Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kids Tour FREE This Labor Day Weekend!

The beginning of the school year can get expensive quickly with back to school clothes shopping, school supplies, sports equipment, etc... Bridal Cave wants to give your family a break this Labor Day Weekend by letting kids enjoy the most scenic cave tour in mid-Missouri for FREE! 

The Lake of the Ozarks is an amazing place to spend a holiday weekend. There are lots of fun, family-friendly attractions to enjoy. Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park are not only beautiful and tons of fun, but educational too. Your children will be having such a great time, they won't even realize they are learning! 


Kids Tour FREE!
This Labor Day Weekend, September 3, 4, & 5, all children ages 12 and under will be granted free admission to our underground cave tour. We are even extending our hours for the holiday to make sure everyone has a chance to experience this exciting and affordable activity. 

Guided tours will leave every few minutes beginning at 9:00 am until the final tour begins at 6:00 pm. The cave tour lasts about an hour, allowing plenty of time over the weekend to also have a picnic in our lake view pavilion, hike a trail in Thunder Mountain Park, climb the observation tower, or travel to enjoy one of the many other parks that the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer. 

photo from Funlake.com 

Labor Day Fireworks
If you will be out on the lake, you can park at our docks to enjoy all that Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park have to offer. There are also lots of opportunities to view awesome fireworks displays, both by land and water, over the holiday. You can see a full list of fireworks displays in the area at www.Funlake.com


See You Soon
This Labor Day Weekend, pack up the family and head to the lake area to enjoy this gorgeous scenery and beautiful weather before winter comes along and you end up spending a lot more time indoors. (Don't forget, of course, that Bridal Cave is always a comfortable 60°, even in the winter!) 

Bridal Cave, Thunder Mountain Park, Lake of the Ozarks

We believe that every family deserves to have some quality time together before buckling down for a long school year. This holiday, we are thrilled to be able to offer you a fun and affordable activity that everyone can enjoy together. We hope to see you all soon at our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction for an incredible Labor Day Weekend.    



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Friday, August 26, 2016

Decades of Weddings at Bridal Cave

"Bridal" Cave isn't just a random name that someone liked the sound of. It is actually a very unique wedding venue at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our cave has a long history of weddings taking place inside of it. It all began with the marriage of two Native Americans from Osage tribes, many, many years ago, and the tradition continues today. 

The Weddings Begin By Popular Demand
When Bridal Cave first opened to the public on October 16, 1948, the developers only had plans to give tours of the cave due to the abundance of cave formations and vibrant natural colors. Even though they knew about the Native American legend of the wedding in the cave, there were no plans to perform wedding ceremonies. 

Shortly after the cave opened for tours, requests to carry on the legend began to come in. Our modern-day history of weddings began on June 1, 1949 when Mr. & Mrs. Basil Cole of Sedalia, Missouri exchanged vows in the stalactite adorned Lake of the Ozarks underground wedding chapel



As of today, there have been more than 3,300 weddings at Bridal Cave over the past 68 years. We probably have the most unique collection of pictures, names, and locations of an wedding chapel in the country, if not the world. Guests visiting the park love to look through all of our wedding albums and see the changes in hairstyles and clothing over the past six decades. 



Couples Come From All Over the World
It is also amazing to see how far many of our brides and grooms have traveled to be married at Bridal Cave. Couples from 34 of the 50 United States have said "I do" here, and we have even hosted couples from 7 different foreign countries! Below are the places that our couples have traveled from, plus a few more fun facts about the weddings that have taken place at the cave. 

USAArkansas, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, 
Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Maine, 
Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

FOREIGN COUNTRIES: England, Germany, St. Thomas, Nassau, British Columbia, China, Taiwan

Most Popular First Names of Brides & Grooms: John and Linda

Most Popular Last Name: Smith

Most Popular Month: February

Most Popular Day: Saturday 


Bridal Cave's most recent wedding, August 6, 2016

If you have been looking for a unique wedding venue at the Lake of the Ozarks, we may have exactly what you've been searching for. The underground wedding chapel is breathtaking, and so is the view from our lakeside pavilion, offering you a choice between inside and out. Both feature the natural beauty of the lake area. Up to 50 guests can fit comfortably inside the cave, and the pavilion accommodates up to 80 seated guests. 

