3-day Summer Getaway in Missouri

June 16, 2017

It's short and sweet. And you definitely need it.

Add a three-day Missouri getaway to your to-do list this summer and plan to have a great time sightseeing, enjoying excellent meals and taking a break from the stress of daily life.

There are many outstanding places to spend a three-day weekend in the Show-Me State, so selecting one may be difficult. One place you can't go wrong is the Lake of the Ozarks area.


Find a hotel, resort or rental property for your escape and then fill your days however you see fit: boating, swimming, shopping, sightseeing and dining (of course) are popular options.

Need a little guidance with your plans? Okay, here's how it could look:

Arrival day - After checking in and checking out your digs, make plans to see the lake from above, courtesy of Paradise Parasail in Lake Ozark. You'll reach heights up to 500 feet above the water and then chose your style of landing (just dipping the toes or getting soaked!). After you dry off, relax with a casual meal and cold drink at H. Toad's Bar and Grill, part of the Camden on the Lake Resort (one of those aforementioned lodging choices), before capping your day with a live show at Main Street Music Hall for a musical performance you won't forget.


Day two - Sleep in a bit - you're on vacation, after all - and then head to Adventure Boat Rentals in Osage Beach and find a boat or personal watercraft to suit your needs. Out on the water, cruise the main channel and then find a quiet cove for relaxing. If you get hungry, head to one of the lakeside grills, like Dog Days or Captain Ron's, for a quick lunch. In the afternoon, cruise over to Bridal Cave to tour of one of the Show-Me State's beautiful underground treasures. At day's end (and after cleaning up) have a fine dinner while enjoying scenic views at Baxter's Lakeside Grille.

Departure day - All good things have to come to an end, but there are a few things to see and do before you hit the road. Start your day by exploring Ha Ha Tonka State Park, where springs and natural formations are highlights found along various trails. The hike probably reminded you that you need some new shoes and/or boots (along with other gear) so a stop at Osage Beach Outlet Marketplace is in order. Grab some Missouri barbecue, perhaps a rack of ribs, at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse on your way out of town.

These are just a few of the ways to occupy yourself on a Lake of the Ozarks vacation. Lounging on the beach, playing golf and activities for kids - from an indoor trampoline park to go-kart courses - can be part of the fun, too.

Learn more about Lake of the Ozarks at VisitMO.com and start planning your next getaway today.

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