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Surf Ballroom

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Address: Clear Lake, IA
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It's a classic!

We attended the 2017 Winter Dance a Party, our 6th. The Surf is a one of a kind place, with its tragic history tied to the last performance of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens & the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We attended the 2017 Winter Dance a Party, our 6th. The Surf is a one of a kind place, with its tragic history tied to the last performance of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens & the Big Bopper. Their museum dedicated to that event, as well as the hundreds of other performers who have appeared there is quite interesting. If you... More 

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our second visit to the The Surf for a concert. This time Chris Janson. Love the nostalgia of The Surf. We will most certainly be back for another concert. Definitely worth a visit.

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Pittsburg, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the Surf Ballroom with my husband, who has been a musician for 40 years. We arrived, not knowing we could go inside to tour. What a thrill to be allowed to self-guide through every room. We could spend more time in front of exhibits that interested us, and move on past items that were less enticing. Literal goosebumps... More 

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Thank Natalie D
Clear Lake, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Step back in time and feel the past energy in this massive old ballroom. Take a look at all thr rich history this historical place has.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Exciting during all the concerts! Good music, excellent history, the staff is real nice! The bar is good!

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Saint Ansgar, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

Nice event center, I have never been there for a concert so I have no idea what that is like. I was only there for a social outing with my staff lady. And we were impressed. When we were there a local musical artist was there. I believe he had signed his name on the artist wall/dressing room. Very nice... More 

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Saint Joseph
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

There is a lot of Rock n Roll history in those walls. There are pictures of singing groups, from the 40's all the way to the present, that have performed there. Buddy Holley, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens played their last performance here before they lost their lives in a plane crash. These three people made a huge impact... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

The Surf is a very cool juxtaposition of a current business and a historic site. It certainly gives one pause to realize who has all been in that space and what happened there. We were lucky to be able to visit with Wayne who was more than cordial and knows everything about the Surf from first-hand experience - as a... More 

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Thank BrianK609
Clear Lake, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

The Surf has always been a favorite place to see top-rated musicians play. The dance floor is meticulously set up; the bar is great; and the staff is not only friendly and extremely competent but also careful to all the details. During the day when it's open, the Surf offers a glimpse into a great history of big bands, rock... More 

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Garner, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Anyone coming close to Clear Lake needs to visit the Surf Ballroom. So much history there of entertainment. The unique booths to visiting the crash site of Buddy Holly.

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