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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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…

Clearing the Air - Misconceptions About Bats!

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When you visit our cave at the Lake of the Ozarks you may or may not have the privilege to see some cave life on your tour. Bridal Cave has a variety of animals inside the cave including cave salamanders, pickerel frogs, cave crickets, and of course bats! It is not uncommon to see a bat flying around your tour and many folks seem to be a bit frightened when they see these tiny creatures flying around. Bats are a vital part of our ecosystem and do so many great things for us! Today, our outdoor attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to clear up a few common misconceptions about bats!


Bats Fly in Hair  If you see a bat flying around in the cave it may appear like they are about fly right at you and maybe even land in your hair! Bats don't make nests and are aware that you are there and won't bother you during your tour. As many of you already know, bats hang upside down to roost. When they are ready to take off, they will drop down and flap their wings before flight. Wh…

Missouri Cave's Bucket List - Part 2

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Our cave at the Lake of the Ozarks is a must-see attraction when you visit the Lake of the Ozarks! After visiting Bridal Cave, you may find yourself wanting to visit even more great Show Caves in Missouri! Missouri is known as, "The Cave State" so visiting more Missouri Show Caves is easy because we have a lot of them! Last week, our blog, Missouri Cave's Bucket List - Part One, featured 8 scenic caves to visit in Missouri and this week we plan to feature 9 more Missouri Caves to add to your bucket list!
#9 Mark Twain Cave  Located in Hannibal, The Mark Twain Cave Complex boasts America’s Oldest and Newest Show Caves. Mark Twain Cave is Missouri’s first Show Cave. The cave was first shown in 1886 and is a Registered National Natural Landmark. Experienced guides will escort you on the 55-minute tour of Mark Twain Cave where the walkways are level and smooth, and there are no steps. Because of the natural state of our cave, it is not wheelchair accessible. As always, boys …

Missouri Cave's Bucket List - Part One

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Missouri has an abundance of caves which gives us our name, "The Cave State!" With 18 show caves and over 6,950 wild caves, it's no surprise that we got that nickname. Caves come rich with history and are such a great way to have fun with your family getting back to nature. Today our family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to share with you some of the great Missouri Show Caves to add to your bucket list!
#1 Bridal Cave Of course, if you've never been to our cave at the Lake of the Ozarks you'll want to add it to the top of the list! Bridal Cave is one of America's most scenic caverns due to its formation packed cave. You'll be hard-pressed to look in any direction and not find gorgeous draperies, soda straws, huge columns, stalactites, and stalagmites! Bridal Cave is located in Camdenton at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks!

In addition to a great cave to visit, Bridal Cave is also a popular and unique place to get married! Bridal Cave gets…

All In One Wedding Venue - Ceremony AND Reception at Bridal Cave!

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If you got engaged on or around Valentine's Day you are probably still really excited about the engagement, telling your proposal story to your family and friends, and overall ecstatic about the what lies ahead for you and your fiance! After you have time to let everything sink in, it's time to start thinking about a wedding date and location. One of the most incredible places to get married at the Lake of the Ozarks is at Bridal Cave and we even have a great reception venue with a million dollar view of the Lake of the Ozarks!


Get Married Inside Bridal Cave  If you are planning a small wedding and you are a couple looking for a unique venue, then Bridal Cave may be the perfect wedding venue for you. It is an absolutely breathtaking backdrop for your nuptials with a lot of history. Over 3,500 couples from around the world have exchanged vows here with us. Our underground Bridal Chapel can accommodate up to 50 standing guests.
Planning for More Guests? No Problem!  If you are p…

Support the Special Olympics at the Polar Plunge THIS Weekend!

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The Polar Plunge takes place every year at the Lake of the Ozarks and it benefits the local Special Olympics athletes by "plunging" into the Lake of the Ozarks in the middle of winter! This event shows your bravery as you support local Special Olympic athletes. This is a fun annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks and you won't want to miss the fun atmosphere complete with music, crazy costumes, and making memories. Our family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks has the event details below!


When: February 23rd, 2019  Where: Grand Glaize Beach  Polar Strut  Registration will begin at 7:30 am at the Grand Glaize Beach for the strut. The Strut with begin at 8:30 am. Plunge Registration  The Polar Plunge registration will begin at 12:00 pm and there will be a Parade of Costumes starting at 2 pm. The first plunge will take place at 2:30 pm


PEE-WEE Plunge  If you've got kiddos that want to participate in the Polar Plunge, children up to 9 years old can participate at the O…

Top Educational and FUN Field Trip Destination in Mid-Missouri!

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Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountian Park is both FUN and educational! That's what makes our attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks the perfect destination for school field trips. During our field trips, our knowledgeable guides take school kids on an adventure in learning all about the history, geology, and biology of our unique ecosystem. Each spring we take thousands of children of all ages on an exciting trip they'll never forget. Learn more about our educational field trips below!


Discovery Tour  2 Hours, 2 Caves, 2 Classrooms & a FREE Flashlight Our Discovery Tour is our most popular choice for school field trips. The Discovery Tour includes the historic Bridal Cave tour with a 1/2 mile nature walk with two outdoor classrooms and a SPECIAL flashlight tour of Bear Cave. Each child receives a souvenir flashlight they get to take home.
Part One – Outdoor Classrooms Your program will begin with a one half mile walk through the Northern slopes of Thunder Mountain Park. Two outd…

THIS WEEKEND is our Free Vow Renewals at Bridal Cave!

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It's finally here! Our annual vow renewals inside Bridal Cave will take place THIS weekend! On Sunday, February, 10th from 9am to 4pm, love will be in the air inside beautiful and romantic Bridal Cave! All married couples, including their family members, are invited to attend this event at our unique wedding venue at the Lake of the Ozarks. There is no need to make a reservation, simply show up between 9am and 4pm and say, "I Do" again!


Icy Weather in the Forecast...  We are doing our very best to make sure we are not stopped by mother nature this year. So much so that members of the staff are actually going to camp out here at the park to be ready just in case there is inclement weather. We also have a plan B in case we cannot get down the hill Sunday morning and will start at 9am in the new mountain top event center until it warms up (they are calling for high temperatures of 40 degrees Sunday afternoon.)

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the official details regard…