Friday, October 20, 2017

Gorgeous Fall Colors All Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Summer is a popular time to visit the lake area, but fall at the Lake of the Ozarks is an amazing sight to behold! The crisp, cool air has finally made its way to the area, and the leaves are beginning to turn all sorts of gorgeous colors. This is evident all around Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, but you'll find lots of wonderful spots not too far from us that are a must-see too. 

photo from Funlake.com 
Ha Ha Tonka
This state park is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. It marvelously combines the lake's natural beauty with intriguing history. Fall colors abound, and there are a series of trails and boardwalks carved out so you can easily explore for hours. There is a wonderful spring trail to experience, and you can climb the 316 steps to the trails leading to the castle ruins on the bluff, or skip the climb and drive to the trails up top.  

Lake of the Ozarks State Park
This state park boasts miles and miles of untouched nature to explore in a variety of different ways. There are trails to hike or bike, and even ride horses. You'll find open woodlands, sunny glades, small springs, streams, and bluff-top views. Camping is even available to those wanting to spend an autumn night under the stars. 

photo from Funlake.com 
Bagnell Dam
A drive across Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark gives you a great view of the Lake of the Ozarks on one side and the Osage River on the other, along with all of that amazing foliage surrounding the banks. There is a scenic overlook up the road from the dam which is a wonderful place to check out the seasonal changes, and Willmore Lodge is right there too. It has it's own gorgeous view from the historic building, plus a visitor center where you can find information about many other places to visit while you are in the area. 

Thunder Mountain Park
Now is an excellent time to explore Thunder Mountain Park. You can enjoy it by land on our trail, by water if you boat to us and park at the dock, or even from the air on our 100-foot tall fire tower. The tower has a viewing platform at 80-feet that gives you a 360° view of the land in all its glorious fall colors! 


Fall Festival Through October
In addition to all of the seasonal beauty that nature is providing us with, our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction is still all decked out for our Thunder Mountain Fall Festival. We've covered the entire place in pumpkins, corn stalks, straw bales, and colorful mums. The best part about all of the locally grown fall decorations that we used in the park is that you can take some of that fall color home with you!


Since our fall decor is from local mid-Missouri farms, we are able to offer incredible pricing to you. Corn stalks and straw bales are only $3 each, those gorgeous mums are just $6 each, and we've got large pumpkins for $3 a piece. Right now, you can even pick up a pumpkin painted by our pumpkin painting artist for just $3, and since the festival is in it's last half, beginning on Saturday, October 21 you can pick up 1 FREE PUMPKIN for every cave tour ticket purchased. 

The Thunder Mountain Fall Festival will continue through the month of October, and it's open daily during our regular business hours, 9 am - 4 pm, and all activities are included with the purchase of a Bridal Cave tour ticket. On the weekends, we also have additional entertainment planned. So make your plans to swing by our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction while you're in the area enjoying all of that breathtaking fall beauty that Mother Nature has given us. It's a perfect activity for everyone to enjoy. Family Fun... As It Should Be! 


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pumpkin Decorating Tips and Fall Festival Fun Facts

The 1st Annual Thunder Mountain Fall Festival at our scenic family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks has been a big hit so far, and there are still plenty of great days left in October to enjoy it! Right now at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park we have over 1,000 pumpkins on site, all looking for a good home. Today we've got a few creative decorating ideas so you can turn the pumpkins you pick into something extra-special. 



Carve It
The most popular thing to do with any pumpkin this time of year is to carve it into a jack-o-lantern. Using simple shapes to carve eyes, a nose, and a mouth are a classic, but if you want to get a little fancier than that, here are a couple of places to find some free pumpkin carving templates.


Paint It
Skip the knives and scooping altogether and pull out your paintbrushes instead. You can paint a character or your favorite Halloween scene right on the pumpkin shell instead of carving it out. Another option is to paint the entire thing a solid color, and then maybe even add some stripes or polka dots. If you visit the Thunder Mountain Fall Festival on Saturday or Sunday, you can get some great inspiration from our Pumpkin Painting Artist from 1-4 pm.   



