Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Spend a Day on the Quiet Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks - the Niangua

The Lake of the Ozarks is a gigantic body of water filled with beautiful things to see and exciting things to do. During the summer season, the lake sees a lot of traffic, mainly focused in the main channel. There are plenty of quieter, less busy arms that have just as much to offer, including our very own Lake of the Ozarks family attraction

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park are located on the Big Niangua Arm of the lake. With a bit less "hustle & bustle" happening on the water in this area, the Niangua Arm offers one of the smoothest boating experiences you will find. This happens to be the most pristine arm of the lake due to the fact that so many natural springs flow into it.  

The springs flowing directly into our section of the Lake of the Ozarks turn it into a crystal clear, refreshing experience. Bennett Springs State Park's spring has an average of 103 million gallons of water flowing out of it per day. The spring at Ha Ha Tonka State Park contributes an average of 49 million gallons of water per day.  

The springs, combined with the fact that the waters are much calmer due to the decreased boat traffic over here, makes a day trip by boat to the Niangua Arm an extremely enjoyable experience. You can truly appreciate the scenic beauty surrounding the water rather than worrying about dodging all the boats found on the main channel at its busiest times. 

You can get to Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park by water at the 10.5 MM of the Big Niangua Arm. Dock your boat, journey up the stairs, and enjoy all that the park has to offer. You can marvel at the landscape from our scenic overlooks and enjoy a picnic lunch in our lakeside pavilion. After your tour of Bridal Cave, we even give all the kids fish food to feed the giant, hungry carp that hang out around our docks. 

We're not the only family fun thing to do on the Niangua Arm. You can enjoy all kinds of things on this side of the lake, including:

  • Ha Ha Tonka State Park - 15 MM
  • The Historic J Road Bridge
  • Niangua Falls Restaurant - 2 MM
  • Nauti Fish Rum Bar - 3.5 MM 
  • Larry's On The Lake - 31 MM

So the next time that you want to get away for a relaxing day on the water, consider pointing your boat toward the Niangua Arm and spend the day on the quiet arm of the lake. There's plenty to do and see, and there's also enough calm water that you don't have to do anything but sit back and enjoy yourself! We always love seeing the docks full at our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction, as well as the parking lot. It means that there are lots of great people here enjoying Family Fun... As It Should Be! 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Enjoy Some Bridal Cave Fun Online

We realize that not everyone is lucky enough to live right next to our mid-Missouri family fun attraction year-round. If you're far away but still longing for Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, you can have some fun on our website! As a matter of fact, you'll even learn a thing or two while you're there. 

Look Inside
When you visit, you'll find a lot more than a couple of photos and directions to the park. There are many cool pages to explore. Under the "Look Inside" tab, you can see an entire gallery of photos from inside the cave. You can also take a 360° virtual tour of one of the cave rooms.

You'll even find some information about the history of this natural wonder. Just in case you forgot the story, you can read "The Legend of Bridal Cave" on these pages. Our on-site weather station can be found online 24/7 so that you can prepare for the weather on your next visit, or simply see what it's like here compared to where you are at.   

Kids Only
Our website also has a special section especially for children, but grown-ups can learn a thing or two along with the kids. The pages in this section are educational, but the subject matter is so much fun, kids don't even realize that they are learning! This is a great place to check out before you visit Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park to see what you'll be getting into. It's also perfect for reading after you leave, in case you want to expand on subjects you heard about during your tour. 

The subject matter covers what caves are, the natural things that are found inside of caves, and the geologist that study them. There's also a great story from "Max the Bat" that teaches kids that bats aren't scary, but cool. Cave safety is covered, and you'll even find a fun hands-on project to try at home. It all wraps up with a simple quiz. Here is a part of that quiz. Think you know the answers? If not, they can be found within the stories on the "Kids Only" pages. (And at the end of this blog.) 

1. Organic debris is...
a) An alternative rock band from Seattle Washington.
b) Material that came from living things.
c) A rock deposit in a cave.

2. Molds and bacteria are...

a) The bodily wastes of bats and crickets.
b) The secret ingredient of most snack cakes.
c) A simple form of life.

3. Carbonic acid is...
a) The type of rock that most caves are found in.
b) A weak acid in ground water that over time can create caves.
c) The lead singer from the Organic Debris.

4. Fossils are...
a) A common name for parents.
b) Tennis shoes designed for very old basketball players
c) The evidence of past life.

5. Columns are...
a) A simple plant found in caves.
b) A cave deposit formed when a stalactite and a stalagmite grow together.
c) An acid found in vinegar.

Blogs & Social Media
Following Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park on your favorite social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn) is a great way to keep up-to-date on all of the cool things happening at our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction while you're away.

We publish a new blog every week, which you can find links to on our social media channels or directly from the website. We cover all kinds of fun subjects in depth, such as lake area history, life inside the cave, local events and family-fun attractions, and so much more. There's always a great story to be found around here!  

So, until you can make your way back out to visit us at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, check us out online. It's a wonderful way to take the excitement of the cave home with you, and share a little Family Fun... As It Should Be!

Quiz Answers
1-B, 2-C, 3-B, 4-C, 5-B 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Celebrate International Rock Day!

Thursday, July 13, happens to be International Rock Day. As you probably know, we love rocks here at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park! We have one of the coolest rock and mineral shops around featuring specimens from all over the world. We even have a couple of fun activities you can enjoy involving rocks here at our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction. After reading today's blog, we hope you'll become a rock-lover too. 

