I have been going to the Lake Of The Ozarks since I was young. Growing up in St. Louis, it was only a few hours away, and I often went with friends. Now, my husband’s family has a place there, and we go several times a summer. It really is a great Midwest mini-vaca destination. Whether you are thinking of buying a second home at the lake, or just thinking of visiting, here are some tips to make the most of your lake stay.
Going to one of the resorts at the lake is fun because there are on sight pools, restaurants, and boat rental. It’s a great option if you are new to the lake, but still want to have the full experience. The Lodge Of The Four Seasons, Tan-Tar-A, and Camden On The Lake are my personal favorites. They are all family friendly too. Be careful though, they hike up the prices on holiday weekends.
If you are going for a longer stay or want something a little more homey, renting a lake house is a great option. There’s a ton of nice houses for rent on vrbo.com as well as other websites. This is a great idea if you are having a family reunion or large friend get together at the lake.
Whether you stay in a house or a resort, I really recommend getting out on the water at least one of the days you are there. You can rent a boat at any of the many rental locations and either cruise around the main channel or boat to lunch or dinner.
Big Surf Waterpark is a super fun way to spend a day. They have some great rides as well as an awesome lazy river. We enjoy getting a group of friends together and going. If you do have kids, they will love it. There are tons for them to do. It’s a bit of a kid (and big kid) paradise.
There are several companies that offer sunset or dinner cruises. They are a fun and relaxing way to see the lake. They are also great date night ideas! Be sure to check Groupon before you make your reservation. It often has deals on the cruises.
Bridal Cave is a popular attraction that used to be inhabited by Native Americans. There are ancient legends that are said to have taken place there. There are guided tours available with reservation.