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Okoboji History

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Okoboji Phantoms

A look at businesses in Okoboji’s historical past… Vern and Coila’s Magic Ride By Greg Drees The place bore their first names, a couple which had been scarred by the Great Depression and fought their way back through hope and resiliency. In the summer of 1946 they turned the key to Vern & Coila’s, a … Read more

Classic Craft Chronicles

By Greg Dres “Okobojian Denny Anspach and his family own a fleet of classic wooden boats that they have restored an preserved over the years.” Awestruck by the beauty and timelessness of the classic wooden boats, Denny Anspach began a lifelong love affair with the nautical treasures. In farmsteads, fields and boatyards from New Hampshire … Read more

Bridges Over ‘Boji Waters

By: Greg Drees “First bridges connected settlers with development..” Travel with the Time Machine back to the 1850s, when the first settlers, immigrants and adventurers were arriving in the Okoboji area. Their eyes beheld what their Native American predecessors had first witnessed- a land of irresistible beauty and a chain of lakes that held them … Read more

Rainy Day in Okoboji: WHAT TO DO

The weather may not always be bright and sunny, but no worries! We have the perfect plan for an unexpected rainy day in Okoboji! Stay busy and explore Okoboji! Museums The personality of Okoboji has been shaped by its significant history. Our local museums can help take you on a trip through time in learning … Read more

Fireworks!

Watching fireworks over the the lake with family is a tradition in the Iowa Great Lakes Area!  Whether you watch from the shores of the lake or in a boat, there is something magical about seeing the reflection of the colors in the rippling water.  There is no shortage of opportunities to watch a spectacular … Read more

Best Activities for Teens in Okoboji

Explore these teen friendly activities with you, your friends, and or family for any weekend or weekday in Okoboji! Arnold’s Park Beach sand volleyball Right on the beach, Arnold’s Park offers 5 sand volleyball courts that host league games and friendly competition! Grab everyone you can find to fill up the teams and courts! Saturday … Read more

Shop till You Drop Okoboji Style

Maybe it is a rainy day… or you are too sunburnt to get out on the water… or you need new Okoboji apparel! Either way, take a day to visit all of the wonderful shops located around the lakes area to enlarge and improve your wardrobe! Bungalow 29 Bungalow 29 is a quaint shop across from the … Read more

Central Emporium Stores

Full of unique locally owned stores, come down and make your way through each store in the Central Emporium  located in Arnold’s Park! Delaphina With a small collection of knick knacks and clothing wear, they have many cases and displays of beautifully made jewelry; such as, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Come on down to spoil yourself … Read more

Arnold’s Park Shops

A vacation is never complete without visiting all of the Arnold’s Park Shops! Come on down and leave with plenty of shopping bags! Sweet Memories With sweet selections of cotton candy, taffies, and other delectables, Sweet Memories is the perfect place to visit to satisfy your sweet tooth! Daily Addiction Daily Addiction offers a large … Read more

A Weekend in Okoboji- What to Do

You have a weekend in Okoboji… What will you do to fill your time? Scroll to have your weekend timeline already planned out for you!   ARRIVE FRIDAY NIGHT You just reached your dream destination of Okoboji to have arrived at one of our beautiful lodges and resorts! After you drop of your bags, get … Read more

Top Activities for Kids and Families in Okoboji

Okoboji is home to a numerous amount of family friendly activities that everyone will enjoy! Make it a goal to visit the following exciting Okoboji activities around the area! Click places you are interested in to visit their website for more information! Mini-Golf!  Pirate’s Cove, Ranch 66,  and Treasure Village – You can find easy entertainment in spending … Read more

Live Music in Okoboji!

Click here for the most up-to-date live music schedule, or scroll down to learn more about the great music venues in the Iowa Great Lakes Area! Okoboji offers an array of different venues and atmospheres to fit with the incoming musicians around the lakes area. Throughout the summer, you can find live music 7 days … Read more