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Your Lake of the Ozarks Bucket List for Seasonal Family Fun

There’s no doubt about it. There are plenty of seasonal destinations that offer you an opportunity to experience a one-of-a-kind family getaway—no matter if it’s fall or a winter holiday, spring break, or summer. And during the fall and summer months especially, Lake of the Ozarks in Osage, Missouri, shines to the fullest.

So if you’re looking for a late fall or early summer escape to the Midwest, we’re here to share our Lake of the Ozarks bucket list for seasonal family fun. Ready? Here we go.

Fall in Love with the Heartland: 

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Last year, Lake of the Ozarks was voted the second-best destination for fall foliage in America, according to a poll released by USAToday/10Best. For that reason alone, you’ll want to explore how you can fall (see what we did there) in love with the Heartland. You know, because Lake of the Ozarks isn’t all about cruising through summer on speed boats and pontoons! 

Go for a leaf-peeping drive to scenic overlooks. Make your pumpkin spice craving, cozy-blanket wearing, everything-fall loving self happy, and set your sights on the fiery foliage of your dreams. The best part? You can choose how you want to take in the view. 

Marvel at the varying shades of red, orange, and yellow as you cruise along the road, stopping at overlooks (with your fall beverage of choice in hand, of course). Listen as the leaves crunch beneath your feet while you hike through the perfect fall landscape. Cruise on a boat for a real Lake of the Ozarks perspective. Or, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, take off into the sky for an unforgettable bird’s eye view!  

Attend a festival or two. With community events like the Thunder Mountain Bridal Cave Fall Festival, the Osage Beach Fall Festival, and the Versailles Old Tyme Apple Festival, there’s no better way to feel like you’re in a picturesque Hallmark movie than to join in the fun. 

With family-friendly events such as pumpkin painting, hayrides, pie-eating contests, bouncy houses, petting zoos, and more, you’re sure to build lasting memories for each member of your travel crew. 

Get your fishing on. When the cooler weather starts to roll in, the fishing heats up. You know what that means, right? The chances of seeing your little one’s face light up as they reel in a flopping fish go way up.

And is there a more picture-perfect opportunity to teach your littles how to fish than with this incredible autumn backdrop?

Take a hike. Want to go on an adventure? Let your kiddos lead your exploration through nature at a nearby state park. Voted the 4th Best State Park by readers of USA Today, Ha Ha Tonka State Park sits on the Camdenton side of Lake of the Ozarks. And if you ask us, there might not be a better place to unleash your mini-mes into the wild. With tunnels, caverns, springs, trails, castle ruins, and overlooks, there’s a lot for them to explore. 

Admire the scenery aboard a lake cruise. Remember earlier when we mentioned different ways to see the fall palette painted across the trees? Well, we think a voyage through the water is a must.

Soak up that Sweet Summer Sunshine:

What says summer in the Midwest more than spending time on and near the lake? Lake of the Ozarks is a kid-friendly summertime destination offering all the fun your mini-mes crave. 

Splash around at a waterpark. Wear the kids out as they play in the sunshine and hop from one splash zone to the next. With a lazy river, challenger slides, splash island, space bowl, a wave pool, and more, there’s a perfect place to get your feet wet for everyone in your family at Big Surf Water Park.    

Hang out on the lake. Adventurers, sun tanners, and thrillseekers come together on Lake of the Ozarks. Start the day off with a quiet morning on the paddleboard. If you’re looking for a stunning view, float to the sky and parasail.  

Want to test your skills? Grab hold of a ski rope and glide across the water as the boat totes you from one cove to the next. And if you feel like tubing, hold on tight as you bounce from one wave to another. 

If you’re really seeking an opportunity to get your heart racing, climb up the perfect cliff and launch yourself into the freshwater below — but don’t forget to hold your nose!  

Satisfy your inner thrillseeker. Are you looking for a themed amusement park? Look no further than Silver Dollar City. Just two hours from Osage Beach, this 1880s-themed park is the unforgettable adventure your travel crew will commit to memory. 

With so much to experience like high-thrill rides, exciting shows, demonstrating artisans, costumed workers, and impeccable food, this bucket list item might leave you wanting more.  

Cool off with Randy’s Frozen Custard. Can you even say that you went to Lake of the Ozarks if you didn’t satisfy your sweet tooth at Randy’s Frozen Custard? Don’t worry. We hear the Tin Roof Sundae is by far worth the wait!  

Dance to the music. There might not be a better place to appreciate great bands and live music than Lake of the Ozarks. All summer long, you’ll find outdoor concerts and restaurants creating a live soundtrack for your meal. Move to the beat or sit back and sip a cold one. 

Where should you stay? 

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Look no further than Wyndham Lake of the Ozarks! Here’s why we think you’ll love staying here with your family:

  • Endless views and ample adventurous opportunities from the comforts of your spacious one-, two-, or three-bedroom condo-style unit. 
  • All units come complete with a washer and dryer, private balcony or deck, fireplace, and fully-equipped kitchen, giving you and your family the freedom to vacation on your terms.
  • The outdoor pools and hot tubs are open to visitors seasonally and are sure to be a hit with the aquatically inclined.
  • Enjoy access to the lakeside swimming and dock area.
  • You can also keep busy with a wide array of activities like basketball, golfing at local courses, game rooms, and a modernly-equipped fitness center.

Simply put, it’s your all-access pass to the Ozark region of Missouri. Now, get ready to put your Lake of the Ozarks bucket list to the ultimate test!

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