Rocks... well, they rock! 
Rocks are a naturally occurring phenomenon, much like the amazing formation of Bridal Cave. Some are composed of only one mineral, while others are made with a mixture of different minerals. When you visit our gift shop, you will see a wonderful variety of rocks, minerals, and gemstones to marvel at. Some of these include Amethyst, Pyrite, Citrine, and Calcite. 

Some people may think that rocks are cool simply because of the way they look. The variety of shapes, sizes, and colors is intriguing, and we even carry some rocks that have been carved into incredible sculptures. Other people have a fascination with rocks, minerals, and gemstones because many of them are known to have some metaphysical and healing properties. For example, amethyst is believed to bring about feelings of serenity, peace, courage, happiness, pain relief, and much more. 

Fun For Rock Hounds at Bridal Cave
We don't just have rocks on display and available for purchase in our gift shop. You can also have some fun with them while you are here. A very popular attraction at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is the great big sluice. As a matter of fact, this is such a well-loved activity that we doubled the size of our sluice this year!

In case you are unfamiliar with the word "sluice," it's a track which water flows through so that our guests can dump "sluice bags" full of sand (and more!) into it and pan for the treasures hidden inside. Once you discover them, you get to claim the found gemstones as your own and take them home to keep! Some of the treasures waiting to be uncovered are: amethyst, calcite, citrine, garnet, jasper, moonstone, onyx, opal, peridot, quartz, ruby, sapphire, and so many more! Some bags even contain fossils! 

The other fun rock activity you can take part in while you are here is our geode cracker. A geode is a mysterious, spherical rock which geologists have long debated about how they are actually formed. In the center of a geode is a cavity that may or may not contain crystals. In our gift shop, you can pick your own geode out of the barrel and place it inside our custom-built, high-pressure geode cracker. With over 10 tons of pressure, your geode will be cracked open right before your eyes, and whatever is uncovered is yours to take home. 

Go On A Rock Hunt
While you are here, take to the trails of Thunder Mountain Park and see what different types of rocks you can spot. There are some beautiful Sandstone Bluffs for you to see along the trail, as well as all of the other naturally occurring wonders that can be found here in mid-Missouri. It's a gorgeous place, and there is something new and wondrous to see everywhere that you look. 

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, Lake of the Ozarks

We'd love for you to visit our family fun Lake of the Ozarks attraction and take advantage of the exciting and educational opportunities that we have for you surrounding rocks. Until you can make it to Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, do a little rock hunting in your own backyard! Exploring nature is one of the best ways to enjoy Family Fun... As It Should Be! 

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

This October 2017 - Join Us For The Thunder Mountain Fall Festival!

Even though summer has just gotten started, and we hope to see all of you at some point before this fall, Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is already making plans for some really exciting events in October! In addition to all of the wonder and beauty awaiting you at our family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks, this October we will be hosting a Thunder Mountain Fall Festival every weekend in the month. 

Demonstrations & Entertainment
We've got some pretty cool things lined up for you to learn about, listen to, and enjoy! More may be added before October rolls around, but for now we have scheduled each weekend: 
  • 9 am - noon
    Sarsaparilla Making
  • 1-4 pm
    Pumpkin Painting Artist
  • noon - 3 pm
    Live Bluegrass Music

Fun Activities
During our Thunder Mountain Fall Festival, all of the regular family fun activities will still be going on, plus we're adding a few more to fit the season. Included with your Bridal Cave admission ticket, you can: 

  • Pan for gemstones
  • Get your face painted
  • Feed the giant fish
  • Join the Duck Races
  • Check out the Pumpkin Chunkin range
  • Play jumbo Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Toss bean bags
  • Enjoy the Corn Crib
  • Explore the hay bale maze
  • Conquer Hay Bale Mountain
  • Relax by the fire pits
  • Take advantage of numerous family photo settings

Exciting Extras
We will also have lots of awesome items for sale that really let you know that fall has arrived! What are your favorite flavors of the season? Well, we're willing to bet that we've got them covered with the following food items that we'll feature: 
  • Pumpkin Fudge
  • A Caramel Apple Bar
  • S'mores
  • Rock Candy
  • Hot Cider
  • Red Hot Apple Cider Snow Cones
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Coffee
Don't get too full to do a little shopping, because we will have hundreds of spectacular mums for sale to decorate your yard with. You can even hike our Pumpkin Trail and choose from 1,000's of pumpkins to take home and turn into a cool jack-o-lantern. Our photographer will even be on hand to capture the memory of your tour inside Bridal Cave.  

While You Wait...
You're probably excited about fall coming, but there's no rush. Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park are packed with incredible things for you to see and do all summer long. Hike a trail, enjoy a lakeside picnic, or climb to the observation deck on our fire tower. Rock hounds will go nuts for our gift shop, with all of the gorgeous rocks and minerals to find from around the world. And of course, don't forget about America's most scenic cave tour

As a matter of fact, new this year, Memorial Day through Labor Day, you can experience our brand new Lantern Tour of Bridal Cave on Saturday nights. These tours require reservations and are limited to a set number of guests, so the sooner you reserve your spot the better. Kids get a cool hard hat with a light and adults are given a lantern. Once everyone's all lit up and ready, we head into a dark Bridal Cave and explore it just like they had to long ago. 

There's always something amazing happening at our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction, no matter what time of year. As always, our goal is to provide you with a memorable experience full of Family Fun... As It Should Be! 

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