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Highlights Okoboji

  • Vacation rentals
  • Lakeside getaways
  • Large selection of outdoor activities
  • International cuisine
  • Natural lakes
  • Historical landmarks
  • Sandy beaches

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Vacation rentals in Okoboji

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Visit Okoboji, a resort center in Dickinson County, Iowa, and spend your vacation in a lake rental while exploring the natural wonders around. The town of Okoboji welcomes all visitors throughout the year. There are indoor and outdoor activities to try during summer and winter, thanks to the nearby lakes, thrill parks, historical sites, forests, and art galleries. Before visiting Okoboji, you can compare a list of around 140 vacation rentals in locations such as Arnolds Park and others near Lake Okoboji. Luckily, most rentals in Okoboji are near various attractions for easy access.

Vacation rentals for everyone

Okoboji offers a perfect vacation destination for travelers interested in peaceful lakeside getaways. You can visit the town alone or bring your family and friends along. And the good thing is, you won’t struggle to look for a rental property to match all your needs. There’re vacation rentals for smaller to larger groups with all you need to feel right at home. Choose a rental property with a full kitchen, furnished living area, separate dining area, and spacious bedrooms. In addition, you can find a rental in Okoboji that offers amenities like a pool, yard, Jacuzzi, balcony, and lake view.

Vacations in Okoboji

The area and getting around

A resort town bustling with activities

Okoboji’s glacier-curved lakes will be the natural wonders you’ll want to explore when you visit the town. You can walk a few yards to access the lake if your rental is near a lake or hire a car to explore the chain of lakes. Explore West Okoboji Lake, Big Spirit Lake, and East Okoboji, which serves as the three largest natural lakes in the town and Iowa state. Besides the lakes, you can explore theme parks, art galleries, and museums. You can also visit the University of Okoboji and learn about the festivals they offer during winter. Still, you can visit the surrounding forest and trek around to catch a glimpse of flora and fauna.

Okoboji’s international cuisine and unique local activities

Explore Okoboji town and the surrounding areas such as Arnolds Park, Spirit Lake, Milford, and Wahpeton to discover various unique activities. You can visit multiple restaurants for breakfast, lunch, or dinner here. Restaurants in Okoboji offer a variety of dishes. You will find American, Cuban, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Italian, and Mexican cuisine in these restaurants. Explore the commercial centers to discover what the locals do. Head to local shops, markets, stores to purchase gifts and food items. You can also pop into local bars in the evenings for drinks and live entertainment.

Travelers and activities

Okoboji for culture and history enthusiasts

Would you prefer exploring the history and culture of Okoboji to understand the town from a different perspective? As a history and culture buff, you can visit museums and theaters in the town and the surroundings. For example, you can try the Higgins Museum that serves as a museum of U.S. banking. The museum has 2,500 national banknotes and Iowa photo postcards. You can also head to the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum, where you’ll explore a collection of boats and various nautical items. If you’re an art enthusiast, you can try the Okoboji Summer Theater, where you’ll enjoy performances such as musicals, classics, and comedies.

Okoboji for water sports lovers

The most exciting thing about Okoboji is its chain of lakes with clean and clear water. Visit the town during summer and spend your vacation exploring the lakes, covering over 15,000 acres. Visit the nearby sandy beaches such as Arnolds Park Public Beach, Terrace Beach Park, or Pikes Point State Park for various beach activities. You can explore the beaches, play volleyball or relax on the sand. If you want to try water activities, these lakes will offer you a chance to try swimming, fishing, boating, yachting, kayaking, and scuba diving.

Did you know that the maximum depth of West Lake Okoboji is 136 feet? This depth is equivalent to the height of a standard 12-story office building.

Top 5 travel tips for Okoboji

1. Arnolds Park

Spend a day in Arnolds Park that serves as an amusement park with your family or friends. The park features gorgeous lake views, Queen II cruise ship, yummy treats, and local shops. Your little ones will enjoy riding on a roller coaster that’s the 13th-oldest in the world. You can ride on the rails to catch glimpses of the lake, trees, and topography. If you love golfing, you can head to Pirates Cove for mini-golfing. Lastly, you can try tasty food like hot dogs, crunchy caramel corn, and cotton candy.

2. Paved trails for biking, walking, and running.

Would you like to find an ideal place to exercise while exploring the wonders in Okoboji? The town has over 40 miles with paved trails and 50+ miles of road routes to walk, run, or bike. The trail routes will take you around lakes and through communities, offering you a chance for sightseeing. If you’re looking for family-friendly trails, you can try Kenue Park Trail, Spirit Lake City Trail, Arnolds Park City Trail, or Loon Lake Trail.

3. Nature hiking

Okoboji has several parks where you can explore nature along unpaved trails. These nature trails will allow you to see flora and fauna and take beautiful photos of unique things that you come across. For example, you can visit Kettleson Hogsback Wildlife Area located near Spirit Lake. Hike on the trail routes to see various wildlife and tree species. You can also try Horseshoe Bend near Milford, a family-friendly recreation area that offers a quiet and excellent site to hike.

4. Yoga

Would you like to attend yoga classes to strengthen, relax, and restore your body and mind? Okoboji has exciting places to attend yoga classes that offer excellent practices for all ages. For example, you can try Yoga Okoboji, where you’ll enjoy lakeside classes in Arnolds Park. Here, you’ll practice on the wooden pier with other participants. If you’re looking for free yoga classes, you can visit the Farmer’s Market and attend free yoga classes by the Studio Yoga and Barre on Saturdays. You’ll also enjoy paddleboard yoga at Okoboji boat works.

5. Barefoot Bar

After exploring the town and its surroundings, you may prefer spending an evening at a bar enjoying drinks and live entertainment. Barefoot Bar offers visitors to Okoboji a chance to feel as though they’ve stepped into a vintage island paradise. You can dine under palm trees, have drinks at their outdoor tiki bar, and listen to live music. In addition, the bar has a gift shop for visitors to purchase funny and funky souvenirs.

FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Okoboji

How much does it cost to book a vacation rental in Okoboji?

Considering the average cost of $566 per night, Okoboji lies at the upper end of the price range for vacation rentals in the USA.

During which months are vacation rentals cheaper in Okoboji?

Those who want to save as much as possible visit Okoboji in February, March, or May, the cheapest months of the year, with average prices of $404, $415, and $481 per night, respectively, based on the previous year.

In which months is it more expensive to rent a vacation rental in Okoboji?

When it comes to booking a vacation rental in Okoboji, the highest prices can usually be seen in the month of January (with an average of $695 per night), followed by November ($673), and then August ($632).

Is it necessary to plan a trip to Okoboji well in advance?

When planning a vacation to Okoboji, it is necessary to think ahead as 62% of rentals are usually booked, according to the data from last year.

When are more vacation rentals available?

The most available months are, on average, March (with an availability of 62%), October (61%), and April (59%), according to the trends observed in the prior year.

Are there many vacation rentals in Okoboji?

Holidu offers around 180 accommodations in Okoboji from 2 different partners, so find the perfect type of accommodation you are looking for. We've got you covered!

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