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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A Local Teenager’s Perfect Summer Day

We all have our good days and our bad days. In Okoboji, you can only have good days… but what does a perfect day in Okoboji look like? Good question. From one teen to another, I’ve got you covered. I’ve constructed an itinerary of the perfect summer day in Okoboji, so you can spend the whole…

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Okoboji – Just Beach it

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Grab your towel and sunglasses and come explore Okoboji Beaches!   Arnolds Park City Beach   Arnolds Park City Beach is right in the middle of all the excitement. Just next to the bridge on Highway 71, you can walk or drive to the available parking lot after enjoying lunch at The Ritz. It is a…

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10 Lakeside Dining Patios

okoboji Store

What is more enjoyable and relaxing than enjoying an amazing dinner lakeside?  Yep, not much!  So here is a list of 10 Okoboji lakeside patio dining hotspots!  The Okoboji Store  With three levels of outside seating, a comfy couch mezzanine level and playground for kids The Okoboji Store is your ultimate lakeside dining destination. The…

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Okoboji Fireworks

Okoboji Fireworks

Experience the magic of Okoboji, Iowa with our cherished summer tradition – Saturday night fireworks over West Lake Okoboji! Join families in the excitement as the skies come alive with colors, following the free concert at Arnolds Park Amusement Park’s Preservation Plaza. Choose your perfect vantage point around the lake or within the park. Beyond…

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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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Year-Round Sports

Oktoberfest Bike Rider

Winter, spring, summer or fall, if you’re a sports fan, you’re sure to find a sporting event to participate in or watch in Okoboji. From bike rides to ice fishing, to tennis tournaments to winter games, many of the area’s long-standing events have evolved over time and grown with more participants, said Kiley Zankowski, director…

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Okoboji Family Reunion

SNYDER FAMILY

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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Classic West Lake Loop

Bike Trail

This classic West Lake Okoboji loop ride will take you just over 18 miles around beautiful West Lake Okoboji. You can start at many points around the lake. This ride started at First Lutheran Church in West Okoboji which has plenty of parking and is great launching point. You can head north or south from…

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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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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

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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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Furry Friends Welcome in Okoboji!

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Want to bring your furry best friend on vacation to Okoboji with you, but you don’t know what places are pet-friendly? We’re here to help! Whether you’re looking for lodging or dining options, we’ll find options that will give you and your pet(s) the best Okoboji experience!   Pet-friendly Lodging Looking for a place to…

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Okoboji Summer Dining Guide

Minerva's

Enjoy this comprehensive Lakes Area Dining Guide for all things tasty in Okoboji from Memorial Day until Labor Day! Arnolds Perk Coffeehouse  Arnolds Perk is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am – 1:30 pm beginning May 26.  Start your day the Perky Way with fresh coffee, pastries or the Power Breakfast Sandwich made…

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Top 10 Okoboji Kids Activities

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#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

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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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Year Round Adventures in Okoboji

Aerial Yoga

Join us throughout the year as we experience a few of the adventures that make Okoboji so special! Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course!  Read more about disc golfing in Okoboji … Kettleson Hogsback Wildlife Management Area!  Read more about Kettleson Hogsback… Iowa Great Lake Maritime Museum!  Read more about the Maritime Museum … The Throwing Post!…

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Guest Post: Musky Fishing Tips & Tricks

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Our friends at Oak Hill Outdoor have put together some tips & tricks to help you find success when fishing for Musky!!! HUNTING THE LATE-SUMMER MUSKY ON THE IOWA GREAT LAKES Founded on a love of the outdoors and conservationist principles, Oak Hill Outdoor opened The Hook Up last fall – sporting the area’s largest variety…

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Patio Dining and Drinks

Captain's Rooftop

When summer finally comes we all want to be outside as much as possible! Here are 17, YES 17, great patios for outside dining or drinks! Tavern at the Park Tavern At The Park is a Modern Gastropub featuring unique food and bar menus, indoor and outdoor seating. You may even find live music on…

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Okoboji GUYS Weekend

Golf

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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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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Rainy Day in Okoboji: WHAT TO DO

Bridges Bay Resort Waterpark

The weather may not always be bright and sunny, but no worries! We have the perfect plan for an unexpected rainy day to keep you busy while having fun exploring 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…

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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

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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

Fireworks

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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Sunsets & Chardonnay: “Adulting” in Okoboji

Sunset

Suset Whether you are empty nesting, a couple looking to get away for a long weekend, or a group of friends there is so much to do sans kids in Okoboji you may want to book a whole week! STAY As far as accommodations there are many fabulous choices.  Check out the Oakwood Inn Bed…

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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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