Bars and strip clubs offer stereotypical bachelor party entertainment. If you're looking for something more creative to do for a bachelor party, Iowa has several options. Choose an Iowa venue that is appealing to all of the party guests. The groom-to-be is the most important consideration when selecting the bachelor party venue. Keep in mind his preferences when narrowing down the possibilities in Iowa.
Iowa offers both riverboat and Indian casinos in different areas of the state. The highest concentration of riverboat casinos are found on the Mississippi River in Eastern Iowa. Dubuque, Davenport and Bettendorf all feature riverboat casinos. Council Bluffs and Sioux City in Western Iowa also host riverboat casinos. Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa, features live horse racing in addition to its casino. The Dubuque Greyhound Park and Casino in Dubuque, Iowa, also features greyhound racing. The Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, Iowa, is another popular option for gambling entertainment. Any of the Iowa casino options work well for a bachelor party because of the entertainment value. All members of the bachelor party can find their preferred method of gambling while relaxing with one another.
The state of Iowa features six minor league baseball teams in different parts of the state. The Iowa Cubs, located in Des Moines, offer Triple-A minor league baseball action. The other five teams are Class A minor league teams and include the Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Clinton LumberKings, Quad Cities River Bandits and Sioux City Explorers. Catching a game at any of the baseball stadiums makes a fitting option for a relaxed bachelor party. The teams feature games from late spring into fall giving you a wide range of times to hold the baseball bachelor party. Make the baseball game the primary bachelor party activity or watch a few innings before bar hopping or other traditional bachelor party activities.
If the bachelor party is held in August, the Iowa State Fair offers a variety of entertainment for a group of men. The fair runs for 11 days in mid-August and is a popular attraction for many Iowans. Live music and shows are a highlight of the fair. The Grandstand features performers each night. The food at the Iowa State Fair is also a highlight. The typical fried fair food is readily available in all corners of the fair. This venue offers an alternative to male bonding at a bachelor party. Have a few beers, watch some live music and have your fill of food-on-a-stick with your best guy friends.
A day on the lake is an ideal bachelor party for an outdoors guy. Iowa offers several lakes that work well for boating. Many also offer camping, which turns the bachelor party into an overnight weekend affair. Clear Lake in Northern Iowa offers camping, swimming and a state park nearby. The Iowa Great Lakes, also in Northern Iowa, include West Okoboji, East Okoboji and Big Spirit Lake. In addition to the lake activities, you'll find lots of bars, restaurants, beaches and resorts. Arnold's Park is an amusement park that also is in the area for additional bachelor party entertainment. Central Iowa offers Saylorville Lake for boating, swimming and camping, while Southern Iowa features Lake Rathbun and Lake Red Rock as two major boating lakes.
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