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!
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.
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.
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!
Looking for a vacation rental in Okoboji? Tripping.com has 180 vacation rental homes available in Okoboji. You'll find 0 studios, 43 1-bedroom, 20 2-bedroom and 117 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $25 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Okoboji is $283 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Okoboji home is $25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 16 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Okoboji. In addition to accommodating pets, Okoboji rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 134 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 152 have TV and/or cable and 126 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 7 vacation rental sites in Okoboji where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, Expedia, and Booking.com. There are 142 HomeAway rentals, 17 Expedia short term rentals and 9 Booking.com vacation rentals.