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Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum

Okoboji, IA
800-270-2574
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Ranked #2 of 9 attractions in Okoboji
Type: Specialty Museums
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Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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168 reviews 168 reviews
36 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

Visited on a Tuesday afternoon to see more about some of the boats discussed during our Queen II boat tour on the lake. The receptionists were very friendly and wanted each family to sign in. The museum is free and offers a wide variety of displays for all ages. I really enjoyed the news archives while our kids liked the... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Been coming to Okoboji for years but this was my first stop at the museum. I was impressed by the size of the space and the extensive collection. I especially enjoyed watching some of the old videos. I would recommend visiting to get out if the heat or the rain if you are in town.

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Spencer, Iowa
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8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is a nice museum to learn about the history of the area with emphasis on the lake and surrounding culture of those whose lives depended on the lake. Great stop and the price is right!!

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arizona
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This museum brought back memories when I was a kid visiting Okoboji back in the 50's. Don't miss this free museum. Some very nice wooden boats to see.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The lakes history truly does come to life at this little spot! Love seeing the boats, the old school wet suit and all the history of the Queen and Captain Steve!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

As a child this was everybody's place. Cabins for rent all over. Now it's a private lake with a few exceptions. If the people of Okoboji expect to keep the park going, they better make hefty donations or bring the cabins back so the general public can enjoy. If you don't believe me, drive around in the dead of winter.... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We spent about an hour in the museum. Good place for history lover & will get nice clicks/snaps with variety of boats. Gift shop is reasonable & staffs are very informative & friendly. Worth a visit and there is no entry fee. Its very close to Arnolds theme park.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

They have a great museum that takes you back into the history of the lake... actual sunken boat they have brought up and old park rides... So many pictures, facts making the history fun to see! Usually try to go once a year and find something new Every time!! Worth the time to go!!

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Sarasota
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23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

It's interesting to note that there is an Iowa Navy! I always learn something new about the area's history whenever I visit this jewel of a museum. The volunteers are quite knowledgeable, friendly and helpful...don't forget to sign the guestbook. Spend at least a half hour going through the museum looking at the exhibits and then check out the gift... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Really interesting photos and old boats from the Lakes area.Well worth you time to learn more about the history of Okoboji.

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