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Stay Cool this Summer with these Refreshing Summer Activities at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Summers at the Lake of the Ozarks of the Ozarks are HOT! The good news is, there are a lot of fun ways to help you stay cool! The weather is out of your control but you can still have fun by planning fun activities to help cool you down. Today, our family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few ideas for staying cool this summer! 

Big Surf Water Park 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!

Head to a BeachThe Lake of the Ozarks State Park has TWO public swimming beaches perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. Public Beach 1, located off Highway 134, and Public Beach 2, in the Grand Glaize area of the park off Highway 54 west of the Grand Glaize bridge.  Indoor FUN!If you are looking for a way to not only beat the heat but…

Fireworks at the Lake of the Ozarks for 4th of July Weekend! 🎆

We are gearing up for a great weekend of FAMILY FUN at our attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks! The 4th of July weekend is almost here and there are so many ways to enjoy the weekend with your family and friends. Our cave at the Lake of the Ozarks is a constant 60 degrees, so if you need somewhere to take a break and cool off, a tour of Bridal Cave something the whole family can enjoy. Once the sun goes down, it's time to light up the sky with fireworks! Read on to find out where the best firework displays will be in the Lake Area! 

Photo Credit:
Captain Ron's Bar & Grill
Date: Friday, July 3rd
Time: 9:30 pm - Dusk
Location: 82 Aloha Lane in Sunrise Beach
View by water at the 34.5 MM
Parking is limited; Arrive early.
Call for details: 573-374-5852
Boogie on the Barge
Date: Friday, July 3rd
Time: 9:45 pm - Dusk
Location: View by water at the 42.6 MM

City of Linn Creek
Date: Friday, July 3rd
Time: Dusk
Location: LOSA Soccer Fields
Call for details: 573-346-6200

Bear Bottom Resort

See Bridal Cave in a New "Light" 🕯️

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is one of America's most scenic caverns! If you've been on the tour before, you already know how scenic the journey is. If you've already been on the tour and you want to experience Bridal Cave differently, we have lantern cave tours at the Lake of the Ozarks. These special tours only happen Memorial Day through Labor Day on Saturday evenings. Read on to learn more about our lantern tour! 

When are the Lantern Tours?Our lantern tour is only offered on Saturday evening at 7pm, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Space is limited and you don't want to miss out on this unique experience of seeing our Missouri Show Cave just like the first explorers did!
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 of Bridal Cave, Lake of …

Reviews from Recent Cavers!

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, nature 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 family had a great experience at Bridal Cave. The cave itself is beautiful and our tour guide was so nice. She patiently answered all of the questions coming from our kiddos. Highly recommend!”
~Angie Harington Amos

“I love this place. I've been coming for years and will keep coming back. They always have the best tour guides, beautiful views and a nice fun tour.”
~Dan Jenkins 
Very neat place, first time there. We didnt go thru the caves but we did do the stone cleaning & that was really fun plus the store is very nice with beautiful items to ch…

Lake of the Ozarks Staycation -- Things to Do in Your Backyard!

How many times of you said, “We can go do that anytime as it is right here.” And then 30 years go by and you haven’t seen it. With travel uncertain, now more than ever is the time to explore your own backyard. The Lake of the Ozarks has so many incredible things to do and if you live here, why not take advantage of the area you live in! Even if you are a local, there may be places and attractions you've never heard of! Read on to get a full guide from your friends at Bridal Cave

Look For Things off the Beaten Path 
Camden County Museum
206 S Locust St, Linn Creek, MO 65052
Our museum is perfect for self guided tours. We also offer group tours by appointment. Historical journals and publications, genealogy services and vintage exhibits. Our exhibits include tools, clothing, furniture, firearms and Civil War memorabilia as well as the new addition of the Indian relics display.
Fire Tower in Camdenton
783 Thunder Mountain Rd, Camdenton, MO 65020

Camdenton Lookout, a 60' steel tower…

Camdenton Middle School Student Conducts Research Inside Bridal Cave!

When you take a tour of Bridal Cave you get to enjoy both a fun and educational experience, one of the many reasons visitors enjoy the tour. There is a lot to learn about our cave ecosystem and a Camdenton Middle School student took advantage of this by completing her Science Fair project about algae growth inside our cave. Read on to learn about her project!

Cassidy Hannigan a student at Camdenton Middle School recently did a project on Cave Algae this last school year for her Science Research class. 

