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Surf Ballroom

Clear Lake, IA
+1 641-357-6151
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Very Cool Place!

This place is where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper last performed before their... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
jostucker3
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Lingle, Wyoming
Well worth the time

Being a Buddy Holly fan, a stop at the Surf Ballroom was a must when my travels took me near Clear... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Twhatty
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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  • Excellent84%
  • Very good12%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“dance floor” (23 reviews)
“rock and roll” (22 reviews)
“big bopper” (47 reviews)
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Clear Lake, IA
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+1 641-357-6151
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"dance floor"
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"buddy holly"
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"ritchie valens"
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"crash site"
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"phone booth"
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"green room"
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"step back in time"
in 10 reviews
"music history"
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"walls and ceiling"
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"plane crash"
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"ball room"
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"big name"
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"historic venue"
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"definitely worth a stop"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This place is where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper last performed before their plane crashed North of town and died. There is a host of cool memorabilia from them and countless other stars over the past 70 years that have performed here....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Being a Buddy Holly fan, a stop at the Surf Ballroom was a must when my travels took me near Clear Lake. We actually went to the crash site first (see separate review) and then drove into Clear Lake. Although there were a few employees...More

Thank Twhatty
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Surf is a treasure. It's filled with history and is a great place to catch a concert. Get there early so you don't miss anything, there's a lot to see.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you grew up to one time Rock and Roll this place is a palace. All original looking, ie a very retro style large dance floor and booths around the dance floor. When they have big name acts (frequently) you have to reserve a booth...More

Thank Steven H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was a great experience and a step back in time. Lots to look at and read so plan to spend at least an hour or more. Donations are excepted and they have a little souvenir shop. I'm glad I stopped

Thank raescar1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Did not get a chance to get inside wish we could have. Hope of anyone else gets there they can get inside get pictures the outside is picture perfect

Thank bettylcarn
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Reviewed 18 May 2018

What a great place to walk through and be transported back to 1959. Lots of nostalgia andwhileyour there get a map to the crash site and take a walk

Thank Darel M
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

We stopped at the Surf Ballroom before visiting the Buddy Holly crash site. It was a cold March day but I could imagine the Surf and Clear Lake being very busy with summer vacationers. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper had very short...More

2  Thank John B
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

anyone into old rock-n-roll will love this place worth stopping and seeing. great employees and willing to show you around

Thank Jim H
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We've been traveling around the country for a few weeks. I've always wanted to see the Surf Ballroom if I ever got close to IA. As it turned out, we were going right through Clear Lake. We stopped at the Surf Ballroom. As soon as...More

Thank Gil1018
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WINN77
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
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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
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