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What Are The Well Liked Rental Amenities in Okoboji, IA?

Top Rental Amenities in Okoboji, IA

There are in total of 15 rental amenities in Okoboji, shown above with the property numbers. In Okoboji, 201 rentals offer No Smoking, 192 rentals offer Air Conditioning, 188 rentals offer TV. So, if you need No Smoking during your vacation, use the No Smoking filter to compare these properties. Two amenities that are not typical are Pets Friendly, Garden or Backyard.

Which Price Range Is Most Typical in Okoboji, IA Area?

Vacation Cabin & House Rental Price Information in Okoboji, IA

The graph shows the percentages of vacation homes in each price bucket. Okoboji has the largest percentage (24.76%) of homes in $250 - $300 price range.
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What Are The Most Liked Rental Accommodations in Okoboji, IA?
Most Picked Accommodations in Okoboji, IA
There are various types of homes in Okoboji area. Depending on your group size, you can pick the one using filters accordingly. Cabin is the most popular accommodation type, and the largest homes can accommodate 32 people.The least popular accommodation in Okoboji is Guest House rentals
How Many Accommodations Are Pets Allowed in Okoboji, IA?
Pets Allowed vs Not Allowed in Okoboji, IA
6.16% of vacation homes in Okoboji are pet friendly. If you have pet allergies, make sure to check the home property and see whether it is a pet-friendly vacation home or not.
What Are The Must-Visit Places in Okoboji, IA?
Points of Interests In Okoboji, IA

The most common & popular places (a.k.a points of interests) here in Okoboji are:

Trail Recommendations in Okoboji, IA Area?
Top Trails In Okoboji, IA
Here are the trails we recommend in Okoboji: Three Rivers Trail, Iowa Great Lakes Trail, Kilen Woods State Park Trail, Hawkeye Point - Iowa Highpoint, Winkel Memorial Trail, Puddle Jumper Trail, Rock River: Highway 16 to Highway 15, Unity Trail, Cliffline Trail, Mound Loop Trail.
Where Are The Campgrounds in Okoboji, IA Area?
Most Visited Campgrounds In Okoboji, IA
For campgrounds in Okoboji, here are our recommendations: Smith Lake Campground, Madelia Campground, Gull Point Campground, East Leach Park Campground, Jackson KOA, Adrian Municipal Campground, Koser Spring Lake Park, Lake Shetek Campground, Schreier's On Shetek Campground, Rothenburg Campground.
Which Airports Should I Choose To Get To Okoboji, IA?
Suggested Airports in Okoboji, IA

Here are the airports that located near Okoboji:

What are the must-visit places in Okoboji, IA?
Must See Attractions

Gull Point State Park is another popular location for those that love the great outdoors. The park overlooks West Okoboji Lake and is popular for paddleboarders, swimmers, and boaters. There are 1.5 miles of hiking trails with interpretive signs that provide information about the natural beauty and cultural history of the area. Anglers will find an abundance of walleye, northern pike, yellow bass, and many other types of fish.

Abbie Gardner Cabin and Historic Site tells the story of 13-year old Abbie, whose family was killed during the 1867 Spirit Lake Massacre. She was taken captive by the Inkpadula’s Native American band. The original cabin stands in the park as well as a monument to the settlers who died. Abbie was the youngest of four women captured by the Native Americans who attacked the settlers in revenge of the murder of Inkpadula’s brother, Sidominadotah, by Henry Lott. Abbie was ransomed a few months later and, as an adult, wrote a book about her experience entitled History of the Spirit Lake Massacre and Captivity of Miss Abbie Gardner. In 1891, Abbie purchased the family cabin and lived in the structure for the last 30 years of her life. The park is located at 74 Monument Drive in Arnolds Park.

How to plan 1 or 2 or 3-day trip itineraries in Okoboji, IA?
Trip Planning

On your first day in Okojobi, grab breakfast at O’Farrell Sisters before heading to Gull Point State Park and Kenue Park for the morning. Head to lunch at Smokin’ Jakes before visiting the Dickinson Nature Center, Abbie Gardner Cabin and the Higgins Museum. End the day with dinner at the Waterfront.

