Things To Do In Ames


Sky Zone Des Moines: One Hour of Open-Jump Time for Two with Reusable SkySocks at Sky Zone Des Moines (Up to 45% Off). Two Options.

One Hour of Open-Jump Time for Two with Reusable SkySocks at Sky Zone Des Moines (Up to 45% Off). Two Options.

Sky Zone Des Moines

Grimes

Wall-to-wall trampolines, a basketball hoop, and a foam pit provide endless opportunities for all ages to have fun and burn off energy

$30 $16.50

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Monkey Joe's: Admission for Two or Four to Play Center at Monkey Joe's (Up to 47% Off)

Admission for Two or Four to Play Center at Monkey Joe's (Up to 47% Off)

Monkey Joe's

West Des Moines

Kids 12 and under can enjoy a play center full of inflatable obstacles, as well as an arcade

$19.98 $11

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

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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Jester Park Equestrian Center: Riding Lessons or Trail Ride for Two at Jester Park Equestrian Center (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.

Riding Lessons or Trail Ride for Two at Jester Park Equestrian Center (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.

Jester Park Equestrian Center

Saylorville Reservoir

Instructors teach students riding and horsemanship techniques, or take pairs on a trail ride through the countryside

$35 $19

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

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

$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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Howell's Pumpkin Patch: 
$20 for Admission for Four to Howell's Pumpkin Patch ($36 Value)

$20 for Admission for Four to Howell's Pumpkin Patch ($36 Value)

Howell's Pumpkin Patch

Cumming

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

$36 $20

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Pumpkinville Corn Maze: Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Corn Maze at Pumpkinville Corn Maze (Up to 57% Off)

Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Corn Maze at Pumpkinville Corn Maze (Up to 57% Off)

Pumpkinville Corn Maze

Mitchellville

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

$14 $6

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Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant: Standup Comedy for Two or Four at Des Moines Funny Bone Through November 28 (Up to 69% Off)

Standup Comedy for Two or Four at Des Moines Funny Bone Through November 28 (Up to 69% Off)

Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant

Des Moines Funny Bone

Upcoming acts include comics seen on Last Comic Standing, HBO, Conan and Comedy Central

$40 $15

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

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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The Pumpkin Ranch: Pumpkin Patch Activities for Two at The Pumpkin Ranch (47% Off)

Pumpkin Patch Activities for Two at The Pumpkin Ranch (47% Off)

The Pumpkin Ranch

Winterset

Ranch activities include a nine-acre corn maze, jump pillow, zip lines, 30-foot slides, horses, and photography

$17 $9

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Kil'n Time Studio: BYOB Glass Fusion Class for Two or Four at Kil'n Time Studio (Up to 53% Off)

BYOB Glass Fusion Class for Two or Four at Kil'n Time Studio (Up to 53% Off)

Kil'n Time Studio

Waukee

Instructors teach students how to work with glass during fun, BYOB classes

$80 $39

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Perry Golf & Country Club: Weekday or Weekend Golf with Cart for Two or Four at Perry Golf & Country Club (Up to 69% Off)

Weekday or Weekend Golf with Cart for Two or Four at Perry Golf & Country Club (Up to 69% Off)

Perry Golf & Country Club

Union

Golf club open for nearly a century boasts 9-hole layout spread across 40 acres of scenic land

$80 $29

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Skate South: Roller-Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four at Skate South (Half Off)

Roller-Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four at Skate South (Half Off)

Skate South

Des Moines

Pairs and foursomes glide around in traditional quad skates or inline skates

$18 $8

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Penoach Vineyard & Winery: $18 for a Wine Tasting for Four with Souvenir Glasses at Penoach Vineyard & Winery ($37 Value)

$18 for a Wine Tasting for Four with Souvenir Glasses at Penoach Vineyard & Winery ($37 Value)

Penoach Vineyard & Winery

Adel

Wine tasters uncork a bottle of one of Penoach’s wines, such as Farmhouse White or Windmill Red, sipped from a souvenir glass

$37 $18

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La Vida Loca Winery: Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four at La Vida Loca Winery (Up to 48% Off)

Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four at La Vida Loca Winery (Up to 48% Off)

La Vida Loca Winery

Lincoln

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

$32 $18

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Grape Escape Winery: Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Wineglasses and Bottle of Wine at Grape Escape Winery (Up to 56% Off)

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Wineglasses and Bottle of Wine at Grape Escape Winery (Up to 56% 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 $12

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Challenge Nation: $25 for Entry to SCI CAN Challenge Des Moines Charity Scavenger Hunt on September 20th, 2015 ($55 Value)

$25 for Entry to SCI CAN Challenge Des Moines Charity Scavenger Hunt on September 20th, 2015 ($55 Value)

