Whoever said you can’t be everything to everybody obviously has never visited the Lake of the Ozarks. With more shoreline than California – 1,150 miles – you’re guaranteed to find what you seek…whether it’s a peaceful get-away or full-out play-cation.
Give yourself – or the whole family – a real thrill with a helicopter tour of the lake, go parasailing, rent a boat or bring your own for fantastic wake boarding, tubing, skiing and wake surfing … or dial it back in an isolated cove with a little fishing, sunbathing or just some total relaxation.
Why not both?
Immerse yourself in beachiness Lake of the Ozarks style.
Cruise up to the dock in your boat (or walk in from the parking lot) and spend the day at one of the hottest trends in the area: lakeside swimming pools.
Enjoy a taste of resort life, even if you’re staying in a remote cottage or private condo, with public access to pools, restaurants, bars, even lakeside lounge chairs. Kids’ pools snuggle up next to adults-only pools so you can relax and have family time at your own pace.
Let your inner child out to play and help the kids build sand castles on the beach.
Fend off impending sunburn by heading indoors to Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark at Tan-Tar-A or to Miner Mike’s Indoor Family Fun Center for an afternoon of rides, games and simulators for every age. Brand new in 2018, satisfy your need for speed on the largest indoor elevated go-kart track in the country.
On a trip-for-two? The lakeside swimming pools are also perfect for couples. Let tropical décor sweep you away to a favorite spring break party from your youth – or let it introduce you to your very first one. Enjoy a creative cocktail and dance to live music. Lounge on the beach and admire passing yachts while sampling signature appetizers before heading out for the finest dining the lake has to offer.
Seek out the best sunset – because what isn’t romantic about a sunset shared? – and an intimate dinner for two with fine dining and even finer views at Baxter’s Lakeside Grille, JB Hook’s Restaurant, the Trophy Room at Old Kinderhook and other fabulous establishments.
Photo: David Braddy
Be sure to set aside some we-time, like a couples massage at the renowned Spa Shiki and an evening sampling new-to-you vintages at one of the Lake’s wonderful wineries.
Feeling nostalgic? Stroll down the Bagnell Dam Strip with its reminders of a simpler time when vacations looked a bit like the movie Dirty Dancing, with traditional camps and lodges; cute one-off shops; mom-and-pop restaurants; and stops for sweet treats.
Discover our amazing parks. Lake of the Ozarks State Park is the biggest in the Show-Me State and offers all the amenities: lodging in rustic log cabins and yurts, and activities that include camping, biking, hiking, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, exploring a cave and taking to the water in a canoe, kayak or paddleboat.
Explore Ha Ha Tonka State Park, where nature and history come together in some of the most beautiful year-round hiking to be found. It’s a geological wonderland of sinkholes, caves, a huge natural bridge and Missouri’s 12th largest spring … all topped off with the breathtaking ruins of a turn-of-the-century stone castle.
Sun worshipper or thrill seeker, lover of cozy dinners or nights dancing lakeside, fun chaser looking for non-stop family activities or outdoor adventurer … this is your vacation destination. Because Lake of the Ozarks does vacations with style.