Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fun Fall Festivals Near Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park

It's almost time for our Thunder Mountain Park Fall Festival! (You can see the evidence of it all over the park already!) While all the autumn-themed fun doesn't officially start until October 1st, there are a couple of other exciting events happening near Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park to keep you entertained until then. Both of these annual events are well worth taking the time to check out!   


-Saturday, September 23
Lake of the Ozarks Air Show
This awesome event honors our military, aviation, and more with a day full of exciting acts, both in the air and on the ground. It takes place at the Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport from 7:30 am - 4 pm. (If it's rained out, the event will take place on Sunday, September 24 instead.)



Parking is available at the airport for $10 per vehicle, or you can park at Camdenton High School for free and take the shuttle running from 8 am - 3:45 pm. Bring along blankets, chairs, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and anything else you might need to enjoy the show on a nice, fall day. You may not bring outside food and drinks, but there will be concessions available, and no coolers are allowed on the grounds. Also, leave your pets at home for this one. Only service dogs will be allowed. 


photo from Funlake.com
As for the entertainment, get ready to see magnificent feats of daring in the air, and on the ground too. There will be vendor booths and static displays to check out, plus live entertainment. Many different types of planes will be showing off what they can do in the air, and some will even be racing super-fast cars on the ground. The Free Fall Express Skydivers will make an appearance, and the kids will be able to win fun prizes by picking up one of the hundreds of ping pong balls being dropped on the field from above. This year there will also be a kids' area to play in. They can bounce all day from 10 am - 4 pm for only $5 per child, and if you pay for 2 children, you can get a third child's admission for free. 

-Saturday, September 23Aaron Tippin Concert
Following the air show, Ozarks Amphitheater will feature Aaron Tippin in concert. Doors will open for a tailgate party at 5 pm, and the show begins at 6:30 pm. If you show your parking receipt from the Air Show, you'll get free parking for the concert! Don't forget, you can always pick up Ozark Amphitheater concert tickets in the gift shop at Bridal Cave before the show, and if you take a cave tour the day after the concert & bring in your ticket, we'll give you 25% off of your Bridal Cave admission!   



-Saturday, September 30
Pumkin Chunkin' Palooza
Ozarks Amphitheater will also be the site for the Pumkin Chunkin' Palooza from 10 am - 6 pm the following weekend. The 4 Lake of the Ozarks Rotary clubs have organized this event to raise money for local charities, clubs, and non-profit organizations. Admission prices are $8 for anyone age 13 or older, $5 for children ages 5-12, and Family Passes are available for $20 each. Kids under 5 may enter for free. 

The main event is centered around the giant trebuchet, which is a machine that was used in medieval times to hurl stones or other large objects at their opponents. For this event, one was built to chuck pumpkins far and wide, just for fun! 



It's quite a sight to see. There are also lots of other fun events planned throughout the day for both kids and adults. These include: face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, a corn crib pit, on-site pumpkin decorating, Missouri wine tastings, craft beers, food vendors, and more. There will even be a largest pumpkin contest. You can enjoy an awesome day full of fall fun and donate to some worthwhile causes at the same time! 

And then...
The next day, October 1, is the official opening day for our Thunder Mountain Park Fall Festival. We gave you sneak peek at the preparations already under way in last week's blog, but just to refresh your memory, here is some of what we're planning for everyone, every day in October: 


  • Fall Treats (pumpkin fudge, a caramel apple bar, rock candy, hot cider, red hot cider snow cones, hot chocolate, and more)
  • Fire pits and s'mores
  • Face painting
  • Duck Races
  • Jumbo tic-tac-toe
  • Bean bag toss
  • Corn crib
  • Hay bale maze and hay bale mountain
On the weekends, we'll also have live bluegrass music from noon - 3 pm. There will be sarsaparilla making from 9 am - noon, and a pumpkin painting artist from 1 - 4 pm. 



