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

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The day... the music died.

Historic venue that is kept clean. Coat check for $1. Museum to wander through if it is open. Staff friendly. Two bars for drinks. Large ballroom surrounded by booth seating. Nice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Ankeny, Iowa
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Ankeny, Iowa
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381 reviews 381 reviews
105 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Historic venue that is kept clean. Coat check for $1. Museum to wander through if it is open. Staff friendly. Two bars for drinks. Large ballroom surrounded by booth seating. Nice stage. It is a great place and worth a visit.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My wife and I took a day trip to Mason City and Clear Lake. We had always wanted to visit the Surf and it surely was worth the trip. The Surf Ballroom is actually the second one, the first was across the street and burned down in 1948. It is restored to look the same way it did when the... More 

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Saint Ansgar, Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The Surf Ballroom is one of the last ballrooms in the area. They host a summer Big Band series, bringing in the big bands playing the music from the old days. So much fun to dance to In The Mood and many other favorites of the era. Great wood floor to dance on. Also is the last place Buddy Holly... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is a must see!! We stopped at the ballroom first and what a pleasure it was. When you walk in it's like stepping back into history. Everything has been restored beautifully. For a small donation (suggested $5) you can walk around and explore all the historical things that happened here. Go on the stage that so many artists and... More 

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

If you're in Clear Lake, and you have a love of music, you MUST see the Surf! It's been beautifylly restored, and you can really feel what it was like to have been there when Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens performed in 1959. Be sure to see the Surfside 6 Cafe, too - lots of musical artifacts,... More 

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Mason City
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Thank you to the Snyder family for protecting such an historic gem and returning it to its glory. Walking through the photo galleries filled with pictures of past performers is outstanding as is the quality of music being booked currently truly wonderful!

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Houston
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Anywhere in the place puts you close to the stage. Absolutely a must when in this part of the US. Besides being a great place to see a band, there's so much nostalgia connected to it and it's all right there on display.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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96 reviews 96 reviews
23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
22 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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