Activities in Council Bluffs


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  • Advanced Air Incorporated
    Give Advanced Air Incorporated an hour of your time, and their instructors can give you the power of flight. Their training aircraft climbs high above Council Bluffs, where the airport's 656 acres start to look like the world's most realistic Lego set. The instructor hands over the controls, and novices take charge of a plane for the very fist time. The experience is known as a Discovery Flight, and it's a fitting name. That short time in the air can plant the seeds for a lifelong hobby, or perhaps even a career. The journey to private or commercial licenses begins in ground school, but skills solidify once on Council Bluffs Airport's runways. CBA offers new pilots an ideal location. The airport lies close to Class C airspace, so new fliers begin communicating with air traffic controllers right away. Here, Advanced Air Incorporated's instructors have led many pupils to success; their website's home page brims with words of congratulations for new fliers or pilots who have gained instrument ratings and advanced certifications. These students don't set their autopilot to fly off into the sunset. Advanced Air Incorporated keeps pilots around with a rental fleet of 10 aircraft, including Cessna and Piper models. The maintenance team also works on privately owned planes.
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    101 McCandless Ln
    Council Bluffs, IA US
  • Ditmars Orchard
    The shifting seasons bring beauty and bounty to Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard, from the baby buds and bursting petals of spring to the branches heavy with peaches, apricots, cherries, and apples during summer and autumn. In 1994, the Ditmars family laid 300 trees into the ground as a family project, but slowly expanded their hobby into a full-time orchard, now cultivating almost 4,000 trees. In the summer, fat juicy strawberries nestle in rows ready to be picked, and in fall, fields overflow with acres of bulbous orange pumpkins ready to become jack-o’-lanterns or a horseman’s fancy new hat. Amid fiery foliage and crisp autumn air, families adventure through the onsite corn maze and attend fun fall festivals that feature face painting and hayrides. Kids can clamber over tractor tires and whoosh down slides in the orchard’s large playground. Guests reenergize at the country kitchen, where lunch selections include apple cider, frozen fruit pies, and fresh-made chicken-salad sandwiches, as well as native Iowa wines available by the bottle or glass.
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    19475 225th St.
    Council Bluffs, IA US
  • Thunderbowl
    Throughout the week, Thunderbowl puts its signature twist on the classic game of bowling with a lineup of themed leagues and events. Orchestrated by the alley's staff, the league roster includes the Golden Agers senior league, the Ladies Night Out league, and the Have-A-Ball league, which comprises teams of one adult and one child. Events include a carnival day held in August, which includes revelry and a chance to win prizes. At Thunderbowl's snack bar, the kitchen crew fuels bowlers to prevent them from hiding marshmallows in the finger-holes of their bowling balls by crafting specialty burgers, pizzas, and sandwiches such as a patty melt with grilled onions and a chicken philly.
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    1900 Madison Ave
    Council Bluffs, IA US
  • The Running Dead 5K
    Not many people would peg Santa Claus as a runner—his rotund figure doesn’t help his case—but The HoHoHo5K Fun Run seems to prove them wrong. Santa’s fitness prowess is redeemed thanks to a hoard of runners taking to the streets of Council Bluffs in holiday costumes; popular selections include the man in red, as well as Mrs. Claus and other holiday characters. The race takes participants through downtown and past Bayliss Park, which will be aglow with string lights, and past water and hot-chocolate stations. Participants are encouraged to donate a new toy on the day of the race to help local kids have a memorable holiday, and a portion of the race’s proceeds further these efforts.
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    Westfair Fairgrounds
    Council Bluffs, IA US
  • Zombie Run Omaha
    Cut through the back woods of Mount Crescent Ski Area populated by man-made and natural obstacles during Zombie Run Omaha 5K. The 3.1-mile track can make anyone's blood run hot—especially when they're being chased by cold-blooded zombies. Before taking off from the starting line, runners don flags around their waist and attempt to complete the track without having their flag stolen by one of the many zombies that lie in wait throughout the course. Once they make it to the finish line, runners can celebrate their survival at the apocalypse party, where a DJ serenades everyone with spooky tunes, and vendors provide post-race green monster punch.
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    17026 Snowhill Ln.
    Honey Creek, IA US
  • Treynor Recreational Area
    Each year from March 20th to November 15th, golf balls dot the fairways across the 2,966-yard, nine-hole course at Treynor Recreation Area. Two water hazards lay hidden throughout, but only affect play at two points: off the third tee, where players reach the fairway by hitting over a pond, and on the dogleg left fifth hole. With no tee time requirements, the course allows players to show up unannounced—making it a good way to practice for crashing a neighbor's dinner party. After holing out on the ninth, players can tie up their golf bags outside of The Clubhouse Sports Bar and Grill and head inside for post-round bites and beers.
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    208 Buck St.
    Treynor, IA US

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