So right there you've got 2 full weekends of family fun to take advantage of before the grand opening of our very own Lake of the Ozarks fall festival. Take this time to enjoy the season with the people you love, and make sure to bring them to hang out with us at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park for lots of Family Fun... As It Should Be!   



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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thunder Mountain Fall Festival Preparations Have Begun!

We were excited during the planning phase for our Thunder Mountain Fall Festival happening this October, but now that we've physically gotten some of the preparations underway at our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction, we are ecstatic and giddy with anticipation! The staff here at Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park has already been very busy getting the park decorated, but there's a lot more coming before October gets here. 



We've Added MORE Festival!
We're not the only ones looking forward to our Fall Festival. Due to the large amount of inquiries since we first announced it, we have made the wonderful decision to keep the festival fun open EVERY DAY IN OCTOBER instead of just on the weekends, with bluegrass entertainment and demonstrations added on the weekends. We'd like to extend an extra-special thank you to Camdenton Farm & Garden Center, who is the sponsor for this year's incredible event. 



The Work So Far...
There are a lot of amazing things in the works for you to enjoy once October gets here. Some of the things we have already began working on (which involves a LOT of crafting) are:
  • Fall arrangements
  • Stuffing dozens of scarecrows
  • Unloading and placing over 1,000 pumpkins
  • Laying out the Pumpkin Chunkin' range
  • Building a fire pit area for toasting s'mores (Yum!) 
  • Cutting firewood
  • Construction of a huge corn crib
  • Setting up demonstration areas and a stage for the weekend entertainment
  • Building a Minecraft-inspired hay bale maze (so far we've already used over 600 bales of straw!) 



Supporting Local Business
We are very proud of the fact that all of the produce that will be used to decorate our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction has been produced locally by Central Missouri farmers. Not only does it feel great to support local farmers, but we are also able to sell items at greatly reduced prices because of this during the festival. In total, over six semi loads of fall decorations will be used to decorate Thunder Mountain Park. 


Festival Fun
As we mentioned, on the weekends there will be the added excitement of demonstrations and live music. On Saturdays and Sundays you can experience: 
  • Sarsaparilla Making - 9 am - noon
  • Pumpkin Painting Artist - 1-4 pm
  • Live Bluegrass Music - noon - 3 pm
Some of the things that you can look forward to all week long are:
  • Jumbo Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Corn Crib 
  • Hay Bale Maze
  • Hay Bale Mountain
  • Fire Pits
  • Tasty Fall Treats (s'mores, pumpkin fudge, caramel apples, hot cider, and more!) 
  • Gorgeous Mums For Sale
  • Spectacular Pumpkins To Pick From 

The scenery surrounding our popular Lake of the Ozarks attraction is always gorgeous, but autumn always adds its own special beauty to everything outdoors. Make your plans now to visit Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park during October so that you can experience the amazing Thunder Mountain Park Fall Festival that we are busy getting ready for you. Preparing is fun, but seeing you enjoy it will be even better! 


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Join Us In Welcoming The VFW Post 5923 Bunker Bar & Grill!

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park would like to join the community in congratulating VFW Post 5923 in Camdenton on the opening of their brand new building. This new location is not only for VFW members, but instead has been opened to the public and contains a brand new restaurant, the Bunker Bar & Grill. Dining at this home-style, family-friendly restaurant not only offers you a delicious meal, but also the chance to support the VFW organization and its members. 

All photos in this blog are from the Bunker Bar & Grill at VFW Post 5923 Facebook page. 
At one point, people were worried that this project would never come to be, but after three years of fundraising, hard work, and lots of volunteers, it finally opened its doors on August 3, 2017 and hosted a grand opening on September 3. It wasn't just the veterans and the VFW Auxiliary that stepped up to make this dream a reality, but also many generous local individuals and businesses, plus soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood. Many were eager to donate money, materials, time, and labor.


