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
  • 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
  • Thumbs
    Take a dessert detour to Thumbs, and boost your mood with a simple scoop of ice cream. The bar at Thumbs is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer. Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats. Thumbs is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties. Warm weather brings out Thumbs' highly coveted patio seating. The ice cream shop's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere. The ice cream shop's popularity is at an all-time high during the week. Parking is available in the lot next door, as is valet. If the lot is full, street parking is also an option. If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
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    2816 West St
    Ames, IA US
  • Sips
    Find the ice cream flavor that satisfies your sweet tooth at Sips. With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Sips. Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Sips has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner. Pump up your night with performances from Sips' live DJs. With the booming music and energetic crowds, this ice cream shop can get downright loud. Patrons pack the ice cream shop on weekends, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure prompt seating. We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here. Your bill at Sips will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
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    124 Welch Ave
    Ames, IA US
  • Welch Avenue Station
    Craving pizza? Head on over to Ames' Welch Avenue Station for a tasty slice with a crust you can't resist. With no low-fat options served, come ready to eat your heart out. Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Welch Avenue Station's menu. Score happy hour deals and steals at Welch Avenue Station. The pizzeria can get tied up on the weekends, so allow yourself time to wait for a table. Welch Avenue Station's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner. Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers. You can leave the credit cards at home when heading to Welch Avenue Station — it's strictly cash-only.
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    207 Welch Ave
    Ames, IA US

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