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We see the best in the state, so you can trust us when we share 10 things we love about the Lake of the Ozarks and advise you to include these experiences, treats, and sights from Ha Ha Tonka, the Premium Outlets, and beyond on your next trip.
1. Andy’s Frozen Custard
The Ozark Turtle sundae from Andy’s Frozen Custard is famous at the Lake— think rich, creamy vanilla frozen custard drizzled in gooey hot fudge and caramel, then topped with roasted pecans and cherries.
Osage Beach | 573-302-0020
2. Ha Ha Tonka
Ha Ha Tonka—where else on earth can you explore beautiful scenery, a natural stone bridge, sinkholes, springs, caves, and a castle all in one place?
3. Bridal Cave
You’ll enjoy smoother waters on the Big Niangua arm of The Lake, which is known as a quiet alternative to the busier party spots near Osage Beach. Be sure to explore Bridal Cave, located at mile marker ten by water.
4. JB Hooks
Dine with a view of the main channel of the Lake at JB Hooks. The grouper tacos are just one of the specialties of this menu, which offers a variety of surf-and-turf favorites.
Lake Ozark | 573-365-3255
5. Bagnell Dam Strip
Sure, the Bagnell Dam Strip is touristy, but you can’t help but feel nostalgic for the arcade games, whimsical souvenirs, and treats
like taffy and fudge.
Business 54,Osage Beach
6. Spa Shiki
The soothing signature Japanese Cleansing Ritual at Spa Shiki includes a full-body scrub followed by a soak in a hydrotherapy tub with essential oils. Fiberoptic color light therapy enhances the experience to cleanse and relax the body.
Lake Ozark | 800-843-5253
7. Willmore Lodge
The architecture and design of historic Willmore Lodge is worth a trip, but it’s also conveniently home to the Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Bagnell Dam History Museum, where you can find information about the area.
Lake Ozark | 800-451-4117
8. Osage Beach Premium Outlets
Osage Beach Premium Outlets is Missouri’s largest outlet center and a shopaholic's nirvana. The outlets include 110 stores of popular brands like Coach, J. Crew, Coldwater Creek, and more.
Osage Beach| 573-348-2065
9. Camdenton Fire Tower
Hike the ninety steps to the top of the historic Camdenton fire tower for striking views of the Lake and its environs. You'll find it on the grounds of the Missouri Department of Conservation office in Camdenton on Thunder Mountain Road off Route 5.
10. Big Surf Water Park
If boating on the Lake is too much for you, all you need is an inner tube and a pair of shades to enjoy the lazy river at Big Surf Waterpark.
Linn Creek | 573-346-6111