All of that teamwork resulted in a place that offers the general public a restaurant, bar, meeting room, hall rental, live music, games, and a place to meet up with friends and family. The entire building is smoke-free. The restaurant has a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere that is kid-friendly. You'll find home-style dishes on the menu to please everyone, including appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, and burgers. They even offer some incredible dinner specials each week. You can see a full menu by visiting www.VFWBunker.com


Inside the bar area, there is a large square bar that includes a special seat reserved for POW-MIA. You can enjoy a game of darts, pool, and even Keno. If you want to catch your favorite sports team in action, you can do so on the 15 HD TVs in the building.


The Bunker Bar & Grill is located at 63 VFW Road in Camdenton, just a short drive from our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction. Their hours (subject to change) are:

Restaurant:
-Wed-Sat: 11 am - 7 pm
-Sunday: noon - 7 pm

Bar:
-Wed-Thurs: 11 m - 11 pm
-Fri-Sat: 11 am - 1 am
-Sun: noon - 11 pm

The next time you are in Camdenton, stop by and give this wonderful new restaurant and bar a try. Even though it is now open, there is still work to be done and monthly financial obligations to meet. Your patronage helps to make these things happen, and they cannot stress enough that everyone is welcome at the Bunker Bar & Grill. Just like Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, it's a place for all ages to gather together and enjoy a great time.   


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Labor Day Excitement, Soon Followed By Fall Fun!

Last week's blog gave you a look at what's coming up this week as we head into the "Last Blast of the Summer - Labor Day Weekend!" It's only the ceremonial end to summer, because technically our Lake of the Ozarks scenic attraction has a few more weeks left to enjoy this season. Still, we can't help but begin looking forward to all of the exciting things coming up this fall, both at and near Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park


-Labor Day Weekend
We expect an increase to the already large crowds we see every weekend at the park over the next few days. Regular tours of America's most scenic cave tour will be heading out every few minutes, and we'll be hosting our last Lantern Tour for the season on Saturday night. (Don't worry, they'll be back again next year!) 

While you're here, you can take advantage of the great sales we have going on in the rock shop and on all of our sportswear in the gift shop. Grab a snack or enjoy a picnic in our lakeside pavilion before heading out to catch the Labor Day fireworks displays happening all weekend long. There is plenty to do all around the lake area during the upcoming 3-day weekend, but even more coming soon after it too! 

photo from www.Funlake.com 

-September 13-17
11th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest
The lake area is filled with roads surrounded by gorgeous scenery, which makes it the perfect place for a leisurely motorcycle ride, especially this time of year. The weather is cooling off and the leaves will soon be turning all kinds of miraculous colors. Bikefest brings thousands of riders to the lake for those scenic rides, plus concerts, contest, giveaways, parties, and much more. If you'll be taking one of those rides this year, be sure to put a trip to Thunder Mountain Park on your map. 

-Sunday, September 17
Kids Fishing Derby 
The lake attracts lots of fishermen, professionals and amateurs alike. Captain Ron's in Sunrise Beach is hosting their 6th Annual Kids Fishing Derby from 1-3 pm to introduce the younger set to this wonderful outdoor sport. It is open to children ages 2-14, divided into 4 fishing age groups. They'll provide the bait and prizes, you just need to bring your kids along with a life jacket and rod and reel for each. In a few years, they'll be itching to join in the bigger tournaments, like the Big Bass Bash that happens at the Lake of the Ozarks every spring and fall. (The next one is set for October 7-8.)  

