OKOBOJI is NON-STOP Fun in JULY with music, fireworks, food, family, friends, and fun in the sun! The fun starts now, so don't wait another second to book YOUR Okoboji getaway.
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THINK: Kids and Families! Looking to make memories with your kids? Okoboji is the place! I recently overheard one dad telling another dad that he offered to take his kids "anywhere" they wanted to go this summer, but if they chose a different destination they wouldn't get to take their traditional vacation to Okoboji...any guesses where the kids picked??? You got it! OKOBOJI!! Why you ask? There is just non-stop fun for kids of all ages! THINK: Arnolds Park Amusement Park; sandy beaches; mini-golf; children's theater; The Dickinson County Nature Center; The Pearson Lakes Art Center; bike trails; fishing; museums; splash pad; pottery painting; Drive in movie theater; Riddle Me that escape room; The Sugar Shack; and of course cotton candy; caramel apples; ice Cream or a nutty bar! Treasure Village and Boji Batnam Theater children's theaters always get top ratings with the kids. Check out The Pearson Lakes Art Center's Activities here.
THINK: Special Events!
July 16th: Full Moon Party with Elton Dan Rocket Band
July 19-21 University of Okoboji Homecoming Weekend
July 20: U of O Marathon, Triathlon, Half Marathon, 10k
July 20: Thunderstruck America's AC/DC Tribute - Preservation Plaza followed by Fireworks
July 26-28 Milford Pioneer Days & Spirit Lake Crazy Days
July 27: Vettes in the Part at Preservation Plaza
July 27: Antique and Wooden Boat Show at Arnolds Park Pier
July 27: Vic Ferrari at Preservation Plaza followed by Fireworks
THINK: Live Music and Fireworks! There is no shortage of live music throughout the area! Preservation Plaza is a great spot to gather on Saturday nights for FREE concerts and Fireworks overlooking West Lake Okoboji! Click HERE for concert listings. Just bring a chair or blankets to sit on, and be ready for fun the kids will be talking about for weeks!
Make time for the many great (most free) museums that showcase the history of the Iowa Great Lakes. You will be blown away by the all new Iowa Rock N Roll Museum! The transformation of this museum is something not-to-be-missed.
Think: Lake Life! No visit to Okoboji would be complete without enjoying the main attraction: The Lake! There is plenty of fun to be had on the water, whether you want a relaxing day at the beach, a ride on the Queen or rent a boat and explore the lakes yourself! You can also get your exercise in on the water with a paddle board class or kayak adventure!
THINK: Shopping! Shopping in Okoboji has never been better! From trendy boutiques, to gourmet foods, antiques, home decor and fabulous Okoboji wear you will not go away empty handed. Besides all the amazing shopping at The Emporium, Queen's Court, and The Great Lakes Mall you will not want to miss the awesome variety of home and gift shops like Mary's, Lace, or Homeology. Find fresh produce and products from local artisans at Farmers Market in the Park from 7:30 am - 12 pm or the Lakes Area Farmers Market at the Dickinson County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Wednesday from 7:30 am- 12 pm.
THINK NEW: There is so much to see and do in Okoboji, and so much of it is free and family friendly! Even if you've been to Okoboji a hundred times, you'll be amazed at what's new this year for you explore! Check out our latest blog on All Things New in Okoboji.