Thursday, June 30, 2016

Don't Miss Our Amethyst Cathedral Sale!

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain are well-known for being gorgeous scenic Lake of the Ozarks attractions, but some people may not realize what an excellent Lake of the Ozarks gift shop we have. You will find lots of wonderful souvenirs to remind you of your visit, including a large variety of incredible rocks, minerals, and gemstones. 

Right now, all of our fascinating Amethyst Cathedrals are on sale at 25% off of the retail price. You will not find a better price anywhere else on these Grade A Brazilian Amethyst Cathedrals. We expect to sell out quickly at these amazing prices, and quantities are limited, so you'll want to come on over and check them out soon.



Amethyst Traits

Amethyst is a semiprecious stone that can credit its beautiful color to irradiation, iron impurities, and the presence of trace elements. Its name comes from the Ancient Greek: "a" meaning "not" and "methystos" meaning "intoxicated." 

Greeks used to make drinking vessels adorned with this stone, believing that it would keep them from becoming intoxicated. This violet quartz gemstone is also believed to bring about serenity, peace, courage, happiness, pain relief, enhanced psychic abilities, and much more.


Amethyst Cathedral Quality

When buying an Amethyst Cathedral, several factors help in deciding how much to spend on a crystal. 

  1. Color: The darker, brighter, and/or more vivid the purple generally means a more expensive crystal.
  2. Uniformity of Color: Even coloring throughout the crystal gives it a higher grade. 
  3. Size: The larger the crystal, the more it is worth.
  4. Material: Calcite and other secondary crystals add value to an Amethyst Cathedral.
  5. Uniformity of Shape: Crystals having nice symmetry usually have a higher value.  
  6. Metaphysical Applications: This one may be considered subjective to some. The energy of the crystals (as mentioned above) is of very high importance. 

Don't Miss This Sale

A trip to Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is a wonderful way to spend part of your Fourth of July weekend. The cave's constant 60° temperature will give you a little relief from the heat, and the park is a beautiful area to explore and enjoy a picnic by the lake.

While you are here, take a stroll through our gift shop to take advantage of the amazing sale prices on our Amethyst Cathedrals. Quantities are limited, so the earlier you get here, the best chance you have of getting one. They also make excellent gifts. Just one more incredible reason to visit our Lake of the Ozark's family attraction.   





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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Beautiful Lake View Wedding for One of Our Own

Bridal Cave is well-known for the hundreds of weddings performed here each year. Couples come from all over the country travel to say their vows in our scenic underground wedding chapel or the pavilion overlooking the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. There are, of course, many locals that also say "I do" in the gorgeous settings available here for their Lake of the Ozarks wedding venue

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park weddings, Lake of the Ozarks, Lindsey Webster Photography

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park weddings, Lake of the Ozarks, Lindsey Webster Photography
On June 4, 2016, one of our own staff members chose to exchange vows here at the park. Tiffany Mefford has been an employee of Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park for the past couple of years. She married Brandon Walker in an exquisite wedding ceremony in the pavilion, taking advantage of the lovely weather and breathtaking lake view. 


When we asked Tiffany why she wanted to get married here, she said, "I picked Bridal Cave not only because of the absolutely breathtaking scenery or the romantic history, but also for the personal history this place holds in my heart. I remember touring the cave with my family when I was a child. I remember the wonder, excitement, and adventure it instills in you. I wanted my wedding guests, as well as my marriage, to experience all of these feelings."

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park weddings, Lake of the Ozarks, Lindsey Webster Photography

Tiffany and Brandon were the very first couple to be married on the newly remodeled pavilion. It is the only covered outdoor wedding venue at the Lake of the Ozarks. That means now matter which location you choose to use for your wedding ceremony, the lakeside pavilion or the underground wedding chapel inside Bridal Cave, weather is never a problem.

With the help of Janine's Flowers, the picnic pavilion was transformed into a stunning ceremony location. Lindsey Webster Photography captured the picturesque setting from every angle, as you can see in the photos that we are sharing in this blog. "It was a wedding you dream about as a little girl." said Tiffany, "I couldn't have picked a better venue.

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park weddings, Lake of the Ozarks, Lindsey Webster Photography

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park weddings, Lake of the Ozarks, Lindsey Webster Photography

Wedding officiant Jamie Reid performed the ceremony, which was followed by a reception for the newlywed couple at Lake Breeze Resort's reception facility. The couple then proceeded to their honeymoon location at the Lodge at Old Kinderhook.

From all of the staff and management of Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park, we wish the very best for our friend and coworker, and we want to extend a heartfelt congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Walker. If you are looking for a scenic, outdoor wedding venue at the Lake of the Ozarks, or a unique underground wedding ceremony location, then stop by the park soon and let us show you the beauty and wonder that we have to offer for your special day.




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Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Calm, Relaxing Day Trip By Boat on the Big Niangua Arm

You will find Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park by water on the 10.5 mile marker of the crystal clear Big Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. This happens to be the most pristine arm of the lake due to the many natural springs that flow into it. 

You may reach our Lake of the Ozarks attraction by boat, park at our docks, and tour our scenic cave and incredible trails. Our docks are conveniently located near Bridal Cave's entrance. 


