Clear Lake

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Must Do's

Jump right in to family fun in Clear Lake! Classic, current and up-and-coming artists merge with music history at the Surf Ballroom. For an extra part of the Buddy Holly story, seek out the horn-rimmed glasses that mark the Buddy Holly, Ritchie Vallens & Big Bopper Crash Site Memorial. Admire gorgeous visual exhibits and explore the sculpture garden at Clear Lake Arts Center. Relive the history of firefighting at Iowa's first fire museum, Clear Lake Fire Museum. For a relaxing evening, stop by Lake Time Brewing to try one of their specialty and seasonal craft brews. 

Outdoor Adventures & Exciting Eateries

Outdoor recreation abounds on and around our 3,600 acre lake, bursting with activities! Climb aboard the Lady of the Lake, an authentic paddle wheel excursion boat for the best views on the water. Enjoy the area's extensive River City Greenbelt & Trail System, which includes the Trolley and Winnebago Trails and features amazing views of grasslands, forests and community attractions.

Enjoy a unique dining experience at Avion Azul, located inside the local airport, and enjoy an authentic Mexican dish while watching planes land and take off. For something light, grab a made-to-order sandwich or a caffeinated beverage from Cabin Coffee Company, then finish with dessert from South Shore Donut Co.

Community Highlights

Family events invite you to reconnect with friends and community; check our calendar for details. Order our Destination Clear Lake guide for inspiration and help planning your trip.

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