-Saturday, September 23
Lake of the Ozarks Air Show
& Aaron Tippin Concert
The Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport will once again host this incredible day honoring our military, aviation, and more. It takes place from 7:30 am - 4 pm, and just in case, a rain date is scheduled for Sunday, September 24. Bring blankets, chairs, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and anything else you'll need for a full day outside enjoying all the action. There will be multiple acts taking place in the air, as well as plenty to see and do on the ground too. One highlight of the day is the Ping Pong Ball Drop, where hundreds of ping pong balls are dropped out of an airplane and all the kids are let loose to collect them for big prizes. Definitely a day full of family fun!

photo from www.LakeoftheOzarksAirShow.com  
Later that same evening, Aaron Tippin will be performing at the Ozarks Amphitheater, and they are offering free parking to anyone with proof that they already paid for parking at the air show! (Parking at the airport is $10, or you can catch a free shuttle to the air show from Camdenton High School.) If you decide to make a full day of both events, remember that you can always get your Ozark Amphitheater concert tickets at Bridal Cave while you're here! If you take your cave tour the day after the concert, show your concert ticket and get 25% off of your Bridal Cave admission. 

-Saturday, September 30
Pumkin Chunkin' Palooza
The Ozarks Amphitheater is also hosting this spectacular annual event. From 10 am - 6 pm, you can take part in lots of fall fun for all ages, including pumpkin decorating contests, live music, bounce houses, carnival rides, face painting, games, and much more! There will also be Missouri craft beer and wine tastings on-site. Of course, don't forget all about the main event! A trebuchet will be catapulting pumpkins across the sky hourly, all day long. Tickets are $5 for kids ages 5-12, $8 for anyone ages 13 and up, or you can purchase a family pass for $20. Proceeds will benefit Raising Hope, the Osage Senior Center, Lake Area Industries, and the Children's Learning Center. 

-Weekends in October
Thunder Mountain Fall Festival  
Every weekend this October, our family fun Lake of the Ozarks attraction will be hosting our very own fall festival full of excitement! (Click the link for more details!) The everyday wonders of Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park will be joined by tasty autumn treats (pumpkin fudge, s'mores, caramel apples, and more,) duck races, a hay bale maze, corn crib, Hay Bale Mountain, and so much more! We'll even have demonstrations of sarsaparilla making and pumpkin painting, as well as incredible live entertainment, plus take home your own pumpkin from the thousands that will be lining our Pumpkin Trail.   


-More Fall Festivals
The lake area hosts lots of awesome fall festivals every year. Here are a few that you may want to add to your calendar. 

  • 32nd Annual Turkey Festival in Eldon - Sept. 30
  • 38th Annual Olde Tyme Apple Festival in Versailles - Oct. 7
  • 17th Annual Osage Beach Fall Festival - Oct. 14
  • Apple Butter Days Fall Festival in Linn Creek - Oct. 20-21

So you see, the "Last Blast of Summer" isn't the end of the fun to be had here, but only the beginning! There are lots of reasons to take a trip to the lake area in the fall. The weather is still wonderful and there's plenty to see and do. Our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction is open year-round, so each time you're in the area, swing by Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park. We're just a part of the amazing things this area has to offer people of all ages. Family Fun... As It Should Be! 



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Friday, August 25, 2017

The Last Blast of the Summer - Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is the "unofficial" end of summer, but you still have plenty of time to visit Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park before the season is really gone. If you are able to join us at our scenic family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks over the long holiday weekend, here are a few things you can look forward to. 


Only 2 Bridal Cave Lantern Tours Left!
Bridal Cave has an amazing lighting system installed so that you can get an excellent view of nature's beauty as you take the regular tour. Without those artificial lights, the cave's natural state is pure darkness, which adds extra mystery and excitement to an expedition. 

Brand new this year, we decided to start leading tours through the cave lit only by the light of hand-held lanterns and lighted helmets. These only take place on Saturday evenings, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, which means at the time this is being written, we've only got 2 lantern tours left this year! (Space is limited and reservations are required, so you'll want to book your spot now before they're all gone!) You can place your reservation through the website, or give us a call at 573-346-2676.  


Great Sales in the Rock Shop & Gift Shop
Our Lake of the Ozarks gift shop is filled with rocks and minerals from all over the world. Right now, many of them are on sale. They make wonderful souvenirs from your Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park trip. We've also got some amazing closeout prices marked down on all of our sportswear. Won't all of your friends back home be jealous when they see you sporting your new Bridal Cave gear?  


