Glamping in Iowa


When most people picture the state of Iowa, they imagine vast fields of corn. Iowa is a big agricultural area, but this state offers plenty more, including vast, unspoiled swaths of grassland and forest, and glamping is a fun and economical way to explore it. The climate during the summers can get hot and humid while the winters are dry, freezing, and windy. Glamping in Iowa in a cabin or something similar means that you will be able to explore outside when the temperatures are perfect while staying comfortable inside if it gets too hot or cold. 

An overlook with a wooden guardrail stands above the Mississippi river, the trees turning autumn colors.

Glamping Sites in Iowa

Fillenwarth Beach Resort Cottage Colony

The Fillenwarth Beach Resort Cottage Colony is located in Arnolds Park on West Lake Okoboji. They have a beautiful little cottage colony where you can get the most out of glamping Iowa. The resort offers a variety of different boat cruises on the water as well as sailing and waterskiing. They also have beaches and docks where you can enjoy swimming or just lounge in comfortable chairs.

Scharnberg Park

Scharnberg Park has cabins for rent in Spencer that will sleep four to eight people. They have a 45-acre park with a 15-acre pond where you can fish for bluegill, bass, and channel catfish. The fishing pier is ADA-accessible, and the park offers boat rentals and a swimming beach. 

Sunrise Cottages at King’s Pointe Resort

The Sunrise Cottages at King’s Pointe Resort is the perfect destination for a unique vacation. They feature indoor and outdoor water parks, comfortable cottages, al fresco dining, and fire pits to sit around after the sun goes down. Check out nearby Storm Lake where you can have picnics, go fishing, or swim. They also have trails and a playground for the kids. 

Little Wall Lake Park

Little Wall Lake Park, near Jewell, has three gorgeous modern cabins that you can stay in. Two of them will sleep up to eight people, and the other one will hold 15. They have large covered decks and grills. Enjoy beautiful the idyllic scenery, take a boat out on the water, or go swimming. Explore the hiking trails while you are there as well.

Jester Park Cabins

Jester Park Cabins offer four different two-story cabins for rent, and Granger, Iowa, is a beautiful area in which you can get out and explore the outdoors. The cabins come with a canoe and are equipped with linens and kitchen supplies. The park is on the shore of Saylorville Lake where you can enjoy watersports, horseback riding, and an elk and bison educational plaza. 

Where to Glamp in Iowa

Iowa can have some extreme temperatures and humidity, so it is a perfect area for glamping. When the weather is perfect, you can go out and explore. If it gets too humid or cold, you can retreat into a beautiful cabin and be comfortable. Iowa offers a variety of regions where glamping is popular: wetlands, prairies, and woodlands. There are beautiful areas around lakes with plenty of wildlife and outdoor activities.

Iowa has plenty of state parks with glamping facilities. They also have nice resorts right on the lake where you can enjoy swimming, boating, or fishing. It is nice and cools down by the water when the weather is hot. 

Luxury Camping in Iowa

Luxury camping in Iowa is quite popular, so make sure you call ahead to make reservations. If you enjoy wildlife and watersports, you will be able to find quite a few places that are next to lakes. Be sure to check to see if they provide blankets, dishes, and cooking utensils so that you know what to bring. 

Depending on what time of year you are going, do not forget to bring extra blankets and your favorite pillow. Bring clothing that you can wear in layers so that you are ready for any temperature changes, and do not forget your swimsuit. During the warmer temperatures, the weather can get extremely muggy, so be sure to bring extra drinking water and stay hydrated. You should probably pack sunscreen and a hat as well. 

If you are staying in a yurt or an area where you will be walking to the public shower and restroom, be sure to pack a flashlight and some flip-flops that you can easily slip on after dark. You will also probably need to bring your own towels for swimming and for showering. 

Check to see if your accommodations include a refrigerator or if you will need to bring an ice chest, plenty of ice, and stuff to drink. Do not forget some snacks for in between meals in case cooking is not convenient. Having sandwich materials available is always handy as well. You will probably want a campfire, so plan on bringing a little paper to get it started and, of course, do not forget a lighter. It’s a good idea to bring skewers so that you can cook marshmallows or hotdogs over the fire as well. Before you head out on your trip, check out our blog for all you need to know about glamping

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