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Lake Of The Ozarks Family Activities

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Do you have big plans for this weekend?  The grand ‘ole 4th of July?  We will be spending ours at The Lake of the Ozarks.  It’s one of those family traditions that we have.  For many years we’ve been going to The Lake these type of weekends.  Our family loves to go to The Lake.  I grew up going to The Lake and boating all summer.  Especially on those holiday weekends.  Anyone from the St. Louis area knows that “The Lake” is Lake of the Ozarks.  It’s the lake that beats out all other lakes.  It’s the lake that people here flock to.  It’s just the lake.  Plus there are quite a few Lake of the Ozarks family activities.  Just another reason why spending holiday weekends at The Lake has become a family tradition.

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Here are just a few of our favorite Lake of the Ozarks family activities:

1.)  Boating


My kiddos were so little!

You go to The Lake to boat.  That’s a given.  I grew up on the water and learned to waterski at the age of 8.  The last several years I’ve had to take a break from the water sports due to a shoulder injury but I can still enjoy watching my kids have fun out on the water.  This year the littlest kids are going to have even more fun because we recently got some of those Puddle Jumper life jackets.  They are coast guard approved and I got ’em on major sale .

2.)  Hiking and Castle Ruins


Ha Ha Tonka State Park is another family favorite.  There are great hiking trails (some even paved), unique natural springs, and castle ruins to explore.  We spend hours and hours there.  A very dandy place and all FREE!


3.)  Caving

bridal cave

Bridal Cave is really close to my parent’s lake house by water.  It’s a cave unlike any other and the perfect place to escape the summer heat since it constantly maintains a temperature of 60 degrees.  At $18 a person it’s kind of pricey but be sure to check before you go to see if there’s a half price coupon available.


4.)  Shopping

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Image Source: Premium Outlets

There’s a really great outlet mall in Osage Beach.  The prices are always dandy and especially so on holiday weekends.  So many sales!  My mom and I like to hit all the children’s clothing store to stock up on school clothing for the fall.

5.)  Fireworks


On specific holiday weekends (Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc.) there are tons of fireworks displays going on.  Many of the resorts at Lake of the Ozarks will have fireworks for their guests so the locals and others can view the displays from the water.  We take the boat out and view the display put on by Tan-Tar-A.


6.)  Eating

lake food

Image source: Mexicali Blues and HalfSauced

Yes eating can actually be considered an activity.  Especially in my family because with small kids eating out definitely becomes an adventure!  So when it comes to restaurants at The Lake we look for a place that is going to be accommodating to the kids.  Mexicali Blues is one of our favorites because it’s low key and family friendly.  Another family favorite at The Lake is HalfSauced Barbeque.  Be sure to check for restaurant deals.


I hope you found these Lake of the Ozarks family activities to be helpful.  Have a very dandy 4th of July weekend!


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A mom blogger for over 15 years, Tara Smith lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her audiologist husband and four kids. Her blog has been featured on local media television shows like News 4 Great Day and Show Me St. Louis, as well as in the Farmhouse Style Magazine for Country Sampler. She loves to travel, explore the Midwest, make crafts and read.

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