Missing this….

CONCERT SUNSET

                 MISSING THIS?!?! ….Well we can’t promise you warm sunsets and concerts overlooking Lake Okoboji BUT we can promise you amazing live music this holiday season at the all NEW Roof Garden and various venues around the Lakes! Make RESERVATIONS NOW for a weekend in Okoboji with all Read More »

THINK: Okoboji 4th of July

Preservation Plaza

Okoboji has a great 4th of July celebration with music, fireworks, food, family, friends, and fun in the sun!  The fun starts now, so don’t wait another second to book YOUR Okoboji getaway. ** Helpful Tip:  Every event, attraction, restaurant, hotel, and other listing on VacationOkoboji.com has an “add to calendar” button.  Click that to Read More »

Selfie Spots

Selfie Spot in front of the Queen

So many photo ops; so little time.  From lakeside trails to coffee shop stops, Okoboji is full of selfie-worthy experiences! Look for our new “Selfie Spots” around Okoboji! (You can find all of the locations on our instagram story!) #YouMeOkoboji

Fireworks!

Okoboji Fireworks

Watching fireworks over the the lake with family is a tradition in the Iowa Great Lakes Area!  Whether you watch from the shores of the lake or in a boat, there is something magical about seeing the reflection of the colors in the rippling water.  There is no shortage of opportunities to watch a spectacular Read More »

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 »

Okoboji: All Things New

Arnolds park Promenade

The most asked question every spring in Okoboji is, “So what is new this year?”  This year the list is almost a mile long!  So let’s jump right in! Arnolds Park Roof Garden Two things you will notice right away upon driving into Arnold’s Park are the Roof Garden and the Arnolds Park Promenade.  The Read More »

Twister of Terror

It was June 1968, eerily a stormy time in U.S. history. Protests against the Vietnam War raged across the country. Matin Luther Kind had been cut down by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis in April. Two months later Robert Kennedy would be slain in Los Angeles. Later that summer the Democratic National Convention in Chicago Read More »

An Adult Winter Wonderland

Winter Games Preview

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 Read More »

“FOCUS” – OKOBOJI

Boat

“FOCUS” means the center of interest or activity; focal point; heart; the core; or center of attention. Synonyms for “FOCUS” include attention, priority, concentration, to pay particular attention to. In our busy fast paced, plugged in, work, work crazed culture it is easy for us to lose “FOCUS” on what matters in life. We understand Read More »

WOW Weekend!

WOW

Get your girlfriends together and plan a weekend in Okoboji for shopping, food & fun!   The Dickinson County Expo Center will feature over 70 vendors offering what women want!  Many other area shops and attractions will be open throughout the weekend for your shopping pleasure.  If you feel yourself slowing down, stop at one of the Read More »

Nautical Nostalgia

“Most of all it’s that steamer, time you set sail, Ah, the crowd’s always steam in’, Streamin’ and lean in’ on the rail – Jimmy Buffet” Steamboats ruled Okoboji navigation at the turn of the 20th century. By: Greg Drees At the apex of the era, more than a dozen of them piled the waters Read More »

A Slice of History

By: Carole Achterhof “The Story of the O’Farrell Sisters restaurant can’t be served without a few special ingredients- two generations of independent, industrious women, a seasoned boat captain, a missing railroad ledger and pie that won’t be served before its time.” O’Farrell Sisters has been an Okoboji legend since 1948, when it was originally located Read More »

Showpiece Chateau

” ‘Okoboji Phatnoms:’ A look at businesses and other places of intrigue in Okoboji’s Past” By Greg Drees Always there has been the banter about its supposed sultry side. It was a bordello, one rendition claims. Or perhaps a verboten gaming hall, says another. But these are just contrivances at best. Whatever the conjecture of Read More »

Okoboji Phantoms

A look at businesses in Okoboji’s historical past… Vern and Coila’s Magic Ride By Greg Drees The place bore their first names, a couple which had been scarred by the Great Depression and fought their way back through hope and resiliency. In the summer of 1946 they turned the key to Vern & Coila’s, a Read More »

Classic Craft Chronicles

By Greg Dres “Okobojian Denny Anspach and his family own a fleet of classic wooden boats that they have restored an preserved over the years.” Awestruck by the beauty and timelessness of the classic wooden boats, Denny Anspach began a lifelong love affair with the nautical treasures. In farmsteads, fields and boatyards from New Hampshire Read More »

Central Emporium Stores

Full of unique locally owned stores, come down and make your way through each store in the Central Emporium  located in Arnold’s Park! Dellapina Dellapina is a family owned and operated business originating out of Peru. Owner and designer, Marcy Costello, offers her family’s homemade Peruvian jewelry and sterling silver jewelry right here in the Iowa Read More »

Queens Court Shops

Queens Court

A vacation is never complete without visiting all of the Arnold’s Park Shops! Come on down and leave with plenty of shopping bags! Boat House Apparel Boat House Apparel, the “anchor” store of Queen’s court has a variety of beautiful clothing; such as, tank tops, tees, hats, sweatshirts, and accessories! They describe their store best: Read More »

Okoboji – Just Beach it

Beach

Grab your beach towel and sunglasses to come explore our Okoboji beaches!  Arnolds Park City Beach Arnolds Park City Beach is in the middle of all the excitement during the Okoboji days. Just next to the bridge on Highway 71, you can walk or drive to the available parking lots after enjoying breakfast at the Read More »

Yoga: State of Mind & Body

She knew nothing about the power of yoga when she took her first class, but the experience would lead to a life-changing revelation for Janine Gustafson. “I wasn’t a workout person at the time, maybe 15 years ago or so,” Gustafson remembered. “But I heard about this yoga class and, although I had no idea Read More »

Biking Goes Bonkers

Spine and loop trails draw cyclists to the lakes By Greg Drees In 1988, a new RISE initiative funded by the Iowa Legislature provided $1 million annually for the development of recreational trails in Iowa. From this start was born the Dickinson County Trails Association (DCTA), which won a grant the following year for $357,121 Read More »