In the Show-Me State, warm weather means cool adventures. Pack the sunscreen lotion and swimsuits, and get ready to have a blast.
At Big Surf Waterpark, in Linn Creek, find out which family member is the fastest as you race side-by-side down 300-foot-long water slides. Be a daredevil on Zambezi Falls, which includes a four-story drop. Soak up some sunshine as you float down the 600-foot Lazy River. Big Surf offers Splash Island for the little ones, as well as such “dry-land activities” as billiards and basketball.
Oceans of Fun certainly deserves its name. This Kansas City water park includes 60 acres of exciting water attractions. Opening May 26 for the season, Oceans of Fun delights guests with water slides like the Aruba Tuba (two twisting inner tube slides that splash down into the park's Coconut Cove). Kids love playing on Captain Kidd's pirate ship. Monsoon lets every member of the family join in the fun on a 20-passenger boat. Ready to just relax and cool off? Take a dip in the Surf City Wave Pool.
White Water, in Branson, splashes into the summer season May 26. Take the family to this outdoor water park for some sun-soaked fun. Take it easy on the 800-foot-long Aloha River. Show off your sense of adventure on Kalani Towers, a seven-story-tall slide. Perfect your body-surfing skills in the half-million-gallon wave pool. White Water offers a refreshingly good time for everyone.
Lightning-fast adventures are yours at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, in Eureka. Divide your day among the four water-slide complexes, the lazy river, the wave pool, and the great interactive area for kids. Then again, you might want to spend two days – your admission to Hurricane Harbor is free with a ticket to Six Flags St. Louis theme park.
Want to spend the afternoon on a boat, with some high-speed fun in the mix? Missouri’s lakes offer great places to water ski. As one of the state's major lake destinations, the Lake of the Ozarks provides miles and miles of skiing surface. After your day on the lake, treat yourself to a gourmet meal at one of the many area restaurants, such as the always delicious J. Bruner's; and stir up some friendly competition with a game of miniature golf at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf – both are in Osage Beach.
Against the beautiful backdrop of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, Lake Wappapello State Park offers plenty of water activities. Launch your boat from one of the lake's paved ramps. Then, relax on the water, go water skiing and have a swim. Anglers know Lake Wappapello as a great fishing destination for white bass, largemouth bass, catfish and crappie. Finish your day with a lovely picnic dinner, and spend the evening at one of the campsites.
If the most daring member of your family boasts four legs and a tail, bring it to Canine Cannonball at Lake of the Ozarks. Held June 8-10 at Dog Days Bar and Grill, in Osage Beach, this super fun competition delights the entire family. Enter your canine athlete in a number of events, including the Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve categories. Spectators are encouraged.
Cool off from summer's heat (but leave the chlorine behind) when you visit Blue Springs Lake and Beach, in Lee's Summit. This popular swimming destination offers sandy beaches, certified lifeguards, and a shower house, along with water skiing, personal watercraft, and other boating activities. Combined with concessions and a full service marina, this lake is a little slice of paradise.