Labor Day Fireworks
Labor Day weekend means there will be gorgeous fireworks displays over the water all weekend long. Fireworks are beautiful on their own, but when they are set off over the lake, the fantastic reflection of the show on the water is something extra-special indeed. 


If you'll be out on a boat this weekend, you can reach our waterfront Lake of the Ozarks attraction by water at the 10.5 MM of the Big Niangua Arm of the lake. Dock here during the day, feed the fish, walk the trails, take a cave tour, enjoy lunch in the lakeside pavilion, and then head back out on your boat for the fireworks show that evening. You can find a list of different displays by visiting Funlake.com.    



Come Back After the Holiday
If you can't make it to the lake for Labor Day weekend, don't worry, we're not going anywhere! Like we said, this is only the "unofficial" end of summer, but you've got plenty of time left to enjoy our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction this season, plus it's a lot less crowded and the water is still perfect! 

Once fall does show up, that's a breathtaking time to take in the are too, making it another marvelous time for a trip to the lake. Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park are open year-round, so we'll happily welcome you every time you decide to pay us a visit. After all, every season deserves a little Family Fun... As It Should Be! 


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Solar Eclipse Party At Thunder Mountain Park

Monday, August 21, 2017, you have the chance to experience 2 "once in a lifetime" experiences in a single day - a Solar Eclipse and a trip through America's most scenic cave tour. Okay, so you may have a chance to do these things more than once in your lifetime (and we hope that you do decide to tour Bridal Cave a few times over the years,) but you have to agree, those are spectacular things that a person doesn't get to see on a daily basis. 



Watch With Us
The coming solar eclipse is all most people can talk about lately, and we've decided to host a special event at Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park so that you can make plans to come here and enjoy it with us. We are lucky enough to have some incredible spots to view the sky from, and since this phenomena is taking place midday, it's a perfect opportunity to pack a picnic lunch and use our lakeside pavilion for some family fun. 

We will be suspending our cave tours from noon until 2 pm to allow everyone a chance to see the peak of the solar eclipse. A magnitude of .99 is expected in this area, and it should happen close to 1:13 pm. You will be able to tour the cave both before and after those times. The first 200 guests to arrive that day will receive free eclipse glasses. Wearing specially-made glasses is the only way to safely view the event without causing damage to your eyes. 



Solar Eclipse Safety
Special eclipse glasses are necessary to look directly at the sun while it is uncovered or partially eclipsed. These contain special-purpose solar filters that meet international standard ISO 12312-2. Sunglasses, even extremely dark ones, will not safeguard your eyes. 

Make sure that your eclipse glasses are in place before you look towards the sun. If you wear eyeglasses, place the eclipse glasses over them. The only safe time to take them off is when the sun is completely covered by the moon, with only a slight halo of light surrounding it, which most likely won't last more than a minute. (This only happens if you are in the path of complete totality.) When you are finished looking and ready to remove your special glasses, look away from the sun first, then take them off. 
You also should not look at the solar eclipse through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical devices, even if you have your eclipse glasses on. The concentrated solar rays coming through the lens can damage your glasses, as well as your eyes. Seek professional advice to find a solar filter for any viewing device that will meet the standards acceptable for your particular equipment. If you think you may have any damage to your eyes at all after the solar eclipse, see your eye doctor right away.  

The Excitement of Total Darkness
Total darkness is an intriguing experience. A solar eclipse gives you the chance to be outside in the middle of the day, yet be standing in total darkness. During a tour of Bridal Cave, you will get the chance to experience a moment of total darkness, and it's exciting every time. If you take one of our Bridal Cave Lantern Tours, you'll get to take the entire cave tour in the dark, with only the lights of lanterns and helmets to guide you. These special tours take place on Saturday evenings at 7 pm between Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, and space is limited, so reservations are required.  



