Okoboji is a small town on the east shore of the West Okoboji Lake, a little over 10 miles the Iowa-Minnesota border. It is nestled in the northwest corner of Iowa and is part of the Iowa Great Lakes region which includes six natural lakes covering over 12,000 acres. Lake Okoboji is a blue water lake, meaning on a clear, blue summer day the lake will sparkle and shine. Okoboji is a great place to enjoy some water sports, hang out on the shore, or take a 10-minute drive to an amusement park along the water. Okoboji is a wonderful Midwest vacation spot, so pack your bags!
Things to do in Okoboji
With the cool, blue lake just steps away from the shores of Okoboji, what better way to spend your vacation than taking in some rays out on the water. Check out Make A Wake Watersports for some water equipment rentals. They have boat and ski rentals, along with kids kayaks. Choose what type of adventure you want to have on the water and be sure to try this place out. If you’d rather admire the water from the shore, bring the family to Emerson Bay where you can lounge lakeside or picnic under the shady trees.
After a long day out on the water or in the sun, a nice cold drink is probably in order. Barefoot Bar is the place to go. Located in Marina Park in Okoboji, Barefoot Bar usually has an in-house band playing and plenty of seating out on the deck overlooking the marina. The tiki huts in place of traditional bathrooms, palm trees, and a lakeside slide and playground for the kids make it one of the best places to begin or end your night.
Pike’s Point State Park is located within Okoboji’s town limits and is great place to set up camp or simply enjoy the outdoors. A neat component of the park is the picnic shelter that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its rustic architecture and use of natural, surrounding materials in its construction. It’s definitely worth a trip to this park, just bring your camera for some photos.
Day Trips from Okoboji
Next door to Okoboji is the town of Arnolds Park, a local hotspot. It’s not just locals who love this place, visitors come from all over the Midwest to experience fireworks over the water, and a Ferris Wheel that illuminates the warm, summer skies to name a few attractions. It’s also home to one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the world. Built in 1930, the Legend Roller Coaster has since been renovated so visitors can experience a smoother ride on the track. This family-friendly amusement park has plenty of rides for kids of all ages, and ones that adults will even like, too.
With 6 golf courses within Okoboji and its surrounding towns, you’d be remiss if you didn’t stop in for 9 or 18 holes at one of the courses. Try your hand at the hilly terrain of Emerald Hills Golf Club, where 18 beautifully manicured holes of golf await. Play a quick 9 holes at Indian Hills Golf Course in nearby Spirit Lake where the course has built a unique putt-putt feature consisting of real-life hazards, like sand traps and prairie grass, surrounding the putting greens. If neither of these options appeals to you, there are still 4 more options, so take a peek at the other courses and find one you like.
Transportation in Okoboji
To get to Okoboji from out of the state, fly into Sioux City and rent a car to make the close to 2-hour drive. While in Okoboji, it will be helpful to have a rental car for when you decide to explore the area since public transportation does not have a strong presence in the town.
Looking for a vacation rental in Okoboji is easy, just check out the selection on Tripping.com. With over 20 options, you’re sure to find something that suits your vacation needs. Choose a clean, efficient hotel room that fits you and three friends or a king bedroom with a fireplace for you and your sweetheart. Your vacation awaits!
Vacation Rentals in Okoboji
Find the best Okoboji vacation rentals on Tripping.com. With over 281 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Okoboji range from €25 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.Vacation home rentals found on Tripping.com offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 229 homes in Okoboji offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 210 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 247 homes with cable TV.For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Okoboji offers 33 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on Tripping.com.
Search properties from 6 vacation rental sites in Okoboji where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, Booking.com, and HRS Holidays. There are 239 HomeAway rentals, 16 Booking.com short term rentals and 10 HRS Holidays vacation rentals.