Iowa may not seem like the first place you think of when you picture beautiful water, motor boats, and plenty of adventure. We're here to help you see the bigger picture! Do you need a vacation, but want to be sure boating is a big part of it? We feel the same way, that's why an Iowa Okoboji Vacation is perfect.
Plan your Boating Vacation where there are Beaches to lay on, Water Parks to enjoy, Amusement Parks to thrill, Shops to visit, Museums to look through, Golf Courses to master as well as Putt Putt Golf, Hiking and Biking trails to explore, Sand Volleyball, Boat Shows, Restaurants on and off the water, a very decent Night-life and need I say BOATING! All kinds of boating. Sailing, Kayaking, Dinner Cruises, Million Dollar Home Cruises, Cocktail Cruises, Boat Shows, Canoeing, Jet Skiing, and just good ol' Boatin'.
There are plenty of places to stay. A few of the ones we found to be the best for our Boating friends are.....
Rooms in the Summer Season start around $215/night. They have an indoor water park and include a couple admission tickets with your stay. They also have their own waterfront grill and bar called Bracco, which includes a swim-up bar.
Bringing your Boat? You can rent a slip for your boat for about $75 a night. Like most of their competitors they do not have their own boat ramp, however there is one about 1/2 mile down the road.
Bridges Bay Resort is located in Arnolds Park, which is where most of the action is off the lake.
Summer rooms start around $315 a night. For any size group they offer Suites, Apartments, Studios, and Cottages. They are a little more expensive than the first, however they have all sorts of activities that are included in the price of the room. Activities such as Cocktail Cruises, Sailboat Rides, Waterskiing Instruction, Get Acquainted Parties with live music, Million Dollar Home Cruises, and History Cruises. Paddle Boats, Canoes, and Row Boats are available for use as well as indoor and outdoor pools.
Fillenwarth Beach is also located in Arnolds Park in walking distance from The Arnolds Park Amusement Park.
Rooms start at $100 a night. They offer Hotel rooms, Apartments, or a House. Boat slips with hoists can be rented for $20 a night, and tie up slips are available on a first come, first serve basis. There is a restaurant on site as well as a sandy beach. The hiking and biking trails are near as well as the Amusement Park.
Four Seasons is also located in Arnolds Park.
There are campgrounds to stay at like the 2 Arnolds Park City Campgrounds-which have sites with and without electricity, and Camp Boji RV Park-where you can also rent an RV if needed. Both are in the area and within walking distance of the festivities. Camp Boji has access to a dock, but you cannot leave your boat there overnight.
In addition to The Amusement Park, The Brooks National Golf Club boasts a 27 hole Championship Course, Emerald Hills Golf Club is an 18 hole course and so is Okoboji View Golf Course. If you're a small golfer the Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf may interest you.
Fishing is a major past time on Lake Okoboji. With Walleye, Northern Pike, Crappie, Perch, Bluegill, and Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass making up most of the game fish species.
Take a narrated cruise around Okoboji on the Queen II. This old beauty takes scheduled trips a few times a day, and can also be chartered for events.
Check out the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Museum. They have many exhibits and on Thursday nights in the Summer they have concerts for people of all ages on the Roof Garden.
If you need to rent Watercrafts or Accessories stop in to Oak Hill Marina. They are friendly and knowledgeable and have almost anything you're looking for! Let them know who sent you!
Clear lake, Iowa
Although it is not directly by Okoboji, one place I must mention in the area is Clear Lake, Iowa. On your way to Okoboji, spend a couple days in this quaint, adorable town (that is just 2 hours from Arnolds Park) with a major attraction...besides the Lake! The Surf Ballroom is in the heart of this town and is well worth the journey for the avid music lover.
This piece of history is amazing due to the acts that still take the stage today, but also because of its claim to fame as Richie Vallens, Buddy Hollie, and The Big Bopper's final show before they all died in a plane crash the morning after their performance. The Surf Ballroom hasn't changed much, with it's stage, and booths surrounding the giant dance floor. It is defintely a "must see"! Just a year and a half ago we stopped through to see The Charlie Daniels Band, he was Awesome, not to mention the unforgettable atmosphere provided by such an amazingly historical place!!!!!
So, while planning your Iowa Okoboji Vacation, take a few minutes to see what concerts or events are coming up at The Surf. You'll be so glad you did! See your favorite act at The Surf and spend a day of fun on the lake before heading to Okoboji for more good times!