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Address: Clear Lake, IA
Phone Number: 641-357-6151
Activities: Nightlife

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A Step Back in Time

I will admit, I was not sure what to expect when my husband and Mother wanted to visit this place. Clear Lake itself is a beautiful community, so that was encouraging. When you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Kahoka, Missouri
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Kahoka, Missouri
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I will admit, I was not sure what to expect when my husband and Mother wanted to visit this place. Clear Lake itself is a beautiful community, so that was encouraging. When you enter the parking lot, it looks like an old, but well maintained venue. As soon as you walk in the building, it is like being transported back... More 

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I stopped by the surf ballroom to see the museum, but they were having a big luncheon, so I decided not to do the museum. the area and the lake are very pretty, so visit when you are in the area, day or nights when they have something going on.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Fantastic. 1955 is alive and well here. A shrine. The photos and "green" room are worth the visit alone. And the ballroom is amazing.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We have never been disappointed when we visit the surf. Loved showing my kids all the history they have. Concerts are always great. I love the nostalgia, what a great way to honor our musicians. Would recommend stopping to anyone.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

Lots of great musicians have performed in this great venue. The dance floor is surrounded by tables and booths. There is a room devoted to pictures of Buddie Hollie and other musicians. Good bands still play here.

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Solon, Iowa
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Surf Ballroom is rock and roll history. The building is still used for concerts and other entertainment, but the real draw is the tragic events surrounding of the 1959 Winter Dance Party, which lead to the deaths of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the "Big Bobber". The "walking tour" allows you to explore the ballroom and its history which... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Awesome piece of history-knowing you were standing where all great musicians once stood is amazing-very cool and awesome staff to help and give info.

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Austin, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This place never ceases to amaze me, always fun to go to this venue and see great concerts!!! The people are always friendly and willing to help in anyway they can.

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

What a fantastic place. Just saw Dwight Yoakam on Friday. Had no idea how much history this place held until I bought tickets and started reading about the place. If you're not aware, this is the last place Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens played before their plane went down a few miles away. Would highly suggest a... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This was a real treat. You can stand on the stage where Buddy Holly last performed and see the phone booth where he made his last call to his wife, There is a gift shop and the volunteer who waited on us was very helpful.

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Address: Clear Lake, IA
Phone Number: 641-357-6151
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Clear Lake

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