Challenge Nation

Johnny's Hall of Fame

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

$55 $25

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

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

Annelise Winery

Lincoln

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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A&s Archery: Six Hours of Archery from A&S Archery (43% Off)

Six Hours of Archery from A&S Archery (43% Off)

A&s Archery

Grimes

From the merchant: Six hours of range time in our indoor archery range

$60 $34

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Toad Valley Golf Course: Mini Golf for 4 or 8, or a Mini Golf Birthday-Party Package at Toad Valley Golf Course (Up to 53% Off)

Mini Golf for 4 or 8, or a Mini Golf Birthday-Party Package at Toad Valley Golf Course (Up to 53% Off)

Toad Valley Golf Course

Pleasant Hill

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

$20 $10

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Emerald Hills Golf Club: 18-Hole Round of Golf for One, Two, or Four at Emerald Hills Golf Club (Up to 52% Off)

18-Hole Round of Golf for One, Two, or Four at Emerald Hills Golf Club (Up to 52% 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

$61 $29

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The Carry Academy: $25 for an Online Concealed-Carry Permit Course ($49.99 Value)

$25 for an Online Concealed-Carry Permit Course ($49.99 Value)

The Carry Academy

 

Class with a firearms-safety training video led by NRA-certified instructor; after completion, pupils can apply for concealed-carry permits

$49.99 $21

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Online Carry Training: $35 for an Online Multi-state Concealed-Carry-Weapon Course from Online Carry Training ($70 Value)

$35 for an Online Multi-state Concealed-Carry-Weapon Course from Online Carry Training ($70 Value)

Online Carry Training

 

Completion of an online 45- to 60-minute concealed-carry-weapon course lets grads apply for licenses valid in up to 34 states

$70 $35

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

$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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Willow Creek Golf Course: 9-Hole Round of Golf for One, Two, or Four, Plus Cart Rental at Willow Creek Golf Course (Up to 52% Off)

9-Hole Round of Golf for One, Two, or Four, Plus Cart Rental at Willow Creek Golf Course (Up to 52% Off)

Willow Creek Golf Course

Des Moines

Mature trees line two 9-hole courses; this deal includes cart rental for one, two, or four

$31 $15

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Louw Stables: $69 for Four Horseback-Riding Lessons for Children or Adults  ($140 Value)

$69 for Four Horseback-Riding Lessons for Children or Adults ($140 Value)

Louw Stables

Van Meter

In group lessons for ages 7–adult, students learn animal care and horsemanship fundamentals

$140 $69

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Rangemasters Training Center: Up to 67% Off gun range package at Rangemasters Training Center

Up to 67% Off gun range package at Rangemasters Training Center

Rangemasters Training Center

Clive

From the merchant: Ideal for first time shooters. Learn and shoot with a certified instructor, we provide the firearms and ammo.

$175 $79

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

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

Oskaloosa Golf Course

Oskaloosa

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

$70 $35

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Friday, November 6, at 7 p.m.)

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Friday, November 6, at 7 p.m.)

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Seven Flags Event Center

Grammy-winning hip-hop outfit behind “Tha Crossroads” celebrates the 20th anniversary of E. 1999 Eternal by performing the entire album

$36.40 $26

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GolfTec: One Swing Evaluation with One or Three Golf Lessons and Practice Sessions at GolfTec (Up to 52% Off)

One Swing Evaluation with One or Three Golf Lessons and Practice Sessions at GolfTec (Up to 52% Off)

GolfTec

Clive

Trainers can employ video analysis and motion-capture technology to analyze players’ swings

$275 $139

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Felton Training Group: $25 for an Online Multi-State Concealed-Carry Permit Course from Felton Training Group ($60 Value)

$25 for an Online Multi-State Concealed-Carry Permit Course from Felton Training Group ($60 Value)

Felton Training Group

 

Online course completed at your convenience. Upon completion you receive a certificate you may use to apply for a permit valid in 29 states

$60 $25

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Dale Valley Vineyard: Wine-Tasting for Four or Eight with Take-Home Bottles of Wine and Wineglasses at Dale Valley Vineyard (50% Off)

Wine-Tasting for Four or Eight with Take-Home Bottles of Wine and Wineglasses at Dale Valley Vineyard (50% Off)

Dale Valley Vineyard

Stuart

In a renovated 19th-century schoolhouse, visitors sample eclectic red and white wines crafted from locally grown ingredients

$32 $16

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Soaring Adventures of America, Inc.: Flight Ticket for Hot-Air Balloon Ride for 1, 2, 3 or 4 from Soaring Adventures of America, Inc. (Up to 26% Off)

Flight Ticket for Hot-Air Balloon Ride for 1, 2, 3 or 4 from Soaring Adventures of America, Inc. (Up to 26% Off)

Soaring Adventures of America, Inc.

