Showing posts from 2018

✈ Lake of the Ozarks Air Show THIS WEEKEND! ✈

The Lake of the Ozarks is full of fun annual events. This weekend, Saturday, September 22, 2018 is the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show at the Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport. Vendor booths will open at 10:00 am and the show will conclude at 3:00 pm.  This annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks is going to be packed with entertainment for folks of all ages to enjoy. This day will consist of areal displays, static displays, vendor booths, car vs. plane rases, and much more. Your friends underground here at Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park have all the details for what to expect at the Air Show this year!

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Air-Show Acts  Saturday will be a full day of fun and exciting air show acts. Expect to see a wide variety of planes sore through the sky. This year, you will get to see modified Pitts, Bi-Plane low level routines, WWII era aircraft, 1940s vintage Super Stearman, and much more! Visit the official Lake of the Ozarks Air Show We…

A Heartfelt Surprise 65th Wedding Anniversary Inside Bridal Cave!

The emotions were high on Sunday, September 9th, 2018 inside Bridal Cave. We had the opportunity to be a part of a surprise 65th wedding anniversary. Frank and Peggy Brown's extremely thoughtful children reached out to us to help plan a romantic and intimate surprise inside our cave at the Lake of the Ozarks and we were happy to help! Find out all the details below!

65th Wedding Anniversary Surprise! On September 9th, 2018 Frank and Peggy Brown celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Their children wanted to do something special for them so they planned a romantic anniversary surprise in honor of their accomplishment. Mr. and Mrs. Brown celebrated their honeymoon in 1953 with a trip to Bridal Cave with longtime friends. What better way to celebrate their milestone 65th anniversary than revisiting their honeymoon destination! Their children gathered to surprise their parents with a heartfelt rendition of "Could I Have This Dance" in honor of their 65th anniversary. Wat…

12th Annual Bikefest at Lake of the Ozarks!

It's that time of year for another Bikefest to roll through the Lake of the Ozarks. This year, the 12th Annual Bikefest will take place September 12-16, 2018. Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from all across the United States will spend a few days taking in some of the most scenic rides in the country. From concerts, extreme motocross, and much more you won't want to miss the chance to ride your bike to one of the biggest events of the year at the Lake of the Ozarks. Your favorite cave at the Lake of the Ozarks has all the details for Bikefest 2018!

Photo Credit: Bikefest Passport Program  Do you want your chance to WIN a 2017 Harley Davidson FXDL 103 Dyna Low Rider Motorcycle? Take the ultimate scenic cruise through the Lake of the Ozarks and hit up all of the Passport Locations during the course of Bikefest! Once you have a stamp for every location, turn your passport in for your chance to win. A $20 entry is a donation and you can fill out multiple pa…

Last Blast of Summer...Labor Day Weekend!

It's theLast Blast of Summer...Labor Day Weekend! It's the perfect time to get the whole family together and explore nature at it's finest at our natural attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks. Tours will be leaving every few minutes and we hope to see you at our cave at the Lake of the Ozarks over this long holiday weekend. While Labor Day Weekend is the "unofficial end of summer" if you can't make it, don't sweat it because we will still be open even after the summer season is over. Check out what will be happening here at Bridal Cave over the holiday weekend.

LAST LANTERN TOUR!  While we will be open for our daily tours after Labor Day is over, but our Lantern Tours are only offered through Labor Day Weekend. This special 75 minute guided tour of Bridal Cave details the adventure of what cave exploring used to be before electric lights. Imagine the excitement of seeing this now famous cavern by hand held lanterns. Your guide will give an in-depth history…

Thunder Mountain Fall Festival Sneak Peek

Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of Summer and lots of area attractions close down but Bridal Cave is open year round! As a matter of fact, Thunder Mountain Park comes alive for the Fall season with our Fall Festival in October. Last year was our first year for our Fall Festival and our staff and guests had so much fun that we decided to make the Fall Festival an annual event here at Thunder Mountain Park. Check out all the fun we had last year and why you need to make visiting our scenic attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks a priority this October.

Come for the Gorgeous Decorations Alone!    Of course, we will have some extra activities for the entire family to enjoy but you'll want to make a trip if not for the fall decorations alone. Once Labor Day Weekend is over, our staff will be gearing up to turn our family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks into a Fall paradise. From pumpkins, hay bales, mums, tractors and more every inch outside will be adorned with beautiful Fa…

The 30th Annual Shootout is Nearly Here!

One of the most popular annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks is almost here! The Lake of the Ozarks 30th Annual Shootout and associated activities will take place August 18th-26th this year at Captain Ron's Bar and Grill located in Sunrise Beach, Mo at the 34.5 MM. Your favorite cave at the Lake of the Ozarks has all the details for the Shootout right here!

Photo Credit: Activities and Event Schedule  Of course, the main event will be the big two-day powerboat racing but the Shootout is so much more than just the race. Be sure to join in on the entire week's activities for the Shootout. Check out the event schedule below.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2018 9:00 a.m..— 5:00 p.m. Ha Ha Tonka State Park Mini-Shootout
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Ha Ha Tonka State Park Mini-Shootout with Awards following
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018 Treasure Hunt for All Ages at Captain Ron's—Lots of prizes!