Bedazzle It
Heat up your hot glue gun and simply attach some cool stuff to your pumpkin. Just about anything can be used: buttons, jewels, bows, ribbons... You could even use tacks to make a cool design by sticking them into the shell. 

Stack It
Pick up a few pumpkins in various sizes, then stack them from largest to smallest. A long wooden dowel, which you can find at any home improvement store or craft store, placed down the middle should keep them from toppling over. This tower of pumpkins would look great on any front porch.

Message It
Use permanent markers or paint pens to write messages on your pumpkins. It can be a welcome sign, holiday greeting, or maybe something funny or spooky to give anyone that reads it a little giggle. 



*Fall Festival Fun Facts*
If you haven't made it to Bridal Cave yet this month, you probably don't realize just how much we've changed things around here for the best fall festival at the Lake of the Ozarks. You're in for quite a treat when you do stop by! We've got a few statistics here that are sure to intrigue you and make you want to visit us right now! 

  • There are more than 1,000 pumpkins in the park, which is enough to make over 750 pumpkin pies.
  • The corn crib holds over two and a half tons of corn kernels. If you're counting, that's over 8 million corn kernels... give or take. 
  • The over 5,000 corn stalks in the park are enough to cover almost a half acre in the field. 
  • Over 1,200 bales of straw were used to decorate the park. If we put them end to end, they would be almost 3/4 of a mile long. 
  • The park is covered in over 40,000 blooms from multi-colored mums. Not only is that a beautiful site to see, but it smells amazing here!
  • Over 1 million leaves were used to decorate. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration... we stopped counting at 750,000. (LOL!)
  • The amount of Family Fun... As It Should Be? INFINITE!!!!!!

The Thunder Mountain Fall Festival is open 7 days a week, rain or shine, during our regular business hours and tons of fun activities are included with your Bridal Cave tour admission. You can also pick up some wonderful fall decorations for your home, at inexpensive prices, that were produced by local mid-Missouri farmers. We also have entertainment and demonstrations on Saturdays and Sundays with live bluegrass music from noon - 3 pm, sarsaparilla making from 9 am - noon, and our pumpkin painting artist is here from 1-4 pm. 


All of that excitement is in addition to the natural wonders that await you all year long at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park. An excellent place to experience Family Fun... As It Should Be! 


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

October Fun for the Whole Family at Bridal Cave!

Our Thunder Mountain Fall Festival is off to a tremendous start, the decorations and the natural scenic beauty around the park is breathtaking, and we've got tons of fun planned at Bridal Cave all month long! Have you had the chance to enjoy our brand new annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks yet? It adds even more fun and excitement to our family attraction! 


Beautiful Scenery
Bridal Cave is well-known as one of America's most scenic cave tours. It remains a constant 60° inside the cave, and you will see room after room of incredible mineral deposits, giant columns, stalactites and stalagmites, massive draperies, and so much more all created over millions of years of formation. 

Outside, in Thunder Mountain Park, you've got nature trails to explore and of course, that amazing lake view. Right now for the Thunder Mountain Fall Festival, we've also added all kinds of gorgeous fall decorations and so many pumpkins, you'd think we were a pumpkin patch! If you're looking for a fun way to spend a day this fall, it's time for a trip to visit us!  


Bonus Activities
When you buy a ticket to tour Bridal Cave, all of our awesome fall festival activities are included with your admission. Tour tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for kids ages 9-12, and children under 4 are free. Cave tours run every few minutes beginning at 9:00 am. We stay open until 5:00 pm until October 15, and after that we'll begin closing at 4:00 pm. 

Now for those bonus activities we talked about in addition to the incredible cave tour. We've transformed the park into an autumn oasis where you can enjoy: 

  • Face Painting
  • Feeding Giant Fish
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Duck Races
  • Pumpkin Chunkin Range
  • Jumbo Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Huge Corn Crib
  • Minecraft-Inspired Hay Bale Maze
  • Hay Bale Mountain
  • Fire Pits
  • ... and MORE!
Every weekend in October, we will also have some fun demonstrations and entertainment lined up for you to experience too. 
  • SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS:
    • 9 am - noon: Sarsaparilla Making
    • noon - 3 pm: Live Bluegrass Music
    • 1 - 4 pm: Pumpkin Painting Artist


Discount Shopping
You can get all of your fall decorations while you are here. We are able to offer some great pricing on them too, because all of our autumn beauty was produced by local farmers right here in mid-Missouri. Give your home some incredible curb appeal with: 

  • Gorgeous Mums - $6
  • Huge Pumpkins - $3
  • Straw Bales - $3
  • Corn Stalks - $3
It's a wonderful time to pick up some of the excellent items in our gift shop too. Christmas will be here in a couple of months, and right now we have lots of things on sale in the rock shop, plus all of our sportswear is on clearance!  


