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The Lake of the Ozarks is a perfect place for a summer getaway. There’s a variety of lodging options, from luxury resorts to state park cabins. Rent a boat – or bring your own – and spend some time on the water. Play a round of golf, spend an afternoon shopping or enjoy some fun-filled activities with the kids. Whatever you choose to do, top it all off at a lakefront restaurant with a spectacular view.
Here are some suggestions to help you plan a lake vacation:
Camden on the Lake features luxury guest rooms and lake-view suites. Amenities include onsite dining, a swimming pool, a fitness room, retail shops, a spa and live entertainment. The Toad Cove Yacht Club is home to a marina with covered boat slips, pontoon and personal watercraft rentals, a convenience store, and shower and laundry facilities.
Old Kinderhook Golf Resort is a master-planned community offering guest rooms, golf cottages, patio homes, villas and estate homes. The resort offers a day-spa, restaurants, lounge, indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, tennis courts and a golf course that is the centerpiece of the resort.
Margaritaville Lake Resort offers a variety of lodging on the lake. Amenities include three outdoor pools, one indoor pool, a full-service marina, horseback riding, spa and salon, restaurants, bars and lounges, boutique and specialty shops, 18 holes of championship golf, a bowling alley and more.
Reserve a guest room or two-bedroom suite at the Lodge of the Four Seasons, situated along the shoreline of the lake. Facilities include golf courses, a day spa, boutique and specialty shops, a full-service marina with boat rentals, four swimming pools, Japanese gardens, restaurants, bars, bicycle rentals, trap shooting, and an adventure club for kids.
Choose a motel-style room or a one, two, three or four bedroom unit with a lake view at Alhonna Resort and Marina. Amenities include heated indoor and outdoor pools, a casual restaurant, a lounge, and an enclosed fishing dock. The marina offers covered boat slips and boat rentals. The resort served as inspiration for the Blue Cat Lodge on the Netflix series Ozark.
See the lake from above with Paradise Parasail in Lake Ozark. Once you take in the view from 500 feet up, you can opt for your choice of “dip” – enough to get your toes wet or a thrilling free fall dunk in the water.
Towering bluffs offer a majestic view of the lake. The remains of a circa 1905 stone castle are a popular attraction in this park, which also features hiking trails and a large natural spring.
Guides tours take you underground where Bridal Cave stays 60 degrees year-round. See fascinating rock formations including a stalactite adorned “chapel” where thousands of weddings have taken place.
Experience a three-story drop down a massive half-pipe full of rushing water, race side-by-side on 300-foot-long waterslides, relax on the 600-foot-long lazy river; and body surf in the wave pool at Big Surf Water Park.
This Tom Weiskopf signature golf course is carved out of the Ozark hills to make the most of the area’s natural beauty. The 18-hole course, located at Old Kinderhook Resort, features rolling terrain and rock-lined waterfalls.
Try your skills at two challenging 18-hole miniature golf courses, featuring caves, waterfalls and rivers. Then take a bumper car or go-kart for a spin.
Main Street Music Hall features two shows – the Best of Main Street Opry and Reelin’ in the Years: Music from the 60s, 70s and 80s - for much of the year. Catch their holiday show, Christmas on Main Street, in November and December.
Travel by boat or car to Captain Ron's Bar and Grill. The lakefront restaurant offers an assortment of sandwiches, salads, seafood, Mexican dishes and pizza. Summer weekends feature live music.
H. Toads Bar & Grill is a casual restaurant that serves up American cuisine and sweeping lake views. You can arrive by car or boat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The restaurant is located in the Horny Toad Entertainment Complex, which offers live music on multiple stages throughout the summer and two seasonal eateries: Toad Island, a waterfront Caribbean themed bar and grill and Toad Pizza, a pool-side pizza place.
Baxter's Lakeside Grille offers upscale yet casual dining. The menu includes steaks, prime rib, and an array of seafood. The bluff-top location features great views, especially at sunset.