The 5 Best Free Things to do in Clear Lake, Iowa (IA)

December 9, 2021 Elouise Mccaul

Clear Lake is a city in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. The population was 7,777 at the 2010 census. The city is named for the large lake on which it is located. It is the home of a number of marinas, state parks and tourism-related businesses. Clear Lake is also a major stop on Interstate 35 with many restaurants, hotels and truck stops.
Restaurants in Clear Lake

1. Surf Ballroom

Clear Lake, IA +1 641-357-6151 http://www.surfballroom.com
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5.0 based on 332 reviews

Surf Ballroom

Reviewed By Aerowing - Monee, United States

The Surf Ballroom was on my bucket list for a while. They’re only open from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Luckily I called them in October and was told I can come visit because they were having a wedding that day. Cool! First off the people working here are super friendly, the most friendliest people I think I’ve ever met are in Iowa. That’s saying, they gave me full reign of the place. I was able to see and explore anywhere I wanted including on the stage and into the amazing green room. There’s tons of memorabilia everywhere on the walls, it’s truly a sight to behold. I love the look of the old booths along the wooden dance floor, so nostalgic. The list of musicians who have played here is endless. I would love to come for a concert someday. If you’re in the area I definitely, highly recommend coming here to check out a piece of music history.

2. Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly

Gull Avenue Crash site is located west of intersection of 315th Street and Gull Avenue., Clear Lake, IA
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4.5 based on 258 reviews

Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly

Reviewed By GaryBergman - Ottumwa, United States

I went to the Surf and looked around. Then I drove out to the crash site. It's just Noth of town only a few miles. GPS will take you there and the entrance is marked by a giant pair of Buddy Holly glasses. It is a walk no vehicles allowed. It's a half mile out and a half mile back. It is worth the exercise!

3. Central Gardens of North Iowa

800 2nd Ave N, Clear Lake, IA 50428-1711 +1 641-357-0700 [email protected] http://www.centralgardensnorthiowa.com
Excellent
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Central Gardens of North Iowa

Volunteer planted and maintained, this expertly designed space brings stunning architectural features, terraces, water features and 18 themed gardens together for an unforgettable experience. Attend an event, stroll through the gardens or sit and enjoy lunch with friends. This special place is waiting for you!

4. Rookies Rockin' Sports Bar

307 Main Ave, Clear Lake, IA 50428-1824 +1 641-357-4629 [email protected] https://rookiesrockinsportsbar.com/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Rookies Rockin' Sports Bar

Rookies Rockin' Sports Bar, in Clear Lake, Iowa, is the area's leading bar and lounge serving Clear Lake, Mason City, Cerro Gordo and surrounding areas since 1995. We offer pool tables, big screen TVs, a party room, a DJ, shirts, coats, sweatshirts and much more. We have NFL Sunday Ticket, college football, NCAA, NBA and MLB TV packages. Come visit our upper level on Saturday nights for our country music lounge. For your next night out, visit Rookies Rockin' Sports Bar in Clear Lake.

Reviewed By Betty50428 - Clear Lake, United States

There are two great reasons to visit Rookies: their burgers and their Bloody Mary! I don't consume either anywhere else! Bar side is fun but noisy. Restaurant side can also be noisy when crowded. An old brick building without acoustics. But it is a landmark that nearly tourist hits.

5. Lake Time Brewery

801 Main Ave, Clear Lake, IA 50428-1919 +1 641-357-2040 [email protected] http://www.laketimebrewery.com/
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Lake Time Brewery

Reviewed By PowerTrippersTravel - Cocoa Beach, United States

Lake Time Brewery operates out of a large old house converted into a brewery. The atmosphere is cool and homey and the beers are great. We had a 10 beer flight and they have a lot of interesting beers. The Oreo Speedwagon beer was amazing so we ended up taking home a couple growlers. There was a nice mix here of people partying and people just relaxing. Lake Time Brewery is pretty conducive to either. Highly recommended. -The Power Trippers

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