Crisp colors and breezes

Autumn in Okoboji

Changing colors.  Crisp cool air.  Endless recreational opportunities.  Fall is one of the best times to visit the Iowa Great Lakes Area, and we can't wait to welcome you!  Visitors love exploring the area on our bike trails or along the shorelines via kayak as the leaves start falling and birds begin migrating south.  Our golf courses are also a popular spot to spend time enjoying the crisp fall air.  Uniquely local restaurants, breweries & wineries are also popular destinations in the fall, with many offering outdoor patio seating!

If you're looking for a fun weekend away with the family, plan to visit the Little Sioux Orchard or The Grove for fun activities and apple or pumpkin picking!

Okoboji welcomes YOU to join the fun this fall!

Top 5 Fall Activities


Treasure Hunt

Wander leisurely through the area's many wonderfully unique antique shops, home decor and clothing stores. Explore artist's studios throughout the region during the annual Artisan's Road Trip October 7-8, or get a jump start on holiday shopping at WOW (Women's Okoboji Weekend) each November.

Bike Ride

Enjoy the changing colors and beautiful landscape on the area's expansive trail system.

Captain's Rooftop

Soak up a beautiful fall day by sampling the local flavor at one of the area's locally owned restaurants, breweries, and wineries!

Young Apple Fan

What says fall like enjoying a hayride to pick apples, select the perfect pumpkin, and navigate a corn maze? Little Sioux Orchard is the place to experience this fall tradition.

Bee close up

Fall Festivals & Events

Fall kicks off with a family favorite, the Bee & Butterfly Festival! Then we move on to Oktoberfest Bike Ride & Festival. Explore local artists' studios during the Artisans' Road Trip in October, and spend a weekend sipping and shopping with friends during Women's Okoboji Weekend!

If you choose to detour around the lakes, take a look at this guide of exciting sights you'll see and historical points of interst that once were.  Sometimes the path less traveled is  worth the detour!