Spring Break Okoboji

Okoboji is a perfect Spring Break destination!

Spring Break in Okoboji promises an unforgettable family getaway! Dive into fun at your hotel’s indoor pool and drift along the lazy river at Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark. Immerse yourself in local history at various museums and the Dickinson County Nature Center. Unleash your artistic side at the newly renovated Art Smart Gallery in Pearson Lakes Art Center, or craft a personalized pottery piece at Kurio Kastle Painting Pottery Palace. Secure your spot now for a week of cherished memories in Okoboji!


Bridges Bay Resort

Boji Splash Waterpark

Bridges Bay Resort is home to the Boji Splash Waterpark. 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. Bridges Bay is also home to the Wild Child Arcade, open 24/7.  Parents can load their child’s player card at the kiosk for endless fun (and prizes)!  There is a full service snack bar, The Pickled Parrot Canteen, and full service restaurant, Waterfront Grille, located at the resort also!   Click here for waterpark hours or operation.

Lake Okoboji Resort

Another great lodging option with a great indoor pool for all ages! Open 7 days a week. Check them out at Lake Okoboji Resort.

Lake Okoboji Resort

Lake Okoboji Resort Indoor Pool

Other Hotels with Indoor Pools

It seems like time spent in the pool every kid’s favorite part of vacation.  Okoboji has plenty of options.. Click here to see them all and make your reservation!


AmericInn by Wyndham
Arrowwood Resort

Arnolds Park

Bridges Bay Resort

Spirit Lake
Village West Resort
Cutty’s Resort Club
Ramada by Wyndham

Rodeway Inn

Dickinson County Nature Center

Your kids will want to spend hours at the  Dickinson County Nature Center exploring the Pollinator Paradise, Glacial Trail and many other hands-on exhibits.  You can also meet many of the animal ambassadors that call the Nature Center home, including Bindi the Bunny!  When you’re finished exploring both levels of fun indoors, go outside to geocache along the trails, play on the Nature Playscape, and get in a round of Disc Golf on the 18-hole Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course that navigates through a Burr Oak Savannah and over a Glacial Kame!  The best part is that all of this is FREE! Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 4:00 pm.

Pollinator Paradise

Nature Center Display

Pearson Lakes Art Center/ ArtSmart Gallery

The Pearson Lakes Art Center is home to a beautiful performing arts center, exquisite artist’s works, outdoor gallery, Interactive Children’s ArtSmart Gallery, and so much more. It is the perfect place for creative minds to explore and be inspired. Plan to spend some time viewing the multiple visual arts galleries.  Have your kids pick their favorite painting in each gallery and tell you why – you’ll be amazed at what captures their attention.  Once they’ve finished touring the galleries, let their creative side explode in the newly renovated ArtSmart Gallery.  They can draw, explore color, put on a play, recreate a famous piece from the Bud & Bev Pearson Gallery or build a fort with foam blocks.  Once they’ve had their fun inside, step outside to play on the musical instruments, and view sculptures along the trail leading to the Nature Center!  Best of all, it’s FREE!  Visit the Pearson Lakes Art Center Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.

Art Smart

Pearson Lakes Art Center

Riddle Me That

Your older kids are going to love the opportunity to come together and solve a mystery at Riddle Me That! We can only show you the lobby in this blog, because we don’t want to give away any clues from either room.  Make a reservation in advance to reserve space and race the clock to solve the puzzles and and escape the room!

Riddle Me That


 The personality of Okoboji has been shaped by its significant history, and our local museums can help take you on a trip through time in learning about how this place came to be!   Make sure and visit Okoboji Classic Cars!  You will be amazed and wowed by the cars and the artwork!

Click here to learn more information about where to find all of the great museums Okoboji has to offer!

Maritime Museum

Iowa Great Lake Maritime Museum, Arnolds Park

Okoboji Classic Cars

Okoboji Classic Cars, West Okoboji

More opportunities for the budding artist!

The artists in your family will love Kurio Kastle in downtown Spirit Lake!!  The kids can pick out and paint their own pottery piece for an affordable fee.  Please call ahead and reserve your time to paint.  Call the Kurio Kastle for reservations at 712-336-6881. 

Kurio Kastle

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.  Call ahead or click here for building, pool, childcare and climbing wall hours.

Water Slide

Climbing Wall


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

Great Lakes Cinema 7 has multiple screening areas 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!

Milford Pioneer Theater

Milford Pioneer Theater, Milford

Great Lakes Cinema 7

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! Start the day at Homeology in Arnolds Park! Filled to the brim with home décor and accents, women’s clothing, shoes and accessories you may spend the whole morning here.  While you are in this area grab lunch at The Hutt and then stop into Elements on your way up HWY 71 to Spirit Lake where you can shop all along the way. Make sure to stop at  West Boutique at Okoboji Boat Works, and Mary’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 Fashion FormulaThe Look Fashions, or Wild Child. You can also find the perfect accessories at Spirit Lake Silver and Gold. If you’re looking to redecorate a room or your whole house, you will want to spend time in Interiors. Finally, no trip to Okoboji is complete without shopping at The Three Sons in Milford.


The Three Sons, Milford

We hope your family will join us for a fun-filled spring break in Okoboji!  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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