Destination guide

Lakes, sun, and amusement in Okoboji

Located on the eastern shore of West Okoboji Lake, Okoboji, Iowa, is a top vacation destination in the state. Plan your escape to one of the Okoboji vacation rentals that are near beautiful glacier-carved lakes. Whether you want to enjoy the sunset over the lake with your partner, participate in yoga on the beach with your friends, or simply have a family fun day in the park, this city is the ideal place for your next vacation. Okoboji offers 2 golf courses, museums, performing arts centers, and proximity to the Arnolds Park amusement park.

Things to do

Unleash your inner child in Okoboji

Okoboji vacation rentals give you the chance to unleash your inner child and have a blast at the Arnolds Park amusement park, located just across Smith’s Bay. Enjoy a carefree afternoon with the family making memories in this fun theme park with many attractions. Ride the famous ‘Legend’ roller coaster or end the day with a lazy stroll down Queen’s Court where you can grab an ice cream cone and shop in unique shops. Fish off the new state pier, or take in the amazing view of the blue waters of West Lake Okoboji from 65 feet up in the air on the Ferris wheel.


Escape to Okoboji

Whether you find peace with yoga, enjoy fishing on crystal-clear waters, or prefer water activities like paddling or peddling, you’ll have many family-friendly activities to do in Okoboji. Play on the slides off the shoreline with your kids or take a guided tour on the water with The Queen II. On a romantic getaway? Plan a picnic on the beach and watch the sunset. Then listen to live music on the Ice Breaker Cruise. If you’re visiting in the summertime, be sure reserve tickets for a performance at the Okoboji Summer Theatre, which is owned and operated by Stephens College and offers comedies, classics, and musicals.


A summer of fun in Okoboji

The summer season in Okoboji offers sunny weather to enjoy boating, sailing, or swimming in West Okoboji Lake. On the land, enjoy activities like horseback riding, hiking, and exploring local campgrounds while bonding with loved ones. Springtime is the beginning of fishing season and it lasts into early winter. If you’re visiting in the wintertime, plan around the Winter Games at the University of Okoboji. This annual 4-day festival features a full schedule of activities, contests, parties, and fundraisers.

Natural features

Enjoying the sunset in Okoboji

Glacier-carved lakes are a main attraction in Okoboji and provide visitors with a year-round playground. Okoboji vacation rentals near this chain of lakes, which spans over 15,000 acres are a fisherman’s paradise; the lakes feature over 47 species of fish and 11 species of popular sport fish. Whether relaxing on the shoreline of West Lake Okoboji or in a boat enjoying the gentle waves, the view of the sunset over the horizon is a beautiful sight. You can enjoy nature while trekking through the surrounding forest as you catch glimpses of local wildlife.

Where to stay around Okoboji?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 197 vacation rentals near Okoboji. From 77 Cabins to 55 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Okoboji for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Okoboji?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Okoboji. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ranch Okoboji: 196 vacation rentals
  • Brooks Golf Club: 196 vacation rentals
  • Higgins Museum: 195 vacation rentals
  • Okoboji Summer Theatre: 195 vacation rentals
  • Arnolds Park: 196 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Okoboji listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Okoboji?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 77 Cabins in Okoboji. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Okoboji include:

  • Houses: 55 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 58 rentals available
  • Cottages: 77 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Okoboji?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 146 vacation rentals with pool available in Okoboji. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.