Friday, May 26, 2017

Bridal Cave Now Offers Lantern Tours!


Bridal Cave is excited to announce we are now offering Lantern Tours! This new tour at the best natural attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks is a MUST DO. Don't miss your chance to go back in time almost 150 years and explore Bridal Cave as the first explorers did....by lantern!

This special 75 minute guided tour of the best cave in Missouri details the adventure of what cave exploring used to be before electric lights. Your experienced guide will give in depth history of Bridal Cave, Lake of the Ozarks and cave exploration over the centuries. Adults receive a souvenir LED lantern. Children receive a souvenir LED Cavers Helmet (not recommended for children 4 and under). Lantern tours are available on Saturday evenings at 7 pm, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

4 Reasons You CAN'T MISS Your Chance to Experience a Lantern Tour


1. This is a brand NEW experience that we are unveiling to you for the first time! Normally, our tours are more lighted throughout, but with the lantern tours, the only light source will be our lanterns. Experience the exploration of this natural attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks as the first explorers did, by lantern!

2. When you book your lantern tour with us, you will receive a FREE souvenir LED lantern. Children will receive a FREE souvenir LED Cavers Helmet (not recommended for children 4 and under).

3. Enjoy a FUN evening with your family! Bridal cave is a family friendly attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks and is fun for all ages! These lantern tours are only on Saturday evenings at 7 pm, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. There's nothing better than spending a night with your family exploring this wondrous site.

4. This summer will be filled with HOT SUMMER NIGHTS. Cool off with your family at Bridal Cave on a lantern tour! These tours will be conducted over concrete pathways throughout the cave's refreshing 60 degree environment.



Reservations are required. Space is limited. Book your lantern tour NOW at bridalcave.com/lantern-tours! Please note: discounts and comp passes are not valid for the lantern tour. Don't miss this opportunity to have Family Fun... As It Should Be! 

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The National Day of Caves & Karst is Coming June 6th!

There is a national holiday coming up very soon that all of us here at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park are very excited to share with all of you., Tuesday, June 6, 2017, is the National Day of Caves & Karst. Our natural attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks is just one of the many places where you can celebrate this amazing day.


This national holiday was declared by the National Caves Association, which is represented by more than 80 show caves across the United States, Bermuda, and Barbados, including our very own Bridal Cave. That' s a lot of beautiful places to discover and explore! This special day is being introduced in the hopes that people will be inspired to tour at least one cave this summer. 

What Is Karst?
We are sure everyone is familiar with what a cave is, but karst is probably a new word for most of you. Karst is a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum. That is what forms natural ridges, towers, fissures, sinkholes, underground streams, caves, and other similar landforms.

Caves and karst make landscapes diverse, fascinating, and also rich in resources. They provide a very unique subsurface habitat for many animals, some of which are incredibly rare. They also preserve fragile archaeological and paleontological materials for millennia.       

5 Reasons To Visit A Cave This Summer
The National Caves Association put out a press release with 5 compelling reasons that you should visit at least one cave this summer. (But we're willing to bet that you have such an incredible time, you'll make plans to visit more than that!) 

#1 - See things you've never seen before.
No two caves are alike, and even if you've toured a particular cave before, it's very likely that you'll make discoveries that you overlooked before. There is such a wide array of amazing things to see, you can never take it all in the first time. Many of the elements inside a cave have been forming for millions of years, and millions of years from now, there will be completely different things for future tourists to see.  

#2 - Spend quality time with family. 
Touring show caves is an activity that can by enjoyed by all ages. It can spark an interest in science and nature in a child that will last a lifetime, and a young person's perspective will point out things adults would not normally notice. This is the type of activity that encourages family bonding, and wonderful memories together are just waiting to be made.   

#3 - Cave tours are educational.
Tour guides not only lead you through the cave, but they are also full of interesting facts and fun stories about the things you are seeing. History comes alive when you are up close and personal with the beauty of these underground caves. While you are down there, you can also learn all about the animals that call it home, and if you're lucky, maybe even see a few. 

