Rainy Day in Okoboji: WHAT TO DO

The weather may not always be bright and sunny, but no worries! We have the perfect plan for an unexpected rainy day to keep you busy while having fun exploring Okoboji!

opens in a new windowMuseums

The personality of Okoboji has been shaped by its significant history. Our local museums can help take you on a trip through time in learning about how this place came to be! Take the time out of your day to plan a route to all of our museums. The newest addition to the museum scene is the Historic Arnolds Park Museum where you can view the sugar bowl, barrel and ride down the wooden slide for a small fee or Arnolds Park day pass!  Don’t visit just 1 museum in the area!   opens in a new windowClick here to learn more information about where to find all of the great museums Okoboji has to offer!

Funhouse Museum

Historic Arnolds Park Museum, Arnolds Park

Maritime Museum

Iowa Great Lake Maritime Museum, Arnolds Park

Okoboji Classic Car Museum

Okoboji Classic Cars, West Okoboji

Bridges Bay Indoor Water-park

The only indoor water-park in the area, opens in a new windowBridges Bay, is a great way to burn rainy day energy.  You can float along the lazy river, jet down the tube or body slide, hop across the lily pads or sail the high seas on a pirate ship.  There is a full service snack bar, The Pickled Parrot Canteen, or head to Water’s Edge for some amazing flat bread pizza. New this year is a state of the art arcade where you can even earn tickets for prizes!  Open 9 am – 10 pm.

Dickinson County Nature Center

You will be amazed at the renovations and opens in a new windownew additions to the Dickinson County Nature Center!  The kids will be able to spend hours exploring the glacial trail and other habitats in addition to the many other hands-on exhibits.  You will all be wowed by the new addition Pollinator Paradise with the human sized honey comb the kids can climb and crawl through, a life-size food truck, and so much more!

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Nature Center Trail EntranceNature Center Bee Display

opens in a new windowRiddle Me That

This fun activity is the perfect opportunity for a group of friends to come together and solve a mystery! There are no pictures of the rooms, as we do not want to give away any hints to help solve the riddle, but each of their rooms are different and difficult to solve. You must work together to get out in time!

Riddle Me That Riddle Me That

opens in a new windowPearson Lakes Art Center/ Art Smart Gallery

The Pearson Lakes Art Center is home to a beautiful performing arts center, exquisite artist’s works, outdoor gallery, art smart gallery, and so much more. It hosts many events: weddings, graduations, meetings, etc. It is the perfect place for exploring the creative minds of local artists and artists outside the lakes area. Bring the kids while you walk through the galleries as they play in the art smart gallery!

The artists in your family will love  opens in a new windowKurio Kastle in downtown Spirit Lake where the kids can pick out and paint their own pottery piece for an affordable fee.  Just be sure and call ahead for hours and appointments.

Pearson Lakes Art Center

Pottery Painting

Kurio Kastle, Spirit Lake

Bedell Family YMCA

The Bedell Family YMCA has a variety of activities to burn some energy and keep the kids busy.  From swimming, to the rock climbing wall, shooting some  hoops or playing a game there is something for everyone at the YMCA.  Childcare is also available for a small fee if you wanting to get a workout in while the kids play.  opens in a new windowCall ahead or click here for building, pool, childcare and climbing wall hours.

WaterslideRock Wall

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Juniper Lanes Pub & Grill  in Spirit Lake has been recently renovated, has delicious food, drinks, music and of course bowling.  Grab your pizza and a bowling ball and get your lane!  Call ahead and ask about their cosmic bowling schedule. The kids will love it!



Movie theaters

opens in a new windowGreat Lakes Cinema 7 has multiple screening areas and a popular selection of the newest movies! The opens in a new windowMilford 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!

Pioneer Theatre

Milford Pioneer Theater, Milford

Great Lakes Cinema 7, Okoboji


From unique boutiques, Okoboji clothes, house wares, antique shops and everything in between Okoboji shopping can fill a whole day or more! The  opens in a new windowShops at Queens Court have an excellent variety and then you can wander up the sidewalk to  opens in a new windowThe Central Emporium or right across HWY 71 to  opens in a new windowHomeology. While you are in this area grab lunch on the spacious deck at  opens in a new windowThe Hutt and then swing by  opens in a new windowBungalow 29 and opens in a new windowElements on your way up HWY 71 to Spirit Lake where you can shop all along the way. Make sure to stop at  opens in a new windowWest Boutique at Okoboji Boat Works, and  opens in a new windowMary’s which offers kitchen gadgets, clothes, jewelry, home décor and so much more. Then be sure to wander the growing and eclectic shops on Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake. You will also want to be sure to make time for The Great Lakes Mall where you can clothes shop for all ages at F opens in a new windowashion Formula opens in a new windowThe Look, or  opens in a new windowWild Child. You can also find the perfect accessories at  opens in a new windowSpirit Lake Silver and Gold. If your looking to redecorate a room or your whole house you will want to spend time in  opens in a new windowInteriors. Finally, no trip to Okoboji is complete without shopping at  opens in a new windowThe Three Sons in Milford and just outside Arnold’s Park Amusement park.



The Three Sons, Milford & Arnolds Park

West Boutique

West Boutique, Okoboji

Coffee shops

Area coffee shops: opens in a new windowArnolds Perk, TOPOG,  Nektar,  The Coffee Shop, and Scooter’s

Each one of these coffee shops has its own unique personality tied into the coffees and delicious treats! Make your morning coffee runs at any one of these coffee shops to start your day off right!

Arnolds Perk, Arnolds Park


Arnolds Perk

Arnolds Perk, Arnolds Park


The Coffee Shop, Milford

Public Libraries

Reading on a rainy day may be a cliché, but visiting one of the three awesome area public libraries provides a large variety of books and quiet places to read or study. With many activities and classes for kids, they will be entertained and learning as they go! Swing by to pick our your favorite book or look up the summer reading program for opens in a new windowSpirit Lake, opens in a new windowArnolds Park, or opens in a new windowMilford libraries.



opens in a new windowIndoor dining 

There seem to be endless amount of options to dine on the water in Okoboji, but all of our food establishments have indoor seating as well! If you get hungry, hop in the car and enjoy the delicious food selections across the lakes area!


Tweeters, Okoboji