Showing posts from 2019

Soak Up the Sun at Big Surf Waterpark

As a popular attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks, we know it's fun to visit more than just Bridal Cave when you visit the area. One of our attraction friends -- Big Surf Waterpark is a great place to soak up the sun this summer. After you've gotten enough sun or the weather doesn't cooperate with your waterpark day, stop by our Lake of the Ozarks cave for a tour!

About Big Surf Waterpark: The only outdoor waterpark in the area, Big Surf Waterpark is a hot spot for summer fun! Kids and adults of all ages can take advantage of the thrilling rides, relaxing features, and kid-friendly games available at the waterpark. Soak up the sun all summer long at this Lake of the Ozarks waterpark!
Big Surf Rides:Zambezi Falls
An exhilarating three-story drop down the Lake’s Largest Half Pipe full of rushing water. Cross your feet, put your chin to your chest, hold tight, and scream – LOUDLY!

Challenger Flumes
Race and rush down dueling 300 feet water slides into a waiting 3-foot-deep cat…

About the National Caves Association

Bridal Cave is a proud member of the National Caves Association. This organization promotes show caves across the country and our very own Steve Thompson takes an active leadership role in the association. It's an organization near and dear to us -- no wonder we're featuring the NCA in our latest blog! Check out the details about this fantastic association below.

About the National Caves Association: The National Caves Association is a non-profit trade association that was founded in 1965 by a group of private show cave owners. Since then, the association has become more of an industry organization. It's a place where friends and colleagues come together to share information and ideas about the cave industry. The group truly comes together to support other show caves across the country. Over 80 show caves are now members across the United States, Bermuda, and Barbados. The association offers a number of educational experiences for cave owners and the public, as well.

The N…

June 6th is National Caves and Karst Day!

One of our favorite holidays at Bridal Cave is coming up very soon - National Caves and Karst Day! June 6th, 2019  is an entire day dedicated to raising awareness of the crucial roles both caves and karsts play in our lives and encourage people to get out and visit a cave! See what the National Caves Association has to say about National Caves and Karsts Day below in a press release that they published!

The National Caves Association, which represents 90 show caves in the United States, Bermuda and Barbados has declared June 6 as National Caves and Karst Day to increase awareness of the roles both play in our lives and the environment. This year, 2019, marks the third year for this special event.
According to, which is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and Prince William Network, caves, and karst make landscapes diverse, fascinating and rich in resources, including the largest springs and most productive groundwater on Earth and 175 different minerals, a few of wh…

Firework Shows at the Lake of the Ozarks Memorial Day Weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start to Summer here at the Lake of the Ozarks!  Memorial 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. Our family fun Lake of the Ozarks attraction has plenty for you to do during the daylight hours, and once the sun sets, there will be multiple fireworks displays happening all over the place! Read on to find out where the best firework displays will be! 

Start Your Weekend at Bridal Cave  Start your holiday vacation out with America's most scenic cave tour. Bridal Cave is always a pleasant 60° inside, and the natural beauty that has formed over the years will simply take your breath away. Our knowledgeable tour guides will tell you all about the cave, both present-time and in its intriguing past. It's not only fun, but it'…

Rockin' Concert Lineup at Ozarks Amphitheater

Summer is quickly approaching which means some great Lake of the Ozarks events are about to kick off. One of the biggest things we are excited about at our Lake of the Ozarks attraction is the Summer concert series at the Ozarks Amphitheater! Our family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks is located within just a few minutes of Ozarks Amphitheater and we're excited to partner with them to offer our guests and theirs a great summer 2019! Find out what the Ozarks Amphitheater has in store this summer and how Bridal Cave is partnering with them this year!

About Ozarks Amphitheater Ozarks Amphitheater recently named the “Best Live Music Venue in Missouri”, is located in the heart of the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. The amphitheater has recently hosted such well-known headline acts like Alabama, Dwight Yoakam, and Jamie Johnson, with more great coming attractions.
Get Your Tickets at Bridal Cave  The Ozarks Amphitheater has a rockin' lineup this year and we hear that they aren&#…

Lantern Tours are Back Starting Memorial Day Weekend!

It's that time of year again when summer kicks off here at the Lake of the Ozarks with Memorial Day Weekend almost here. One of the exciting things happening here at our natural attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks Memorial Day Weekend is our Lantern Tours are back for the season! Our Lantern Tours are a special tour only offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day and an absolute must do this summer if you've never been. Read on to learn more about our Lantern Tours at the Lake of the Ozarks.

If you've already taken a tour through Bridal Cave but you've never been on a lantern tour, you've got to put it on your summer bucket list! The Lantern tour is nothing like the regular tour given throughout the day because your guide will give you an in-depth history of Bridal Cave and the Lake of the Ozarks unlike you've ever heard before on the regular tour. Go back in time almost 150 years and get a first-hand perspective of what it might have been like for the first …

Participate in the Lake's Largest Harbor Hop this Weekend!