The more you learn about how everything in nature works together to benefit each other, the more you realize just how important caves are. Bridal Cave offers some very educational cave tours, plus a special "Kids Only" section on our website filled with all kinds of cool information. 
    


#4 -  Spending time in nature has many benefits.
There have been many studies done that prove nature boosts both your mental and physical well-being. When paired with the exercise you get exploring a cave, those studies also showed the following benefits: restored mental energy, better vision in children, improved concentration, and sharper thinking and creativity. It has even been linked to lowering anger, stress, blood pressure, and heart rates.  

#5 - Caves are fun.
There is a new, exciting adventure inside every cave that you visit. Bridal Cave at the Lake of the Ozarks is unbelievable to witness when it's all lit up, and this year we are adding a special lantern tour so that you can get more of a natural experience inside a dark cave. (Watch for more about that in next week's blog!) 

Other unique experiences can be had across the country. Bluespring Caverns takes you on the underground rivers in electric tour boats, and you can tour in kayaks in Indiana Caverns. Luray Caverns in Virginia is home to the world's largest musical instrument, the Great Stalacpipe Organ. 


Well, we're convinced to go caving... how about you? Set some time aside this summer to visit our family fun Lake of the Ozarks attraction to find out all of the additional sights and activities awaiting you in addition to those we've mentioned today. We're convinced that after your tour of Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, you'll be anxious to see even more. Make a cave "bucket list" with your family and see how many you can get to this year. It's a great way to encourage Family Fun... As It Should Be! 


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Buy Your Ozarks Amphitheater Tickets At Bridal Cave

We would like to announce that Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is now an official ticket outlet for Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton. You can spend the day at our family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks, then head on over to enjoy a concert under the stars that night! 


Ozarks Amphitheater
The Ozarks Amphitheater is an open-air concert venue located just a couple of miles away from our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction. It was completed in 1993 and has hosted some very well-known entertainers. The Charlie Daniel's Band, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Miranda Lambert, Blues Traveler, and Willie Nelson are just a few of the famous voices that have graced the stage.  

The concert venue can hold 13,000 fans, with seating for 10,000, plus enough lawn seating for another 3,000. You can purchase tickets on their website or you can swing by Bridal Cave every day between 9 am - 5 pm to pick yours up in person. As an additional bonus, all Ozarks Amphitheater ticket holders can receive 25% off of their Bridal Cave admission simply by showing their ticket at the counter. You get to enjoy 2 amazing experiences and save money in the process!  

2017 Concerts
There are a few incredible concerts booked already for the 2017 season at Ozarks Amphitheater. Here is what they've got in store for you so far:
(following photos from www.OzarksAmp.com) 


Sunday, May 28: 
Dwight Yoakum with special guest Frankie Ballard
Dwight Yoakum is an American singer-songwriter that is credited with helping to pioneer country music. His first album, "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc." was released in 1886, and after celebrating many hits from numerous albums since then, he recently released "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars." 

Frankie Ballard is another talented American country singer-songwriter and guitarist. He has charted 4 singles on the Hot Country Songs charts and will be an excellent opening act for Yoakum. 


Sunday, July 2:
Party in the Sticks 2017 - Colt Ford
Colt ford is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter that has charted 6 times on the Hot Country Songs charts. He has released 6 albums under Average Joes Entertainment, of which he is a co-founder. His newest album, "Love, Hope, Faith" celebrates the things that bring us together - friends, family, and our faith in a better future. 

Three additional acts are scheduled to appear for the Party in the Sticks concert, including Bubba Sparxxx, Struggle Jennings, and Dirt Road Republic.  


Saturday, July 29:
Ted Nugent with special guests The Kentucky Headhunters
There is a permanent place for Ted Nugent in rock & roll history! He is known as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, setting attendance records for his concerts at venues around the world. He has sold over 40 million albums and performed more than 6,500 shows full of excitement and first-class entertainment. 

The Kentucky Headhunters bring their own brand of Southern rock to the stage. With 8 studio albums, 3 compilations, and 23 singles to their name, this band always performs an amazing show for the crowd.  


