Showing posts from November, 2016

Experiencing Nature Can Improve Your Brain

Touring Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is fun, improves your brain, and makes you better looking! Well, we exaggerated that "good-looking" part, but the other two are really true. Scientists have performed research to prove the benefits of enjoying the outdoors, and the results are extremely favorable. Here are a few ways that you can benefit from a visit to our Lake of the Ozarks scenic attraction

Nature Is Good For You, Naturally
People today spend a lot of time rushing here and there, worrying and stressing over every little detail of their day-to-day existence. A lot of time is spent in front of one type of screen or another (phone, tablet, computer, television, etc...) as much as 12 hours every single day! The more time you spend like that, the more likely you are to be worn out and overwhelmed. Getting outside and away from all of that stuff is good for both your body and your mind. 

Improved Mental Health
After studying the brain activity, heart rates, and many…

Get the Family Out of the House This Holiday Weekend

This Thursday, many families will be getting together to celebrate Thanksgiving. Lots of them will be traveling from far away, and you will need something fun to keep everyone entertained while they are in town. There are lots of entertaining Lake of the Ozarks attractions still open this time of year. In addition to Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, there are lots of things to do in the area that the entire family will enjoy.

Get Outside!
Don't just sit around munching on leftovers all weekend long. Even if it's too chilly to get outside, there are still lots of warm ways to get the family out of the house and active.

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park - The trails are always open for you if the sun is shining enough to be outdoors. If not, Bridal Cave remains a constant 60° inside, so it's a great nature activity, no matter what the weather! In addition to the exciting cave tour, our gift shop is filled with lots of unique items for everyone on your list. You ca…

The First Ever Biological Inventory of Bridal Cave

The inside of our mid-Missouri scenic underground cave contains a very unique ecosystem. The animals and bugs that live in Bridal Cave have adapted to the climate of this cave system in some very interesting ways.

Some of the creatures you are most likely aware of are the tricolor bats, salamanders, and even frogs. What you may not realize is that there is an entirely different ecosystem in addition to those that can only be seen under a microscope. For the first time in the history of Bridal Cave, we are conducting a survey to find out exactly what types of small creatures exist inside the cave. 

One of our incredible tour guides, River Wise, has a wonderful fascination with all bugs and animals. When his Science Research Class at Camdenton High School discussed doing a biological inventory, River immediately brought up Bridal Cave as the perfect site to conduct this class project. We are thrilled that his teacher agreed! 

With permission from general manager Steve Thompson, and under t…

Family Fun... As It Should Be

Think back to your childhood for a moment. You probably have fond memories of playing outside, enjoying an "unplugged" life. Fewer electronic devices and more one-on-one time with family and friends. Most likely you have loving memories of some family outings or vacations that put a smile on your face. Our family friendly attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect spot to make some new memories with your own children. 

What are some of those family outings that you remember most? It may be a camping trip, a special fishing trip where you caught a fish that was "this big," or possibly you didn't catch any at all, but still had an amazing time! Some people love thinking back to a time when the whole crew went hiking together, in the forest or up a mountain, while others got to enjoy skiing down mountains full of snow. Another awesome outdoor activity is skiing the lake, or floating down a mid-Missouri river. 

Some memories don't involve a big trip, but…

7 Safety Tips For Going Caving

One tour through Bridal Cave may give you the "caving bug." No, that's not some type of illness, but the desire to see more of the beauty that you have witnessed inside of our Lake of the Ozarks attraction. As long as you have a guide, they will make sure that you stay safe. If you choose to explore a cave on your own, there are things that you need to be aware of so that you do not get lost or hurt. 

"Spelunking" is the term that is used to describe the hobby of exploring wild caves. By "wild," we mean non-commercial caves where there is no set trail or guide to take you through it. To make sure that you enjoy your caving experience and get out of it safely, use the following tips.

Never Go Alone

You should never attempt to explore a cave alone. They are easy to get lost in, and there are lots of ways to get hurt. The buddy system is your best bet. Groups of four or more are ideal. That way if someone does get hurt, one caver can stay with them and the …