The official kickoff to boating season is happening this weekend on Saturday, May 4th with the 22nd Annual Spring Harbor Hop! This lakewide event is fun for everyone and even the kids love to play along. This event is the Lake's largest poker hop on the water and you won't want to miss it. The best part about this annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks is you really don't even have to know how to play poker to participate. Your favorite family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks has all the details for the 22nd Annual Spring Harbor Hop.

Photo Credit:  How It Works  Draw cards at more than 40 locations around the Lake of the Ozarks including bars, restaurants, marinas, and more to try and make a winning poker hand in the Harbor Hop. For an optional $20 donation per 7 card hand, draw your first card when you sign up at any of the 40 locations, then spend the rest of the day hopping from dealer location to dealer location until you get 7 cards. For an extra $5 pe…

Your Wishes Help Students Pursue Education!

If you've been through our cave at the Lake of the Ozarks, you know that we have a wishing well along the tour. It's hard to resist not throwing a few coins in as you pass by. What you may not know is that when you make a wish, wishes really do come true! It may not be the wish that you wished for but the coins you throw in our wishing well are used to provide a scholarship for a high school student pursuing higher education!

Each spring we pump the well dry to remove all of the coins and use them to give one deserving high school student a college scholarship. All of the money collected goes toward a scholarship fund at Camdenton RIII High School.

A massive amount of coins are collected, and even a few hundred dollar bills, filling numerous 5-gallon buckets that are carried out of Bridal Cave by hand.
The work doesn't stop after we empty the wishing well because after being underwater for a year, the coins begin to get corroded and must be washed before the bank will acce…

69th Annual Dogwood Festival Takes Place April 25th - 27th

Just around the corner is the Lake of the Ozarks longest continuously running festival in the Lake Area - Camdenton's 69th Dogwood Festival! This festival is truly one of the best family fun events at the Lake and you won't want to miss it! You can look forward to a parade, crafts, music, entertainment, food, and more!

This popular Lake of the Ozarks annual event celebrates our beautiful state tree, the Flowering Dogwood. You will find many of these gorgeous trees all around Thunder Mountain Park, and in the spring they are in full glory. White blossoms are the most common, but you will also see pink dogwood trees around Missouri.

This year's theme is, Time Traveler ~ Past, Present, and Future and will take place Thursday, April 25th, Friday Evening April, 26th, and Saturday, April 27th with the Carnival at the Middle School Parking Lot and other events around Camdenton. Get a full list of events below.

Dogwood Festival Schedule Thursday, April 25thDogwood Shop Hop – All D…

Missouri Cave's Association Meeting Held at Thunder Mountain Park Event Center!

We were busy at Thunder Mountain Park this past week at our new event center at the Lake of the Ozarks! On Wednesday, April 10, we the started the morning with our Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for Thunder Mountain Park Event Center and then proceeded into the afternoon by hosting a meeting for the Missouri Cave's Association! Our new mountaintop venue was a hit among both groups who utilized our facility and we cannot wait to show even more people the new event center located on our property! Read on to learn more about Missouri Cave's Association and the event center!

Missouri Cave's Association  There are over 6,000 caves located in the state of Missouri alone. Out of this 6,000 caves, 22 of the Caves and Caverns are members of The Missouri Caves Association. The purpose of the association is to promote interest, goodwill cooperation and courtesy among the owners and operators of these commercial caves. All the members in Missouri work to promote a greater public interes…

Come Apply for the Coolest Job at the Lake!

If you're looking for a full-time summer job at the Lake of the Ozarks with the potential for year-round employment for the right person, come apply at the coolest job at the Lake! Bridal Cave is currently seeking employment for most positions - no experience required. Our family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks is a fun and rewarding work environment. Read on to get the details about applying to work at Bridal Cave! 

Positions Available  Tour Guides  Tasks include but not limited to giving informative, fun, and educational walking tours about Bridal Cave history, biology, geology, and conservation. You will be trained on giving tours so no prior knowledge is required. Interacting with the general public in a hospitable fashion about the cave as well as the Lake Area as a whole is a big part of your job duties.   Cashiers  Tasks include but not limited to selling tour tickets, souvenirs, etc.. Scheduling tours, answering phones, speaking with the general public in a hospitable…

Leadership Camden County – Class XXIIII is Coming to Bridal Cave!

This coming Thursday, April 4th we are looking forward to hosting Leadership Camden County - Class XXIII at our natural attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks! Leadership Camden County is a program put on by the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce and the University of Missouri Extension of Camden County. We honored that they chose to come to Bridal Cave as part of their Natural Resources Day designed to teach Lake Area community leaders about our natural resources in Camden County. Read on to learn more about what Leadership Camden County is and what we have planned for them at our cave at the Lake of the Ozarks
Leadership Camden County Class - XXIV What is Leadership Camden County?  Leadership Camden County is a 9-month program, meeting one day a month, where participants have the opportunity to learn more about our local community, including history and natural resources; state government; social services; health care and education; economic development and tourism; law enforcement…