Okoboji Dining and To-Go Guide

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Enjoy this comprehensive Lakes Area Dining Guide for all things tasty in Okoboji! Arnolds Perk Coffeehouse  Arnolds Perk is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am – 1:30 pm.  Start your day the Perky Way with fresh coffee, pastries or the Power Breakfast Sandwich made with fresh baked bread, an Okoboji favorite.  The Perk Read More »

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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 Read More »

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Okoboji: All Things New

minnie queen

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! EAST LAKE PARK East Lake Park was totally transformed last summer and the marquee attraction, the “Minnie Queen” (photo above), opened with much fanfare and excitement.  Read More »

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Camps, Classes, and Lessons “OH MY”

Okoboji Sailing Center

Kid’s Own Vacation! Whether you are a weekly Okoboji visitor, here for just a few days, or a local looking to keep the kids busy this summer, there is a camp, class or lesson to appeal to all kids! (Added bonus, it keeps them off of electronics!)  While the kids are having a blast learning Read More »

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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 … Cocktail Read More »

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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 Read More »

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Guest Post: Musky Fishing Tips & Tricks

PMTT Logo

The Iowa Great Lakes Area is excited to welcome Musky Fishermen to our community August 29-30, 2021 for the PMTT Qualifying Tournament!  Our friends at Oak Hill Outdoor have put together some tips & tricks to help you find success and win the $20,000 first prize in this tournament!!! HUNTING THE LATE-SUMMER MUSKY ON THE Read More »

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Okoboji Fireworks

Okoboji Fireworks

Fireworks in Okoboji, Iowa have become a special tradition that families look forward to throughout the summer.  Fireworks can be seen over West Lake Okoboji each Saturday night through Labor Day Weekend.  As a result, many families plan to spend their Saturday nights watching the skies light up with color.  Fireworks typically follow the free Read More »

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Patio Dining and Drinks

Patio

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! 1. The Beach Club Lounge at the Inn The Beach Club transports lake-goers to the northern Caribbean in its heyday. The Cuban-American menu caters to Havana hankerings for Cubanos Read More »

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Top 12 Okoboji Kids Activities

Game

#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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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Live Music in Okoboji!

Live Music

Okoboji LIVE! The live music scene in Okoboji has never been better! 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 Read More »

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Rainy Day in Okoboji: WHAT TO DO

Bridges Bay Resort

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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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Okoboji – Just Beach it

Beach

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 breakfast at the Dry Dock, lunch at Read More »

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A Weekend in Okoboji- What to Do

Queen

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 »

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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! 1. 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. Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 offers 5 sand volleyball courts that host league games and friendly competition! Grab everyone you can find to fill up the teams and courts!   Read More »

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Bike Okoboji

Bike Trail

With miles of new trail and fresh asphalt overlays on existing tails, there has NEVER been a better time to bike in Okoboji! The Iowa Great Lakes has 60 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 Read More »

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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! Okoboji Commons Hotel STAY As far as accommodations there are many fabulous choices.  Check out the Read More »

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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 Read More »

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Top Activities for Kids and Families in Okoboji

Boating

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 »

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