The People's Choice for Best Cave is Bridal Cave!

We are often referred to as the best family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks, and now according to Rural Missouri Magazine's Readers' Choice Awards, Bridal Cave can now claim the title of the Best Cave in Missouri, and they even sent us a certificate to prove it. 

Rural Missouri is based in Jefferson City, and the magazine has a circulation of over 550,000, making it the largest paid-circulation monthly publication in the state. Over a 2-month period, the magazine asked their abundance of readers to tell them all about the best eateries, destinations, and activities in Missouri.  

Out of the 17 categories that were included in this year's poll, Lake of the Ozarks was named in four of them. Each category lists a 1st-place winner, a runner-up, and an editor's choice award. 

BEST CAVE - Bridal Cave
1st Place

The magazine blurb about Bridal Cave in this issue highlights how the ringing of the bell at Thunder Mountain Park is a signal to all within hearing distance that yet another couple has said their vows in our gorgeous stalactite-adorned cathedral. That unique fact about us may have been what tipped us over the top to become #1.  


Sitting atop our very own Thunder Mountain with a fantastic view of the Lake of the Ozarks is Camdenton's Der Essen Platz. This local restaurant serves up authentic German, French, and American cuisine, and also features an Italian night once a month. Chef Noelle Ark is a native of France and is famous for her strudels, pies, and cakes. 

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1st Place

Just a short distance from Bridal Cave is the winner of Missouri's #1 State Park - Ha Ha Tonka. The stunning architecture and breathtaking scenery combined caused the magazine to describe the park as one of the state's most treasured spots. This state park is unique in the number of remarkable geological features that it possesses.  

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BEST DAY TRIP - Lake of the Ozarks
1st Place

We are proud to be located in the Show-Me-States #1 spot for a day trip - Lake of the Ozarks. Readers raved about the boating, fishing, golfing, shopping, restaurants, state parks, and many amazing attractions that fit every taste and budget. 

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If you would like to take a look at all of the winners, you can read a digital copy of Rural Missouri Magazine online. Set aside a weekend, or even an entire week, this summer and visit a few of the amazing places on this year's list. You will of course want to start with Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park! Bring a picnic lunch, or visit Der Essen Platz, and make a whole day of it. Thanks to everyone that voted for us. We hope to see all of you in the near future. 

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Camdenton, MO 65020
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