We all know Lake of the Ozarks is the hottest summer destination in the state. All that warm water means days on the lake, warm sunshine on your face and lots of fresh air. But with those hot summer temps still on the horizon, you might be looking for some fun things to do.
We actually think spring is the best time of year. The weather is just warm enough, everything is in bloom and after so many months of winter, the outdoors are a welcome change.
Here’s a look at the best things to do in the area this spring.
1. Channel your inner kid.
Whether you have some little ones or just want to get in touch with your child, we have some great options.
Miner Mike’s Inc is the best place for all things fun. They offer 50,000 square feet of rides and games. This high-tech playground has just about anything you can think of—ride Harley-Davidsons, play Shuffle Board or Air Hockey or get the whole arcade experience.
There’s nothing that inspires child-like whimsy than go-carts. Check out Lemans Go-Carts. It’s a staple in the Lake of the Ozarks community. It’s been here since 1965! You can race carts along the track that runs alongside gorgeous wooded scenery. It also offers a viewing balcony so you can watch racers, too!
2. Take a swim.
Another great option for families and kids-at-heart is our Jolly Mon Indoor Waterpark. The best part is that you don’t have to wait until the warm weather to make a splash here! This indoor park features 600 feet of water slides, an activity pool, a whirlpool, and a lazy river for tubing and floating. It also has a three-story wilderness tree house with slides, bridges, and water blasters. If you have kids, this is sure to be a huge hit.
3. Check out a brewery.
For an adults-only experience, check out one of our local breweries and distillers.
First, head to Ozark Distillery and Brewery. This family-owned craft distillery offers locally-named and inspired brews, including an Osage River Red and Ha Ha Tonka Seltzers. They offer pints, flights, and growlers and even serve pizza and dessert. They offer several unique spirits, including Corn Whiskey Moonshine, Bourbon Whiskey and premium vodka. Be sure to ask about their flavored moonshine options, like apple pie, blackberry, vanilla and butterscotch.
Seven Springs Winery is another great local option. This vineyard stretches 160 acres and is located between Camdenton and Osage Beach. They don’t just offer up wine, though. They also have sangrias and microbrews, so there’s something for everyone. It’s perfect for a day outside with a few close friends.
4. Take a hike.
A great way to enjoy the season is in one of our parks.
Head to Ha Ha Tonka State Park to check out one of Missouri’s best treasures. The park features stone ruins, a castle, and breathtaking scenery. There are also 12 hiking trails to explore. The trails at Ha Ha Tonka feature 16 miles of spectacular scenery, natural wonders, and the famous Ha Ha Tonka castle ruins.
Or check out Lake of the Ozarks State Park. It offers 16.5 miles of trails for casual walks to serious hikes. There are also trails for horseback riding and biking. Be sure to take advantage of picnic areas to relax and enjoy the shoreline.
For a little more adventure, head to the Swinging Bridges of Brumley. They’re located near the small village of Brumley in Missouri. The Swinging Bridges of Brumley were built in the 1930s and span across the Osage Creek. One is a steel suspension bridge and an earth-filled cable footbridge. Despite the loose planks, the Auglaize Bridge is still a tourist destination. Cross if you dare!
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