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Quick stop on our roadtrip

We stopped by here to see the last place Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens played before their... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Hezzy_t
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Liberty, Missouri
History and Great Displays

We went to a Big Band performance here. Apparently, there is one each year so there were lots if... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MrsPickle
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Huntington Beach, California
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“dance floor” (21 reviews)
“dance party” (17 reviews)
“rock and roll” (22 reviews)
LOCATION
Clear Lake, IA
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We stopped by here to see the last place Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens played before their untimely deaths. Unfortunately it was not open, but we were able to see the historical markers outside and peek in the doors. Looking forward to coming back and...More

Thank Hezzy_t
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to a Big Band performance here. Apparently, there is one each year so there were lots if regulars that came with their dancing shoes on. It was fun to both dance and watch the crowd. The museum portion consists of lots of photographs,...More

Thank MrsPickle
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here while in town visiting friends. Amazing place filled with ghosts and history. Stop in here while you're in the lovely town of Clear Lake. Concerts still held regularly. Gift shop has some fun souvenirs.

Thank Saranger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was born too late for the actual events, but took an interest in Buddy Holly due to the movie in the 70's. Glad we took a detour as we were passing through. Got in town too late for the show, but were able to...More

Thank NeverUnpacked
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much music history all packed in one unforgettable place. There just aren't very many places left that are this genuine and well preserved. The building is chock full of memorabilia and photos of icons both present and past. If you are in the area,...More

Thank BrmStk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everyone makes a big deal out of 'This is the last place Buddy Holly played before he died in the plane crash.' OK, if you like things that don't matter. What does matter is the acoustics are good and it's large in size, but they...More

Thank RandyKasal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing walk through music history. Very fun knowing that my parents came to shows here back in the day

Thank suemcdphd
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Walking around the Surf Ballroom was like stepping back in history. One could only imaging spending the night dancing to wake to the devastating news that 3 icons of music passed away while you were sleeping.

Thank Rorie H
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Made a stop here on a weekday late morning, just to see the place where Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens played their last show, A must see for anyone who is fan of any of those three. A fan of 50s and...More

1  Thank Tomtom3486
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Just happened to stop in on a very busy night. all the Buddy Holy memorabelia and other music stars was great fun to see and read up on. the music was good and places to sit that were not as loud as others. good for...More

Thank Dick J
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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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