The Great Outdoors – Iowa Event Activities for Groups

Fun doesn’t just happen, as a planner, you must first start with a great plan and a fun-tastic place for it to happen. Whether you’re looking for team building activities, planning a corporate outing, or scheduling a company retreat, we recommend you start with our list of amazing Iowa event venues you’re going to want to try. Better yet, they are all outdoors.

Right on Target

Outdoors, the fresh air, healthy competition — all benefits gained from a team outing at a hunting or trap shooting venue. Follow up the fun with a hearty, hot meal and a place to lay your head, and you may have just hit on the perfect activity for your team outside the office.

Hole N' the Wall Lodge

Located in the Loess Hills of Northwestern Iowa. The land here is optimally maintained to provide an ideal habitat for the Iowa pheasant populations, so visitors experience some of the best pheasant hunting in the state. Comfortable lodging is available, including the rustic Main Lodge with 10 luxurious guest suites, and the West Wing, a 3-story, 5-bedroom house that sleeps six.

Sail into Fun

There’s more to a corporate cruise than just drifting along. These Iowa cruise lines specialize in giving your group the space they need to network, engage in teambuilding, and bond as a group, all in swanky surroundings and a relaxing atmosphere aboard some beautiful boats.

Queen II at Arnold’s Park

Known as the “Flagship of the Iowa Navy,” the Queen II can accommodate up to 200 passengers. Modeled after the original Queen steamer boat, the Queen II cruises the sparkling blue waters of Lake Okoboji.

Jon Anderson White Riverboat

Departing from Rathbun Lake Marina, the Jon Anderson White Riverboat is a stunning replica of a classic paddle wheeler from the turn of the century, with modern amenities such as air conditioning, handicap access, and two restrooms. Sightseeing tours, dinner cruises, and live entertainment make this an exceptional experience.   

Tee it Up

There’s nothing like a day on the course with your crew. The sunshine, the verdant greens, the lovely landscape…and the intensity of a really good golf game. Bring your group together on a golf course and watch the healthy competition, instant camaraderie, and entertaining action take place.

Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort

Designed by the legendary Rees Jones, known for his championship golf courses worldwide. The 18-hole course spans 7,100 yards with panoramic views that includes a 30-foot waterfall that flows into a 12-acre lake. Luxury hotel rooms, live entertainment, relaxing spa, and gourmet dining make this a memorable experience.

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

Blue Top Ridge, another beautifully Ree Jones designed course, will make any golfer feel like a champion. Spanning over 7,400 yards, Riverside's world-class golf course offers players breathtaking vistas overlooking two rivers, man made lakes and diverse terrain. It all adds up to a one-of-a-kind golfing experience for beginners and pros alike. Modern hotel rooms and amenities, live entertainment, relaxing spa, and gourmet dining complete your guests experience.

Park Amusement

In Iowa, it’s easy to find an activity or event that’s pure entertainment. Planning ideas for your team are abundant in the Hawkeye State — have them catch a ballgame, go along for the ride on a roller coaster, or send them off to the races — the possibilities are endless.

Prairie Meadows Race Track

And they’re off, getting in on the action of live horse racing from April through October. The on-site hotel invites guests to enjoy its 168 comfy rooms, 24/7 casino with table games, poker tournaments, and slots, plus indoor saltwater pool, hot tub, fitness center, and dining at any one of its five fine restaurants.

Iowa Speedway

Known as “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet”, the NASCAR-owned Iowa Speedway hosts a variety of racing events, including the Iowa Corn 300. Trackside camping is one of the most popular options for a stay at the Speedway, but for those less inclined to camp, nearby hotels offer lodging. The facility boasts 25 luxury suites with concessions providing a variety of food and beverage options.

For a complete list of outdoor activities, visit our Outdoor Event Activities Directory!

Casey Romano, Publisher | meetingpages |

Creator of digital platform meetingpages complete event planning directory and resource delivering leads and national, regional and local exposure for event venues, suppliers and destinations in MN, WI, IA & CO markets. In her free time, this 19 year industry veteran enjoys dance, group fitness, and training her young golden retriever dog in competition obedience and confirmation.