After the wedding, you are invited to come back year after year to relive the magical day by taking part in our free wedding vow renewals every February for Valentine's Day. Bridal Cave is a wonderful place to begin your happily ever after. 


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Friday, August 19, 2016

It's a Great Time to Visit the Lake of the Ozarks

School is already in session in many areas, and everywhere else it is getting ready to start. If you prefer to avoid crowds, then now is the perfect time to visit the Lake of the Ozarks! The weather is great, all of the summer attractions are still open, but the bulk of the visitors to town are too busy during the week to make the trip here.


Fewer Crowds

Late summer all the way through fall at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is an incredible time to experience the beauty of the lake area. There are plenty of nature trails to explore in the park, and you may even end up getting a private tour of Bridal Cave if you come at the right time! Guided tours leave every few minutes, and if you are the only people here, you'll get to see it all with your own personal tour guide. 


The Weather is Great

Temperatures remain warm so that you can still take advantage of all of the outdoor activities, and soon the leaves will be changing into a rainbow of colors on the trees. The view from Thunder Mountain Park's 80-foot observation tower offers a very unique perspective on the gorgeous season.   

The Water is Calm

With fewer people in town, that means the lake has less boats on it and the water is wide open. Getting out on the lake this time of year is a much calmer and more relaxing experience than it is mid-summer. When you are ready to hit dry land for a while, park at our docks and take a break with us.  


It's Romantic

Another bonus is that with all of the kids busy with school, this is an excellent time for a romantic getaway at the Lake of the Ozarks. Just imagine it - calm boat rides, romantic walks in the park, and lazy afternoon picnics. If you time it right, you can even take in a magnificent sunset over the lake. 

Early Christmas Shopping

If you happen to be one of those early Christmas shoppers, there is great shopping in the lake area. We've got an amazing assortment of rocks, minerals, and gemstones from around the world in our Bridal Cave gift shop, plus many other beautiful gift items. There are lots of unique and fascinating things for you to browse through that will be perfect for someone on your list. 


Visit Us Soon!

Don't forget that even when the temperature drops and it's cold outside, Bridal Cave is still an excellent place to spend an afternoon. The always 60° temperature inside the cave feels cool in the summer and warm in the winter. If you have been trying to think of something exciting to do, make a trip to our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction your next adventure. 


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Friday, August 12, 2016

The 28th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is Coming This August

It's nearly time again for one of the most popular annual events in the area. The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and all of the events surrounding it will be taking place August 14-28, 2016. Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park gathered a little bit of history and information right here for you.

photo from Funlake.com 

Shootout History


1988 was the first year for the Lake Rescue Shootout. The Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach, and Lake Ozark fire departments were a part of this boat race that let local boaters find out who was the fastest. It grew little by little each year, and in 1995 the name was changed to Caleco's Shooter's 21 Benefit Shootout. 

A year later in 1996, the Gravois & Mid-County Fire Districts joined the Shootout. The name went through another change in 1997 to the Lake Rescue Shoootout with 80 boats competing for the title of the fastest boat at the lake. 

This event's 20th anniversary was celebrated in 2008 at its new location, Captain Ron's Bar & Grill. The original location, Shooters 21, was demolished the day after the previous year's Shootout, staying open just long enough to host one more annual boat race. 

In 2010, since the interest in this event increased more and more each year and the amount of money raised kept growing, the Shootout was enlarged to include an entire week's worth of activities. Some of these were a Meet & Greet with the drivers, a treasure hunt, mini- Shootout, fireworks, and concerts.