Family Fun!
Our family fun Lake of the Ozarks attraction always has something special to offer year-round, but this October we've gone out of our way to bring you even more! It's been wonderful planning, preparing, and putting on the Thunder Mountain Fall Festival at Bridal Cave, and we can't wait to share it with everyone this month. Come by and see it soon, and come back to see it often! Everywhere you look there is Family Fun... As It Should Be! 



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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

IT'S HERE! This Weekend the 1st Annual Thunder Mountain Fall Festival Opens!

Our Thunder Mountain Fall Festival is opening this weekend on October 1, and the staff at Bridal Cave has worked tirelessly to get it ready. Our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction looks even more gorgeous than usual with all of the decorations up. You'll be in the fall spirit the second you lay eyes on it. 


You will want to make sure to find the time to come out and experience our 1st Annual Thunder Mountain Fall Festival in person, because the photos in today's blog are only a fraction of the excitement waiting to be had! When you visit the park and purchase a tour ticket, you will not only get to see one of America's most scenic caverns, but you can also take part in all of the fun activities, demonstrations, and entertainment included! 


That tour ticket also gives you the additional benefit of getting some deep discounts on the beautiful fall decorations that are on sale at the park. We are very proud of the fact that all of the autumn beauty that we have for sale was produced by local farmers right here in mid-Missouri. It will be hard to find better prices anywhere in town. 

  • Gorgeous mums for $6 (We have hundreds!) 
  • Huge pumpkins for $3 (We have thousands!)
  • Straw Bales for $3
  • Corn Stalks for $3


We'll also have some delicious fall flavors for you to enjoy at our festival. These include pumpkin pie fudge, a caramel apple bar, cinnamon apple cider snow cones, and of course, s'mores and hot chocolate. As for the rest, you can expect: 
  • Face Painting
  • Feed the Giant Fish
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Duck Races
  • Pumpkin Chunkin Range
  • Jumbo Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Huge Corn Crib
  • Minecraft-Inspired Hay Bale Maze
  • Hay Bale Mountain
  • Fire Pits
  • Numerous Family Photo Settings
  • On the weekends:
    • Sarsaparilla Making, 9 am - noon
    • Live Bluegrass Music, noon - 3 pm
    • Pumpkin Painting Artist, 1 -4 pm

One stop at our  Lake of the Ozarks family attraction this October will let you enjoy the crisp, beautiful fall weather, explore an amazing cave, take part in all kinds of fun family activities, and get all of your autumn decorations. Of course, you don't have to do it all in that one stop. You are welcome to join us again and again, every day in October! 


We'd like to thank our sponsor, Camdenton Farm & Garden Center, for all that they did to help us prepare for this exciting event. We've done everything that we possibly could to guarantee that Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park's Fall Festival is full of Family Fun... As It Should Be!!




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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fun Fall Festivals Near Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park

It's almost time for our Thunder Mountain Park Fall Festival! (You can see the evidence of it all over the park already!) While all the autumn-themed fun doesn't officially start until October 1st, there are a couple of other exciting events happening near Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park to keep you entertained until then. Both of these annual events are well worth taking the time to check out!   


-Saturday, September 23
Lake of the Ozarks Air Show
This awesome event honors our military, aviation, and more with a day full of exciting acts, both in the air and on the ground. It takes place at the Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport from 7:30 am - 4 pm. (If it's rained out, the event will take place on Sunday, September 24 instead.)



