Okoboji Couples SPRING Escape

Spring Lake

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

Oakwood Inn

Spring is a GREAT time to head to Okoboji to relax, refresh and reconnect!  For an amazing couples getaway that includes a breakfast you won't soon forget check out the adults only Oakwood Inn Bed and Breakfast.  This property recently was given Select Registry status which is on of the highest honors for independent and boutique properties.  Other spring stays with dining on property include: The Inn, which was brand new in 2019, and houses Tavern at the Park a modern gastro pub with great food and craft cocktails, and Bridges Bay Resort where you can dine at The Waterfront Grille.  For a traditional hotel and a great night's sleep there is: Okoboji Inn and Suites,The Roadway Inn, AmericInn, Ramada, or Super 8.

The Inn

The Inn Hotel

 EAT and Drink

Steak Dinner

Okoboji has amazing places to eat or sip on a cocktail all season long.  The Outrigger, Tweeter's, or The Waterfront Grille. For casual dining while watching your favorite college or pro team play, try The Hutt, The Gardens ,The Ritz, Captain's or Nautical.  For for a dining environment where you'll truly feel on vacation, check out Snappers Turtle Bay Cafe. If it's pizza you are craving, you MUST check out Pub 19 at Okoboji View golf course, Portside Pizza Pub with a huge selection of craft beer,  or the wood-fired pizza at West O.  If you would rather stay in the cozy quiet of your hotel room, you can have Jimmy John's, Godfather's, or Pizza Ranch delivered right to your door. The GREAT thing about spring is our summer favorites begin to re-open!  The Okoboji Store is now open and O'Farrell Sisters!




Pub 19 Bar and Grill


The Outrigger

Hit the Links

With more than 82 unique holes, golfing opportunities are abundant in the Iowa Great Lakes. You can golf a different, well-manicured course every day! With such great courses, we look forward to an early spring every year! Call Emerald Hills, Brooks, or Okoboji View to make your tee time.


Spring Fish


The second the ice goes out spring fishing ramps up!  There is no off-season for fishing in Okoboji! The canals are the perfect place to begin your spring fishing adventure.

Stop by an area bait shop before you get on the water to find out where the fish are biting. The Hook Up at Oak Hilll Outdoor in Milford can offer great tips, sell you any bait and supplies you need, and give helpful advice of locations to avoid to stay safe.  All of our area bait shops can give you helpful tips & advice on where to find the hot bite!  If you’d like more guidance, it’s well worth the money to hire a fishing guide to take you out for a few hours.  Your guide will have all the supplies you need and make sure you have a day to remember!

If you hit it right you will want to visit The Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery this spring, which offers free, informational tours to visitors during the annual spring fish-rearing season.  It is a popular destination for anyone seeking to view the aquariums that showcase the area's fish species, and learn more about fish stocking in the Iowa Great Lakes Area and beyond.

Spring is a wonderful time to kayak the canals on the west side of West Lake Okoboji or the wetlands at Kettelson Hogsback.


Bike Trail

Spring is a quiet and picturesque time to hit the multi-use trail system that winds its way through the Iowa Great Lakes. With over 60 miles of paved trails there are lots of places to see and explore on foot or bike. The "spine" of the system is a 14-mile trail through the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes region, connecting to the spine trail are several other shorter trails to explore including the Kenue Park Trail, Arnolds Park City Trail and the Spirit Lake City Trail. If you are looking for a spring hike off the beaten path check out the nature trail at Kettleson Hogsback Wildlife Area, which is great for bird watching, The Interpretive Trail at Gull point, or Horseshoe Bend recreation area south of Milford.