Today, the Shootout is the largest unsanctioned boat race in the Midwest with over 100 racers and 100,000 spectators! Enough funds are raised every year to benefit not only the 8 lake area rescue teams, but many other local charitable organizations too. Last year's final total topped $175,000! There are tons of events happening all week long that are fun for the entire family. 


photo from Funlake.com 

Shootout Schedule


Sunday, August 14
- 8th Annual LOMDA & Old Kinderhook Shootout Benefit Golf Tournament

Friday, August 15
- 3rd Annual Border Xpressions Shootout Li'l Boat & Pontoon Poker Run 
- Awards party at Topsider

Friday-Sunday, August 19-21
- 7th Annual Mini-Shootout at the springs at Ha Ha Tonka 

Monday, August 22
- Great Shootout Treasure Hunt at Captain Ron's

Tuesday, August 23
- Shootout Volleyball Tournament at Captain Ron's
- Shootout Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction at the Stables at Cannon Smoked Saloon

Wednesday, August 24
- Shootout Meet & Greet on the Bagnell Dam Strip

Thursday, August 25
- Make-A-Wish Powerboat Rides at Captain Ron's
- Shootout Auction & Poker Run Registration

Friday, August 26
- Poly Lift Poker Run
- Vendor Village open at Captain Ron's

Saturday & Sunday, August 27-28
**Shootout Races**


The most exciting way to watch the races is to take your boat out to the course and see all of the action live. If you don't have a boat, you can catch a shuttle to the Celebration Cruise Boat and watch from there, but make your reservations early because this will book up fast. Various local radio and television stations will broadcast a play-by-play, and you can watch it live online and get times and details for every event at www.LakeOfTheOzarksShootout.com

If you need a break from all of the Shootout excitement, our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction will be open every day to entertain you. Whether you choose to join the crowds at the boat races or spend the afternoon at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, your weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks will be an eventful and memorable one. 


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Friday, August 5, 2016

Have an Adventure at Bridal Cave Before School Starts

Summer's not over yet, but the kids are already thinking about having to go back to school very soon. It's a great time to surprise them with a trip to our family fun Lake of the Ozarks Attraction. There is plenty to do and see at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park to fill an entire, adventurous day. 


Entertaining Activities

Our cave tour is full of educational facts, plus fun stories about its colorful history. The great big sluice in front of our gift shop allows you to pan for gemstones that you can take home as a souvenir. We've also got a machine that lets you break open your very own geode. 


"We toured Bridal Cave with an excellent guide. For 45 minutes we marveled at the formations and learned a lot. Kids are easily captivated with the experience and on a hot day it's a great place to hang out."
~MissMem, TripAdvisor review


Just For Kids


The "Kids Only" section of our website features the "Adventure News." You can download a copy or follow the links to articles containing lots of cool cave facts. It's a great way to get children excited about the cave tour before you visit us. You'll even find a cave safety activity page that you can do together and an experiment to try at home. 


Educational


You will all be having so much fun, the kids won't even realize they are learning something! Our tour guides will tell you about all of the natural features inside the cave. That covers science. Next you'll hear all about the history of what happened here many years ago. A trip through the rock & mineral shop will allow you to view unique specimens from around the world.   


An Entire Fun-Filled Day


The cave tour is only one of the fascinating things that awaits you at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park. You can break for lunch or a quick snack at our covered lakeside picnic pavilion. There are nature trails to explore, and even a 100-foot tall fire tower with a viewing platform at 80 feet. The giant fish at the docks are always ready and waiting for visitors to feed them. It'a quite a sight to see.   


