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Posted October 11, 2013 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

We hope you will enjoy the fall with a day trip or weekend visit. Great weather, great shopping & dining, great Lake and colors for this time of year.  Bring you and your loved one for a great Halloween weekend in Clear Lake!   Here is a peek at some of what you can do. For more information of events & activities, visit

image001Haunted Hike at D&D Ranch – October 11 -12. For more information go to our website, Conveniently located off Interstate 35 in Clear Lake, Iowa, The D and D Ranch Haunted Hike has been handing out terrorizing fun for all ages for the past 11 years. Premiere actors from Iowa and Minnesota bring both classic and current horror figures to life in this award-winning Halloween attraction. The hike begins in the Halloween museum featuring classic characters throughout the years. Once you finish there, a haunted, wild west town awaits the brave. Groups will be able to guide themselves through an 1800’s haunted town and into the ranch’s Trail of Terror which takes you through the forest. The Haunted Hike is ranked in the top 10 Best Halloween Attractions in Iowa! Due to scary content, the hike will not allow anyone under the age of ten to participate without adult supervision. The D and D Ranch is located at 2532 South Shore Drive in Clear Lake. Date/Time Information: 2013 Dates:
October 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26 open from 7:00-11:00pm; October 31 open from 7:00-9:00pm Call the The D and D Ranch 641-357-1695 for more information. Fees/Admission – $TBA per person.

Business After Hours – October 17, 2013, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM. This monthly networking event is organized by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce First Mates Committee and hosted by a different business/organization each month. This month’s Business After Hours will be held at Farmer’s State Bank. Free

Other Points of Interest

Downtown Clear Lake – Visit our unique shops, offering a surprising array of items for you to choose from.  We have been told that our retail shops in Clear Lake are not only unique but outstanding.  Come to Clear Lake & see for yourself!!

Lakeside Restaurants – Clear Lake offers an abundance of great dining venues.  Here are several that are on the Lake: Ge-Jo’s by the Lake, The Landing, PM Park, The Muskie Lounge, The Other Place, District 619, The Anchor Inn, Half-Moon and many more for your dining pleasure

Surf Ballroom & Museum – One of the most sought out places for visitors to Clear Lake. You can visit the historic Surf Ballroom during the week to see the location of where Buddy Holly & the Crickets, J. P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson, and Richie Valens performed their final concert, “the day the music died,” before their tragic plane crash five miles from Clear Lake on that fateful night in February, 1959.  The Surf still has numerous live musical performances and has been ranked one of the top 12 music venues in the United States for 2012 by Rolling Stone Magazine. Plus it has a terrific gift shop and a Wall of Fame you can view. Guided tours for groups are available.  Visit the Surf for music history and great memories!

City Beach– rated as one of the top 50 beaches in the United States by USA Today. A little slice of heaven where beaches are concerned!!

McIntosh Woods State Park – a 60 acre mecca for campers, where you can also rent “yurts,” go fishing, swimming or boating or picnicking. Reservations are required, tool-free 1-800-427-2757.

Clear Lake State Park – another gem for camping (176 campsites), a beautiful 900-foot beach, great for picnicking, fishing or boating.  You can also use the day lodge for meeting or gatherings.  Reservations are required, 1-800-427-2527.

Golfing – Clear Lake offers three exceptional golf courses – the Veterans Memorial Golf Club, Oak Hills, and Arrowhead golf courses.  Experience golfing at its finest with three beautiful courses to choose from.

City Park – This is the location in downtown Clear Lake, right off of the Lake where most of the community activities and events are held.  It has playground equipment and a beautiful band shell as well as picnic tables and benches.  Come relax and enjoy our beautiful City Park, and then stroll through downtown Clear Lake for shopping and dining.

Central Gardens of North Iowa. Explore one of the most unique gardening experiences in the state of Iowa with a walking tour of our beautiful Central Gardens, open to the public and at no cost, located at 800 2nd Ave. in Clear Lake. For general information, call 641-357-0700, or email us at  Our website is  

Come to Clear Lake during October, one of the most beautiful times of the year!!!  For more information on Clear Lake happenings, visit our website,, and check out our events calendar.

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