If you are looking for an economical yet entertaining and family filled Summer Getaway or Vacation then the Iowa Great Lakes is the place to go.
Iowa’s Lake Okoboji is the summer playground for fishing, boating, going to an amusement park, riding go-karts, swimming, theater, golf, and enjoying wild life areas. It is located at the junction of US highways 71 and 9, which intersect in the city of Spirit Lake, Iowa.
The Iowa Great Lakes Region was first settled in the 1850s and is home to Arnolds Park, http://www.arnoldspark.com, an amusement park with rides for young and old. Arnolds Park is a wonderful place for a child’s birthday party or just a weekend of fun and games. Bumper cars, roller coaster, go karts, tilted house, and much more. If it’s a cruise you want you then take a ride aboard the Okoboji Queen II.
The Queen II has her legacy on West Okoboji Lake of over a decade of operation. If it is the beautiful glacial lake that you want to see there is no better way to see it then aboard the Queen II.
And, what getaway or vacation is complete without a little sightseeing, shopping and eating? The area is full of gift shops, antique shops, clothing stores and fine places to eat also. Some of the sights consist of the Abbie Gardner Cabin, which is the site of the 1857 “Spirit Lake Massacre.” The Abbie Gardner Cabin was first known for the “Massacre” and later became one of Iowa’s first tourist attractions. The Abbie Gardner Cabin survives as a reminder of one of Iowa’s most tragic events during its frontier days. The dramatic stories of Abbie Gardner and the Dakota leader, Inkpadutah can be found here at the Cabin and Museum. The cabin and Museum can be found just one block west of Arnolds Park. The Spine Trail or Dickinson county Hiking trail covers an extensive area reaching to almost every natural habitat within Dickinson County. The trails are wide enough to allow for travel in two directions thus making this an excellent choice for hiking, biking, roller-blading, jogging or just a casual walk. The area also provides an abundance of lodging. Motels, cabins, cottages, resorts and campgrounds are abundant throughout the area. Adjacent to Arnold’s park is a beautiful campground and cabin and cottage area.
Lodging rates in and around Arnolds Park during the spring and summer can be very expensive. If you are willing to drive an extra 10-15 miles you can save a bundle! In the sleepy community of Fostoria (6 miles from Spencer and 6 miles from Milford) is The Prairie Cottage, a private vacation rental. Depending on the length of your stay and the number of folks in your party, you can rent this 2-bedroom private home with a large enclosed patio area for as little as $85 a night. It sleeps 6 comfortably and has all kinds of extras. See their Web site at: http://www.theprairiecottage.com.
During the month of July 2007, you can save $35 a night if you book the home for 3 or more nights and you can make your reservations online from their Web site.