Parking is available at the airport for $10 per vehicle, or you can park at Camdenton High School for free and take the shuttle running from 8 am - 3:45 pm. Bring along blankets, chairs, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and anything else you might need to enjoy the show on a nice, fall day. You may not bring outside food and drinks, but there will be concessions available, and no coolers are allowed on the grounds. Also, leave your pets at home for this one. Only service dogs will be allowed. 


photo from Funlake.com
As for the entertainment, get ready to see magnificent feats of daring in the air, and on the ground too. There will be vendor booths and static displays to check out, plus live entertainment. Many different types of planes will be showing off what they can do in the air, and some will even be racing super-fast cars on the ground. The Free Fall Express Skydivers will make an appearance, and the kids will be able to win fun prizes by picking up one of the hundreds of ping pong balls being dropped on the field from above. This year there will also be a kids' area to play in. They can bounce all day from 10 am - 4 pm for only $5 per child, and if you pay for 2 children, you can get a third child's admission for free. 

-Saturday, September 23Aaron Tippin Concert
Following the air show, Ozarks Amphitheater will feature Aaron Tippin in concert. Doors will open for a tailgate party at 5 pm, and the show begins at 6:30 pm. If you show your parking receipt from the Air Show, you'll get free parking for the concert! Don't forget, you can always pick up Ozark Amphitheater concert tickets in the gift shop at Bridal Cave before the show, and if you take a cave tour the day after the concert & bring in your ticket, we'll give you 25% off of your Bridal Cave admission!   



-Saturday, September 30
Pumkin Chunkin' Palooza
Ozarks Amphitheater will also be the site for the Pumkin Chunkin' Palooza from 10 am - 6 pm the following weekend. The 4 Lake of the Ozarks Rotary clubs have organized this event to raise money for local charities, clubs, and non-profit organizations. Admission prices are $8 for anyone age 13 or older, $5 for children ages 5-12, and Family Passes are available for $20 each. Kids under 5 may enter for free. 

The main event is centered around the giant trebuchet, which is a machine that was used in medieval times to hurl stones or other large objects at their opponents. For this event, one was built to chuck pumpkins far and wide, just for fun! 



It's quite a sight to see. There are also lots of other fun events planned throughout the day for both kids and adults. These include: face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, a corn crib pit, on-site pumpkin decorating, Missouri wine tastings, craft beers, food vendors, and more. There will even be a largest pumpkin contest. You can enjoy an awesome day full of fall fun and donate to some worthwhile causes at the same time! 

And then...
The next day, October 1, is the official opening day for our Thunder Mountain Park Fall Festival. We gave you sneak peek at the preparations already under way in last week's blog, but just to refresh your memory, here is some of what we're planning for everyone, every day in October: 


  • Fall Treats (pumpkin fudge, a caramel apple bar, rock candy, hot cider, red hot cider snow cones, hot chocolate, and more)
  • Fire pits and s'mores
  • Face painting
  • Duck Races
  • Jumbo tic-tac-toe
  • Bean bag toss
  • Corn crib
  • Hay bale maze and hay bale mountain
On the weekends, we'll also have live bluegrass music from noon - 3 pm. There will be sarsaparilla making from 9 am - noon, and a pumpkin painting artist from 1 - 4 pm. 



So right there you've got 2 full weekends of family fun to take advantage of before the grand opening of our very own Lake of the Ozarks fall festival. Take this time to enjoy the season with the people you love, and make sure to bring them to hang out with us at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park for lots of Family Fun... As It Should Be!   



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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thunder Mountain Fall Festival Preparations Have Begun!

We were excited during the planning phase for our Thunder Mountain Fall Festival happening this October, but now that we've physically gotten some of the preparations underway at our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction, we are ecstatic and giddy with anticipation! The staff here at Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park has already been very busy getting the park decorated, but there's a lot more coming before October gets here. 



We've Added MORE Festival!
We're not the only ones looking forward to our Fall Festival. Due to the large amount of inquiries since we first announced it, we have made the wonderful decision to keep the festival fun open EVERY DAY IN OCTOBER instead of just on the weekends, with bluegrass entertainment and demonstrations added on the weekends. We'd like to extend an extra-special thank you to Camdenton Farm & Garden Center, who is the sponsor for this year's incredible event. 



