Where to Stay: There are many GREAT lodging options open year round in Okoboji! The romantic Oakwood Inn Bed & Breakfast is kid-free and overlooks a beautiful wetland in the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes Area. The Okoboji Inn and Suites, Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center, AmericInn Lodge & Suites, The Ramada Inn , and Super 8 all offer romantic suites and a perfect destination to get away from it all. If you are looking for lake views and something for a few more people, check out Bridges Bay, West Oaks, or Four Seasons Resort, all located in Arnolds Park.
What to do: Even in the winter you can stay as busy as you want in Okoboji! Check out the ultimate man cave at Okoboji Classic Cars where you can see cars from days gone by, fabulous artwork, and a state of the art restoration garage. Stroll around the Maritime Museum with many special features and exhibits on the early days of boating in Okoboji and while there you can purchase Okoboji gear at the Spirit Center . Speaking of shopping there are many shops open throughout the winter.
Winter is a great time to check out the local wineries and breweries, which are open all winter long, often giving tours throughout the day. You can even grab a pizza or take out and create your own game night, board games are available at most locations. Check out websites for days and hours open for Little Swan Lake Winery , Round Lake Vineyards Winery, West O Beer Company, and Okoboji Brewing Company. There is always something fun happing at the Okoboji Barn! For great nightlife there is still a lot of live music and karaoke all week long, to find what is going on during your stay click on our What’s Happening Tab.
If winter adventure is what you are in search of, there are many options. Pay a visit to Okoboji Boat Works to ice fish or ice skate. Then head to the Dickinson County Nature Center for a snowshoe hike (free snowshoes available on weekdays), or to play a round of disc golf on their 18-hole, professionally planned Disc Golf Course. You can also rent fat tire bikes or cross-country skis at Okoboji Expedition Company. If you would rather be indoors head over to Boji Bay Ice Arena for public skating for a minimal fee on Friday and Saturday nights.
Still looking for things to do? There are two great places to see movies: Great Lakes Cinema 7 or Milford Pioneer Theater. The newly renovated Milford Pioneer Theater has 2 screens and all new leather, reclining chair seating. For a unique night out, Riddle Me That, Okoboji’s newest attraction gives you 1 hour to escape from a locked room by solving riddles and puzzles while unlocking clues to find the key that let’s you out of the room.
Where to eat: Even locals have a hard time deciding where to eat in the winter! If you are here on a Tuesday “Pasta Night” at either Minerva’s or Kazarelli’s are not to be missed. Water’s Edge at Bridges Bay offers everything from steak and seafood fine dinning to a large variety of flat bread pizzas and is open for lunch and dinner year-round. Pub 19 at Okoboji View is your place on the west side of the Lake for everything from East Coast Style Pizza, to steaks, to pasta. If Mexican is what you are craving, check out Los Pueblos, La Barca or Los Lagos. If you are looking for a great neighborhood bar and grill to catch a drink, bite to eat, or watch a game, check out Remington’s, The Garden’s, The Ritz, The Hutt, or Tweeter’s right in the middle of it all. For your morning coffee fix head over to Rabab’s Coffee & Bistro, The Coffee Shop in Milford, Starbucks at Hy-Vee and if you need more than coffee, breakfast at The Dry Dock, The Hutt or Koffee Kup is sure to please. See all dining
Does this look like too much fun to leave the kids at home? Check out more ideas for family trips to Okoboji during the winter!