Thursday, December 14, 2017

Let Bridal Cave Recycle Your Used Christmas Trees

There is something very special about putting up a real tree for Christmas. The look, smell, and feel can be difficult to duplicate. Once the holidays are over you, can't just pack it away until next year like with an artificial tree. What you CAN do is bring it to the Lake of the Ozarks most scenic attraction and let us recycle it for you! 


Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park will once again be accepting your old Christmas trees once you are done with them. Instead of throwing them away, bring them to us and we will repurpose them into a wonderful home for the many fish that live in the Lake of the Ozarks. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to teach young children about the importance of recycling and show them how they can easily help to improve the world around them. Recycling your old Christmas trees in this way keeps them from being discarded along our roadways, plus it offers much-needed cover for our lake area fish.

Fish of all sizes are attracted to the trees for a variety of reasons. They enjoy eating the aquatic insects that will make a home in the tree branches, and these sunken trees also offer small fish a great hiding place from the bigger fish. Knowing that fish will be congregating in the areas where the trees are placed, this makes it a great spot for you to catch fish too.  

Bring Us Your Trees! 
You are welcome to drop off your trees during our regular business hours, between 9 am - 4 pm. We are closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, but are otherwise open 7 days a week. Please make sure that all of the decorations are removed, and we are happy to take care of the rest.  

We will be placing them in the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. Steve Thompson, General Manager of the park, stated, "It seemed like an ideal opportunity to help recycle the old Christmas trees as we have the room on our parking facility to collect the discarded trees, are located right on the lake, and have the shoreline to place the beds.

A Special Thanks To You
Since you'll be doing your part to make our world a better place by bringing your tree to Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park to give to the fish, we'd like to give something back to you too! For every tree donated, you will receive a coupon good for 25% off admissions for the entire family anytime during the 2018 season. (That's only a couple of weeks away!) For more information, you can contact Steve Thompson at 573-346-2676 or email info@BridalCave.com


Enjoy those beautifully decorated Christmas trees throughout the holiday season, and when it's time to take them down, bring them to our family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks. The fish will enjoy them from then on! 


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Fun for the Family at the Lake of the Ozarks

It's well-known that the lake area is a popular place during the summer, but there's a lot going on here in December too! Our scenic attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks is open year-round so you can enjoy the natural beauty of Thunder Mountain Park and the breathtaking wonder that is Bridal Cave anytime you are in the area. This month, however, there are a few fun holiday things happening that you may want to make some time to enjoy too.  


-Holiday Parades & Celebrations-
  • Lake Ozark Christmas Parade
    • The 33rd Annual Christmas Parade will happen along the historic Bagnell Dam Strip December 9 from 3-5 pm. This year's theme is "A Magical, Musical Christmas." Immediately after the parade, Santa will greet children and their families for a bonfire at Two Bit Town with hot chocolate, coffee, refreshments, music, and treats for the kids.  
  • Eldon's Electric Christmas Parade
    • Saturday, December 9 at 5 pm the first ever ELECTRIC Christmas Parade will take place, ending at the Rock Island Park where a tree lighting ceremony will happen. 
  • Versailles Christmas on the Square
    • Downtown Versailles will host an afternoon of holiday fun from 1-5 pm on December 9. Santa will arrive by fire truck to visit with children, and there will be vendor booths around the courthouse to browse and enjoy. 
  • Old Tyme Christmas in Linn Creek
    • On December 16 from 9 am - 4 pm, a holiday celebration will take place throughout the city of Linn Creek. It begins with Breakfast with Santa at Tonka Hills Restaurant from 9-11 am with free pancakes and gifts for kids ages 12 and under. The Camden County Museum will have kids' crafts, gift ideas, Christmas exhibits, and free tours from 9 am - 2 pm, followed by the children's Christmas play "The Rented Christmas." Admission to the play is $5 per family.  

-Holiday Light Displays
  • Enchanted Village of Lights  - Laurie Fairgrounds
    • This is one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in mid-Missouri. It is free to drive through, but donations are welcome. They are open weeknights from 5-9 pm, and on weekends from 5-10 pm through January 1, 2018.
  • St. Patrick's Festival of Lights - Mother's Shrine in Laurie
    • This is the oldest light park in the area. It has grown each year since 1981 to now include 4,000 strings of lights, over 60 automatic timers, and more than 350 extension cords. It is open daily from 6-10 pm through December 31 and is free for the public to enjoy. 
  • Versailles Unity Circle of Lights - Versailles City Park
    • This is the 11th season for this display that is named after the "Unity Circle" monument erected at the park entrance It features as many as 40 lighted displays, including several animated holiday scenes the entire family will enjoy. You can see it from dark until midnight nightly until January 1, 2018, and admission is free. 
  • Osage Beach Holiday Lights in the Park - Osage Beach City Park
    • You can view over 100 holiday-themed light displays at the park plus more at a variety of spots along Osage Beach Parkway each Wednesday-Sunday until December 31. There is no entry fee to enjoy the fun. 

