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Lake of the Ozarks will Show You
by CL Hendricks

The center of the "Show-Me-State" is the perfect spot for a Lake of the Ozarks Family Vacation. Your group will find all manner of activities and attractions including boating, camping, caves, cruises, golf, museums, and fishing.

Close to everything, Lake of the Ozarks is located in the middle of the state, a close drive from several major cities. In this premier destination spot, everyone will be able to find something they'll love!

Start your perfect getaway by deciding on the best lodging for your family. If its bed and breakfasts you prefer try The Garden House Bed & Breakfast in Lake Ozark or the Cliff House Inn at Osage Beach. If hotels are more your speed, hotels like the Dogwood Hills Golf Resort Inn in Osage Beach and the Country Club Hotel in Lake Ozark are great choices.

Perhaps you want to splurge on an all inclusive resort? There are several around the area including Crystal Water Villas at Gravois Mills or Eagle's Nest Resort at Sunrise Beach.

For the adventurers in your family, visit one of the Lake of the Ozarks' four tourist caves. Explore the cavernous depths and discover the mystery of what lies beneath!

You can hike, fish, bike, swim or camp in one of the two state parks, Lake of the Ozarks State Park and Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

Lake of the Ozarks is definitely kid friendly and your little ones will love visiting one of the six amusement parks located in the area. Water parks like Miner Mike's and Buster's abound with games and rides for the entire crew. Additionally there are miniature golf courses, arcades and even go-cart tracks!

Don't forget the Bagnell Dam Strip, where your family will go wild for yummy ice cream shops, batting practice cages, more rides, delicious restaurants, harbor cruises and an even a haunted hotel.

The Lake of the Ozarks is built for family fun all year around! Make plans to celebrate a holiday or attend one of the many annual festivals held there. Can't-miss events include the Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day Fireworks, the Summer Beach Concerts and the Testical Festival.

Of course, you'll want to consider visiting during the quintessential summer family holiday, Fourth of July! There are fabulous and fun fireworks displays over the lake, cookouts and a carnival like atmosphere.

Looking for easy and cheap day trips? Check out these free activities at the Lake. You can go swimming or beach combing at Osage Beach in the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Hike the trails and explore the old castle ruins at the Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

Spend the afternoon at The Thunder Mountain Conservation Area and participate in fun and unusual activities at their 80 ft tower and archery range. If you have history buffs in your family, visit the Camden County Museum, the Miller county Museum, or the Willmore Lodge Museum and Dam Overlook.

Regardless of your chosen activity, your Lake of the Ozarks Family Vacation will be one that you'll never forget. It's almost guaranteed that your kids will suggest it over and over again!

About the Author

C.L. Hendricks has been a Jill-of-all-trades and become an expert in some. She has also traveled extensively and now writes about travel destinations around the world for Family Vacation Spots and Best Vacation Getaways

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