Seven ideas for boozy summer dates
What's better than chilling at a swim-up bar with your beau? You tell us! Head to Altoona to soak up some sun — and a few mai tais of course. The new water park features a wave pool, lazy river and some seriously fun tube slides. Just don't forget the sunscreen!
Find it: 305 34th Ave. N.W., Altoona
Ready your blankets and outdoor cooler. This date calls for a mini road trip to Newton's Valle Drive-In. Treat yourselves to some greasy fast food, then crack open a six pack of one of your favorite local brews such as 515 or Peace Tree. Movie starts at dusk, so be sure to snag a spot in time!
Find it: 4074 Hwy F48 W, Newton
Valley Junction Market
Grab your S.O. for Valley Junction's Thursday night market. Stroll through colorful shops such as Hinge and Finding Iowa for vintage finds, nosh on fresh food from local vendors and listen to live music with a cold drink in hand. Don't want the night to end? A beer at G. Mig’s is calling your name.
Find it: Historic Valley Junction, 5th St., West Des Moines
Des Moines Art Center
If you're a more creative pair, check out this month's exhibit at the Art Center. The date spot not only offers a cool indoor display, but its outdoor egg sculptures and dreamy garden are serious eye candy. Sit down and enjoy the artsy views at Baru, which offers an impressive selection of wine and cocktails.
Find it: 4700 Grand Ave.
Iowa Cubs Game
Let's be honest, beer and baseball give dinner and a movie a run for their money. Head to Principal Park to indulge in the fun duo (OK, a hot dog, too). Don't want to spend $8+ on a beer? Hit up el Bait Shop for a pre-game drink (or two).
Find it: 1 Line Drive
High Trestle Trail
If you haven't been yet this summer, now's the time. The 25-mile bike trail is known for its long, sculpture-topped bridge (that lights up at night) and its string of dive bars. Must-stops include Nite Hawk, Flat Tire Lounge and The Whistling Donkey.
Find it: runs through Woodward, Madrid, Slater, Sheldahl and Ankeny
Info: inhf.org/trails/ high-trestle.cfm
Sip and sway to live tunes at Jasper Winery's Summer Concert Series every Thursday night from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy local wines, Madhouse Brewing Co. beer, sangria and a grill sizzling with summertime foods. Lineups left to see: Dead Head Mazy (July 30) and Final Mix (Aug. 6).
Find it: 2400 George Flagg Parkway