Okoboji Couples Summer Getaway

fireworks over West Lake Okoboji

Credit: Tom Gustafson Summer is an exciting time to explore the Iowa Great Lakes with your special someone! This time of the year allows you time to relax as much as you want or have as much adventure as possible. With plenty of options for lodging, dining and activities, there’s something for both of you…

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Camps, Classes, and Lessons “OH MY”

Okoboji Sailing Center

Embrace the joy of family fun in Okoboji, whether you’re a regular visitor, enjoying a short getaway, or a local seeking summer activities for the kids! Dive into an array of camps, classes, and lessons tailored to every child’s interests. While the kids embark on exciting new adventures, take the opportunity to explore local shops,…

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Okoboji Family Reunion


Okoboji has, is, and will always be THE destination for a fabulous family reunion! With some organization and a little planning ahead you can plan a family reunion with something for everyone. Families have been enjoying Okoboji for years and with some help, tricks, and tips your family can as well. Stay There are a…

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Ice Fishing Frenzy

Ice fish

Just Fish Experience year-round fishing bliss in Okoboji, Iowa, where angling enthusiasts thrive, even in winter! Winter is among the prime seasons for fishing in and around Okoboji, with incredible ice fishing opportunities at the Iowa Great Lakes. Whether you prefer a fishing guide, a cozy ice house equipped with home-like amenities, a portable shelter,…

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Behind the Scenes: Fun in Okoboji Video

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The latest Vacation Okoboji video will have you dreaming of your next summer vacation in Okoboji, Iowa.  Go behind the scenes to learn more about each of the Okoboji attractions that need to be on your to-do list!   Lakeside Dining! Okoboji offers a wide variety of lakeside dining options including The Okoboji Store Bar…

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An hour or two to spare? Okoboji: Eat, Play, Shop!

nature center play

Whether you are in town for a music competition or sports tournament you may find yourself with an hour or two to pass so here are some suggestions of where to EAT, PLAY, and SHOP!  Why not make a weekend out of it and book a night or two in one of our many great…

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Behind the Scenes: Family Fun in Okoboji Video

Tubing in Okoboji, Iowa

The latest Vacation Okoboji video will have you dreaming of your next summer family vacation to Okoboji.  Go behind the scenes to learn more about each of the Okoboji attractions that need to be on your families to-do list! Tubing! With over 15,000 acres of lakes in Iowa’s Great Lakes region, there is plenty of…

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Okoboji Family Vacation

burger and co

Okoboji is nestled in the northwest corner of Iowa along the Minnesota border.  The chain of lakes were formed by a glacier thousands of years ago, and now welcome generations of families to the crisp clean water and beaches! We are excited to welcome your family to create life-long memories in Okoboji (and get a…

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In Search of the Hidden Selfie Spots

selfie spot

Have you ever wondered where some of the best selfie spots are in Okoboji – even the most hidden ones? Well, now you can find them one by one and take memorable selfies as you go! You can pretend to be pirates looking for the treasured selfie spot next to the Mini Queen at East…

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Top 12 Okoboji Kids Activities


#1.  Arnolds Park Amusement Park  No vacation to Okoboji is complete without a day at Arnolds Park Amusement Park !  From the roller coaster to the log ride, you are bound to see smiles, hear laughter, and let out a couple screams! With many kid friendly rides, it is also a great place for all…

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Okoboji: All Things New

minnie queen

Berkley Bedell State Pier in Arnolds Park, Iowa The most asked question every spring in Okoboji is, “So what is new this year?”  There is so much to talk about this year! So let’s jump right in! New This Season Attractions & Events The Dickinson County Trail system continues to expanded in the Iowa Great…

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Fall Fishing!

Okoboji Fishing with John Grosvenor

Angling in the Iowa Great Lakes offers diversity. By Greg Drees People are drawn to water magnetically, spiritually. Anglers are among the most ardent to seek lakes of fortune. They come from near and far to the waters of Okoboji, lured by the legend of the fisheries, which are healthy, diverse and full of mystery.…

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Live Music in Okoboji!

Live Music

Okoboji LIVE! A true live music destination! Okoboji offers a vast array of live music venues with an atmosphere and musical style to fit everyone! Throughout the summer you can find live music 7 days a week! For the most up-to date schedule check the EVENTS CALENDAR often. Grab your people and come visit the…

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Okoboji Girls Weekend

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Sometimes getting away as a family or a couple is impossible because of the “who will take the children dilemma”, or maybe you just need to relax with your people and invest in friendship, or celebrate a life event, or maybe you are retired and are looking for a guys or girls getaway! Whatever your…

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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…

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Top 10 Things to do Outside in Okoboji

Bike Ride

Being outside and active is a great way to stay mentally and physically healthy during this unprecedented time! Here are ten suggestions of how to do that in Okoboji this summer! 1. Bike, Walk or Run Paved Trails With over 40 miles of miles of dedicated paved trails and an additional 50+ miles of signed…

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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 is home to sand volleyball courts that host league games and friendly competition! Grab everyone you can find to fill up the teams and courts!…

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Bike Okoboji

Bike Trail

With miles of new trail and fresh asphalt overlays on existing tails, NOW is a great time to bike in Okoboji! The Iowa Great Lakes has 70 plus miles of dedicated paved trails and bike friendly streets which equals numerous routes and rides for all ages and ability levels. The “spine” of the trail system…

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Kid-friendly Okoboji Vacation Guide

Music at the park

If you’re looking for a family-friendly summer vacation, this will be your last stop. Not just for this year’s vacation planning, but for every year after. Okoboji offers something for the entire family Monday – Sunday. And we mean it! (Who doesn’t love lake life?) And next year when you’re making the drive, we guarantee…

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Budget Friendly Okoboji Vacation

Dock Jump

We often get asked about free, discounted, or budget friendly itineraries for an Okoboji family vacation.  This post will give you a whole week’s worth of ideas that will NOT break the bank and allow you to come back to Okoboji soon. Sunday Arrive and get checked into your home away from home for the…

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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…

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