5:00 p.m.— 6:00 p.m. Social Hour
6:00 p.m. Treasure Hunt Rules
6:15 p…

HUGE Announcement! We Need YOUR Help!

As many of you have heard we recently acquired the old Der Essen Platz restaurant at the top of Thunder Mountain. The old building is currently being remodeled and we have plans to make this an intimate event center for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, family reunions and business meetings. The new design will be a Cracker Barrel inspired décor featuring memorabilia from Lake of the Ozarks, Ha Ha Tonka and Bridal Cave, and of course the million dollar view of the Big Niangua Arm of Lake of the Ozarks. Tentative plans are for a January 2019 grand opening.

Resturant History As part of this transition, we are collecting history on the area mentioned above. Here is a little bit of the approximate history of the restaurant:

Built in the 1950’s the building opened as Red’s Roost and was known for the Thunder Mountain burger, chili dogs, and handmade shakes.

In the late 70’s it became Thunder Mountain Café as Brian and Betty Woodruff purchased the restaurant. Many may remember the earl…

Celebrate National Family Fun Month at Bridal Cave!

August is National Family Fun Month! With Summer coming to a close soon, it's the perfect time to spend some time with family. Why not celebrate at Bridal Cave because it only makes sense to celebrate National Family Fun Month at the best family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks! Spending time outdoors with your family is a great way to unplug and enjoy time together. Bridal Cave offers several ways to enjoy some quality time with your family.

Panning For Gemstones  Kids (and adults!) LOVE panning for gemstones in our sluice. All you have to do is purchase a bag of sand inside the gift shop and take it outside to our sluice and pan for a variety of rough cut gemstones! The kids love finding treasures in the sand and the best part is this fun activity doubles as a souvenir! Depending on which bag you choose, you will go home with a variety of Emeralds, Fools Gold, Amethyst, Garnets, Sapphires, and more!

Take a Hike  As a part of Thunder Mountain Park, we have a 1/2 mile nature t…

Reasons to Visit a Show!

We have a lot of folks that come on our cave tour at the Lake of the Ozarks that are frequent visitors of Show Caves around the United States. There are Show Caves all over the United States and if you are on vacation chances are you will pass a Show Cave on your way to your destination or there may even be one where you are going! Spelunking, which is a fancy word for cave exploring, is a popular activity for the entire family to enjoy. There are all kinds of cave tours around the US from handicap accessible, easy concrete pathways, Jeep rides through caverns, by boat, adventure tours, and more! Just be sure to call first because every cave is different and there may be restrictions depending on your individual health. We could go on forever as to why you should visit Show Caves around the US but for today we will stick with just a few.

No Two Caves are Alike!   One misconception about visiting caves is that once you see one cave there is no need to see another one because you will j…

The Lake's BIGGEST Single Day Boating Event: AquaPalooza!

Summer is in full swing here at the Lake of the Ozarks! If you are planning to be in the Lake area for the weekend but you're not sure what to do, head out to Dog Days Bar & Grill at the 19 MM for their annual concert on the water at AquaPalooza! This all-day boating event will take place on Saturday, July 21st from 12 pm- 5pm and is a family-friendly event! Your favorite cave at the Lake of the Ozarks has all the details you need to know below!

Photo Credit:  Biggest Single Day Boating Event  If you love boating AND music, you will not want to miss this annual event! Thousands of people gather at this event by land and by water. Hundreds of boats will gather around to view the lakeside concert. Some have already reserved their slips at the docks but don't worry, if you don't have a boat slip reserved, boats will tie up throughout the cove. However, if you don't own a boat, no problem! There will be hundreds of folks coming by land to enjoy this conc…

Enjoy Bridal Cave All Year With a Season Pass!

Bridal Cave is one of America's most scenic caverns! When you walk through our Missouri Show Cave you will find that almost everywhere you look you will find gorgeous draperies, giant stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, and more! Our cave tours last about an hour and while you get to see a lot while exploring for an hour, sometimes it's hard to take all the beauty in! For that reason, we offer a season pass so that you can come back and see us all year as many times as you would like!

Perfect For Locals!  If you are a local in the area, a season pass to Bridal Cave will offer fun for the entire year! Great for rainy days, hot days, cold days, well, as a matter of fact, its good every day! If you are looking for a family activity at the Lake of the Ozarks, having a season pass gives you the freedom to take the gang to Bridal Cave several times a year! We promise, every time you go through our cave you will find something new and exciting! 
In addition to taking your family a…

Rave Reviews from Our GREAT Customers!

If you have yet to visit our family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks, you are missing out on one of Lake of the Ozarks best natural attractions! If you are vacationing to the Lake of the Ozarks be sure to put Bridal Cave on your list of MUST SEE attractions. Bridal Cave is the perfect activity for kids of all ages and adults to take a break from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the natural beauty of the Ozarks. From our one hour guided cave tour, gemstone mining, feeding the fish at our boat dock, natural trail, and rock shop, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Don't just take our word for it, check out what our GREAT customers have to say about their experience at Bridal Cave.

Our guide Anthony, goes by Blue, was perfect for this job! Blue entertained all ages, was very knowledgeable and was great at getting the group to engage in conversation. Great tour for all ages and our 2.5 year old walked the entire time. It was a great Memorial Weekend activity and perfect to es…