nine—and all but one hole features at least one greenside bunker.

After their round, players who have not spoiled their appetite by grazing on the course's lush bent grass can head toward the clubhouse for a post-round meal or drink. At the wooden u-shaped bar, guests can crack open a beer and refuel with hot dogs and sandwiches.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole course
  • Bent grass fairways and greens
  • Length of 6,366 yards from the farthest tees
  • Three tee options
  • Link to scorecard

3089 North Ave
Norwalk,
IA
US