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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“WOW” Girlfriend Getaway

Wow graphic

Whether you are looking for a girl’s weekend, mother daughter getaway, or a chance to jump-start your holiday shopping Okoboji is the place to be November 8-9! Wow – Okoboji Women’s Weekend is the premiere Holiday Kick-off shopping extravaganza. Here are some suggestions for a memorable Okoboji Wow Weekend! STAY Of course the first thing…

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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 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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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 Couples SPRING Escape

Fireside breakfast at The Oakwood Inn

Ready to Travel?  Looking for a Spring getaway? Come see us in Okoboji!  Spring might be a slower paced time in the Iowa Great Lakes, but you’ll still find plenty to keep you as busy while having fun!  Rest & Relax Oakwood Inn Spring is a GREAT time to head to Okoboji to relax, refresh…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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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Okoboji Girls Weekend

4 girls posing

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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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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