Lake of the Ozarks Travel Guide

by Sarah Scoop

Lake of the Ozarks is the ultimate summer destination because there is truly something for everyone! Known as the premier boating destination of the Midwest, people come from near and far to enjoy this huge stretch of water and surrounding land.

Cross Creek RV Park, Campground & Cabins

If you really want to authenticate your stay at Lake of the Ozarks, consider staying at this award-winning campground. View this a “luxury” camping experience, as most campsites here offer water and electric hookups, fire pits, showers and restrooms, and even wifi! You won’t have to go far to find entertainment either – mini golf, paddle boats, volleyball are just a few of the activities that are within walking distance.

35 Gilliam Rd, Eldon, MO 65026 | website

Ozark Distillery

Visit this family-owned distillery and try their 3 specialities. The Ozark Moonshine is made with Missouri grown corn, then mashed and distilled in-house achieving a smooth and sweet flavor.  They also produce other flavored moonshines, vodka, and Missouri bourbon whiskey. Children are welcome and the tours are free!

1684 Hwy KK, Osage Beach, MO 65065 | website

Bridal Cave Tour

Voted Lake Ozarks #1 Year Round Attraction, this cave is sure to excite young and old alike. The cave maintains a temperature of 60 degrees year around, so it is a perfect way to kick the summer heat! Guided tours last one hour and lead you through several rooms formed from mineral deposits as well as the recent uncovering of the “Mystery Lake”. Bridal Cave was also rated as one of the most scenic caves in America – you’ve got to see it!

526 Bridal Cave Rd Camdenton, MO 65020 | website 

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

One thing that really makes this a unique destination is the 19th-century European-style castle overlooking the lake. Along the way, you will traverse through sinkholes, caves, a huge natural bridge, bluffs, and Missouri’s 10th largest spring. The castle was finished in 1920 but was destroyed by a fire in 1942. It was restored in the 1970s to a good condition so that you can wander  the grounds while enjoying a beautiful view!

1491 State Road DCamdenton, MO 65020 | website

Paradise Parasail

With over 35 years of experience, Paradise Parasail has provided people everywhere with an exhilarating and safe ride above the water! You can ride solo or team up with two other people for either a 1/2 mile or mile long adventure. If you’re a thrill seeker, travel 1 1/2 miles before you free fall into the water. There is no age or weight requirement, so no one will have to miss out!

1100 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, Lake Ozark, MO 65049 | website

Tucker’s Shuckers

Situated on the Historic Bagnell Dam Strip, you can enjoy your lunch or dinner with stunning views and food to match. Tucker’s Shuckers is best known for their oysters, but they have created an extensive menu that will appeal to anyone. They offer 28 beers on tap and have happy hour Monday through Friday. Check it out!

1339 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO 65064 | website  

Concert at Ozarks Amphitheater

This outdoor venue hosts several country concerts each year. Frankie Ballard performed in May and Justin Moore is performing in late July. This is one of the best ways to enjoy a summer night after a long day on the water!

2629 N Business Route 5, Camdenton, MO 65020 | website 

Seven Springs Winery

This winery sits atop 160 acres of rolling hills between Camdenton and Osage Beach. They serve Missouri wines, sangria, and micro-brews. They also offer a menu that features light food to pair with your drink of choice. Munch on a sandwich, salad, soup, cheese tray, or bread with a delicious dipping sauce while sitting on the patio or the covered porch enjoying the live music they have every weekend.

46 Winery Hills Estates, Linn Creek, MO 65052 | website 

Leisure Lake Charters & Rentals

This is your one-stop-shop if you do not own a boat. This company offers chartered boats or you can be the captain and rent your own. They have pontoons, speedboats, wave runners, kayaks, and paddle boards for the ultimate workout. Forget something? No problem. The ship store has everything you need, from sunscreen to beer to a gas filling station, for a day on the water

315 Four Seasons Drive, Lake Ozark, MO 65049 | website

La Roca Club

Bring your dancing shoes and prepare for an evening of fun at La Roca Club. Sign up for a private lesson or participate in a group session and move to the rhythms of Ballroom, Latin and Swing dancing! You’ll learn the basics of the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and Jive to the Mambo, Rumba, Salsa and the Cha Cha Cha. Your first lesson is free – so why not give it a try?

Bear Creek Valley Golf Club

Not only is this golf course surrounded by a sprawling forest and rolling hills, there is also a fantastic restaurant on-site to enjoy once your round of golf is over. Insider tip: order the eggs benedict — apparently they’re a local favorite. If you’re looking for an upscale dining experience, head down the road to Ruthie D’s. Out on the course, compete with other golfers during a summer tournament, or practice on the putting green

80 Airport Road, Osage Beach, MO 65065 | website


There’s a little bit of everything at Lake of the Ozarks, and hopefully, you have a great time soaking it in! Summertime is the best time to get outdoors and have fun.

Make sure to read the 8 of the Best Places to Eat at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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