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Okoboji: Named One of the Best Lake Towns in America
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Okoboji: Named One of the Best Lake Towns in America

The Des Moines Register recently released their list of best lake towns in the North America region. These lake town destinations offer boardwalks, shops, roller coasters, ice cream parlors and tons of outdoor activities. In addition to outdoor activities, many of the listed lakes also offer countless family-friendly activities to keep visitors of all ages busy.

Meredith (New Hampshire), Port Carling (Ontario, Canada), Lake Lure (North Carolina), Grand Lake (Colorado), Lake Geneva (Wisconsin) round out the top five of the list. Coming in 6th place is the beautiful lake town of Okoboji, a city in Dickinson County, Iowa.

Situated along the eastern shore of the great West Okoboji Lakes in the vast Iowa Great Lakes, Okoboji is one of Iowa’s major summer tourist attractions. This beautiful lake town has become a recognizable name around the country due to its proximity to the resort area and other tourist-friendly destinations, such as the Spirit Lakes and the world-famous Arnolds Amusement Park. The town also offers plenty of outdoor adventures. You can do parasailing, flyboarding, and even zip lining on the Okoboji area!

The main attractions in the Okoboji area are the beautiful chain of glacier-carved lakes. The Iowa Great Lakes cover approximately 15,000 acres and extends from the Minnesota border southwest several miles. It includes Iowa’s largest natural lake, Spirit Lake, and five other lakes: Minnewashta, Upper Gar, Lower Gar, East Okoboji, and West Okoboji. The spring-fed West Lake Okoboji is the centerpiece of the five chain lakes.

Aside from the glacier-carved lakes, there’s also the legendary Arnolds Amusement Park. The park offers log rides, mini-golf, a wooden 1930's roller coaster, go-karts, and a water park. There’s also the charming and lovely Oakwood Inn, which provides a great place to stay and special amenities.

Image credit: James C. Orvis/Wikimedia Creative Commons

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