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A Look Back at the Bridal Cave Blogs of 2017

New Year's Eve is a time to look back at the things that have happened over the past year, as well as a chance to dream about the wonderful things possible in the coming year. Here at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, we can keep track of a lot of things that happen at our scenic Lake of the Ozarks family attraction by reading back through the blogs that we've shared with you. 

These blogs are a great way to keep up with current events at the park and learn interesting information about nature and the area we live in. In case you missed any of them, here are some highlights from our 2017 blogs. 

NEW at the Park in 2017
We strive to improve our year-round Lake of the Ozarks attraction in many different ways each year, adding to the joy and excitement for our visitors. This past year some really cool new things were added. In February we announced that, due to high demand, season passes for Bridal Cave tours would be available for just $5 more than a 1-trip ticket. March bro…

Warm Winter Fun For The Holidays

Christmas weekend looks like it's going to be a cold one, but that doesn't mean you have to keep everyone locked away inside the house. Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park are open year-round so that you can enjoy nature, no matter what the weather! 

It's Comfy in the Cave
Even if it's a little chilly to be hanging around outside at the park, it's always a comfortable 60° inside Missouri's most scenic cave tour, allowing you to get out of the house and into nature without freezing! Shimmy out of that heavy winter coat once you're inside the cave and feel like it's a nice, cool, fall day again. 

Instead of getting stir-crazy stuck inside the house, bring the family here to hang out with us over the holidays. We are open daily from 9 am - 4 pm with Bridal Cave tours leaving every few minutes. The only exception will be that we will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day to celebrate the holidays at home. 

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Let Bridal Cave Recycle Your Used Christmas Trees

There is something very special about putting up a real tree for Christmas. The look, smell, and feel can be difficult to duplicate. Once the holidays are over you, can't just pack it away until next year like with an artificial tree. What you CAN do is bring it to the Lake of the Ozarks most scenic attraction and let us recycle it for you! 

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park will once again be accepting your old Christmas trees once you are done with them. Instead of throwing them away, bring them to us and we will repurpose them into a wonderful home for the many fish that live in the Lake of the Ozarks. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to teach young children about the importance of recycling and show them how they can easily help to improve the world around them. Recycling your old Christmas trees in this way keeps them from being discarded along our roadways, plus it offers much-needed cover for our lake area fish.

Fish of all sizes are attracted …

Holiday Fun for the Family at the Lake of the Ozarks

It's well-known that the lake area is a popular place during the summer, but there's a lot going on here in December too! Our scenic attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks is open year-round so you can enjoy the natural beauty of Thunder Mountain Park and the breathtaking wonder that is Bridal Cave anytime you are in the area. This month, however, there are a few fun holiday things happening that you may want to make some time to enjoy too.  

-Holiday Parades & Celebrations-
Lake Ozark Christmas ParadeThe 33rd Annual Christmas Parade will happen along the historic Bagnell Dam Strip December 9 from 3-5 pm. This year's theme is "A Magical, Musical Christmas." Immediately after the parade, Santa will greet children and their families for a bonfire at Two Bit Town with hot chocolate, coffee, refreshments, music, and treats for the kids.  Eldon's Electric Christmas ParadeSaturday, December 9 at 5 pm the first ever ELECTRIC Christmas Parade will take place, ending …

Bridal Cave Season Passes Make Great Stocking Stuffers!

Sometimes the biggest gifts come in the smallest packages. A season pass to one of America's most scenic cave tours is that type of gift. An inexpensive $5 upgrade to a one-time cave tour lets a person take the tour at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park as many times as they like for an entire year! It's a gift that keeps on giving! 

Bridal Cave Season Passes
Giving the gift of a memorable experience lasts a lot longer than most presents will. Our season passes are good for an entire year from the date of purchase, and they are only $5 more than the price of 1 trip through Bridal Cave. If you are here taking the tour, we are happy to upgrade your ticket afterward. If you'll be purchasing season passes for loved ones on your holiday shopping list, they are just $23 for adult passes and $14 for children ages 5-12.

Bridal Cave is full of magnificent natural things to see, and it's pretty much impossible for your eyes to catch them all during just one tour. This season p…

Enjoy Some Scenic, Natural Family Fun This Holiday Weekend

This Thursday is a time for family and friends to gather, give thanks, and enjoy some quality time together. After that, over the holiday weekend, you should get everyone out of the house for some exciting fun at our year-round Lake of the Ozarks attraction. Bridal Cave will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but we'll be open every other day from 9 am - 4 pm for all kinds of family fun. 

Gorgeous Views, Inside and Out
You never know what the weather is going to bring our way in this area, so there's an excellent chance that the temperatures will be favorable for a nice walk along the trails of Thunder Mountain Park. We've also got a breathtaking view of the Lake of the Ozarks here, with a couple of amazing scenic overlooks. 

Once you step inside America's most scenic cave tour, it doesn't matter what the weather is like outside, because Bridal Cave is always a comfortable 60° underground. That means even if it's too cold to enjoy the outdoors, you can still have a be…

A 70th Anniversary Tour Guide Reunion At Bridal Cave

The coming new year, 2018, marks Bridal Cave's 70th Anniversary! It was on April 14, 1948, that our amazing underground family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks began its journey to become the now popular show cave.  

WOW! 70 Years!
What you now know as America's most scenic cave tour was officially incorporated and construction began on April 14, 1948. On that day, work started on building the road to the cave, as well as the construction of walkways and a lighting system inside the cave. After 6 months of extremely hard work from some very dedicated people, Bridal Cave officially opened on October 16, 1948. We are proud to say that it has been in continuous operation ever since! 

Tour Guide Reunion
70 is a big milestone, and to get our exciting 70th Anniversary kicked off we will be hosting a Tour Guide Reunion on April 14, 2018, exactly 70 years after this incredible wonder got its start. Every single tour guide that was employed at Bridal Cave over the past 70 years is invi…

Our Giant Remodel Sale Is Happening NOW!

It's hard to believe, but the Visitor's Center/ Rock Shop at our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction is almost 30 years old! We think it's about time for a facelift, and that's exactly what will be happening over the winter. We need to reduce our current inventory in the gift shop to give the crews room to work, so Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is having a great big remodel sale. 

Biggest Sale Ever
This sale is going on now, and it will continue until the end of the year. Perfect timing if you'd like to do a little early Christmas shopping for the rock hound in your family. There are lots of beautiful pieces that you don't have to be a rock lover to appreciate, so you may be able to find something for everyone on your list. (Don't forget to get yourself something nice too!) 

Even though the sale will extend through the end of the year, supplies are limited, and once they're gone, they are gone. This is the biggest sale that we have ever had, and…

A Special Thank You For Some Special Helpers After Our Fall Festival

Our fall festival is over (for this year) and our scenic attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks is back to its regular breathtaking natural beauty. There were a LOT of decorations to remove, and we couldn't have done it as quickly or as easily without the help of a few local groups. 

The following three groups repurposed almost all of the fall decorations that we used to decorate the festival. All of us at Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park want to send a special thank you out to all of them by featuring each one in today's blog.   

Forget Me Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary
The gang from this wonderful organization located in Linn Creek picked up our hay bales to use on their farm. The mission of the Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary is to provide aid and sanctuary to abused, neglected, abandoned, or donated horses that come to them in need. They are there to offer assistance to horses in peril by providing medical care, proper nutrition, and a health plan to…