A Day Full of Family Fun

We hope that you all get the chance to join us on Monday, August 21 to view the solar eclipse at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park. Remember, if you're one of the first 200 people, we have free eclipse glasses for you, or you can find them at many local stores in the area. We open at 9 am, with cave tours happening every few minutes until noon before the eclipse, and starting back up afterwards at 2 pm, with the last one going out at 5 pm. It is sure to be a day full of Family Fun... As It Should Be! 



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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

It's Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Time! Join All The Fun

This will be the 29th year for the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. It has become one of the most anticipated annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks over the years. If you like watching fast boats, getting out on the water, and having lots of fun with tons of people, then you really should check this out. 

photo from Funlake.com 
While the main event, the timed boat races, take place on Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27, 2017, all kinds of fun events and activities have been created to extend the excitement throughout the days leading up to the races. Here is a look at some of the things scheduled for this year. 

Annual Mini Shootout
August 18-20
Ha Ha Tonka Springs Cove
Radio controlled replicas of big powerboats like the ones that compete in the real Shootout will race for the title of "Mini Top Gun." This takes place at the 14.5 MM of the Big Niangua (our neck of the wood, or arm of the lake!) There will be a registration and meet & greet on Friday at 5 pm at Lake Valley Golf & Country Club, and racing takes place at Ha Ha Tonka all day Saturday and Sunday. 



Li'l Boat & Pontoon Shootout Poker Run
August 18
This on-the-water poker run is for boats and pontoons that are 32-foot and under. Registration will take place at both Captain Ron's and Franky & Louie's at 10:30 am, and the final stop is at Topsider's with awards taking place at 6 pm. In between those times, you are encouraged to pick up your cards at the 6 other participating waterfront restaurants: Nauti-Fish Rum Bar, Paradise, Redhead Yacht Club, Coconuts, Cabana Jones, and Tap & Grill.  

Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Benefit Golf Tournament
August 20
Old Kinderhook
Registration for this benefit golf tournament includes lunch and a day full of golfing fun. Awards will be given out after the event, plus hole-in-one prizes, proxies, and on-course events. All proceeds raised go to Lake Area Firefighters, as well as many other Lake Area charitable organizations. 

The Great Shootout Treasure Hunt
August 21
Captain Ron's
Dig for buried treasure hidden in the sand on the beach. There will be more than 100 prizes awarded, including the grand prize of a Hammerhead Mudhead off-road kart from Surdyke Yamaha. Tickets are $20 each and include a social hour, treasure hunt, and a t-shirt, and all proceeds raised benefit Kids Harbor. 

Shootout Volleyball Tournament
August 22
Captain Ron's
If you love a good game of beach volleyball, then you'll want to sign up for this tournament at Captain Ron's happening from noon - 8 pm. Fun in the sun! 

Shootout on the Strip Street Party
August 23
Bagnell Dam Strip
Get an up close and personal look at the amazing boats competing in this year's Shootout when they are all parked on the historic Bagnell Dam Strip. You can even meet the drivers and their teams from 5-10 pm. While you are there, there are lots of family fun activities, shops, and restaurants to enjoy. 


Shootout Silent & Live Auctions
August 25 & 26
Both auctions will raise money for all of the Shootout charities. Friday night the silent auction is open from noon - 7 pm at Captain Ron's. The live auction will take place on Saturday at Camden on the Lake beginning at 8 pm in conjunction with their SuperCat Fest. Bid on sports equipment, golf packages, wine tastings, boat & dock accessories, restaurant gift certificates, and much more. 

Shootout PolyLift Poker Run
August 25
There's another poker run, because this exciting week is too big for just one! Registration for this one taking place between 4-9 pm gains entry for both the captain and a first mate and includes 2 poker hands made up of cards drawn at each stop. Stops include; Big Thunder Marine, Redhead Yacht Club, Paradise, Nautifush, Larry's on the Lake, Bulldog's, Big Dick's Halfway Inn, and Captain Ron's. Online registration offers you a discount on the entry fee. 