The Work So Far...
There are a lot of amazing things in the works for you to enjoy once October gets here. Some of the things we have already began working on (which involves a LOT of crafting) are:
  • Fall arrangements
  • Stuffing dozens of scarecrows
  • Unloading and placing over 1,000 pumpkins
  • Laying out the Pumpkin Chunkin' range
  • Building a fire pit area for toasting s'mores (Yum!) 
  • Cutting firewood
  • Construction of a huge corn crib
  • Setting up demonstration areas and a stage for the weekend entertainment
  • Building a Minecraft-inspired hay bale maze (so far we've already used over 600 bales of straw!) 



Supporting Local Business
We are very proud of the fact that all of the produce that will be used to decorate our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction has been produced locally by Central Missouri farmers. Not only does it feel great to support local farmers, but we are also able to sell items at greatly reduced prices because of this during the festival. In total, over six semi loads of fall decorations will be used to decorate Thunder Mountain Park. 


Festival Fun
As we mentioned, on the weekends there will be the added excitement of demonstrations and live music. On Saturdays and Sundays you can experience: 
  • Sarsaparilla Making - 9 am - noon
  • Pumpkin Painting Artist - 1-4 pm
  • Live Bluegrass Music - noon - 3 pm
Some of the things that you can look forward to all week long are:
  • Jumbo Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Corn Crib 
  • Hay Bale Maze
  • Hay Bale Mountain
  • Fire Pits
  • Tasty Fall Treats (s'mores, pumpkin fudge, caramel apples, hot cider, and more!) 
  • Gorgeous Mums For Sale
  • Spectacular Pumpkins To Pick From 

The scenery surrounding our popular Lake of the Ozarks attraction is always gorgeous, but autumn always adds its own special beauty to everything outdoors. Make your plans now to visit Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park during October so that you can experience the amazing Thunder Mountain Park Fall Festival that we are busy getting ready for you. Preparing is fun, but seeing you enjoy it will be even better! 


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Join Us In Welcoming The VFW Post 5923 Bunker Bar & Grill!

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park would like to join the community in congratulating VFW Post 5923 in Camdenton on the opening of their brand new building. This new location is not only for VFW members, but instead has been opened to the public and contains a brand new restaurant, the Bunker Bar & Grill. Dining at this home-style, family-friendly restaurant not only offers you a delicious meal, but also the chance to support the VFW organization and its members. 

All photos in this blog are from the Bunker Bar & Grill at VFW Post 5923 Facebook page. 
At one point, people were worried that this project would never come to be, but after three years of fundraising, hard work, and lots of volunteers, it finally opened its doors on August 3, 2017 and hosted a grand opening on September 3. It wasn't just the veterans and the VFW Auxiliary that stepped up to make this dream a reality, but also many generous local individuals and businesses, plus soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood. Many were eager to donate money, materials, time, and labor.


All of that teamwork resulted in a place that offers the general public a restaurant, bar, meeting room, hall rental, live music, games, and a place to meet up with friends and family. The entire building is smoke-free. The restaurant has a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere that is kid-friendly. You'll find home-style dishes on the menu to please everyone, including appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, and burgers. They even offer some incredible dinner specials each week. You can see a full menu by visiting www.VFWBunker.com


Inside the bar area, there is a large square bar that includes a special seat reserved for POW-MIA. You can enjoy a game of darts, pool, and even Keno. If you want to catch your favorite sports team in action, you can do so on the 15 HD TVs in the building.


The Bunker Bar & Grill is located at 63 VFW Road in Camdenton, just a short drive from our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction. Their hours (subject to change) are:

Restaurant:
-Wed-Sat: 11 am - 7 pm
-Sunday: noon - 7 pm

Bar:
-Wed-Thurs: 11 m - 11 pm
-Fri-Sat: 11 am - 1 am
-Sun: noon - 11 pm

The next time you are in Camdenton, stop by and give this wonderful new restaurant and bar a try. Even though it is now open, there is still work to be done and monthly financial obligations to meet. Your patronage helps to make these things happen, and they cannot stress enough that everyone is welcome at the Bunker Bar & Grill. Just like Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, it's a place for all ages to gather together and enjoy a great time.   


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