The next day, head to Arnold Perk for breakfast and then spend the morning at Arnold Park Amusement Park. Grab lunch at Snappers before heading to Boji Splash Park. Finish with dinner at Tweeters and a cocktail at the Common Tasting Room.

Where are the hidden gems or unique spots to visit in Okoboji, IA?
Hidden Gems

Kenue Park features a meadow as well as a glacial kame with stunning views of the surrounding area. It is unique due to its oak savanna as well as wetlands that are home to two trumpeter swans that have been rehabilitated. Trails run through the prairie as well as the wetlands where you can see osprey nesting. There is also a live osprey cam that allows you to learn more about this magnificent bird. Grab a geocache passport at the nature center before hitting the trails. There is also a Nature Playscape with a net rope to a treehouse, a rope swing bridge where you can test your balance, tree climbing is encouraged, or you can wander through an underground tunnel. The park is located at 22531 Nature Center Road.

One of the most unique attractions in Okoboji is the Higgins Museum of National Bank Notes where you can see the largest collection of National Bank Note issues in the country. The notes display interesting facets of history, from the landing of Columbus to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and other great events in history. The museum is located at 1507 Sanborn Avenue.

What are the activities in Okoboji, IA that are family friendly?
Family Friendly Activities

Arnolds Park Amusement Park has something for everyone. There are rides for all levels, from kiddie rides like the wile mouse to the Legend Roller Coaster and Log Flume. Play some games in the midway, grab some food at the many locations in the park or spend some time in the lake on the beach. The park is located at 37 Lake Street in Arnolds Park.

Spend the day at East Okoboji Lake where you will find playgrounds, boat ramps, a beach, and great places for fishing. There are camping areas available as well. Pack a picnic lunch and splash in the water or just relax on the beach while the kids play in the sand.

Dickinson County Nature Center offers many fun activities for the entire family. See painted turtles, a baby snapping turtle, frogs, toads, snakes, and even a tarantula. There is a topography sandbox, a glacial landmark tour, and a kid’s play area. The Dickinson County Nature Center is the only public entity that has the right to display photos from Alfred R. Wallace’s collection which were discovered in an antique cabinet. Be sure to visit the Pollinator Paradise where you can see an indoor beehive, the kids can play on the honeycomb climber, and view the butterfly enclosure. They are located at 22785 Nature Center Road.

Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark is the only indoor waterpark in the area. Have some family fun on the waterslides or experience a unique view of the lake on the SkyRyder Zipline. While the kids are sliding, parents can relax in the adults-only whirlpool or grab a drink at the swim-up bar while the kids splash in the shallow pool. The waterpark is located at Bridges Bay Resort at The Waterfront.

Ranch Okoboji is a great place for some old-fashioned family fun. Play a round of miniature golf on the 18-hole course with a waterfall, stream, and challenging holes. Try your hand at panning for gold at Tyotee’s Wild Mining Sluice. Kids Kountry offers corn hole, tetherball, ladder ball a pirate ship, and a boat as well as a beach and swing set. There is a snack bar and a full on-site bar serving some of the area’s best Margaritas. Ranch Okoboji is located at 2343 175th Street in Okoboji.

How to get around in Okoboji, IA?
Transportations

The closest airport to Okoboji, Iowa, is Sioux Falls Regional Airport, about an hour and a half away. The only way to get to Okoboji from the airport is to rent a car.

What are the nightlife spots in Okoboji, IA?
Nightlife Spots

Barefoot Bar, located at Parks Marina, is a bar and restaurant that is accessible by land or by water. The tiki-covered tables outside overlook the lake or you can sit inside where you can still see nice views of the lake. The bar is known for its tiki huts and palm trees, something unusual in northern Iowa. Be sure to grab one of their famous Frosties, Margaritas, mules or mojitos. Mojitos are available in sandpails as well. Grab a burger, some barbecue or pizza to go with your drinks. Barefoot Bar offers live music every day with karaoke on Thursday and Wined Up Thursdays which coincides with Ladies Night.