Saturday, August 26: 
Get The Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin
This Philadelphia-based group of musicians has captured the essence of the recorded music of the infamous Led Zeppelin. The music you fell in love with on Led Zeppelin's albums will be recreated masterfully by this tribute band. No wigs or fake English accents, just the classic tunes you want to hear.  


Saturday, Sept. 23:
Aaron Tippin
Aaron Tippin is marking his 25th year in music with this incredible concert tour. He loves bringing his country music to the stage for the people he prefers to call family rather than fans. Tippin promises not only a concert full of your favorite songs, but also loaded with fun. 

A Day Full Of Fun For The Whole Family
The entire lake area has all kinds of wonderful things for families to enjoy, and with Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park so close to Ozarks Amphitheater, you can hit two incredible attractions in one day. If you would like more information about upcoming concerts or the theater itself, visit www.OzarksAmp.comWe are happy to partner with such a first class operation doing its part to bring the lake area Family Fun... As It Should Be! 


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Friday, May 5, 2017

"Give Where You Live" - Give Lake 2017

There is a very intriguing event coming to the Lake of the Ozarks, and Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park want to make sure that everyone in the lake area knows all about. Give Lake is a 1-day, online event focusing on raising funds and awareness for many local non-profits in the lake area.


A Special Event For 12 Great Local Organizations
Give Lake is a part of the bigger Give Ozarks day of giving event taking place on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 12 am until midnight. Throughout the Ozarks, more than 225 non-profits will be helped. "Give where you live" is the theme, and here at the Lake, 12 local non-profits that work to make the lake community a stronger place will benefit from local donations. Last year this incredible event raised $51,000 in just 24 hours, and this year they hope to raise even more!   
  • Kids' Harbor
  • Lake Area Big Brothers/ Big Sisters
  • Wonderland Camp
  • Lake of the Ozarks Developmental Center, Inc.
  • Children's Learning Center
  • Medical Missions For Christ Clinic
  • Food For Morgan County
  • Westlake Aquatic Center
  • The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church - The Mothers Shrine
  • The Lake Arts Council
  • Missouri Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary
  • Citizens Against Domestic Violence (CADV) 

Live Party At Hy-Vee
While Give Ozarks is an online event, the Community Foundation of the Lake is hosting a live event from 11 am - 4 pm on May 9 in the Hy-Vee Supermarket parking lot in Osage Beach. Share the excitement of this great event with others and meet the people working at the local non-profits benefiting from this 24-hour online event. Free food will be available for everyone that stops by, and live music will be performed by Shawn C. 


Donating Is Easy
They've made it simple to make a donation. On May 9, donors can go to www.Lake.GiveOzarks.org to reach the lake area directly, or you can visit www.GiveOzarks.org for a list of all of the non-profits involved across the Midwest. They can be searched for by name, category, or a particular area of interest. When you find the one (or more) that you would like to make a donation to, simply click the orange "Donate Now" button at the top of that agency's page. There will be prompts to walk you through the process, or you can watch this step-by-step video

Bonus Money
The very generous sponsors for Give Lake 2017 have made it possible for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to provide $101,500 in prizes to be awarded to the winning agencies in different categories. Every time someone makes a donation to a specific non-profit, that agency will be given a "ticket" into a random, hourly drawing for $1,500, and there are 13 of these "Luck of the Draw" prizes available. Your donation just may be the winning "ticket" for your non-profit to receive even more money! 

There are many other categories in which the non-profits can qualify for other bonus prize amounts; Jackpots, prizes for early donations, prizes for specific hours that might not normally attract a lot of people, and many more. You can see a full list of these bonus prizes here. It may help you decide what time you want to make your donations. 

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 9 so that you remember to make your donation during the 24-hour period, and be sure to share this information with everyone you know, either on social media, by word of mouth, or better yet, both! The more people that know, the more money will be raised, and these wonderful local organizations can continue to do their important work to make our community better. Join Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park to give where you live! 


One of America's most scenic 
cave tours.

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