Maritime Museum


Newly expanded, this surprisingly interesting museum recalls the history of the lakes and the many forms of boats that have sailed upon them – from pure pleasure craft to nimble racers.

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1. Arnolds Park Amusement Park


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2. Gull Point State Park

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The best state park locally is on the west side of West Okoboji Lake. It has a beach, lovely lakeside picnic areas and an excellent 1.3-mile long nature…

3. Mini-Wakan State Park

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This simple park embodies the ethos of Big Spirit Lake: low-key serenity. It has big trees offering shady spots on the lake for picnics and simple…