"We've visited twice in July - once the July 4th weekend with our 16 year old and her group of friends, then again this weekend with our 13 year old and her friends. Both times the tour was great. Both tour guides shared different information so it wasn't strictly a memorized, scripted tour. I would suggest doing a week day if possible, and we found the last tour of the day seems to be the least busy so we had a much smaller group than most tours. The kids loved the cave, definitely a great option for a rainy day .. Or even just something different to do during your Ozarks visit. We also loved the gift shops, and thought items were reasonably priced."
~Tami W, TripAdvisor review


Memories To Last A Lifetime


One day at our Lake of the Ozarks scenic attraction will give you and your family memories to last a lifetime. This is a trip that you can repeat year after year and see and learn something new every time. Pack up the kids and head on over to Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain ParkThere's no better way to explore nature at its best! 




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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Romance is in the... Cave? Unique Wedding Proposals at Bridal Cave

Bridal Cave is know for being one of the most unique wedding venues in the Midwest. To date, there have been over 3,300 weddings performed at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park. That's not the only romantic things that happen here though. 

More than 10,000 couples every year visit us while on their honeymoon, and over 1,000 couples come back on their anniversary each year to visit the place where they exchanged their vows. Weddings take place in both our underground wedding chapel and outdoor covered lakeside pavilion. 

Our Lake of the Ozarks scenic attraction is also home to some wonderful and creative wedding proposals! If you didn't think a cave could be a romantic spot, these memorable stories will prove you wrong. 



Diamonds in the cave?

On one of the routine tours through Bridal Cave, a gentleman asked the guide if there were any diamonds found anywhere in the cave. Just as the guide was about to explain that no, there were not... his friend announced that he had found one! The finder (who turned out to be the best man) handed his friend (the soon-to-be-groom) a diamond engagement ring. The man then dropped to his knee and made the surprise proposal in front of the entire tour group!


They're playing our song!

Another groom-to-be got the bride-to-be's family involved. He put some major planning into this one. The group made arrangements in advance to have our underground bridal chapel inside the cave set up for this grand proposal. 

Under the pretense of a family boat trip to Ha Ha Tonka, one of the family members conveniently mentioned that they had never seen Bridal Cave, and maybe it would be worth stopping for a tour. This turned out to be no ordinary cave tour. 

The chapel was entirely lit by candlelight, champagne was waiting, and the couple's favorite song was playing in the background. As they entered, the soon-to-be-bride stated how beautiful the room was by candlelight and what a coincidence it was that the music playing was their favorite song. When she turned around, her fella was on one knee, with the entire family surrounding him, and he asked for her hand in marriage. 


Just this week...

We wish we had some photos to share with you of those two romantic proposals, but we did capture the latest one. Just this week, another young lady was surprised on the boat dock at Thunder Mountain Park. We couldn't hear the conversation from that far away, but boy, it sure did look amazing. 



While there are no guarantees in life, to the best of our knowledge, no proposal has ever been refused that took place at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park. So gentleman, if you've been considering asking her, we've got lots of beautiful spots to pop the question! FYI- August is Romance Awareness Month, and March 20, 2017 is National Proposal Day. It's never too early to plan ahead, and it's always a comfortable 60 degrees inside the cave, even in March. 

Thanks to these stories, we can truly say that our popular Lake of the Ozarks attraction is one of the most romantic places in mid-Missouri. 



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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Family Fun at the Lake of the Ozarks: Indoor, Outdoor, & Underground!

Some people may assume that the lake area is strictly a sunny, summer day place to visit. While it is a marvelous spot to travel when the weather cooperates, there are plenty of family fun Lake of the Ozarks attractions that you can enjoy no matter what Mother Nature brings our way. 

Whether the sun is shining or it's raining, between Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, Miner Mike's indoor Family Fun Center, and Big Surf Waterpark, you will have something exciting to experience. 


Outdoor 

Big Surf Waterpark near Camdenton is filled with amazing water rides to cool you off on a hot day. They are open daily from May 28 - August 14 from 10 am - 6 pm. Beginning August 20 - Labor Day they are open on Saturdays and Sundays only, plus Labor Day Monday.


