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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Thursday, July 14, 2016

AquaPalooza is Coming to the Lake of the Ozarks

There are lots of exciting annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks, and this weekend Dog Days Bar & Grill will be hosting the largest 1-day boating event at the lake - AquaPalooza! Today Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park have gathered all of the details for any of you that are searching for some musical fun in the sun.
photo courtesy of Funlake.com


AquaPalooza 2016
Saturday, July 16
Noon - 5:00 pm
19 MM on the Main Channel
1232 Jeffries Road
Osage Beach, MO 65065 

Thousands of people attend this free summer event every year, many by land, but most show up on one of the hundreds of boats that fill the water around Dog Days. The Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association, along with many more local sponsors, invite everyone to enjoy an afternoon full of boating, family, friends, games, prizes, food, drinks, and a free concert featuring four incredible bands.    


photo courtesy of Funlake.com

Lakeside Concert

Beginning at noon, four bands will be performing on the special waterfront stage put up especially for this event. Each one represents a different musical style.


  • State Line Drive - Country/pop music from five talented young gentlemen from the Midwest. 
  • The Mixtapes - The premier 90's tribute band, performing songs from many artists including Nirvana, No Doubt, Beastie Boys, Spice Girls, and more.  
  • Seven Bridges Road - This band plays all of your favorite hits from the incredible band The Eagles. 
  • Members Only - All of the best 80's music comes from this high-energy group. You'll hear the music of Journey, Michael Jackson, Def Leppard, Prince Bon Jovi, and many more. 

  
It's just a short trip to Osage Beach from Bridal Cave, by both land and water. There will be plenty of excitement to be had on the deck at the restaurant and floating in the lake in front of the stage. Enjoy this awesome event on Saturday, then stop by our Lake of the Ozarks scenic attraction on Sunday. The weekend's big enough for all types of lake area fun.  


photo courtesy of Funlake.com



One of America's most scenic 
cave tours.

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

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Perfect Place For Family Reunions & Corporate Picnics

Our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction isn't just a great tourist spot to stop at. Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is the perfect place for large groups to gather. Families can get together for a reunion, and it's even an excellent out-of-the-office trip for a corporate outing.

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

For groups that get together every year, try something a little different from your regular event venue. Do something exciting and different this year by coming to our popular Lake of the Ozarks attraction. If you don't normally plan getaways, hosting one at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is a great place to start a new tradition. 


Lake View Picnics

The covered lake view pavilion has room for up to 80 people. A wonderful place to break for lunch. Various lake area caterers work with us often, and they can provide a delicious meal for any taste or budget. You are also welcome to bring your own food and drinks, but please note that alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the park.


Group Tours

A private, scenic mid-Missouri cave tour can be reserved for groups of 15 or more at the reduced price of 25% off the general admission. Our knowledgeable tour guides will entertain everyone with the wonderful history and tales surrounding Bridal Cave.

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

Park Activities

In addition to the cave tour, there are a large number of other fun activities for your group to enjoy. There are nature trails to hike and an observation tower to climb in Thunder Mountain Park. The rock shop and sportswear shop are filled with unique items, and the gift shop has sluice bags that you can purchase to do a little gemstone panning in our sluice. There are giant fish to feed off of the dock, and our resident photographer can even take group photos for you. 


Bad Weather? No Problem!

One of the best parts about hosting an event at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is that weather is never a factor. In case of rain, there are lots of indoor activities listed above to enjoy, and our picnic pavilion is even covered. If it's an extremely hot day, the cave is always a pleasant 60 degrees, so everyone can keep cool. 


Schedule Your Own Outing

If this sounds like the perfect gathering place for your family or group, please contact our General Manager, Steve Thompson, by calling 573-346-2676, or by email at info@BridalCave.com. He can arrange a custom package specifically for your outing. Everyone in your group will have an incredible time at our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction, and they will make tons of magnificent memories to take with them when it's over.





One of America's most scenic 
cave tours.

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