Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. -
  "Family Travel with Colleen Kelly," a popular National Public Television series, will feature Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks, highlighting the outdoor adventure, water activities, shopping, dining and attractions that make the area a great family vacation destination. The Lake of the Ozarks episode will be part of the show's season two lineup and will air at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 on KMOS - Channel 184 on Charter Communications and also in Springfield on OPT-Create TV Channel 21.3 at 8:30 a.m. on August 2.

"We are very excited to see the program air in our geographic area and even more excited about the national coverage the show will bring to the Lake of the Ozarks," says Tim Jacobsen, executive director of the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau.


Colleen Kelly and her family tours Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

The show's host, Colleen Kelly, and the crew spent time throughout the Lake of the Ozarks area in July 2014, shooting segments at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park and Captain Ron's Bar and Grill. They also went fishing, had some fun on the lake with Iguana Watersports, took a flight over the Lake with AirLake Aviation, went on an excursion on the Tom Sawyer Paddlewheeler at Bagnell Dam and shopped at Blair's Landing on Main Street.


Colleen and her family enjoyed fishing with local professional angler Marcus Sykora.

Kelly says the Lake of the Ozarks was an obvious choice for the show and that she looks forward to introducing viewers to all that the area has to offer. "With the beautiful lake scenery and fun activities for all ages, the Lake of the Ozarks is a perfect fit for our family travel program," she says. "It's already a popular vacation destination for Midwestern families, and we are thinking that people living in other parts of the country will find that it's worth the trip."

"Whether you want to do nothing but relax on the water, have an adventure in the great outdoors or take part in the many attractions for people of all ages, this lake vacation has something for everyone," Kelly concludes.


Colleen started off her trip to the Lake of the Ozarks with an aerial tour of the area.

"Family Travel with Colleen Kelly," which helps families plan memorable vacations, reaches 90 percent of the country on National Public Television stations and recently was picked up by APT Worldwide for international distribution. Each half-hour episode gives viewers a personalized, behind-the-scenes tour of must-see locations throughout the U.S. and abroad.

"Family Travel with Colleen Kelly" is written and produced by Travel Film Productions, LLC, a Chicago-based, multi-media production company. The series originally premiered on National Public Television in October 2013 and is now also running on CreateŽ TV, delivered nationally via 220 public television stations. Check local listings, or visit to watch complete episodes.

About Colleen Kelly: As a family travel expert and modern-day parent, Colleen Kelly isn't afraid to kick back, get a little messy and have fun. In addition to being co-creator, co-executive producer and host of "Family Travel with Colleen Kelly," she was the Emmy-nominated executive producer of NBC's successful show "24/7 Chicago." She is the co-creator of that show and is currently its travel correspondent. Colleen is also a featured travel expert for a top Chicago morning TV show. She frequently speaks at high-profile travel conferences and is often used as an expert source for media stories and interviews regarding travel topics.

For more information about Lake-area
eventsattractionsdining and lodging options, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) at 1-800-FUN-LAKE, or visit the CVB's award-winning website,

Tim Jacobsen, Executive Director
Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau
Phone: 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253)

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