-Holiday Cruises-
Celebration Cruises hosts 2 wonderful holiday cruises on the lake in December. These trips book up very quickly each year, so make reservations early.  
  • Deck The Docks Light Cruise
    • It's year #7 for this incredible cruise that benefits the Dogwood Animal Shelter. Every Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday through December 30 you can take a cruise to view the beautifully lit docks on the Lake of the Ozarks. 
  • Frosty Float
    • This is a magical daytime cruise on the water filled with fun children's activities, a snack, caroling, and of course, Santa himself! The final Frosty Floats for this year will take place December 10 with 3 available time slots.  

-Christmas Village & Ice Skating-
The outdoor ice rink at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton is open daily, and every weekend (Friday-Sunday) through Christmas Eve you can also enjoy their family fun Christmas Village. Experience s'mores around the campfire, gingerbread house making, horse-drawn carriage rides, elf storytelling, Santa visits, and more.

-Christmas on Main Street-
Main Street Music Hall in Osage Beach offers an entertaining show full of music, laughter, and incredible performances to get you into the Christmas spirit. It's good clean family fun for all ages, and it runs through December 17. Santa and the Grinch will even be available for photos. For showtimes & tickets, visit www.LakeMusicHall.com or call 573-348-9500.  


While you are in the lake area taking part in a few of these holiday celebrations, make sure to swing by our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction too. We are open daily from 9 am - 4 pm, and tours of Bridal Cave leave every few minutes. Get out and take part in some of these holiday events and enjoy a day filled with Family Fun... As It Should Be! 


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bridal Cave Season Passes Make Great Stocking Stuffers!

Sometimes the biggest gifts come in the smallest packages. A season pass to one of America's most scenic cave tours is that type of gift. An inexpensive $5 upgrade to a one-time cave tour lets a person take the tour at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park as many times as they like for an entire year! It's a gift that keeps on giving! 


Bridal Cave Season Passes
Giving the gift of a memorable experience lasts a lot longer than most presents will. Our season passes are good for an entire year from the date of purchase, and they are only $5 more than the price of 1 trip through Bridal Cave. If you are here taking the tour, we are happy to upgrade your ticket afterward. If you'll be purchasing season passes for loved ones on your holiday shopping list, they are just $23 for adult passes and $14 for children ages 5-12.

Bridal Cave is full of magnificent natural things to see, and it's pretty much impossible for your eyes to catch them all during just one tour. This season pass allows you to take unlimited trips through the cave for an entire year, so you can come back again and again to explore every nook and cranny of the tour. Depending on the guide that takes you through and the questions asked of them, you'll even get to hear new stories and facts on different trips.  


Additional Gift Ideas
The gift shop at our family fun Lake of the Ozarks attraction is also filled with unique and interesting gifts to give the people on your shopping list. As an added bonus, right now we are in the midst of a GIANT REMODEL SALE. Prices have been reduced as much as 50%-75% off of many of our most popular items so that we can sell as much product as possible to make room for the remodel team to work. (Don't worry, we'll have lots of new stuff to fill the gift shop back up with next February!)  


Sale items include Amethyst Crystals and rare Black Amethyst, Agate Slices and Bookends, Fossils, Mexican and Pakistani Onyx, and our Salt Egg Lamps, Salt Cylinder Lamps, and Salt Fire Bowls. You could wrap one of these up and use the season pass as the card on the present. Another idea is to buy a gift certificate to be used in the gift shop. That way, the person you are buying the season pass for can use the money to pick up a sluice bag to pan for treasures in our outdoor sluice while they are here, or possibly pick up a geode to crack in our machine. 


A season pass for our beautiful Missouri show cave is a gift that will bring joy to the recipient long after it is opened. Consider picking up a few when you come to Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park to take the fantastic tour yourself. These passes are the gift of Family Fun... As It Should Be... all year long!      


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Enjoy Some Scenic, Natural Family Fun This Holiday Weekend

This Thursday is a time for family and friends to gather, give thanks, and enjoy some quality time together. After that, over the holiday weekend, you should get everyone out of the house for some exciting fun at our year-round Lake of the Ozarks attraction. Bridal Cave will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but we'll be open every other day from 9 am - 4 pm for all kinds of family fun. 


