2015 was a busy and exhausting year for many. If ringing in the New Year in a sequined dress and staying up all night just doesn’t sound all that enticing this year, we’ve got a few other ideas for you. This NYE, ditch the champagne toast at midnight and try one of these six activities with your friends, family or a date — you don’t have to stay up all night to celebrate!
Wine Tasting at Summerset Winery
Who needs bubbly when you can have wine? Book a wine tasting and tour at a local Iowa winery. We suggest Summerset Winery, located just minutes outside of Des Moines. They produce an array of award winning Iowa wines and for a mere $20 you get a tasting of all Summerset wines, a wine cellar tour, a cheese platter and a Summerset logoed wine glass to take home. The tour and tastings last about an hour but extend your stay with a bottle.
Find it: 15101 Fairfax Street, Indianola
Hours: 3 p.m.
Info: 515.961.3545 | summersetwine.com
Racing at MB2
Get your adrenaline going at the new indoor racetrack in Grimes: MB2 Raceway. This state-of-the-art facility offers high-speed races with a challenging ¼ mile indoor road course that is fun for all skill levels and ages. Their high-performance electric European karts can reach speeds up to 45 MPH! You can pay per race or purchase a package.
Find it: 1350 SE Gateway Dr. Suite 108 Grimes
Hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Info: 866-986-RACE | mb2raceway.com
Trampoline at Sky Zone
Jump into 2016 at Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park in Grimes. Not only is this trampoline gym a blast, but it’s a fun and healthy workout, too! Who wouldn’t want to bounce, flip and land in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes? Des Moines’ Sky Zone offers open jump, a SkySlam court, Ultimate Dodgeball, Kids Court and a Foam Zone!
Find it: 1300 SE Gateway Dr #103, Grimes
Hours: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Info: 515-986-2524 | skyzone.com/desmoines
Tubing at Sleepy Hollow
Have a fun-filled day of adventure at Sleepy Hollow where they make their own snow for winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, tubing and sledding. All of the runs are lighted for night safety and are groomed daily. At Sleep Hollow, they offer a variety of runs for beginners to experts. They also have a full-service rental shop for skis, snowboards, and zipfy sleds, as well as ski patrol on duty at all times.
Find it: 4051 Dean Ave.
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Info: 515-262-4100 | shspdm.com/
Hit the slots at Prairie Meadows
If you’re feeling lucky, head to Prairie Meadows casino in Altoona. Choose what you spend and who knows what you might walk away with from their 2,000+ slot machines, 11 poker tables, table games and more. You can even stay for dinner or spend the night in their new 168-room hotel.
Find it: 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona
Hours: 24 hours
Info: 800-325-9015 | prairiemeadows.com
Cost: That's up to you!
Snowshoe hike at Easter Lake Park
Enjoy a dreamy hike at Easter Lake Park and learn how fun and easy snowshoeing can be while experiencing the great outdoors. Remember to wear warm clothing! Just a heads up, the class will be canceled without snow. Pre-registration required; deadline is December 29.
Find it: Easter Lake Park, Shelter #2 2830 Easter Lake Dr.
Hours: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5 (includes snowshoes)