Lake of the Ozarks Shootout
August 26 & 27
This is the reason for all the excitement! Top powerboat racers and off-shore power boats from across the country will vie for the title of "Top Gun" by being the fastest boat on the lake. It's the largest unsanctioned boat race in the Midwest with over 100 racers and 100,000 spectators! Last year $195,000 was raised and dispersed to 34 different local charities and fire departments. If you plan to watch from the water, get there early each day for the best spots, or you can find the races on some local television stations.  

photo from Funlake.com 
There are plenty of events to keep you busy all week long, and you can find additional details at LakeoftheOzarksShootout.com. If you have a little spare time, we'd love to see you here at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park too. If not, we'll still be here next week for you to visit! There are always lots of things going on at the Lake of the Ozarks that promote Family Fun... As It Should Be! Pick out a few and make some memories together. 


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Rare Tour Exploring Bridal Cave Beyond Mystery Lake

Recently the staff at our exciting Lake of the Ozarks attraction got the rare opportunity to explore the back sections of Bridal Cave that are not open to the public. This isn't your typical walk through our scenic cave. It involves boating, free-climbing, and crawling to get back there! This is a highlight of the summer for everyone on staff, and an experience not just anyone gets the chance to enjoy. 



Every summer, as a part of the ongoing training for the Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park tour guide staff, the crew gets to go into the undeveloped sections of the cave. This takes them across Mystery Lake, which is visible on the regular cave tour, into the Spirit Lake section. This is a full day for the group. Two hours of prep time are necessary to get ready for the trip, hauling in the rope ladders and boats needed for the journey. After that, the trek itself lasts about four hours.  

River Wise experienced the trip to Spirit Lake for his very first time this year. "Going across Mystery Lake was an absolutely amazing experience! Getting to see the crystal clear water in Spirit Lake was truly a once in a lifetime experience.



Just imagine it... paddling in a lake 40-feet wide and 140-feet long, half a mile underground, to see the big hidden lake. Spirit Lake itself is 80 feet wide and 600-feet long! Did you have any idea that was hidden inside our magnificent cave? Less than 500 people have ever been in the section of Bridal Cave that our team explores each year.

It's not an easy adventure, but everyone that takes it knows that the experience is definitely worth the effort. It is not uncommon for several participants to drop out partway through the tour due to the difficulty involved. The crew must climb 60-foot ladders, paddle boats, free-climb about 20-feet, plus do lots of crawling through the smaller spaces. There is no light past Mystery Lake, so headlamps are used to explore these undeveloped sections. Of the 17 that started the trip this year, 14 were able to complete it.



Joel Jones was the trip leader this time around, and it was his third time taking this magical journey. "Even though it was my third time across Mystery Lake, I am always in awe of the pure spectacle of Paradise Island. Somehow I have been privileged enough to share the experience with others by leading this expedition."

Paradise Island is the name given to the rooms inside the cave that are located between Mystery Lake and Spirit Lake. It may take some work to get to, but it's an unbelievable and memorable sight for those that make it. There are things to see in the darker, unexplored sections of the cave that aren't found towards the front where it is open to the public. 



The photos and videos in today's blog are just a sample of what the staff at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park got to experience on this very special tour. If you'd like to find out more about their adventure, come on out to America's most scenic cave tour and ask them all about it. The staff is always excited to share the stories from this once in a lifetime experience with our visitors. 



When you're ready to take your own much more relaxed walk through this gorgeous cave, our family friendly Lake of the Ozarks attraction is open daily at 9 am. Tours leave every few minutes all day long and last about an hour. It's a wonderful time for people of all ages and pure Family Fun... As It Should Be!








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Camdenton, MO 65020

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