Gorgeous Views, Inside and Out
You never know what the weather is going to bring our way in this area, so there's an excellent chance that the temperatures will be favorable for a nice walk along the trails of Thunder Mountain Park. We've also got a breathtaking view of the Lake of the Ozarks here, with a couple of amazing scenic overlooks. 

Once you step inside America's most scenic cave tour, it doesn't matter what the weather is like outside, because Bridal Cave is always a comfortable 60° underground. That means even if it's too cold to enjoy the outdoors, you can still have a beautiful nature adventure with the whole family for the holidays. Tours leave every few minutes, and there are so many gorgeous details in the cave, you're bound to see something new each time you take the tour. 


Great Shopping Too
We boast an incredible gift shop at the Lake of the Ozarks, so you'll even have the chance to get a little of your holiday shopping done while you're here having fun. Entertain the kids by letting them pick out a geode and watch it get cracked open in our special machine while you browse the many unique items that we carry. 

As a matter of fact, right now we are trying to clear our shelves as much as possible to make room for some updates to the gift shop, so we are hosting a huge Remodel Sale! You'll find unbelievable discounts between 50%-75% off on many of our popular items, like Amethyst Cathedrals, Large Agate Slices & Bookends, Salt Lamps, Salt Fire Bowls, Fossils, Mexican & Pakistani Onyx, and much more. If you've got someone on your list that is hard to shop for because they seem to have everything, pick them up one of our unique gift items, many of which are one-of-a-kind.  


Lake Area Family Fun
After your tour of Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, there are lots of other fun activities in the lake area that you can entertain the entire family with. These include: 

  • Holiday Light Displays - Funlake.com has a list of the many different holiday light displays around the lake area that will be open over Thanksgiving weekend through the end of December. You can find details on their "Lake Events" page alongside many other fun events happening in the area.
  • Old Kinderhook Ice Skating - The outdoor ice skating rink at Old Kinderhook is open for the season. They also host a "Christmas Village" on the weekends with s'mores, fire pits, carolers, horse-drawn carriages, fun activities, and even Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves! This is just a very short drive from Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park!
  • Miner Mike's Indoor Family Fun Center - This indoor play place and arcade will be open Friday-Sunday over the holiday weekend. It's fun for the adults too, and you can even take turns sneaking away to the Outlet Mall across the street to get some of that holiday shopping done.      
Bridal Cave, Thunder Mountain Park, Lake of the Ozarks

Make Bridal Cave A Holiday Tradition
Our family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect Thanksgiving weekend tradition to keep your group entertained and get them out of the house and active after spending a whole day focused on eating. Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park are open year-round and only close on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day every year. The rest of the time we are ready and waiting for you to visit us and share some Family Fun... As It Should Be!    


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A 70th Anniversary Tour Guide Reunion At Bridal Cave

The coming new year, 2018, marks Bridal Cave's 70th Anniversary! It was on April 14, 1948, that our amazing underground family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks began its journey to become the now popular show cave.  


WOW! 70 Years!
What you now know as America's most scenic cave tour was officially incorporated and construction began on April 14, 1948. On that day, work started on building the road to the cave, as well as the construction of walkways and a lighting system inside the cave. After 6 months of extremely hard work from some very dedicated people, Bridal Cave officially opened on October 16, 1948. We are proud to say that it has been in continuous operation ever since! 


Tour Guide Reunion
70 is a big milestone, and to get our exciting 70th Anniversary kicked off we will be hosting a Tour Guide Reunion on April 14, 2018, exactly 70 years after this incredible wonder got its start. Every single tour guide that was employed at Bridal Cave over the past 70 years is invited to come back and celebrate with us in style! 


Since the beginning, literally, thousands of folks have spent time as guides at our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction. To thank them for helping us make Bridal Cave what it is today, we will be offering complimentary tours to all guides and their immediate family all day on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Come back and see what's changed here at Thunder Mountain Park since you were a guide!    

That evening, we will be hosting a Tour Guide Social from 6-9 pm after the park closes. There will be plenty of intriguing stories being exchanged that night between the many tour guides that have worked here over the years. It will be interesting to find out how different things were from year to year, yet also very similar. 


We will have lots more details coming for everyone that is interested in attending this exciting tour guide reunion for Bridal Cave's 70th Anniversary. For right now, get the date set in stone on your calendar and start making plans to be here for what is sure to be an amazing event at our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction. We'll have some "Bridal Cave Family" Fun... As It Should Be!


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Our Giant Remodel Sale Is Happening NOW!

It's hard to believe, but the Visitor's Center/ Rock Shop at our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction is almost 30 years old! We think it's about time for a facelift, and that's exactly what will be happening over the winter. We need to reduce our current inventory in the gift shop to give the crews room to work, so Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is having a great big remodel sale. 