The Common Tasting Room is anything but common, offering hand-crafted cocktails and small bites that provide you with a decidedly uncommon experience. Each cocktail is creatively designed by talented mixologists, using house-made simple syrup and infused liquors. They are located in the Okoboji Commons Hotel at 1302 Highway 71.

The Gardens offers wings, burgers, and pizza along with some of the coldest drinks in town. Live music is every night during the summer with late-night music on weekends. Enjoy drinks on the deck as you overlook beautiful West Lake Okojobi.

The Hutt Bar and Grill is family-friendly with delicious food and a full bar, serving cold beer, local wines, and amazing cocktails. Be sure to try the Bloody Mary which is a local favorite. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. You can catch the big game on one of the 17 flat screens in the bar. They are located at 250 South Highway 71 in Arnolds Park.

What does the calendar look like for local events & festivals in Okoboji, IA?
Local Events & Festivals

Blue Water Festival, held in August, is the premier water quality event in Iowa. There are exhibitors, conservation groups, speakers, and watershed education along with fun activities and games for the entire family. There is live music which often feature nationally recognized artists such as Colbie Caillat and JD McPherson.

Held at the Dickinson County Nature Center, Dee’s Bee and Butterfly Festival is held in September and is the largest event held by Dickinson County Conservation. The event allows you to tag butterflies for study, enjoy crafts and activities while also enjoying live entertainment. The event is designed to celebrate pollinators who help keep the environment alive.

The University of Okoboji holds Oktoberfest in late September. It is a fun fall festival that starts with a bike ride around the lake in the morning, followed by games and activities for the entire family. There is live music, a bean bag toss, and pinball tournament, keg toss competition, a stein holding competition, and the Kiwanis Duck Derby. Be sure to try out Hammerschlagen, a German game that has you toss a hammer in the air and try to slam a nail in one swing. There are also vendors, inflatables and amusement park rides, along with a farmer’s market. The event is held in Preservation Park.

The Clay County Fair, held in Spencer every September, about 15 minutes from Okoboji, began in 1917 and has been running continuously ever since. Visitors enjoy great food, amusement rides, agriculture competitions, and more. There are live concerts with many national recording stars performing, including Darci Lynne, Ryan Hurd, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chestnutt, Skillet, Herman’s Hermits, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and more. There are also dirt races and a demolition derby.

Held in June, the West O’ Beer Run is a 5k course that starts and ends at the West O Brewery. All participants receive free craft beer from the brewery, a collector’s pint glass, and a chance to win merchandise. There are also fun activities, games and more. All proceeds go to local charities. It is an untimed, fun run with all levels of walkers, runners and joggers welcome. It is an open course with no closed roads and according to festival organizers, the course is “5kish.”

Where to visit in order to explore art and culture in Okoboji, IA?
Art & Culture Places

Pearson Lakes Art Center offers six galleries, an interactive gallery, and a performing arts theatre space that highlights local artistic talents. There is a pottery room and library as well as classroom space available. Be sure to visit the gift shop to purchase unique items created by local artisans. Visit the art center at 2201 Highway 71.

Okoboji Summer Theatre is a summer stock company offered through Stephens College. Students work with professional guest artists to create nine productions and four children’s theatre productions in ten weeks.

What are the travel peak seasons in Okoboji, IA?
Peak Seasons

The average monthly temperature in Okoboji is as follows:

  • January – low of 6F (-14C); high of 24F (-4C)
  • February – low of 11F (-12C); high of 29F (-2C)
  • March – low of 23F (-5C); high of 42F (6C)
  • April – low of 35F (2C); high of 58F (14C)
  • May – low of 48F (9C); high of 71F (22C)
  • June – low of 57F (14C); high of 80F (27C)
  • July – low of 62F (17C); high of 83F (28C)
  • August – low of 59F (15C); high of 81F (27C)
  • September – low of 50F (10C); high of 73F (23C)
  • October – low of 38F (3C); high of 60F (16C)
  • November – low of 24F (-4C); high of 42F (6C)
  • December – low of 11F (-12C); high of 28F (-2C)

The average snowfall in Okoboji is 40 inches each year and the area gets about 29 inches of rain on average each year.

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