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Central Emporium

Closed Now: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Open today: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Tourist shops with friendly staff and nice stuff

This is definitely a little area geared to tourists. Okoboji tees, hats, knickknacks, etc. That... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
Peoria, IL
Geared for Tourists

The Central Emporium has been around for years. If you are into souvenirs, it's the place to go... read more

Reviewed January 11, 2017
Lincoln, Nebraska
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Reviewed May 25, 2019 via mobile

Fun shops Great lake vibes Nice bar with terrific lakeside patio Awesome views-of the lake Right in the heart of Boji

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank bojiville
Reviewed August 13, 2018

This is definitely a little area geared to tourists. Okoboji tees, hats, knickknacks, etc. That being said, there are also some fun other things to buy. I found a charming board book for our granddaughter. A bit pricey but a nice souvenir. There is also...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Piatravelgal
Reviewed August 16, 2017

This place is a fun little shopping area on the lake. Several souvenir shops and cute little boutiques. There are a couple restaurants, but we didn't eat at them. This is a must - stop for my daughter and I.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Sandy6-68
Reviewed July 12, 2017

Central Emporium is a large building on the water specializing in all sorts of tourist souvenirs Comprising several floors the top and middle section has heaps of shops while the bottom section has a restaurant which runs out onto the deck over the lake. Pretty...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank dennisp859
Reviewed January 11, 2017

The Central Emporium has been around for years. If you are into souvenirs, it's the place to go, but they do not normally sell University of Okoboji items as the name is licensed by another retailer. You can get Okoboji items, but just know that...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank BojiPat
Reviewed October 17, 2016

Unfortunately we came when the shops were winding down so inventory was low, however sales were huge! This is a very cute building of small shops near everything and includes a restaurant on the lowest level. There are several stairs and dark halls so beware...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Lots of little shops; clothing, candy, restaurant and right on water. You can reach by boat , car, bike. Can walk to Arnold's park. Does close for winter usually early October .

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank okobojigrandma
Reviewed August 9, 2016

This place has been here for years. 2 stories of little tourist shops..mostly Okoboji souvenir tees & clothing that pretty much overpriced. Great little candy store there though! And the store with the hermit crabs is fun to browse. We visited here 17 years ago...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank kylaamos
Reviewed July 26, 2016

The Central Emporium is a mini-mall that sits between Arnolds Park and Fillenwarth Beach on Lakeshore Drive. The store front is an unassuming white building with green awnings. It looks worn down and in need of a paint job from the outside. Inside there are...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank CraftBeers
Reviewed September 27, 2015

Really really cool place to stop for all ages. Make a t-shirt, get some candy, lots of souvenirs, clothing, etc.

Date of experience: September 2015
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