Biggest Sale Ever
This sale is going on now, and it will continue until the end of the year. Perfect timing if you'd like to do a little early Christmas shopping for the rock hound in your family. There are lots of beautiful pieces that you don't have to be a rock lover to appreciate, so you may be able to find something for everyone on your list. (Don't forget to get yourself something nice too!) 

Even though the sale will extend through the end of the year, supplies are limited, and once they're gone, they are gone. This is the biggest sale that we have ever had, and some of the gorgeous items you can expect to get great deals on are: 

  • 75% off Amethyst Crystals
  • 75% off Rare Black Amethyst
  • 50% off Large Agate Slices and Bookends
  • 50% off Fossils
  • 50% off Mexican and Pakistani Onyx
  • 50% off Salt Egg Lamps, Salt Cylinder Lamps, and Salt Fire Bowls




New Look and New Product
While you are here taking advantage of this tremendous sale, get a good look at our Visitor's Center/ Rock Shop to hold in your memory. The remodel over the winter will include new windows, new carpet, new trim, and a fresh coat of paint both inside and out. 

America's most scenic cave tour will be running on the regular daily schedule and will not be affected by the remodel. You'll still be able to bring the family out and enjoy the amazing natural beauty inside Bridal Cave without interruption over the winter. 

To replace all of the items that we have for sale right now, new inventory will be arriving on February 1, 2018. As a matter of fact our GM, Steve, is in Orlando meeting with the importers to hand-select the unbelievable new items that we will have for you to enjoy next year. 


Now is the absolute best time to get the lowest prices on our fantastic rock and mineral selections. While you're here getting all the best pieces before they're gone, you can enjoy the beauty of fall that is evident everywhere that you look in Thunder Mountain Park and the natural wonders that await you inside Bridal Cave. Do a little shopping and enjoy a bit of Family Fun... As It Should Be! 



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Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Special Thank You For Some Special Helpers After Our Fall Festival

Our fall festival is over (for this year) and our scenic attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks is back to its regular breathtaking natural beauty. There were a LOT of decorations to remove, and we couldn't have done it as quickly or as easily without the help of a few local groups. 



The following three groups repurposed almost all of the fall decorations that we used to decorate the festival. All of us at Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park want to send a special thank you out to all of them by featuring each one in today's blog.   


Forget Me Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary
The gang from this wonderful organization located in Linn Creek picked up our hay bales to use on their farm. The mission of the Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary is to provide aid and sanctuary to abused, neglected, abandoned, or donated horses that come to them in need. They are there to offer assistance to horses in peril by providing medical care, proper nutrition, and a health plan to restore them both physically and mentally for a new happy and healthy life. They often work with law enforcement and other agencies to fix situations that need attention. 



Continued fundraising efforts help to support their rescue programs, and they also strive to educate people and promote awareness about the issues involving the neglect and abuse of horses in our area. They have many ways that you can helps. You can sponsor a horse, adopt one, become a volunteer at the sanctuary, or provide donations in the form of money or items off of their wish list. To learn more about this wonderful group, visit www.MissouriForgetMeNot.org



Funny Farm Petting Zoo
The straw and corn from the Thunder Mountain Fall Festival were picked up by this family-fun attraction in Eldon. They describe themselves as "Backyard family fun with a kick!!" It's the only place at the Lake of the Ozarks where you can ride a Clydesdale. You can also get up close and personal with many other incredible animals, plus they offer tent camping, wagons rides, bonfires, a heated saloon, and availability for birthday parties. 

They are open year round, Thursday-Monday, and you can check the Funny Farm Petting Zoo Facebook page for their hours and where to find them. Yet another Lake of the Ozarks attraction offering some family fun, as it should be!  


photos from the Funny Farm Petting Zoo Facebook page
Scott's Concrete
Scott's Concrete in Camdenton is a good neighbor to everyone in the community, and they are always willing to help out local charities when the need arises. They offered their services to haul off all of the fall decorations that went to the Forget Me Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary.

This ready-mix concrete business has been serving the entire lake area since 1954, and they have batch sites in Camdenton, Eldon, and Climax Springs. The next time that you are looking for a trustworthy company for your home improvement projects involving concrete, as well as any commercial concrete needs, give these wonderful people a call. You can find them online at www.Scottsconcrete.biz.     

photo from the Scott's Concrete Facebook page
Once again, thank you to all three of these groups for helping us clean up our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction after the Thunder Mountain Fall Festival this year. Also, thank you to everyone that came out and had some autumn fun with us in October. The funt doesn't end there though! Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park are open year-round so that you can always enjoy a little Family Fun... As It Should Be!  

One of America's most scenic 
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