Fall Okoboji Dining and To-Go Guide

Minerva's

Enjoy this comprehensive Lakes Area Dining Guide for all things tasty in Okoboji!  Please be patient with our dining establishments, they are very short staffed.  We try to keep this as updated as possible but hours are changing all the time so call ahead or check Facebook for the most updated hours for each establishment.   Read More »

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Bouncelandia

Bouncelandia Bouncing

Bounce Your Day Away! by Rebecca Peters This week I visited Bouncelandia, the world’s largest bounce house in Milford, IA.  I was able to bounce my afternoon away and feel like a kid again.  This unique attraction is perfect for all ages that love to have fun! Bouncelandia is very hard to miss.  Imagine a Read More »

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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 Read More »

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Furry Friends Welcome in Okoboji!

okoboji dog

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 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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Okoboji Dining and To-Go Guide

Minerva's

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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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: 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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Kettleson Hogsback

Kettleson Hogsback

Connect with Nature! by Rebecca Peters This week I explored the trails at Kettleson Hogsback Wildlife Management Area. The weather is getting beautiful, and it’s a great time to get outside to watch the plants come back to life.  I’ve heard there are great birdwatching opportunities at Kettleson Hogsback, with over 270 different bird species Read More »

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Okoboji Gold Disc Golf

Okoboji Disc Golf

Keep Your Disc Level! by Rebecca Peters This week I learned to play disc golf at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course at Kenue Park next to the Nature Center.  This course offers a fun, yet challenging 18 holes that winds through a Burr Oak Savannah and over a glacial kame between the Westport Schoolhouse Read More »

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The Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum

So Many Wooden Boats! by Rebecca Peters This week I visited the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum and gift shop.  The museum is full of fascinating artifacts that tell a story about our community in years past.  It is free to visit, but donations are accepted. The gift shop is filling up with toys, trinkets, Read More »

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The Beach Club Lounge

The Beach Club

Shake! Shake! Shake! by Rebecca Peters This week I sampled several cocktails at The Beach Club Lounge in The Inn Hotel.  Not only did I get to try a few of the unique drinks they serve, but they also put me behind the bar to make some cocktails!  I didn’t realize my arms were going Read More »

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The Throwing Post

The Throwing Post

Bullseye! by Rebecca Peters This week I honed my skills to become an expert ax thrower at The Throwing Post in Arnolds Park!  Spoiler!  I am still not an expert ax thrower!  The Throwing Post is an ax throwing bar on Allen Avenue in Arnolds Park.   They have multiple ax throwing lanes, which you can Read More »

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Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga

I Was Floating Upside-Down by Rebecca Peters This week I tried aerial yoga at Studio Yoga & Barre in Spirit Lake.  There are very few instructors or studios in the Midwest that offer this type of yoga.  Silks, or large slings of fabric, are hung from the ceiling.  You can really enhance your stretching by Read More »

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Riddle Me That

Riddle Me That

My Brain Got A Workout! by Rebecca Peters This week I visited the Riddle Me That! Riddle Me That is an escape room in Arnolds Park. Get a group of friends (or coworkers) together and plan for a challenging hour solving a series of riddles and puzzles to escape the room and win! This week’s Read More »

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50 Mile Ride

Bike Trail

This 50 mile challenge ride is fun, safe, and winds through the beautiful trail system, while also giving you some safe wide open county roads to test your speed. Milford Trail Head You can begin anywhere along the route, but this ride started at The Milford Trail Head.  From there you shoot up a county Read More »

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Dickinson County Nature Center

Pollinator Paradise by Rebecca Peters This week I visited the Dickinson County Nature Center!  They have recently extended their hours to be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10-4.  It is free to visit and enjoy all of the educational exhibits. Most of the special programs they offer are also free, but registration is required.  They are limited Read More »

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Craft Brewery Tour

I’ll Take One of Each by Rebecca Peters This week I did a local craft brewery tour and visited Okoboji Brewing Company and West O to taste their local brews and enjoy the unique vibe each brewery has to offer.  The Iowa Great Lakes Area brews delicious beer!  Both breweries offer something for everyone’s taste, Read More »

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Kurio Kastle: Pottery Painting Palace

I Painted Up A Storm by Rebecca Peters This week I visited the Kurio Kastle Pottery Painting Palace.  It is a great destination if you’re looking to creating something uniquely “you,” or want to escape your thoughts for an hour or so. The Kurio Kastle is located on 16th Street just off Hill Avenue in Read More »

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Pearson Lakes Art Center

I Explored Art by Rebecca Peters This week I visited the Pearson Lakes Art Center.  I explored the multiple visual arts galleries, classrooms, performing arts theatre, and gift shop filled with original artwork from local artists.  Then, I went back later in the day to take the Wine 101 culinary arts education class! Holly, the Read More »

