America has more than one set of Great Lakes, and Iowa has their version known as Okoboji. Okoboji is a major tourist destination in the warm summer months and is home to a number of resorts, tourist sites, museums and galleries.
Visit this historic amusement park between the shores of Spirit and Okoboji Lakes for some thrilling roller coaster filled fun! The park has numerous amenities including concerts, parking, and beach access! For ticket information visit this page. There are over 20 exciting rides including "The Legend Roller Coaster" which is the country's 7th oldest, and the world's 13th oldest. There are also a number of gift shops, food kiosks, games and a fine dining restaurant.
For those who are looking for a little bit of cultural history, Arnolds Park has a Maritime Museum. The museum holds a rare collection of antique wooden boats and houses a boat that was brought back to the surface from the depths of West Okoboji.
The park will reopen for the season on May 16th.
For those interested in traveling back in time to the 18th century, visit Pirates Cove mini golf. The park has a pirate theme and is famous for its well-manicured landscaping. The course contains 18 holes and is a great way to spend some time with family and friends.
If collecting historic currency is one of your interests, you will love this museum! The Higgins Museum has the country's largest collection of National Bank Notes that are on permanent display. A history buff will be sure to recognize scenes on these obsolete currencies such as the landing of Columbus and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday and admission is free!
For the arts lover in your family this may be the place for you! The Pearson Lakes Art Center contains six galleries, a theatre, classrooms, a clay studio, library, event spaces, and a gift shop. The centre is free to attend!
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