Open Memorial through Labor Day, visitors can learn about the Spirit Lake Massacre and the events leading up to and following its tragedy. Hours are 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday. The Dickinson County Conservation Board staffs the Abbie Gardner Cabin in an agreement with the Iowa State Historical Society.
The iconic Roof Garden – which became famous throughout the Midwest for hosting marquee swing and then rock n’ roll bands – is in the process of a major rebuild. The New Roof Garden will closely resemble the historic two-story ballroom that was demolished in 1987.
The Bedell Family YMCA has grown to impact one out of two people in the Iowa Great Lakes. The YMCA boasts activities such as sports, aquatics, fitness, school-aged programs, special events and more. Caring staff will make you experience at the Bedell Family YMCA a home away from home.
Bring the family and make a splash any time of the year at Boji Splah waterpark – the only one in the area! The outdoor waterpark (all new pools and slides in 2020) will WOW you! Jet down the tube slide or float along the lazy river. When hunger strikes grab a snack, lunch, frozen Read More »
It’s all free at the Dickinson County Nature Center! Check out the live animals, indoor beehive, kids space area and all-new interactive exhibits in Pollinator Paradise. Head outside for the Nature playscape, disc-golf, trails and the Westport Schoolhouse. Year-round programming is also free.
East Lake Park is all new in 2021! With the Minnie Queen, fish slide, benches, beautiful landscaping, plentiful parking, a public dock and plenty of benches this is a must visit park. Located right on East Lake Okoboji next to the state boat ramp across from the Kum & Go convenience store on Highway 71. Read More »
With lush green rolling hills and an abundance of stately trees, Emerald Hills will ensure golfers of all skill levels a fun challenge at affordable rates. This beautifully maintained 6,651-yard course offers its players an enjoyable golf experience with its unique doglegs, water hazards, and quick breaking greens, along with a first-class clubhouse, a large Read More »
Relive the days of steamboats, motor launches and wooden cruisers with a visit to the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum. The museum has amassed a vast collection of local photographs, articles and artifacts from the Iowa Great Lakes early ‘golden days’ of boating. Special features of the museum include a fully restored boathouse, 25 classic Read More »
The Iowa Great Lakes Trail winds its way around the lakes and through the Iowa Great Lakes region, including Spirit Lake, Okoboji, West Okoboji, Arnolds Park, Milford and Lake Park. The “spine” of the system is a 14-mile, hard-surface trail that accommodates two-way recreational traffic. Connecting to the spine trail are several other trails to Read More »
Take a rocking’ trip down memory lane at the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Museum. Tour the recording studio and radio booth, play the jukebox and view vintage posters and record albums. Join them for Rock the Roof concerts in the Roof Garden for 11 consecutive Thursday nights during the summer!
The Lakes Area Hockey Association manages all programs at Lakes Ice Arena. Open skate is held most Friday and Saturday evenings during the late fall and winter months from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Watch Facebook at Lakes Ice Arena for opportunities to enjoy the ice. Admission: $6/person; $3 for skate rentals. Dress warm!
Since 1992, Oak Hill Marina has been helping boaters find enjoyment on beautiful Lake Okoboji and waters all over the upper Midwest. Located in Arnolds Park, Iowa, nearly a stone’s throw across the highway from the historical Arnolds Park Amusement Park on Highway 71, Oak Hill provides a vast range of marine products, services, rentals, Read More »
Since 2018, Oak Hill Outdoor, a subsidiary of Oak Hill Companies is northwest Iowa’s premier sporting goods outfitter located on the Waypoint 2188 property in north Milford at the junction of Highways 71 & 86. Oak Hill Outdoor is the premier boat dealer in the Iowa Great Lakes region for America’s #1 selling and largest Read More »
The Okoboji Bible Conference is a unique place to grow in your faith. The 88th annual Conference takes place July 30 to Aug 5. It is open to anyone and at no cost, the entire week is operated solely on free will donations. There is programming for all ages! The teaching is engaging and the Read More »
Okoboji Boat Works is located in the Marina District in Smith’s Bay, West Lake Okoboji. It is the only marina on West Lake Okoboji and features daily or seasonal boat slip rentals, boat and water-sports rentals, 24-hour on-water gas dock, and fishing licenses & supplies. Families love the beach, playground and antique nautical display. Step Read More »
The course opened in 2013 and features both amateur- and professional-level concrete tee pads and takes disc golfers through a variety of habitats including a restored oak savanna. Challenges include tallgrass prairie areas and a 30-foot tall glacial kame. Par for the course is 61. “Long holes to short stints, obstacles to open terrain — Read More »
Address: 24457 Stake Out Road Okoboji Iowa 51355 United States
Open Year Round
Parks Marina is not your typical marina – it is an Iowa Great Lakes lifestyle destination. They feature the industry’s most elite boat brands such as Cobalt, Crownline, Grady White, Scout, Carver Yachts, Mooma and Supra Ski Boats, Ski Natique, Harris Flotebote Pontoons, and South Bay pontoons. Parks Marina has received multiple awards from the Read More »
Enjoy all the arts have to offer at the Pearson Lakes Art Center with 5 galleries, a 288-seat theater, classrooms, clay room, an outdoor sculpture trail, and the new culinary arts kitchen! Sign up for a class, enjoy world-class entertainment year-round, or just take an afternoon to view the ever-changing art on display or play Read More »
Speier Park is located west of the Kum & Go convenience store on Sanborn Avenue and directly across from the airport. The Speier Park property was donated by the late Sam Speier in the late 1960’s, with the first shelter house being constructed in 1970. At that time tennis courts were added, with some new Read More »
Address: 2414 Okoboji Blvd Milford Iowa 51351 United States
Open Year Round
One of Okoboji’s most popular public swimming areas is Terrace Park Beach. Picnics and swimming at the Beach has lingered in the memories of many of West Okoboji residents and returning visitors! New Restrooms in 2019!!!!
