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Surf Ballroom

Clear Lake, IA
+1 641-357-6151
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A must see trip into the past!

We went on a whim, but were thoroughly amazed. It truly looks like walking into the 1950's. The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mark S
Wausaukee, Wisconsin
Must visit site when in North Central Iowa

Thrilled to see how this historic site has been preserved and improved over the years. The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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“dance party” (17 reviews)
“dance floor” (20 reviews)
“rock and roll” (21 reviews)
Clear Lake, IA
+1 641-357-6151
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went on a whim, but were thoroughly amazed. It truly looks like walking into the 1950's. The memorabilia is well displayed and tells a moving story of the musicians life and tragic end.

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Thrilled to see how this historic site has been preserved and improved over the years. The collection of memorabilia is bar none tremendous (having been to the Grammy Museum in LA for North Iowa this is a grand stop they would be envious of). The...More

Thank gocathyl
Reviewed 1 week ago

I only rated this a good because the museum was not open when we visited the site. It is worth the few minutes off the highway to visit when passing through Clear Lake especially for rock and roll fans who grew up in the 50's...More

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fun place to visit if you are a music fan. It was such. Throwback to the 50's. even the restroom has the old mirrors and you can just imagine young girls in poodle skirts primping laughing and giggling. I was so glad...More

Thank _fbstrouth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was hesitant to add this to our Iowa trip. It is a bit off the beaten path and with two teenagers along I didn't know how interested they would be in it. I warned them up front, but showed them the movie LaBamba before...More

Thank dkiefer1163376
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an iconic venue! This is a walk back in time to the 1950's & especially to the trio that played their last gig there in 1959. The restoration is well done & all of the photos are displayed so well. This is FREE &...More

Thank ubuibme
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We usually only visit when we have out of town guests, but even though we personally have been many times, it's always great to revisit and see all the history that here is to see here, you can always find something new. Very well put...More

Thank B902
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

stopped by last year and just happened to be closing up and the guy said come on in ,and WOW what a treat we received ,he took us to areas that are off limits to others and showed my wife and I all the hidden...More

Thank whatstheuse123
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Well worth seeing. A classic place to see in Clear Lake! See all the pictures on the walls of groups that have performed here. Lots of memorabilia and thing to see. Concerts here are great....an atomsphere you will remember. See where the Big Bopper, La...More

Thank LBKennedy52
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Went to the Surf for the first time last weekend to see Savoy Brown concert. Concert Hall was all I imagined it to be, having been to the Val-Air in Des Moines many times. Pictures lined the walls of everyone who is anybody in music....More

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18 September 2016|
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Response from Alyshinnie | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I'm not sure as I'm from Scotland but I'm sure if you contact the Surf Ballroom direct they will be happy to help. Sounds amazing, hope you manage to get booked and have a great time
James H
1 February 2016|
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Response from Kathryn R | Reviewed this property |
They can always come to look at the building and free museum. Would assume they could attend any event not listed as 18 or over