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 EXCUSE, REASON for a guys getaway we can help you get the most out of your time in Okoboji!
Man vs. Wild??
Whether you re you looking for a rugged night of camping or a hotel/resort close to the action there are many great lodging options for the “guys”. Arrowwood, Okoboji Commons, and AmericInn are located on or close to Brooks Golf Course and are great options if you are looking to golf and be centrally located. If you want to be right on the lake check out Fillenwarth Resort, Four Seasons Resort, West Oaks or Triggs Bay Resort. If you are looking for a quieter stay, Crescent Beach, The Northland Inn, or Village West on the west side of West Lake Okoboji may suite your group well.
There are so many things to keep you busy the hardest part will be deciding what to do! If the group is feeling adventurous, maybe it’s time to give para-sailing or Flyboarding a try! A Flyboard is a type of water jetpack attached to a Jet Ski which supplies propulsion to drive the Flyboard through air and water. Give Extreme Watersports a call to set up parasailing or flyboarding. You could also bring bikes and enjoy a whole day riding 40 plus miles of paved trails which wind throughout the Iowa Great Lakes. When you get hungry or more thirsty, you can take a pit stop at Pub 19 Bar and Grill for amazing wood-fired pizza or locals hangout Woude’s Bay Bar! The group may even want to try their hand at disc golf, an 18 hole course located in Kenue Park.
Just like no girls weekend is complete without shopping no guys weekend would be complete without golf! In Okoboji you could play a different championship course every day of your stay! Serving the public since 1932, Brooks Golf Club is a beautifully maintained course with 27 holes, through parkland, prairie, and wetlands. With lush green rolling hills and an abundance of stately trees, Emerald Hills will ensure golfers of all skill levels a fun challenge at affordable rates. Okoboji View Golf Course on the West side of the lake, combines a great golf experience with an awesome dinning experience at Pub 19 Bar and Grill. Okoboji View has recently undergone a major renovation, with 12 acres of wetlands and reformatted holes. Finally, just a few miles south of Okoboji, Spencer Golf and Country Club, is a well-manicured course with four sets of tees to accommodate players of all skill levels.
Eat / drink
Of course you will need to eat and drink while in Okoboji, it’s up to you to decide in which order you will do this! If the drinking part comes first you will probably want to check out The Barn at Okoboji where you can also join a sand volleyball game, The Barefoot Bar, or take a brewery tour and grab a cold one at West O or Okoboji Brewing Company. If you want one stop dinner and drinks on the deck check out The Okoboji Store, Water’s Edge at the Waterfront, Bracco, or Los Pueblos for a mexican feast. If only a burger or steak will satisfy swing by Tweeter’s for lunch or dinner and catch the game on one of their 10+ TV’s. The The Outrigger or Yesterday’s are also great stops for dinner. If you are looking for a hearty breakfast to start the day off The Hutt Bar and Grill or O’Farrell Sisters will get your day started off right! Many of the local eateries and bars have entertainment all week long. Check the events calendar for options.
Okoboji is an anglers paradise, whether you are throwing a line in from the shore, a dock, or a boat we “almost” guarantee you will catch something to fuel your late night fish-telling stories. Stop by Stan’s Bait and Tackle, Shucks Bait and Tackle or Kabele’s Trading post to get your fishing license, gear and ask where the fish are biting! If you want to ensure a successful day of catching fish without all the work and gear, make a reservation with one of our local fishing guides who are experts on where the fish are biting. We have heard nothing but rave reviews about our Okoboji fishing guide services.
No trip to Okoboji is complete without a day on the lake and there are many ways to get out there! If you have an adventurous and experienced boat driver rent a boat for the afternoon at one of our many fine rental businesses. If you would rather leave the driving to a professional many rental facilities will provide a driver for an added fee. Also, there are many excursion boats departing from Okoboji Boat Works and Okoboji Boat Tours provides private cruises. There is also the Queen II, which departs several times a day from Arnolds Park Amusement Park. Before, after, or during your day on the lake you will surely be hungry and most definitely thirsty! Dine and grab a drink at The Dry Dock, The Ritz, The Garden’s or The Barefoot Bar.
Okoboji Classic Cars: The Ultimate Man Cave is home to a state-of-art restoration center that restores cars from around the country AND a museum of 80 plus classic cars. Step into the museum and you will be transported back to the 1960’s of downtown Spencer and Arnolds Park. Floor to ceiling murals create the backdrop to display classic cars, most for sale! Polaris Indian Motorcycle Experience Center in Spirit Lake is another must stop. Take a guided tour of their assembly floor led by staff who work in a variety of capacities. Following the tour, you can view artifacts on display in the new reception / exhibit area. Tours last approximately 1 hour, and are best in the morning.
No matter the occasion there is plenty of things to do, see, eat and drink on an Okoboji guys getaway. The only thing left to do before you leave is to book a trip to bring the Family Fun Getaway back to Okoboji.