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Okoboji Classic Cars

Okoboji Classic Cars

A Step Back In Time by Rebecca Peters This week I visited Okoboji Classic Cars, an incredible experience unique to the Iowa Great Lakes Area!  If you’ve never visited, what are you waiting for?  Okoboji Classic Cars is a car dealership featuring cars spanning 100 years. It’s a full restoration shop.  It’s also a paradise Read More »

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Okoboji Spring Dining and To-Go Guide

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Enjoy this comprehensive Lakes Area Take Out dining guide for all things tasty and comforting! Beach Club @ The Inn Hotel – Arnolds Park The Beach Club at the Inn Hotel is open for dine-in or carry out.  Order from the full menu. Outdoor dining available. Call 712-337-6402 to place your order between the hours: Read More »

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Vintage Pinball

Vintage Pinball Adventures by Rebecca Peters This week I visited the Arnolds Park Museum to try my luck at some of the newest additions, the vintage pinball machines. The museum is filled with items that will bring a smile to your face and remind you of great times in Arnolds Park. I did a lap Read More »

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Hot Power Yoga

Adventures with Hot Power Yoga by Rebecca Peters I’ve taken Gentle Yoga classes at Yoga Okoboji in the past, but never attempted the Hot Power Yoga.  The room was as the title of the class describes, a hot 98 degrees, and it didn’t take long for my face to match the red color of my Read More »

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Ice Fishing!

Adventures in Okoboji – Ice Fishing Rebecca Peters, Okoboji Tourism Director Each year thousands of people visit the Iowa Great Lakes to enjoy the amenities our area has to offer.  Join me each week as I become a tourist in our backyard to explore a few of the spots that make the Iowa Great Lakes Read More »

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Ice Skating!

Adventures in Okoboji – Ice Skating Rebecca Peters, Okoboji Tourism Director Each year thousands of people visit the Iowa Great Lakes.  They come to enjoy the natural resources, attractions, museums, restaurants, and shopping.  They take pictures to remember the fun moments spent in our backyard.  They go home and share stories of a great vacation.  Read More »

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Okoboji WINTER Dining and To-Go Guide

food

Enjoy this comprehensive Lakes Area Take Out dining guide for all things tasty and comforting! Beach Club @ The Inn Hotel – Arnolds Park The Beach Club at the Inn Hotel is open for dine-in or carry out.  Order from the full menu. Outdoor dining available. Call 712-337-6402 to place your order between the hours: Read More »

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Okoboji FALL Dining and To-Go Guide

food

Enjoy this comprehensive Lakes Area Take Out dining guide for all things tasty and comforting! Beach Club @ The Inn Hotel – Arnolds Park The Beach Club at the Inn Hotel is open for dine-in or carry out.  Order from the full menu. Outdoor dining available. Call 712-337-6402 to place your order between the hours: Read More »

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30 Mile Ride Loop

Bike Trail

One of the best thing about the bike trails in The Iowa Great Lakes are there are many great loop rides you can enjoy. This 30 mile loop ride can easily become a 40 mile or 50 mile ride depending on how many miles you are wanting to get in. This ride began in Milford 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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Shop Okoboji This Holiday Season

Christmas gift basket

We invite you to come home to Okboji this Holiday Season! There is still so much to SEE, EAT and DO in Okoboji!  You’ll also want to check out vast array of shopping venues to find the perfect gift for everyone on your shopping list! Allure & Co. Allure & Co. is a modern boutique 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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Central Emporium Stores

Emporium

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 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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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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Okoboji Puzzles!

Buddy's Puzzle

Would you like to work on a puzzle in real life? Visit Homeology in Arnolds Park or The Barn Swallow in Okoboji to purchase fun puzzles!

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Okoboji Zoom Backdrops

Virtual Ferris Wheel Backdrop Picture

Are you spending more time on video chats?  Do you miss Okoboji?  Add an Okoboji video backdrop to your next zoom chat!  We’ve given you 4 options below.  Download the video & add it to your zoom virtual backgrounds. (Zoom Virtual Background Instructions) Download Queen at Sunset Video Backdrop Download Ferris Wheel Video Backdrop Download Read More »

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“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 »

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Shop till You Drop Okoboji Style

Shop Okoboji

Maybe it is a rainy day… or you are too sunburnt to get out on the water… or you need new Okoboji apparel! Either way, take a day to visit all of the wonderful shops located around the lakes area to enlarge and improve your wardrobe! Bungalow 29 Bungalow 29 is Okoboji boutique shopping at its finest. Read More »

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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 »

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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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