Cassidy Hannigan found in her research that the lighting inside show caves can cause algae to grow on the cave walls, and that bleach and hydrogen peroxide is often used to remove the algae. The algae itself as well as the harsh chemicals used for cleaning both negatively impact delicate cave ecosystems. Cassidy hypothesized that exposing algae to green light inside a cave would disrupt the process of photosynthesis, therefore preventing algae growth, while still allowing visitors to see …

Did Your Venue Cancel Your Wedding? 😭 Reschedule at One of Our Gorgeous Venues!

With the recent health concerns over the last few months, many engaged couples have had to cancel and reschedule their weddings. It's possible that your wedding venue doesn't have a clear idea when they plan to reopen and start accepting new dates. If you're looking for a new wedding venue because of this, Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park have three wedding venues at the Lake of the Ozarks with plenty of availability! We want to help make your special day come true -- read on to learn about our wedding venues.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Webster Photography  Award-Winning Bridal Chapel inside Bridal Cave  Right inside our cavern at the Lake of the Ozarks is a beautiful stalactite adorned Bridal Chapel that can accommodate up to 50 guests (standing room only). Selected by Glamour Magazine as on the top 10 unique Wedding Venues in America, you will be surrounded by mother nature's beauty as you say your "I do's." Bridal Cave is a constant 60 degrees, so no ma…

Have an Adventure at Bridal Cave Memorial Day Weekend!

It’s a big holiday weekend - Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial kickoff to summer. We are excited to be open and giving tours of our Lake of the Ozarks Cave after being closed for an extended period of time with the recent health concerns. When you visit the park, you can rest assured that we are taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. Head over to to see what we are doing! Read on to find out what exciting things are in store at our natural attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks and in the Lake Area.

Start Your Weekend With an Adventure at Bridal Cave! Start your holiday vacation out with America's most scenic cave tourBridal 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's also educational!
Enjoy O…

📢 Bridal Cave is Open! ❤️ COVID-19 Guidelines

We can’t begin to tell you how exited our staff and our company is to be opening up for the season! We are ready to kick off a fantastic summer season here at the Lake of the Ozarks and cannot wait to see more visitors in the park again. The reopening of our natural attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks does come with a few guidelines to ensure both the safety of guests and staff at Bridal Cave. Read on to find out how we are taking action to exceed the guidelines of the CDC.

A  Few Words From Our General Manager, Steve Thompson “Hi, this is Steve Thompson from Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park. I cannot tell you how happy my staff and I are to announce the reopening of the lake's premiere natural attraction! From cave tour to nature trails and rock shops to weddings - the park is open for business. We just wanted you to rest assured we are meeting and exceeding all the CDC guidelines for the safety of our guests. When you are ready to get back to nature, we'll be ready to …

Bridal Cave is Honored to be on the Cover of the 2020 Official Missouri Travel Guide

Now that Spring is on the horizon we are gearing up and getting excited about travel season kicking off. If you're looking for fun things to do in Missouri, The Missouri Travel Guide has a plethora of information for everything you need to know about traveling in Missouri. This year, our Lake of the Ozarks attraction is honored to be selected as the cover photo for the 2020 Official Missouri Travel Guide! Read on to learn more about the Missouri Travel Guide and read the official press release!


Steve Thompson General Manager of Bridal Cave states “We were pleasantly surprised to hear the announcement that Bridal Cave was selected to not only be on the front, but also the back, of the first ever wrap around cover for the statewide travel guide. In addition, to the best of our knowledge, no other Missouri Cave has been featured on the cover of this publication.”

For years, Missouri has been unofficially nicknamed as “The Cave State” with ove…

Spring is Officially Here at Thunder Mountain Park

It may be a few more weeks until spring actually gets here but spring has sprung here at Thunder Mountain Park! The weather is warming up and we opened up our sluice for the season! Bridal Cave has offered visitors the chance to pan for gemstones from bags of sand (plus a lot more) into our sluice for many years! The beautiful gemstone treasures that are found make excellent trip souvenirs.

What is a sluice? Just in case you aren't familiar with what we are talking about, here is an explanation. A sluice is a water channel that is controlled at the head by a gate. When the gate is lifted, water flows from a tower through the sluice. Guests are invited to dump a sluice bag full of sand (and more) into the channel of clear, pristine water and pan for the gemstones which are hidden within the sand.
Sluice Bags  Guests can enjoy finding unique gemstones to take home from panning in our sluice. We offer a variety of bags to choose from with different price points and treasures th…