Lake of the Ozarks, MO. - Looking for a great way to spend a long, three-day holiday weekend? Whether visitors' ideal getaway involves loading the car with family, fishing rods, golf clubs, camping gear or water skis, they need to look no further than Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. 
Family fun on the water.
Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7, is a great time to get out of the house and experience the vast number of activities and attractions that await visitors at the Lake of the Ozarks, recently named the "Best Recreational Lake in the Nation" by readers of USA TODAY.  The Lake, which covers 54,000 acres with 64 billion gallons of water and features over 1,150 miles of meandering shoreline (more than the entire Pacific Coast of California!), offers many options for on-the-water fun. Visitors can choose a leisurely cruise with a group of friends on a pontoon or waterskiing and tubing behind a speed boat.  There are plenty of public ramps for those who bring their own boats, or the area's marinas rent boats, as well as personal watercraft, paddle boards and paddle boats. And, the Lake of the Ozarks has a reputation for being one of the best fisheries in the US. Crappie, bass, catfish and many other species are plentiful in the Lake and there are Coast Guard-certified fishing guides that know where all the fishing "hot spots" are.
Hiking in the Park
Hiking Coakley Hollow Trail in Lake of the Ozarks State Park.
Hiking is a favorite weekend activity at the Lake's two Missouri State Parks. 
Ha Ha Tonka
, which was voted one of the best state parks in the country by readers of USA TODAY,  features the ruins of a 1900s "castle" constructed atop a bluff overlooking the Niangua arm of the Lake, as well as 14 hiking trails covering over 15 miles throughout the park. The trails allow visitors to see the topography of the area, complete with sinkholes, natural bridges and springs. Lake of the Ozarks State Park, the state's largest, features 12 trails ranging in length from .8 of a mile to 13.5 miles. This park also features an aquatic trail and Ozark Caverns, located inside the park, offers hand-held lantern tours of one of the area's four show caves.
Playing a round at Osage National Golf Resort in Lake Ozark.
Speaking of trails, the area also is home to the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail and the Lake of the Ozarks Wine Trail. The Golf Trail is comprised of 13 championship courses designed by some of the game's biggest stars, including Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Tom Weiskopf, Ken Kavanaugh and more. Each course has its own unique beauty and challenges that appeal to beginners and seasoned pros alike. 

The Wine Trail features six different stops, inviting visitors to sample area wines and enjoy vineyard views. Each stop along the trail has its own unique sights, sounds, smells and tastes to excite the senses and create lasting memories.
Exploring Bridal Cave near Camdenton.
Outdoor adventures also can take visitors indoors (sort of) when they go underground at the Lake of the Ozarks.  The area features four 
show caves, which are open for guided walking tours year-round.  Bridal Cave, Jacob's Cave, Ozark Caverns and Fantasy World Caverns feature cave formations that include a "pipe organ" of stalactites in Bridal Cave, "angel's shower" in Ozark Caverns, prehistoric bones in Jacob's Cave and an underground lake in Fantasy World Caverns.  Cave temperatures remain in the 60s year-round, so this is a perfect all-weather activity.

The Lake also boasts many different lodging facilities. There are large-scale, full-service resorts and smaller family-owned resorts, local and national hotels and motels, romantic bed and breakfasts, as well as cabins, campgrounds and RV parks. So, wherever one wants to rest their head after a fun day of exploring the Lake, there is no shortage of options.

Although the summer season is entering its waning days, there are still plenty of events, activities and sightseeing opportunities throughout the rest of the year at the Lake of the Ozarks. To find out more about all the fun events and attractions, as well as dining and accommodations at the Lake, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB) at 800-FUN-LAKE, or visit the CVB's award-winning website


Celebrate Labor Day with a flash and a bang during the Labor Day Weekend festivities throughout the Lake area, September 4-7. Fireworks, live music and shopping sales add to the Lake's usual blend of fun on the water and on land. Following is just a sample of what's happening at the Lake over the holiday weekend:

Old Kinderhook's Labor Day celebration is fun for the whole family.
Old Kinderhook Golf Resort, located at 20 Eagle Ridge Road near Camdenton, will host a family-friendly fireworks fest on Friday, Sept. 4. From 5-9 p.m., visitors to Old Kinderhook can enjoy free live musical entertainment, games, clowns, face painting and bounce houses for the kids. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The evening will be capped off with a fireworks display shortly after dusk. And, on Sunday and Monday, Old Kinderhook will host a two-day Labor Day Couples Scramble golf tournament. To find out more about the family fun fest and to register for the golf tournament, visit or call 573-317-3500.
Bear Bottom Resort, located at 5-36 Lake Road in Sunrise Beach, will entertain weekend guests with live music by Last Call & The Rock Show from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. On Saturday and Sunday nights, the resort will light up the sky with professional fireworks beginning at 9:45 p.m. Visit or call 573-374-6905 to find out more about the resort's holiday weekend activities.

Asleep at the Wheel performs at Shawnee Bluff Vineyards on Saturday, Sept. 5.
Labor Day weekend visitors looking to catch more live music will have their choice of bands, genres and fine venues. Shawnee Bluff Winery, Shawnee Bluff Vineyards and H. Toad's Bar & Grill at Camden on the Lake will host live bands throughout the weekend. Shawnee Bluff Winery, which is located at 2430 Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark, features live evening entertainment by The Doghouse Daddies on Friday, Arties Univibe on Saturday and JC the King of Funk on Sunday. For more information on the winery, visit Saturday evening at Shawnee Bluff Vineyards, 8 Tolwood Road near Eldon, legendary country rock band Asleep at the Wheel will entertain crowds with an energetic set featuring some of their biggest hits, such as "Hot Rod Lincoln," "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" and more. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. To order tickets, visit  H. Toad's Bar & Grill at Camden on the Lake Resort, Spa and Marina, 2359 Bittersweet Road in Lake Ozark, hosts Fast Times, an entertaining '80s cover band, and Contagious, a danceable party band from St. Louis, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Music at H. Toad's begins at 9 p.m. each night on both inside and outdoor stages. For additional details on H. Toad's entertainment schedule, visit

The impressive firework displays at Tan-Tar-A Resort and The Lodge at Four Seasons are a highlight of the holiday weekend.
Guests of Tan-Tar-A Resort can enjoy a weekend of fun that includes swim-up movies, live music, fun games, a scavenger hunt, cosmic bowling and all-American barbecues during its End of Summer Labor Day Celebration.  Tan-Tar-A will also put on an impressive fireworks display on Sunday at dusk. Those not staying on property can view their fireworks display by water at the 26-mile marker. For complete details on the weekend activities or to make reservations, call 573-348-3131 or visit

The Lodge of Four Seasons will also host a festive weekend for their guests, as well as a barbecue, carnival and major fireworks display on Sunday, Sept. 6.  Visitors who are not overnight guests at the resort can enjoy the fun and fireworks from 6-10 p.m. for $22 for adults and $12 for children over age 5.  Paid visitors must be on the property before 8 p.m.  The fireworks can also be viewed by water at the 13-mile marker. For reservations and additional information, call 573-365-3000 or visit

Those who would like to watch Sunday's major fireworks on the water, but don't have their own boat, can reserve a spot on the Tropic Island or Celebration   luxury cruise yachts.  To watch Tan-Tar-A Resort's fireworks on the Lake, make reservations by calling the Tropic Island at 573-348-0083. To view The Lodge of Four Seasons' fireworks from the water, make reservations on the Celebration by calling 573-480-3212.
Osage Beach Premium Outlets is a favorite stop for shoppers at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Many Lake-area shops and stores are ending the summer with sales. One of the favorite stops for shoppers at the Lake is Osage Beach Premium Outletswhich features 110 top name-brand factory stores including Gap, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Liz Claiborne and more. The Lake also is home to many specialty shops along the historic Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark and unique boutiques at the picturesque Victorian-themed Landing on Main Street, located at 5845 Osage Beach Parkway in Osage Beach.

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