The Barefoot Bar located at Parks Marina on East Lake Okoboji is one of the region’s most popular family destinations. You can arrive by water or land with plenty of parking as well as docking for your boat. Featuring a full bar, great beach-fare food, pizza, and don’t miss Phil’s Famous Ribs and Seafood Boil Read More »
The Gardens on the lakeside level of The Central Emporium started out as boat storage in the 1920’s and has gone through many transformations. Relax and enjoy lunch or dinner in the comfortable, air conditioned bar or head outside to our expansive deck to soak in the sights and sounds of West Lake Okoboji at Read More »
New for 2020! The Hook Up, located at Oak Hill Outdoor is every fisherman’s convenient one-stop resource for quality fishing bait and tackle, apparel, and accessories. A unique destination experience where your company is always welcome and the fishing stories are guaranteed to be shared.
You already know West O Beer, home of the award-winning CocO Stout, is found in a boatload of locations in bottles and on tap. Now, experience West O up close and personal. Because her’s where you can saunter through the actual West O doors, go right up to the bar, and order up a cold Read More »
Yoga is for every ‘body.’ Yoga Okoboji is a modern, clean and inspiring studio offering heated and non-heated classes for all levels. The studio is 100% solar powered, earth friendly, natural and warm. Any age and any body type can benefit from a yoga practice. Yoga Okoboji is a Yoga Alliance Registered School (RYS) and Read More »
Entertainment venue located in the heart of the Okoboji Lakes Area. Stage with dance floor & overlooking mezzanine level. Rooftop bar THE NEXT LEVEL with view of West Okoboji Lake open seasonally. Bar available on all four levels of complex.
Off the beaten path but not out of the way, Chaplin’s offers hand crafted cocktails, six beers on tap and all your favorites. The food menu has something for every appetite. The best part of Chaplin’s is the clientele. They are an eclectic bunch with all ages sharing the music, speed pool tourneys and great Read More »
Get ready for musical, magical and memorable moments! With 40 years of passion for early childhood music and movement, Kindermusik is a world class experience. Classes are specifically created to engage whole child development through research-based music and movement. Kindermusik is fun and educational for the whole family!
Historic movie theater in downtown Milford known for its friendly staff, comfortable recliner seats, and old-fashioned small-town hospitality. Two Screens with all leather recliner stadium seating and the best popcorn in town!
Okoboji Brewing Company, LLC intends to create a pleasant, enjoyable and sociable environment through the provision of refreshing high-quality brews. Hence we intend to assist in the creation of a welcoming and relaxed environment reflective of people enjoying themselves and the Iowa Great Lakes. OBC brews a few of their own signature beers and has Read More »
Come experience a thrilling adventure where you solve riddles and puzzles and find clues in order to escape out of a room. Solve the mystery puzzle before the time runs out! The NEW Okoboji Escape Room is just right for YOU! A team building activity that creates scenarios where participants must rely on each other Read More »
What’s our story? Well that’s easy. We love bikes and all things cycling. But the one thing we love more than that, is seeing the enjoyment others get from turning the pedals on their new ride, or maybe it’s seeing their young one pedal without training wheels for the first time, or better yet, we Read More »
Are you looking for a unique place to have a great glass of wine or beer while taking in fabulous conversation and spectacular art? This is the place, whether you are looking for outdoor seating, cozy lounge, or hightop table seating we have it all! Cheers!
Okoboji’s premier recreational axe throwing bar. Come swing some axes with us! We are a family owned and operated business, nestled in with some other local favorites between West Lake Okoboji and Highway 71. Come throw some axes with us and grab a beer while you’re here! Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome based Read More »