Top Activities for Kids and Families in Okoboji

Okoboji is home to a numerous amount of family friendly activities that everyone will enjoy! Make it a goal to visit the following exciting Okoboji activities around the area! Click places you are interested in to visit their website for more information!

Mini-Golf! Treasure Village Mini Golf

Pirate’s Cove, Ranch 66,  and Treasure Village – You can find easy entertainment in spending an hour at our lake’s area mini golf courses. Each course holds its own unique challenges and personalities. Grab a club and hit a hole in one!


Memorial Park Splash PadSpirit Lake Splash Pad

The brand new splash pad at Memorial Park in Spirit Lake is a popular destination on summer days in the Iowa Great Lakes Area! With multiple water playground features, a picnic area within the shelter house, slides and swings on the new playground equipment, East Lake access and wide open spaces, this is a perfect destination for an afternoon in the sun!  Pack a lunch and let the kids play!

Arnolds Park Amusement ParkArnolds Park boat and ferris wheel

 From the roller coaster to the log rides, you are bound to see smiles, hear laughter, and let out a couple screams! With many kid friendly rides, it is also a great place for all ages to let out their inner child. Whether you are driving or docking a boat, there are plenty of spaces available. Arnold’s Park Amusement Park is next to shops, small food availability, beaches, volleyball court, green space, and so much more. This becomes a busy place to be in the summer as there is so much to do in such a short amount of time!

Get on the Lake – Recreational Rentals

Kids jumping off boat

Okoboji offers many destinations for visitors to rent boats, kayaks, paddle boards, jet skis, and many other recreational rentals around the lakes. The following websites can link you to Extreme WatersportsMau MarineOkoboji Boat WorksOkoboji Expedition Co., Oak Hill Marina, Triggs Bay Resort, and Make-A-Wake Watersports.

Bridges Bay Indoor Waterpark & Outdoor Pool

Bridges Bay Water Park

With an indoor and outdoor featured water park, you will need to decide whether or not to pack the sunscreen! (Hint: Always pack sunscreen.) The Indoor Waterpark (0pen year-round) offers a lazy river, hot tub, multiple slides, and a play area for children of all ages. The Outdoor Pool has a large swimming area with a perfect view of the lake. You can grab a snack and drink as you take a break from the water! Come check out everything it has to offer!  Bridges Bay Resort & Waterpark is also home to 2 restaurants along the shores of East Lake Okoboji.

Harmony Park in Arnolds Park

Harmony Park

This new musical option is a perfect place for a break from the park. With many  instruments for your kids to run between and play, the park is filled with amazing music. Families and others are welcome to play all instruments on the grounds free of charge. Once you start to play, it will be tough to stop!

Treasure Village Family Theatre & Mini GolfTreasure Village door

You can go straight from a show to the 27 hole mini golf course at Treasure Village. The golf course is full of many challenges as you make your way through. They have interactive shows  6 days a week with amazing casts that will keep your kids on the dug of their seats. Grab some scoop of ice cream, have your face painted and enjoy your visit!

Boji Bantam Children’s Theatre

Boji Bantam Theatre

With 4 new shows throughout the summer, it is a great way to spend an hour or so with family. Each family friendly performance is exciting and enticing as these characters come to life! Bring everyone and anyone!

Pearson Lakes Art Center Art Smart Gallery

Pearson Lakes Art Center

Full of skillful pieces of art, the Pearson Lakes Art Center tends to the creative side of kids as they enter the Art Smart Gallery in the basement. It is a bright and colorful place to explore the endless possibilities art has to offer. It is interactive and user friendly as you will find out at your next visit!

Dickinson County Nature Center (Indoor and Outdoor Playgrounds)

The breathtaking nature that Okoboji offers to the lakes area has so much information and exciting facts to learn about. From animals to the wetlands, they offer an exquisite area for families to come and learn more about the area through activities and an indoor interactive play facility. After learning about the area, anyone is free to walk around the nature trails they have on site!

Queen II

There is nothing more relaxing than a cruise on the lake at high noon or lake sunset. The Queen II is the perfect time for families to get together to enjoy the lake view of everything Okoboji has to offer. Beverages and popcorn are available for purchase. Go to their website to order your tickets now!

Fish Hatchery

Fish Hatchery

The Fish Hatchery is the perfect place for families to come learn about the various types of animals and fish they can expect to find around the lakes area. Come get an up close look at the unhatched and large fish collected from the surrounding lakes. You will be amazed at what you find!


Okoboji offers a significant amount of varying places for sunny days, clear waters, and sandy beaches. Click of the beach link to get more information on which ones to visit!

City and County Parks

Need a place for a picnic or a fun playground for the day? Visit the link for more information about the various parks we have around the lakes area!