Gull point hike

Gull Point Hike


Okoboji Classic Cars

Okoboji Classic Cars

History buff or not, spring is a fun time to visit Okoboji's many and varied museums.  Our local museums can help take you on a trip through time to learn about how this place came to be! Start at the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum located in the year-round Iowa Welcome Center and gift shop.  The friendly folks here can help point you in the direction of anything going on in Okoboji!  The Maritime Museum itself houses an impressive collection of antique wooden boats, and maritime history. While here you can also swing through the Iowa Rock 'N Roll museum which preserves the legacy of Rock 'N Roll in Iowa We are not exaggerating when we say you could spend ALL DAY at the Clark Museum in Milford.  This museum features thousands of historic photos of the area as well as artifacts from restaurants, the amusement park and so much more.  There is also a historic reading area which includes information on darn-near every county in Iowa!  You will most definitely want to visit the Okoboji Classic Cars Museum, which showcases a rotating inventory of restored classic cars amidst a backdrop of floor to ceiling murals by artist Jack Rees.  Even if you are not a classic car lover you will be WOWED by Okoboji Classic Cars!  The guided tour they take you on through the building enhances your experience, and makes it fun for all ages!

Indoor Entertainment


Art Center exhibit

Pearson Lakes Art Center

If you're looking for more indoor fun, channel your inner artist by strolling through the Pearson Lakes Art Center.  While there check out their class listing and work on your own artist skills.  Speaking of art, you can also paint your own masterpiece at the Kurio Kastle Pottery Painting Palace in downtown Spirit Lake, call ahead for an appointment. Next, stop at the Dickinson County Nature Center where environmental learning abounds! There is always something to see and do, whether it be visiting an exhibit or playing with the permanent displays. Plus, it's all free!

The Throwing Post, Okoboji's hot new attraction, invites you to come throw some axes.  Guaranteed to be easier and way more fun than you think it possible!

Catch a movie at  Great Lakes Cinema 7, which has multiple screens and a popular selection of the newest movies! The Milford Pioneer Theater has added a second theater which boasts all leather recliner seating, highlights the newest movies and has online booking where you can even pick the seat you want.  Both have comfortable seating, buttery popcorn, and a wide variety of delicious treats!

Juniper Lanes Pub & Grill in Spirit Lake has been recently renovated, has delicious food, drinks, music and of course bowling. 

Riddle Me That is the perfect place to work on your communication skills as you work together to solve a mystery to  ESCAPE from a room full of puzzles and clues! Make your reservations in advance to include this fun (and challenging) stop on your trip.


Okoboji Shopping


No trip to Okoboji is complete without doing some shopping and Spring is one of the best times to see new inventory!  The stores are filled to the brim with all things spring and summer!  Be sure to check out Homeology and Elements right in the center of it all in Arnolds Park.  Boat House Apparel in the Queen's Court and Palm in the Park in the Emporium are both open on weekends with great new styles for the season. Next, head up towards Spirit Lake and stop at West Boutique in Okoboji, on the hill by Okoboji Boat Works, with a great selection of clothing and shoes.  The next stop is Mary’s, where you can shop home decor, clothing, a huge selection of kitchenware and gourmet food perfect for entertaining.  Next is the Great Lakes Mall where you will you will find The Look, Wild Child, Fashion Formula, Interiors, and Spirit Lake Silver and Gold. In downtown Spirit Lake Allure & Co. is your one stop for coffee, lunch, clothing, home decorating, and furniture. They really have it all, even a Yoga Studio, The Studio Yoga and Barre, a photographer and beauty salon.  If you are more into antique shopping there is no shortage of antique stores in Okoboji.  Be sure to check out Antiques Etc., Spirit Lake Antique Mall, and Timeless Consignments .  The stop is a must-see on a trip to Okoboji is The Three Sons in downtown Milford.  This is your spot for official University of Okoboji gear!  Proof that you're working towards your degree in fun!

The Three Sons

The Three Sons

Okoboji Treasure Shopping

Antiques Etc.

Day trip

Round Lake

Looking to branch out for a day?   Start the day off with a late breakfast at The Hutt (weekend breakfast only) or O'Farrell Sisters and then take off for Round Lake Vineyards in Round Lake in Minnesota.  The Vineyard and grounds are beautiful and the wine and food are amazing too.  Hop back in the car and head east to the Little Swan Lake Winery where you will find great musical entertainment most weekends.  For dinner make your way back to Okoboji for many great options.

As always if you have any questions or need other recommendations please call us at 1-712-332-2209. We would love to help you plan your Spring getaway to Okoboji!

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