 

Leisurely float through the skies in the basket of a colorful hot air balloon

$229.95 $169.95

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Mixology Training: $29 for On-Demand Master Beer-Brewing Course from Mixology Training ($595 Value)

$29 for On-Demand Master Beer-Brewing Course from Mixology Training ($595 Value)

Mixology Training

 

In online course, master brewer Bob Sylvester delves deep into the beer-brewing process, from sanitation and hop variety to equipment setup

$595 $29

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

$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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Lindsey Opp Yoga: Five Yoga Classes at Lindsey Opp Yoga (74% Off)

Five Yoga Classes at Lindsey Opp Yoga (74% Off)

Lindsey Opp Yoga

Urbandale

From the merchant: Total body workout designed to sculpt every muscle while boosting your metabolism and pushing your limits.

$70 $18

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Aspen Athletic Clubs: Month Membership and Unlimited Group Fitness Classes for One or Two at Aspen Athletic Clubs (Up to 91% Off)

Month Membership and Unlimited Group Fitness Classes for One or Two at Aspen Athletic Clubs (Up to 91% Off)

Aspen Athletic Clubs

Multiple Locations

Expansive gyms grant guests access to more than 175 group classes per week, personal training, unlimited tanning, and childcare services

$140 $16

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

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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Mixology Training: $39.99 for an Online Wine-Making Course from Mixology Training ($595 Value)

$39.99 for an Online Wine-Making Course from Mixology Training ($595 Value)

Mixology Training

 

Learn how to make wine from the comfort of your own home with this online wine-making course led by a master wine maker

$595 $39.99

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SkillSuccess: $19 for an Online Piano Course at SkillSuccess ($199 Value)

$19 for an Online Piano Course at SkillSuccess ($199 Value)

SkillSuccess

 

Online course teaches piano-playing basics, helping complete novices reach the level of early intermediate standard pianist

$199 $19

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Universal Class: Online Wine Course or One Month or Year of Access to Online Courses from Universal Class (Up to 73% Off)

Online Wine Course or One Month or Year of Access to Online Courses from Universal Class (Up to 73% Off)

Universal Class

 

Opt for an online wine course that teaches wine basics or one month or one year of unlimited access to more than 500 online courses

$55 $15

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CraftBeerAtHome.com: Lifetime Membership to Craft-Beer-Brewing Online Course from CraftBeerAtHome.com ($199 Value)

Lifetime Membership to Craft-Beer-Brewing Online Course from CraftBeerAtHome.com ($199 Value)

CraftBeerAtHome.com

 

The lifetime access course details the differences between various beers and walks students through step-by-step instruction for brewing

$199 $25

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Center Stage Ukulele Academy: $15 for One Year of Online Ukulele Lessons from Center Stage Ukulele Academy ($108 Value)

$15 for One Year of Online Ukulele Lessons from Center Stage Ukulele Academy ($108 Value)

Center Stage Ukulele Academy

 

Knowledgable ukulele expert teaches newbies the ropes with helpful, easy-to-follow instructional videos

$108 $15

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Crossfit Des Moines: Month of On Ramp CrossFit Classes for One or Two with Optional Membership to Crossfit Des Moines (Up to 77% Off)

Month of On Ramp CrossFit Classes for One or Two with Optional Membership to Crossfit Des Moines (Up to 77% Off)

Crossfit Des Moines

Waukee

On Ramp classes introduce students to CrossFit, including its key moves and terminology

$140 $39

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Rockstar Academy: One Year of Online Piano Lessons from Rockstar Academy (97% Off)

One Year of Online Piano Lessons from Rockstar Academy (97% Off)

Rockstar Academy

 

An experienced teacher helps beginner and intermediate students and musicians learn how to improve their piano or keyboard playing

$316 $10

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Paint Nite: Two-Hour Social Painting Event from Paint Nite (Up to 46% Off)

Two-Hour Social Painting Event from Paint Nite (Up to 46% Off)

Paint Nite

Des Moines

At local bars and restaurants, painters of all skill levels enjoy cocktails as they create their own pieces guided by an experienced artist

$45 $25

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Active Defense Awareness Training: Concealed-Carry Course at Active Defense Awareness Training (Up to 69% Off). Four Options Available.

Concealed-Carry Course at Active Defense Awareness Training (Up to 69% Off). Four Options Available.

