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 opens in a new windowcamping or a opens in a new windowhotel/resort close to the action there are many great lodging options for the “guys”.   opens in a new windowArrowwood, opens in a new windowOkoboji Commons, and opens in a new windowAmericInn 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 opens in a new windowFillenwarth Resort, F opens in a new windowour Seasons Resort, opens in a new windowWest Oaks or  opens in a new windowTriggs Bay Resort. If you are looking for a quieter stay,  opens in a new windowCrescent Beach, The opens in a new windowNorthland Inn, or opens in a new windowVillage West on the west side of West Lake Okoboji may suite your group well.

camping scene

Gull Point State Park

arial view of dock and hotel

Fillenwarth Beach Resort

 

ACTIVE

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 Axe throwing a try.  Give opens in a new windowExtreme Water-sports a call to set up  parasailing or call opens in a new windowThe Throwing Post to reserve a lane and throw some axes.  You could also bring bikes and enjoy a whole day riding 40 plus miles of paved opens in a new windowtrails which wind throughout the Iowa Great Lakes.  When you get hungry or more thirsty, you can take a pit stop at opens in a new windowPub 19 Bar and Grill for amazing wood-fired pizza or locals hangout opens in a new windowWoude’s Bay Bar!  The group may even want to try their hand at opens in a new windowdisc golf, an 18 hole course located in opens in a new windowKenue Park.

 

parasailing

Extreme Water-Sports

man throws axe

Throwing Post

GOLF

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, opens in a new windowBrooks 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, opens in a new windowEmerald Hills will ensure golfers of all skill levels a fun challenge at affordable rates.   opens in a new windowOkoboji View Golf Course on the West side of the lake, combines a great golf experience with an awesome dinning experience at opens in a new windowPub 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, opens in a new windowSpencer Golf and Country Club,  is a well-manicured course with four sets of tees to accommodate players of all skill levels.

golfing men

Brooks Golf

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 opens in a new windowThe Barn at Okoboji where you can also join a sand volleyball game, opens in a new windowThe Barefoot Bar, or take a brewery tour and grab a cold one at opens in a new windowWest O or opens in a new windowOkoboji Brewing Company.  If you want one stop dinner and drinks on the deck check out opens in a new windowThe Okoboji Store, opens in a new windowWater’s Edge at the Waterfront, opens in a new windowBracco, or opens in a new windowLos 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  opens in a new windowThe Outrigger or opens in a new window Yesterday’s are also great stops for dinner.  If you are looking for a hearty breakfast to start the day off opens in a new windowThe Hutt Bar and Grill or opens in a new windowO’Farrell Sisters will get your day started off right! Many of the local eateries and bars have entertainment all week long. Check opens in a new windowthe events calendar for options.

Deck view of the garden

Bracco

 

dock view with boats

Okoboji Store

Fish

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 opens in a new windowThe Hook Up, at  opens in a new windowOak Hill Outdoor, for your fishing license and the area’s largest live and artificial bait selection and to ask where the fish are biting!  Other bait and tackle stores include: Stan’s Bait and Tackle, Fisherman’s Factory Outlet, or Kabele’s Trading post! If you want to ensure a successful day of catching fish without all the work and gear, make a reservation with one of our opens in a new windowlocal fishing guides who are experts on where the fish are biting.  We have heard nothing but rave reviews about our opens in a new windowOkoboji fishing guide services.

fishing off the dock and from a boat

BOAT

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 opens in a new windowrent a boat for the afternoon at one of our many fine rental businesses. If you would rather leave the driving to a professional many opens in a new windowrental facilities will provide a driver for an added fee. Also, there are many excursion boats departing from opens in a new windowOkoboji Boat Works. There is also the opens in a new windowQueen 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 opens in a new windowThe Dry Dock, opens in a new windowThe Garden’s or opens in a new windowThe Barefoot Bar.

Barefoot Barge

 

Barefoot Bar

 

MUST VISIT

opens in a new windowOkoboji 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! opens in a new windowPolaris 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.

Okoboji Classic Cars

Indian Motorcycles

Indian Mortorcycle

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 opens in a new windowFamily Fun Getaway back to Okoboji.

Arnolds Park from the water