From fascinating museums and historic sites to theme parks and art galleries, Spirit Lake and the Iowa Great Lakes region offers attractions galore. For more information, contact the Okoboji Tourism Committee, 243 W. Broadway, Arnolds Park, Iowa 51331, or call 712-332-2209 or 800-270-2574.
Dickinson County Museum
1708 Keokuk Ave
Spirit Lake, Iowa
Olde Town (downtown Spirit Lake) has art galleries, restaurants, shopping and other attractions. Many of the buildings are fine examples of late 1800’s-early 1900’s prairie style buildings. Strolling the sidewalks is always an enjoyable experience.
A state of the art, 1000 seat auditorium connected to the Spirit Lake High School. This community center has hosted national performers as well as student performances. Plays, music performances, and other events use this outstanding venue with great acoustics and design features. Located on 28th Street, east of Hill Ave. in Spirit Lake.
This Dickinson County park is located one-half mile west of Spirit Lake off Highway 71. The park includes the Westport School, an 1800’s schoolhouse and the new Nature Center; the Butterfly House and a nature trail. An oak forest, wetland and open prairie, including picnic area make this park a popular destination.
Abbie Gardner State Historic Site
34 Monument Dr.
Arnolds Park, IA
Abbie Gardner’s Cabin is the site of “The Spirit Lake Massacre” of March 8, 1857. Original log cabin with pioneer artifacts, interpretive center and film with Abbie’s paintings and 19th century Dakota artifacts. Grounds with burial site, monument, self-guided tour open year-round during daylight hours.
Amusement park offers rides, games, concessions, shows, go-carts and miniature golf. Roller coaster ranks as one of the top 10 wooden roller coasters in the country.
Recording studio, musical instruments, period costumes, posters, pictures, awards, jukeboxes, music artifacts and the Hall of Fame Wall of Honor.
An 18-mile narrated excursion around West Okoboji Lake. Open-air upper deck and enclosed lower deck. Refreshments and snacks available
The Okoboji Tourism building houses the Maritime Museum, Hedburg Theater and the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce. The Maritime Museum is a fascinating collection of boats, artifacts, and pictures relating to the history of the Iowa Great Lakes. Admission is free but a donation is requested.
The Tourism Building is located next to Queens Court, which is a collection of many small tourist-oriented shops, and the Historic Arnolds Park amusement park.
Boji Bay Fun House Pavilion
Hwy 71 & 86
The area’s newest attraction, with memorabilia from the original Arnolds Park Fun House, and other attractions. Conference/meeting space, and facilities for special events.
Clark Museum of Area History/Clark’s Antique Acres
2151 213th Ave.
View thousands of historic photos and memorabilia from the Iowa Lakes region. Antiques from the farm, home and yard.
27-hole miniature golf, children’s theater, Sunday evening gospel concerts, antique flea markets and other special events.
Permanent and traveling exhibitions showcasing local, regional and national artists. Foreign and classic film series, interactive gallery, gift shop, and performing arts theater. Art classes for all ages.
Okoboji Summer Theater/Boji Bantam Theater
2001 Hwy. 71 N.
An airplane hangar for the city of Spirit Lake that was converted into a theater in 1953, offers performances to the public and provides theater students training in all aspects of theater production. Performances run June through August.
The Higgins Museum
1507 Sanborn Avenue
This museum of U.S. national banking includes national bank notes (1863-1935) from all over the United States, focusing on those from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. Also, 16,000 to 20,000 turn-of-the-century Iowa photo postcards.
The Ranch Okoboji and Whispering Wind
Highway 71 N.
Outdoor entertainment park includes 18-hole miniature golf, strobe golf, sand volleyball, croquet, disc golf, horseshoes and more. Ice cream shop, gift shop and flag shop.