Okoboji is a perfect Spring Break destination!
Bridges Bay Indoor Waterpark
The only indoor waterpark in the area, opens in a new windowBridges Bay, is a great way to spend Spring Break in Okoboji! 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. All new this season is an amazing arcade! Tell the kids to save their quarters! The only problem is they won’t want to leave! There is a full service snack bar, The Pickled Parrot Canteen, or head to Waterfront Grille & Event Center for some amazing flat bread pizza. Open Friday – Sunday. opens in a new windowClick here for hours or operation .
Another great lodging option with a fun pool for all ages open 7 days a week can be found at Arrowwood Resort. Arrowwood is in the center of everything and houses Minerva’s Restaurant. Minerva’s has many great weekday specials from Monday Night Burger Night, Tuesday Pasta Night and Wednesday Steak Night.
If you’d like to try ice skating, we’ve got you covered! The opens in a new windowLakes Ice Arena is a great destination for indoor ice skating. The indoor arena is filled with local hockey teams most weekdays, but everyone can get on the ice during open skate on Friday & Saturday nights! Skate rentals are available. Come quick last weekend of to skate is March 12 – 14!
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! 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 and play a variety of vintage pinball machines . Make sure and visit Okoboji Classic Cars! You will be amazed and wowed by the cars and the artwork!
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 food truck, follow the path of pollination and so much more! The best part is it is all FREE! Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 4:00 pm.
This new, fun activity in town 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!
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!
Art in Spirit Lake
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. Please call ahead and reserve your time to paint. Call the Kurio Kastle for reservations at 712-336-6881.
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.
opens in a new windowCorner Lanes bowling Alley 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!
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!
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 opens in a new windowHomeology 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 opens in a new windowThe Hutt and then stop into 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 opens in a new windowFashion 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.
Reading on a snowy 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 at opens in a new windowSpirit Lake, opens in a new windowArnolds Park, or opens in a new windowMilford libraries.
We hope your family will join us for a fun-filled spring Break in Okoboji! If you’re coming with kids, make sure you get a opens in a new windowhotel with an indoor pool! The possibilities of what you can do are almost endless, and we think Okoboji is the perfect destination for your family this winter. #YouMeOkoboji