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Posted October 24, 2014 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

Autumn is definitely here and is the best time to come to Clear Lake!! The fishing is still terrific so don’t miss out on this! 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:

UntitledHaunted Hike at D&D Ranch – October 24- 25, 2014, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. 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 12 years. Actors 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!  Be sure not to miss out on all of the fun. If you DARE, we will SCARE! 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, 2532 South Shore Drive. 2014 Dates: October 24 & 25 open from 7:00-11:00pm. October 31 open from 7:00-9:00pm. Contact Information: The D and D Ranch 641-357-1695. Fees/Admission: $TBA per person.

Artoberfest at MacNider – October 24, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 p.m. The Museum is excited to announce the return of its annual signature autumn event, Artoberfest. Join us and enjoy savory hors d’oeuvres, delicious wines and unusual brews. Scrumptious appetizers will be served through- out the evening accompanied by fantastic live musical entertainment. Guests can indulge in a variety of fermented drinks. For those not hip on hops, beverages from the vine as well as a non-alcoholic version will be available. As guests explore the Museum’s galleries and enjoy food and beverages, they can place bids on a delightful assortment of silent auction items. Later in the evening, we will auction off an outstanding selection of goods and services in the Salsbury Room during the live auction. Tickets for Artoberfest are $40 and will be available at the Museum, Moorman Clothiers, Hy-Vee East, and Hy-Vee West. Please note, this event is for guests 21 years of age or older. MacNider Museum 303 2nd St SE Mason City, IA. Tickets are $40

Halloween Parade & Art Activity – October 25, 2014, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM CDT. Youngsters preschool through third grade gather for photos then parade downtown in their costumes. Goodie bags are distributed to participants. Sponsored by the Clear Lake Parks & Recreation Department. City Hall (parade). Contact Information: Clear Lake Parks & Rec

Other cool 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 autumn go by without visiting Clear Lake! You can shop here, visit our unique shops, and enjoy your fall 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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