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Top 10 List Of Things To Do At The Lake Of The Ozarks

Here are our favorite things to see and do at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Some are well know, some not so well known. Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.
They are in no particular order.

Bridal Cave

Located at 526 Bridal Cave Rd., Camdenton, Missouri, off of Old Hwy 5 North. Call 573-346-2676 for information.

Open Daily at 9 a.m. Cost: Adults $18, Kids 5-12 $9, Under 5 Free

Big Surf Waterpark

Located at 954 State Hwy Y, Linn Creek, MO 65052, off Hwy 54 between Camdenton and Osage Beach. Call 573-346-6111 for more information.

Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Memorial Weekend to Labor Day Weekend (weekends only in late August)

Rates vary from Free for babies 3 and under to $31.95 for an all day surfer pass. Season tickets and non-swimmer passes available.

Ready for a break from the lake? Be sure to visit our “other body of water”….Big Surf Waterpark. With over 27 acres of water activities, Big Surf offers something for everyone. From the lazy river to the wave pool, to the interactive water play area for the little one, your family is sure to make a trip to Big Surf an annual tradition. 

Old Kinderhook

Located off Hwy 54, west of Camdenton, on Old Kinderhook Dr, Camdenton, Missouri.

Old Kinderhook is a master planned community which is open to the public. Featuring the beautiful Tom Weiskopf Signature golf course, Old Kinderhook is also home to gourmet dining, an outdoor ice skating rink, a world class spa, sand volleyball, fireworks displays, and many other seasonal events. 

Located off Hwy 54 west of Camdenton at 1491 State Road D, Camdenton, Missouri.

Admission is free. Summer park and visitor center hours are 7 a.m. to sunset. Check website link below for off-season hours.

“Ha Ha Tonka State Park with its intriguing history and outstanding geologic features, Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one state park that should not be missed. The park is a geologic wonderland with sinkholes, caves, a huge natural bridge, sheer bluffs and Missouri’s 12th largest spring. The ruins of a turn-of-the-century stone castle overlook these wonders and offer impressive views of the Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring.

A series of trails and boardwalks makes it easy for visitors to experience all the park has to offer from its historic castle and geologic wonders to its wooded areas and open rocky glades. Picnic sites beckon visitors for a relaxing lunch in a scenic setting unparalleled in the lake area. All these fascinating features combine to create a park that can be explored and enjoyed time after time.” – Quoted from missouristateparks.com 

Bagnell Dam Strip

Located at Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark, Missouri, The Strip features shopping, dining, and activities for the whole family.

Hours vary by merchant. Visit the vender directory by clicking on the website below.

A “don’t miss” attraction on The Strip is HOT SUMMER NIGHTS! Every second Friday, May through September, from 6 pm-11 pm, all makes and models of cars, trucks, motorcycles and more line up and cruise the Bagnell Dam Strip. Admission is free and everyone will enjoy the games, activities and live music. 

Captain Ron's Bar and Grill

Located at 82 Aloha Lane is Sunrise Beach, Missouri. By water 34.5 mile marker. Call 573-374-5852 for hours

Home to the Lake of the Ozarks Shooutout, Captain Ron’s offers tasty cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Lounge on the sandy beach while the kids splash in the lake, or join in on a match of sand volleyball. Take a ride on the high seas on the Gypsy Rose, Captain Ron’s very own pirate ship. By boat, Captain Ron’s is located at the 34. 5 mile marker and offers plenty of dock slips, and for the landlubbers, take Hwy 5 north to Sunrise Beach.  A day at Captain Ron’s is just the adventure your little pirates have been waiting for. Aye Aye, Matey!

Miner Mike's Indoor Family Fun Center

Located at 4515 Osage Beach Pkwy, Osage Beach, Missouri. Call 573-348-2126 

Pricing from $6 for unlimited rides to $12 for 1 time maze entry and unlimited rides. Season Passes Available for $29.50

Miner Mike’s is a 35,000 square foot family fun center featuring rides, arcade style games, a huge maze, and family friendly food. Busters is a high tech, 12,000 square foot space filled with video simulators, air hockey, shuffle board, and games featuring Harley Davidson motorcycles and NASCAR. Games played turn into tickets earned, which can be redeemed for all sorts of prizes at the ticket redemption center. Rain or shine, Miner Mike’s is a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids.

Willmore Lodge

The historic Willmore Lodge was built in 1930 by Union Electric and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the Bagnell Dam Historical Museum to learn about the construction of the dam, as well as the history of the lake community. Lake of the Ozarks Visitors Center is located at the Willmore Lodge and offers great information on businesses at the lake as well as things to do and see while visiting.

Swinging Bridges of Brumley

Located in Miller County, Lake of the Ozarks State Park, on Swinging Bridges Road, off Hwy 42 from Brumley.

The Grand Auglaize Bridge was built in 1922, is 500 feet long, and it has a span of 414 feet. It is located over Grand Auglaize Creek on Swinging Bridges Road (Lake Road 42-18) southwest of Brumley and is open to traffic. It’s still operational and hosts about 250 traffic crossings a day!

The Mill Creek Bridge was built in 1925 and is 135 feet long with a span of 95 feet. This wire suspension bridge crosses over Mill Creek on Swinging Bridges Road (Lake Road 42-18) near Brumley. Open to one-lane traffic only, the bridge was rehabilitated in 1978 and although the structure is sound, a recent inspection found it “functionally obsolete,” and has only about 30 traffic crossings per day. 

The location is great for fishing, swimming, site seeing and picnicking. Truly a hidden gem of the Lake of the Ozarks.

Main Street Music Hall

Located at 5845 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach, Missouri. Call 573-348-9500

$22.00 : Adults
$20.00 : Seniors
$13.00 : Children Age 5-12 
Children ages 4 and under – Free 
Group Rates Available for 20 or more

Shows dates and times vary seasonally. Call 573-348-9500 or click web link

Main Street Music Hall offers a family friendly musical variety show with comedy routines and first rate music in a genre that will suit all musical tastes. “The Best of Main Street Opry” show features a variety of comedy sketches, impersonations, and music for everyone. The new “Reelin in the Years” show is a montage to the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, sure to please  “oldies” lovers of the Beatles, MoTown, and Cher, and so much more. Kids of all ages will be rolling in the aisles at the antics of Gabby Gum. A throw back to simpler times, Main Street Music Hall offers an evening of “forget your troubles, let’s all get happy!”

You’ll want to come back for the Main Street Music Hall Christmas show every year.

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