General/Holiday Hours:

The Ballroom/Museum*, Ticket Office and Gift Shop are open year-round Monday - Friday from 8am-4pm.  Our venue is closed to observe New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

*Portions of the Ballroom and/or Museum may be closed if there is a rental or concert that day. Box Office and Lobby will be open unless closure is requested by artist or renter. If this occurs, we will announce on Facebook. Please be sure to check our calendar, or feel free to give us a call.

Summer Hours:

The Ballroom/Museum, Ticket Office and Gift Shop are open year-round Monday - Friday from 8am-4pm and additionally on Saturdays from 9am-1pm and Sundays from 1-4pm between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.


A donation of $5/person is suggested for admission. Staff and volunteers are available to answer questions that visitors may have during their self-guided tour of the venue.

Group tours are available by appointment for a nominal fee with a minimum of 30 people. A two week advance notice is greatly appreciated! For more information, visit our Group Tours page.

Driving Directions:

We are located just off of Interstate 35 (Via exit 193 or 194), the Surf is only two hours from Minneapolis and Des Moines.

From I-35, travel west on US Hwy. 18. At the 4th stoplight located at the intersection of US Hwy. 18 and Buddy Holly Place, turn left (south) onto Buddy Holly Place. You will travel on Buddy Holly Place for approximately 3-4 blocks. At the 2nd stop sign, turn right (west) on North Shore Drive. The Surf, with its large domed roof and prominent marquee, is easily visible on your right-hand side. There is a large parking lot to the north of the building (there are no fees to park in our lot).


Surf Ballroom & Museum
460 North Shore Drive
Clear Lake, IA 50428

GPS Coordinates

43°8'23"N 93°23'22"W

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