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Surf Ballroom

Clear Lake, IA
+1 641-357-6151
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Interesting place to see

I only rated this a good because the museum was not open when we visited the site. It is worth the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Linda R
Edenton, North Carolina
Passing through!

This is a fun place to visit if you are a music fan. It was such. Throwback to the 50's. even the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Worthington, Minnesota
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“dance floor” (20 reviews)
“rock and roll” (21 reviews)
Clear Lake, IA
+1 641-357-6151
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Reviewed 4 days 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 1 week 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 2 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 3 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 4 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 7 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

1  Thank suzievaldez
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Lots of photographs. Good history! The ballroom is more interesting than the museum. Expected to see more memorabilia.

Thank VagabondCher
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

This was my second visit to the Surf. Definitely a great place. Lots of musical history. Interesting video and the docent gave us lots of good information. Follow this visit with a trip to the crash site to understand the day the music died.

1  Thank Melinda P
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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
2 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