Things To Do In Ames


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  • Perfect Games
    Bowling balls tumble down Perfect Games’s 24 lanes, which are situated beneath a row of flat-screen TVs. In between frames, players lounge in comfy couches or make their way to the sports bar for a quick round of billiards. Black lights illuminate each lane's invisible-inked diary entries at Friday and Saturday cosmic-bowling sessions, and the laser arena’s two floors remain aglow at all times, as participants snake through labyrinthine corridors brightened with splashes of red, orange, and green paint. Elsewhere, an arcade enthralls gamers with titles such as Time Crisis 3 and Guitar Hero, and a bounce house shelters leaping tykes aged 7 and younger. Kingpin Pizza reenergizes visitors with its extensive menu of paninis, pasta, salads, and made-from-scratch New York--style thin-crust pizzas cooked in a Roto-Flex oven whose rotating stone shelves can bake up to 100 pizzas every hour.
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    1320 Dickinson Avenue
    Ames, IA US
  • Ames Racquet and Fitness Center
    Ames Racquet & Fitness Center helps shrink beer bellies and wine waists with a convoy of cardio machines, strength-training equipment, expert trainers, and group classes. Bright, open reception areas welcome doomed calories, which cower in fear of the lineup of treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes, and noodle-like biceps morph into bulging bastions of brawn on free-weight systems. The one-month membership also gives fitnessmongers access to a full-length pool at the North location, which accommodates fat-banishing underwater three-legged races, as well as tennis courts at the South location. Additionally, patrons get access to more than 90 weekly group classes. Brightly lit, mirrored studios play host during the calming yoga-Pilates fusion Group Centergy, while Power Aqua breaks sweats without aggravating joints in the pool.
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    320 S. 17th St.
    Ames, IA US
  • Anytime Fitness Des Moines
    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.
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    414 South 17th Street
    Ames, IA US
  • Creative Spirits - Ames
    The fire of a sunset. The majesty of a rocky beach. The quiet dignity of a bowl of fruit. Artistic inspiration lives in many different places. For visitors to Creative Spirits, that inspiration might live at the bottom of a wine glass. During the studio's easy-going painting events, guests sip glasses of their favorite wine or beer while painting a personalized copy of the night's chosen painting. They're helped along by the studio's engaging in-house artists; in addition to understanding the process of turning canvases into works of art, they're also experienced teacher, able to unlock the artistic potential in even beginning painters. The studio also provides all of the necessary materials, including brushes and acrylic paints, as well as lessons on how to use them. By the end of the party, painters own a piece of wall-friendly art, painted by their own hands and filled with memories of the fun they've had.
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    4820 Mortensen Rd.
    Ames, IA US
  • Tip Top Lounge
    At Tip Top Lounge, you can enjoy a classic American burger or sandwich. If you're sick of counting calories, the absence of low-fat food on Tip Top Lounge's menu is sure to appease your taste buds for a day. Order a bottle for the table if you like — Tip Top Lounge has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more. Looking for a good happy hour? Head to Tip Top Lounge and treat yourself to a bite or a drink for a discounted price. Live DJs often entertain the evening crowd while dining. Easily accessible parking options are located near this dining establishment. If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Tip Top Lounge.
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    201 E Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA US
  • Water Street Bar and Grill
    What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Water Street Bar and Grill. It's easy to find fare you love at Water Street Bar and Grill, though fat levels are anything but low. At Water Street Bar and Grill, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal. Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally. Street parking is readily available near Water Street Bar and Grill's Water St location. You won't get sticker shock from your bill at Water Street Bar and Grill — prices are usually less than $15.
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    217 Water St
    Cambridge, IA US

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