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Posted August 29, 2014 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

Summer is winding down, but that is the best time to come to Clear Lake!! We hope you will enjoy a day trip or weekend visit to Clear Lake.  Great shopping & dining is yours.   Here is a peek at some of what you can do this week. You can get more information of events & activities by just visiting:

Seawall to Seawall Run – August 30, 2014, 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Certified 1/2 Marathon 7:30am, 5K & 10K 7:45am. Online registration and more information at The half marathon is certified by the USATF, and the 5K is open to everybody – walkers, runners, pets, strollers – anyone who may be interested.  Proceeds support the Clear Lake and Ventura Fire Departments and local youth organizations.

UntitledBeachFest – August 30, 2014. Celebrate the end of a great summer at City Beach! The CLPD Benevolence Assn will be grilling your favorites starting at noon. Our house DJ will be playing music on the beach until the stage acts start at 4pm. 10am: Volleyball Tournament (cash prizes); 1pm activities begin: Kiddie Hand Powered Train Ride, Laser Tag; 1-4pm: Freestyle sand castle/sand sculpture. Judging at 4pm. Bring your own tools. 1pm: Speed bean bag competition (Adults 14 & over) compete for a grand prize. 3pm: Whatever Floats Your Boat Recycled Boat Races. 4-6pm Spenser Rahm, acoustic rock. 6pm: Treasure Hunt (21+ dig in the sand for awesome prizes!) Raffle tickets sold until 5:30pm.  6-8pm DJ Jared Allen. 8pm: Movie in the Park, Nicholas Sparks’ “Safe Haven.” Clear Lake City Beach. 641-355-4152. Free Admission

Antiques in the Square – August 31, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. 22nd Annual Event featuring more than 60 antique dealers selling primitives, pottery, glass, furniture, collectibles, and more! Held rain or shine in historic City Park. Free admission.

Other ways to enjoy Clear Lake during your visit:

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.

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  

Don’t let your summer go by without visiting Clear Lake! You can shop here, visit our unique shops, and enjoy your summer vacation or day trip here. For more information on all Clear Lake happenings, visit our new website,, and check out our events calendar.

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