Big Surf Waterpark, Lake of the Ozarks

There is a wide variety of fun thing to do at Big Surf Waterpark. Their rides and attractions include:

  • Zambezi Falls: An exhilarating 4-story drop down the Lake's largest half pipe.
  • Challenger Flumes: Race and rush down dueling 300-foot water slides.
  • Lazy River: 600 feet has never felt like such a long, relaxing trip!
  • Wave Pool: The lake area's other giant body of water! A 375,000-gallon pool that generates waves up to 3-feet tall.
  • The Rapids: Whirl and twirl your way down the white water rapids slide. 
  • Space Bowl: The first of its kind in the U.S., the Space Bowl drops you from a sweet, swift slide into a 30-foot wide bowl. 
  • Splash Island: A zero-entry pool suited for younger children with water levels ranging from just 6-18 inches. 
  • Activity Pool: A 4-foot deep pool with free swimming allowed that features a crazy lily pad bridge, a basketball goal, and two swift tube slides.
  • Dry Ground Activities: Sand volleyball, shuffleboard, pool, and basketball happen in the Surf Club area. 
10'x10' cabanas area available to rent on a first come, first served basis, which include a table, four chairs, a free locker rental, and one single tube rental. The Surfside Food & Grill has lunch, snacks, ice cream, and cold drinks. 


You may buy your tickets online or at the park entrance. They also offer a "Second Wave" special. Bring in the full-priced receipt from your day at Big Surf to your next visit during the same season, and that day will be 50% off. You can also find fun daily deals on their Facebook page. You can learn more on the Big Surf Waterpark website.  

Indoor

Miner Mike's Indoor Family Fun Center offers 35,000 square feet of indoor activities for the entire family. Miner Mike and his mule Buster welcome one and all to come in and play. Just down the street from the Outlet Mall in Osage Beach, you will find rides, a giant maze, games, and food. 

  • The Rides: These include the Runaway Mine Train roller coaster and the Chuck Wagon Ferris Wheel.
  • The Maze: Climb through the twists and turns of the giant indoor maze for kids 12 and under. Accompanying adults may join in the fun too.   
  • The Games: There are over 150 token operated games to play. The Miner Mike's side is filled with games for the younger kids, while Buster's next door is geared toward older children and adults. 
  • The Food: The Longbranch Saloon offers appetizers, burgers, pizza, and drinks.

They are currently open from 11 am - 10 pm, but hours change seasonally, so check the Miner Mike's website for up-to-date times. There are different activity packages available, and you can even purchase a season pass if you plan to come back often.

Indoor, Outdoor, AND Underground!

No matter what the weather, there is always something for you to explore at Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park. Tours leave throughout the day, and guides will tell you stories about the colorful history of this historic scenic attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks.  

Bridal Cave, Thunder Mountain Park, Lake of the Ozarks
  • Bridal Cave: It's always a comfortable 60 degrees inside the cave, perfect for cooling off on a hot day or warming up on a cold one. Tours begin at 9 am, and the last tour takes off at 6 pm. (Hours change seasonally, and we are open all-year round.)
  • Covered Picnic Pavilion: Enjoy a picnic here with a gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks view. It is covered, so perfect for keeping you out of both the rain and hot sun. 
  • Thunder Mountain Conservation Area: This spot inside Thunder Mountain Park is operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation and includes nature trails, archery lanes, picnic facilities, and a 100-foot tall fire tower with an observation platform. 
  • Gift Shop: Filled with beautiful rocks, minerals, and gemstones from around the world, plus other unique souvenir items. You can even purchase a sack full of sand to take out to our sluice and pan for treasures. There is also a snack center full of treats. 


Before heading over to Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, visit the "Kids Only" section of our website for lots of fun and educational information. Not only is our Lake of the Ozarks attraction an adventure, but you'll learn something too! 


The next time you are planning to bring the family to the lake area, or if you live here year-round and are in search of something fun for everyone to do, give these three incredible attractions a try. No matter what the weather, Bridal Cave and these other fun places will make sure your family is thoroughly entertained. 

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