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Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum

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Address: Okoboji, IA
Phone Number: 800-270-2574
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Great way to spend an afternoon

wonderful history of the area told through the water and a great movie with wonderful exhibits.Great gift shop, too! Nice people.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
sue d
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Tallahassee, Florida

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Tallahassee, Florida
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

wonderful history of the area told through the water and a great movie with wonderful exhibits.Great gift shop, too! Nice people.

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Thank sue d
Omaha
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I have been coming to Okoboji every summer since I was a kid, but never spent an in-depth time at the Maritime Museum. My husband and I spent over an hour in the museum recently. We both especially enjoyed looking at all the old photos of the area and reading the stories of what life was like in Okoboji back... More 

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Thank jmsolko
Lincoln, Nebraska
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It would be easy to skip over this on your way to Arnold's Park---don't. It's very nifty with great lake vacation history and memories.

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Thank CKM56
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

Museum is free with an optional donation box. Friendly staff, gift shop. Quite a bit of Arnold's Park memorabilia and some really great boats. Kids with our two families range in age from 5-12 and enjoyed it. One large open room - got through everything in less than 30 minutes. Good stop on way to park area.

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Thank Jennifer L
Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Visited the museum during a recent trip to the area. LOVED the old boats, motors and other items from a bygone era. The quality and workmanship of the older built boats was very evident and just beautiful to check out. LOVE the old motors and fishing tackle as well. Very neat collection of area's lake lifestyle items. The lay out... More 

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Thank John P
Rockwell City, Iowa
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

My teenage kids were totally bored with it, they are not into history. It was very nicely done, clean and organized.

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Thank Jill B
Wildwood, Missouri
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Combined with an Iowa Welcome Center. Lots of info about the Lakes area, helpful staff and the museum is very informative

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Thank Wade J
Watertown, South Dakota
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202 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We went on the Queen 2 boat ride where they talk about one of the boats in this museum so we thought we would give it a try. Very interesting place.

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Thank tfi22
Iowa
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I've been through the museum a few times. It's great to get out of the heat and check things out. The photos of Arnolds Park and the old cabins always amaze me and seeing the photos makes me wish I could have been there years ago. I envision that maybe there were a few places here where some "Dirty Dancing"... More 

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Thank Angel_in_Iowa
Des Moines
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192 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

It's neat to see the old sunken water taxi that they brought up from the bottom and restored. Be sure to spin the wheel for a chance to pilot the paddle wheel boat with free drinks for your friends.

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