Active Defense Awareness Training

Multiple Locations

Concealed-carry course can be accompanied by a defensive pistol manual or a private simulation-training session

$120 $39

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SkillSuccess: $19 for an Online Beginners' Guitar Course from SkillSuccess ($199 Value)

$19 for an Online Beginners' Guitar Course from SkillSuccess ($199 Value)

SkillSuccess

 

Online course teaches guitar-playing basics; students will leave knowing how to play a song

$199 $19

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Select Local Merchants

  • Snus Hill Winery
    For four generations, the Larson family has farmed the verdant parcel of land where Snus Hill Winery now sits, carrying on and improving upon the traditions of their Swedish immigrant ancestors who settled there back in 1878. From their American and French–style grapes, they've crafted a wide variety of award-winning wines, some of which are lovingly named for their beloved cats––and all of which wear the face of a feline on the label. Red, white, rosé, and even dessert and specialty wines create a well-rounded portfolio of varietals, from the bone-dry cabernet sauvignon the Whisker White, with notes of pineapple, mango, and graceful indifference.
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    2183 320th St
    Madrid, IA US
  • Wallaby's Bar and Grill
    A culinary gem, Wallaby's Bar and Grill in Ames is a hugely-popular spot for fabulous burgers and tasty soul food. It's a culinary destination for visitors looking for great food. Thanks to its outdoor seating, it's a great option when the Great Plains weather is suitable. Also, most people will claim that the restaurant is well-known for its attentive wait staff. It's recommended that you should try the artichoke dip or the cheese fries, as they'll both make a good impression. For those watching what they eat, the robust menu does feature items that are gluten-free, low-fat, and vegetarian. In addition to its convenient take-out menu, the restaurant even provides catering for events around town. Or, if you're looking for a good spot to hit up after work, it's got a popular happy hour and pretty decent selection at its bar. A staple in the community for nearly 30 years, Wallaby's Bar and Grill definitely won't leave you disappointed. The restaurant is easily reachable via public transit, and visitors who drive have access to a private lot nearby.
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    3720 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA US
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
    Buffalo Wild Wings in Ames on S Duff Ave is a well-known restaurant, featuring a relaxed atmosphere with fantastic wings and tasty pub food. It's a popular restaurant for visitors looking for delicious food. Thanks to its outdoor seating, Buffalo Wild Wings is a great option when the Great Plains weather is suitable. It should be noted that casual attire is encouraged and though the prices are considered to be lower than average, you're not sacrificing quality. Its background noise can sometimes get a little loud. It's been tabbed as a nice option for both families with children and large groups. WiFi's available if you want to link your device up, and if you're in a hurry, you can call ahead and take advantage of the convenient take-out menu. Or, if you're looking for a good spot to hit up after work, it's got a popular happy hour and pretty decent selection at its bar. One of the tastier franchises in the area, just remember that B-Dubs is the destination for wings, beer, and sports.
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    400 S Duff Ave
    Ames, IA US
  • Es Tas On Stanton
    For casual cuisine that everyone will enjoy, stop by Es Tas On Stanton for a Mexican-style menu in Ames' South Campus Area neighborhood. Be sure to complete your meal at Es Tas On Stanton with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Cheers to the weekend! Es Tas On Stanton is serving up the fun! Skip long waits and head to Es Tas On Stanton with your large group for easy seating. Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud. If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit Es Tas On Stanton during the slower weekday hours. Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code. Es Tas On Stanton will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours. At Es Tas On Stanton, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking. With tabs typically staying under $15, your wallet (and your stomach) will be happy with a trip to Es Tas On Stanton. At Es Tas On Stanton, you can pay with any major credit card.
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    216 Stanton Avenue
    Ames, IA US
  • Project
    Head to Project in Ames and take a culinary trip to the Far East, where fine Chinese cuisine is readily available. Project is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options. Round out your meal with a little tipple — Project has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more. Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Project with their complimentary wifi. At Project, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably. Live music is common at Project, as is a DJ. For those who enjoy entertainment while dining, Project hosts live DJs. For an eclectic twist on traditional dining, live music is often featured at Project as well. If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go. Free parking is available to Project's diners that need it. Commute by bike to Project and find easy bike parking. Locals flock to Project for a meal they know will be high quality and low price.
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    2424 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA US
  • Applebee's
    A well-known bar in Ames, Applebee's on Chestnut St is the ideal location for superb steak and good ribs. It's a popular spot for those seeking delicious food. There's no specific recommended attire, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably. If you're looking for the perfect spot for a get-together between family or friends, it's been reviewed as a great local option for both big groups and families with kids. If you're in a hurry, you can call ahead and take advantage of the convenient take-out offerings. Or, if you're looking for the perfect spot to unwind after work, it's got a phenomenal happy hour and a pretty broad selection behind the bar. One of the tastier chains in the area, this Applebee's definitely stands out from the competition. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby. Would you prefer to ride there? Bicycle parking is also offered.
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    105 Chestnut St
    Ames, IA US

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