Bridal Cave, Thunder Mountain Park, Lake of the Ozarks


The water in the Big Niangua Arm is much clearer and less congested than most of the Lake of the Ozarks. This allows for a very calm and scenic boat ride. Some of the biggest springs in Missouri flow into our section of the lake.  



Upstream from Bridal Cave is Bennett State Park. It is ranked as the fourth largest spring in the state, and on average 103 million gallons of water per day flow out of it. Ha Ha Tonka State Park is home to the eleventh largest spring, and it contributes an average of 49 million gallons per day. The privately owned Big Blue Spring is one more spring that helps to make our section of the lake the way it is  



The Lake of the Ozarks can get extremely busy with heavy boat traffic in the summer. Not only is the water much clearer in the Big Niangua Arm, but it is also a whole lot less congested. Most people stay in the main channel, so a trip on this side is much quieter and more relaxing. 

When you are ready for a break on dry land, make a stop at our docks. You can cool off inside Bridal Cave, which is always a constant 60° inside. Stretch your legs on a scenic trail at Thunder Mountain Park, grab a snack in our gift shop, or enjoy a picnic lunch at the tables on our newly remodeled, covered pavilion that overlooks the lake.



The next time that you and the family are needing a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a ride on the Big Niangua Arm is an excellent day trip. Our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction is one of the many beautiful stops that you can make along the way. Start making your plans now to explore the beauty of this amazing area. 




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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Feed the Giant Fish After Your Tour of Bridal Cave

Once your Bridal Cave tour has ended, the fun's not quite over yet. After you make your way through our scenic mid-Missiouri cave, the tour guides will provide all of the children in the group with free fish food to toss to the giant, hungry grass carp that are always swimming around our dock. 


Bridal Cave, Thunder Mountain Park, Lake of the Ozarks,

These gigantic fish are always hanging around, looking for a handout. In the wild, the diet for these herbivores will consist of a variety of plant matter. The young feed mostly on small crustaceans and other invertebrates. As they get bigger, they will mainly eat aquatic vegetation, but may also eat a wide variety of plant and animal material, including filamentous algae. 

The appetite of the grass carp is huge, and it is no problem for them to eat food equal to their body weight every day. Here at the Lake of the Ozarks, you will find these carp around most docks, especially at waterfront restaurants. Those particular fish will eat just about any leftovers that you choose to toss them. They especially love french fries! The strange thing is, the carp's digestive system isn't very efficient, so over half of their food passes through them undigested. 


Bridal Cave, Thunder Mountain Park, Lake of the Ozarks,

They are a large member of the minnow family. Their bodies are thick and silvery, with a broad, blunt head and a short, pointed dorsal fin. You will usually see them anywhere from 12 to 24 inches long, but some reach a whopping 48 inches, and they can weigh up to 50 pounds or more. Some live as long as 20 years.  

Grass carp are actually native to eastern Asia, but they were introduced to the U.S.A. in the early 1960's. Many are stocked in ponds and lakes to control vegetation, but occasionally they can remove too much vegetation due to their voracious appetites, ruining the habitats of some game fish.  

The next time that you pay a visit or our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction, be sure to stop and enjoy this wildlife. Watching the grass carp swim around the lake is an entertaining experience. Once you are done with them, if you have already taken the Bridal Cave tour, there is an entire Thunder Mountain Park to explore, full of its own beautiful wildlife. 




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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

"Out of the Mouths of Babes" - Field Trip Reviews From Young Explorers

Bridal Cave has been the site of many field trips, especially in the spring when school is winding down for the year. Thousands of school children enjoy our Lake of the Ozarks cave tour, learning interesting facts during a special day out of the classroom. The parks offer unique educational programs that are informative, hands-on, and most of all, fun.



Known as "The Cave State" due to its over 7,000 caves, Missouri offers our school children many chances to explore these underground wonders. We believe it is important to teach kids about the relationship between the surface and subsurface, and the many ways that the two are connected. 

Caving safely is also a topic that we cover during these field trips. The caver's motto is:


Take nothing but pictures.
Kill nothing but time.
Leave nothing but footprints.



One of the true pleasures of sharing Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park with the many students that visit us is the wonderful letters and pictures we receive after their visits. Here are just a few of the adorable thank yous that we get every year. Click on each photo below and it will enlarge enough to read the handwriting easily.  


"To Our Hosts at Bridal Cave,

Thank you for being excellent hosts for our 2nd grade field trip. Our students had a great time, learned a lot, and made special memories. Our parents thought that this was one of the best field trips we've ever taken! We appreciate your accommodations for our rainy day and letting us look around the gift shop for so long. The guides were amazing with the children and gave them time to ask questions, which were abundant for sure! We look forward to future visits!"

Sincerely,
Mrs. Cassie Miller
Heritage Elementary
School of the Osage









If you are a teacher searching for a school field trip that is not only educational, but loads of fun, then look no further than our Lake of the Ozarks family fun attraction. Educational programs are available for groups of 15 or more year round by reservation. No matter what age your classroom is, they will love a field trip to Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park, and fondly remember it for many years to come. 




One of America's most scenic 
cave tours.

Visit us at www.BridalCave.com
Like us on Facebook.
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526 Bridal Cave Road
Camdenton, MO 65020
(573) 346-2676