How to Spend a Perfect Day in Clear Lake, Iowa

Clear Lake, Iowa, sits on a natural spring-fed lake in Northern Iowa. Situated halfway between Minneapolis and Des Moines, the lake town is a significant stop on Interstate-35.

While it’s a lake town with beaches and boating, you’ll also find a place known worldwide for its spot in rock ‘n roll history. Here’s how I spent a perfect day in Clear Lake, Iowa.

9:30 a.m. Central Gardens

Line dancing was in progress, so we got energized for the day and exercised early. The dance lessons and country music made a fun kick-off to the day.

The kids love the Bee Happy Discovery Garden offering vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Families were coming to visit the three resident chickens at the Happy Hen House when we were there.

10:30 a.m. Holistic Harmony

They sell brewed tea and bulk custom blends you can take home and brew yourself. They also offer herbs for brewing herbal tea.

We had a great time in the green room, looking for our favorite stars’ signatures on the wall. You could spend hours just doing that.

11:30 a.m. Surf Ballroom and Museum Tour

Fox built the Surf Ballroom, and his former home is still a beautiful mid-century modern house on Clear Lake.

The Fox House

While the sculpture looks a bit like a UFO, closer examination reveals a 15-feet tall stack of records on the spindle of an old-fashioned turntable.

Three Stars Plaza

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