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Top Family Fun Ideas at the Lake of the Ozarks

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Have you ever been to the Lake of the Ozarks? I have, and it's a lot of fun. I went a few years ago with my friends, but I have friends who make a trip out to the region a few times each month.

The Lake of the Ozarks is a large (92 mile long region, with more than 55,000 acres of water) and popular tourist area right in the heart of Missouri. More than 5,000,000 people visit the region each year. The region was also named by CNN as one of United States' best lake getaways.

When should I go?

Usually, the best time to visit the Lake of the Ozarks are in the Spring and Summer months, as that is when the weather is best. You can go in the Fall and Winter, but the weather won't be as great because of the colder temperatures, and the region won't seem as lively since there won't be hardly as many tourists as in the Spring and Summer months.

How do I get there?

Most people get to the region by driving in since it is a quick 3 hour drive from either the St. Louis area or the Kansas City area. However, some do fly into the St. Louis Lambert Airport or the Kansas City Airport, and then drive to the Lake of the Ozarks area. It's a very easy vacation to get to by car, which makes it perfect for a family fun vacation from many of the surrounding states.


If you decide to take a vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks, here are some fun family fun ideas for you:

1. Play in the water.

This is Lake of the Ozarks, so many people visit each year to have fun in the water, of course.

You can swim in the lake. There are two public beaches in the region, but most of the hotels and resorts located on the lake have their own fun beach access as well.

You can also go fishing, sail a boat, go parasailing, rent a jet ski, go kayaking, and more.

2. Have fun at a water park.

You and your family will love the Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark that is located at Tan-Tar-A Resort. There are tree houses, large 600 gallon water buckets, a fun lazy river, and more.

There is also the Big Surf Waterpark that you and your family can enjoy as well. There are huge water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool and more.

3. Visit Miner Mike's Indoor Family Fun Center.

When I last went to Lake of the Ozarks, it was raining like crazy. It didn't mean that I didn't have any fun though. There are plenty of fun indoor things to do while at the Lake of the Ozarks, such as visiting Miner Mike's Indoor Family Fun Center.

Miner Mike's Indoor Family Fun Center is a fun 35,000 square foot indoor center for families. There are rides, games, simulators, a cave, and a lot of great food.


Other fun things that you can do also include:

  • Ride fun go karts at Gran Rally Karts.
  • Play a fun round of mini-golf at Sugar Creek Mini Golf.
  • Visit Bagnell Dam Overlook to see amazing views, for free.
  • Go for a hike and/or explore Lake of the Ozarks State Park and its beautiful caves.


Have you ever been to the Lake of the Ozarks?

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