Central Missouri is one of the best vacation spots in the state. The Lake of the Ozarks is Missouri’s center for recreation of all types. Visitors from Springfield, St. Louis, Branson and Kansas City can drive there in two hours or less. With camping, boating, fishing, museums, fine dining and top rated accommodations everyone is sure to have a great time.
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There are many bed and breakfast facilities near the Lake of the Ozarks. The Cliff House Inn at Osage Beach overlooks the water. The Garden House Bed and Breakfast on the water’s edge provides gondola rides for guests. Condominium rentals are available at the Country Club Hotel, as well as the Dogwood Hills Golf Resort Inn, both with a view of Lake Ozark.
Lake of the Ozark State Park has cave tours for spelunkers and miles of marked trails. Fishing, boating and swimming with electrical hook campsites are available year round. Cabins are in limited supply so make reservations early.
You can enjoy great family fun just around the corner from Lake of the Ozarks. Shoot a round of miniature golf, play games at Miner Mike and Busters indoor arcade or race around a track at one of nine go-cart tracks in the area. Big Surf Waterpark provides thrills, spills, and is only minutes away from the lake.
The Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals, a car show commemorating the completion of the Bagnell Dam, is free to the public. This cruise-in features over 700 entries. Visit Lake of the Ozarks during the Cinco de Mayo festival or during Memorial Day Weekend for fireworks over the lake. In June, the Lake Art Council begins the Summer Beach Concerts. Art exhibits take place year round focusing on local artists and artisans.
Nearby Ha Ha Tonka State park provides lots of family fun. Picnic grottos, hiking trails and castle ruins to explore are just a few of the activities. Thunder Mountain Park, where Bridal Cavern is located, has cave tours and underground weddings. This park has an archery range and an 80-foot tower to explore. Museums including the Miller county Museum, Camden County Museum and the Dam Overlook are places you will want to visit.
Families will find adventure, fun and excitement during a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks. Fine dining, modern and primitive accommodations and a variety of activities will let everyone find just what they are looking for in a Missouri family vacation destination.
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