Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one of the best ways to explore fall at the Lake of the Ozarks.
And aside from walking the usual trails, Missouri State Park has a fun and kid-friendly event on Halloween night called “Ha Ha Haunt”.
Here more info from Ha Ha Tonka State Park:
Put on your favorite costume and enjoy an evening of Halloween fun for all ages. Castle Trail will be decorated and lined with jack-o-lanterns. At the castle ruins, get a treat bag, make a s’more, play a game for a prize, do a craft and get a cup of hot chocolate. This year’s event will feature professional storyteller Steve Otto. He will be telling ghost stories for the younger crowd at 5:30 p.m. and spookier stories for the brave at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Event time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1491 State Road D, Camdenton, MO | (573) 346-2986
With fall comes the changing of the seasons and with the changing seasons comes incredible beauty at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Dazzling trees, adorned with red, orange, golden, and brown leaves. That short span of time between that last gasp of summer and before the cold breath of winter.
Sure, you’ve probably admired these changing leaves at some point in your life. We’ve all done it. But there is a more avid group of fall leaf enthusiasts called “leaf peepers”. Now, this might sound a little creepy at first, but we promise — it’s nothing of the sort.
Leaf peeing is the act of traveling intentionally to see the changing leaves. The origins of the term are rather fuzzy, however leaf peeping is a big hit anywhere trees are in abundance…especially in the New England states. But it only takes one visit to the Lake of the Ozarks in the fall to see that we are the perfect destination to get your fill of leaf peeping.
In case you’re scratching your head, wondering if you might be a leaf peeper, here are three signs to look for:
- You find yourself gazing out the window, a little too often, while driving. We don’t blame you! The beauty of nature can make it rather difficult to look away. Just be sure to keep your eyes on the road! One tip is to find a rest stop or scenic vantage point to stop and take it all in. These changing trees look even more gorgeous when you can stand still and look at every detail.
- Your Facebook page is filled with photos of trees, glistening with orange, red, and gold. Don’t be shy to admit it. As fall arrives, you find yourself taking more photos of trees with your phone and either sharing them on Facebook or sharing them with friends and family. You may also take multiple photos from different angles in order to get that perfect shot!
- You stash a pair of binoculars in your purse or glove compartment, “just in case”. This one is for the hardcore leaf peepers. Because there are times when you just can’t get close enough. Thankfully, at the Lake of the Ozarks, there are plenty of walking and hiking trails to get up close and personal with fall foliage.
Whether you’re a proud leaf peeper or just a casual observer of fall, there are few destinations better than the Lake of the Ozarks to see fall foliage in all its glory.
The end of summer is creeping up on us. But it’s not over YET!
If you haven’t yet made it to the Lake of the Ozarks for a romantic getaway, a Girls Weekend, or simply taking the family for a fun-filled weekend, NOW is your chance.
The next 5 people to book with any of our many vacation rental homes will save!
That’s right! Act quick and you’re looking at a nice savings – up to $200 – for your vacation or romantic getaway.
Here’s how it works: The next 5 people who book their stay by phone — 866-273-2169 — will receive a discount toward their stay. Your stay must be for a minimum of three nights on the weekend of August 22nd, 2014.
Act quick and your savings will be significant!
- 1st person to book – $200 off your stay
- 2nd person to book – $150 off your stay
- 3rd person to book – $100 off your stay
- 4th person to book – $100 off your stay
- 5th person to book – $50 off your stay
Again, you must book your stay by calling us at 866-273-2169.
Details: Available at all vacation rental properties. Cannot be combined with other offers. Cannot be applied to booking that was already made. Only applies to the weekend of August 22nd.
Photo by William Bartlett
Fireworks at the Lake of the Ozarks
The Fourth of July at the Lake of the Ozarks just isn’t complete without seeing fireworks. FunLake.com put together 16 different places you can go to check out the fireworks display. Click here for times, locations, and details.
Eat Ribs, Support a Good Cause
Even though all of our vacation rental homes are stocked with all the pots and pans you need to whip up a wonderful meal, you don’t want to be cooking the entire weekend. The Gravois Firefighter Association will have “Ribs to Go” on July 2, 3, and 4 in Laurie. Get your tickets in advance while they last with a donation of $20 each. Call 573-374-4442 for details. You must have a ticket before you pick up the ribs. Pick up your order at Gravois Fire Station 215 HWY in Laurie. All Proceeds go to Missouri Children’s Burn Camp. Help send a kid to camp!
Fourth of July Events Around the Lake
Aside from fireworks, there’s a whole lot going on in and around the lake over Independence Day weekend. Click here for a more comprehensive list of events.
Check Out Our Local Area Guide
From boating to golfing, dining, horseback riding, spas, water parks, and wineries, we have tons of resources for couples, families, and everything in between. Click here to browse our local area guide.
New Restaurants to Try Over 4th of July Weekend
Photo credit: William Bartlett
Photo by Bear Bottom Resort
Now, here’s something both kids AND adults can agree on!
Bear Bottom Resorts, home to Missouri’s number 1 and number 2 longest open flume body waterslides, has a special every Thursday that kids and adults can enjoy.
Every Thursday, it’s only $5.00 after 5pm for armbands, along with 30 cent wings and dollar drafts from 6pm until 8pm.
That means kids (and adults who are still kids at heart) can slip, slide, and get soaked!
And for the adults who want to stay dry, enjoy deliciously decadent wing and ice-cold dollar drafts to cool off from the summer heat.
The waterslides are open from 10am until 11pm, daily.
Bear Bottom Resort is in Sunrise Beach, located at Mile Marker 38 of the Osage Arm.
Photo by: Al Griffin Photography
There’s no shortage of breathtaking views at the Lake of the Ozarks.
But if you want to see the lake the way the birds see it, you’ve got to do a little climbing
LakeExpo.com has a piece from Al Griffin, who scaled the tower and took some gorgeous photos.
One day in May, I lugged a full camera bag up the tower and spent hours photographing the lush green countryside. Hills marching away mile after mile, majestic pine after pine and dense oak layered with shorter redbud and dogwood paint the Ozarks with a vibrant green brush to the horizon line. Looking down upon a fully mature pine tree jolts the senses and delights the eye by the unexpected perspective.
The 100-foot Fire Tower, found at the Camdenton Conservation Service Center, is open to the public, with the viewing platform standing at 80 feet above the ground. Be sure to take your binoculars and your best camera!
Driving Directions to the Camdenton Conservation Service Center
From the junction of Highways 54 and 5, take Highway 54 west to Business Highway 5, then take Business Highway 5 north to Old Route 5. Turn left and take an immediate left onto Thunder Mountain Road. Continue west 0.6 miles to office.
Believe it or not, summer is in full swing!!
If you didn’t get a chance to make it to the Lake of the Ozarks for Memorial Day weekend, there’s still PLENTY of summer left.
Looking for a place to stay? We’ve got you covered. Browse our gorgeous, cozy vacation rental homes.
Also, June is packed-full of lots of exciting events you won’t want to miss!
Click below to check out what’s going on at the Lake in June. From the Bar Hop Cruise to Canine Cannonball the Lake of the Ozarks Festival of Arts, there is always something for everyone. This is the good life, after all!
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