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Surf Ballroom

Address: Clear Lake, IA
Phone Number: 641-357-6151
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Clear Lake
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nightlife
Activities: Nightlife
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Type: Bar/ Clubs, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nightlife
Activities: Nightlife

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Rochester, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We arrived at the Surf Ballroom just minutes before the time it was scheduled to close (4PM). Besides that, they were very busy due to a big event that would be held at the venue that night. Even so, staff was remarkably friendly. You are able to walk around, and it is really like a time travel. I hope to... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Amazing place. It is like you have a time machine. Straight out of the 50's . Had the place to ourselves, middle of the day on a Wed. You can walk around everywhere. Can stand right on the stage where the greats played. Just was wonderful place to visit!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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84 reviews 84 reviews
21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Saw the Beach Boys this past Sunday at the Surf Ballroom. Show was excellent and the venue is a must do for music lovers and history buffs. It feels like you stepped back in time the moment you walk through the front doors. Very Cool!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

First time in forty years to go back to the surf ballroom. Great place to see a show. Staff extremely helpful and nice.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I've been here a couple times - once with just my wife and again with my siblings. First time through we saw more of the history side which was very cool. If you're a fan of classic rock, or music in general, this is a stop you don't want to miss! The entire atmosphere is just awesome. We also got... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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72 reviews 72 reviews
7 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We visited the museum (which is free) and we kind of tagged in with a group tour that were watching a movie in the ballroom about the Winter Carnival and the entertainers. It was extremely interesting. The displays were very nice and I think I looked at each photograph and artifact on display. The concert venue looks to be extremely... More 

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Norfolk, Nebraska
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16 reviews 16 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My wife and are from that "era" of music. We first visited the Surf in 2008 and stopped again earlier this month. It's always interesting and informative and takes one back in time to when that music was popular. Oh for those "good old days" and music.

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Belleville, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

First off I feel the proprietors could easily charge something for a visit yet it is free! The people who were working at the facility shared their vast knowledge of the ballroom and the many stars that appeared at the venue since the thirties. Yes we went there as fans of early rock music but the active place that the... More 

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Houston
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Nice small atmosphere venue with decent acoustics. There's some booths around the edges for an extra fee but I've found you probably won't be sitting much. The floor is open with no seating and almost everybody is out on the floor. No matter where your at, you are close to the stage/band. It's a part of history so it's a... More 

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Tring, Herts
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75 reviews 75 reviews
8 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I travelled to Iowa especially to see this attraction, and it didn't disappoint. I fully expected to cry at the crash site, but the tears came as soon as I walked into the Surf Ballroom. What an absolutely fantastic place this is. It has been so faithfully restored to it's original style that you feel that you are walking straight... More 

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