The 10 Best Things to Do in Lake Ozark, United States

December 10, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Discover the best top things to do in Lake Ozark, United States including Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Willmore Lodge, Ozark Distillery, Swinging Bridge, Bagnell Dam, Zippy's Ziplines @ Turtle Hill Eco Park, Osage Beach Outlet Marketplace, Shawnee Bluff Winery, Lemans Fun Park, Shawnee Bluff Vineyards.
Restaurants in Lake Ozark

1. Lake of the Ozarks State Park

403 Highway 134, Kaiser, MO 65047-0170 +1 573-348-2694
Excellent
48%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Enjoy the solitude of an undeveloped cove hidden along the shorelines of one of Missouri’s largest lakes. Swim, fish, boat or simply take in the view from a shady campsite or picnic area overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks. The park offers the opportunity to enjoy a variety of recreational activities on the lake, on shore or underground with a tour of Ozark Caverns.

Reviewed By Wolfeaj - Linn, Missouri

Our family rented 4 spots over the recent holiday weekend at this state park. Some of us had been there before, others hadn’t. The park itself is very large and has multiple loops – most loops had a playground area and/or shower house. Some interior roads may be hard to navigate for larger campers as there are many trees right along the thin roads. We’ve stayed at many state parks over the years and have to say this we were really underwhelmed with the staff and camp hosts at this particular park. There were bad storms forecasted for the Saturday of our stay – including the potential for tornados; service is incredibly spotty in the park so we had questions about safety etc that were not answered well. We went out Saturday morning (weather wasn’t bad then) and returned to find the power out due to a tree falling on a line. We asked at the check in station when electric would be restored and what safety measures were in place for the upcoming storms in the afternoon. We were told (when I asked specific questions only) that there are no sirens in the park, they didn’t know if you could hear sirens from town and that if there was lightening and wind we should take shelter in a bathhouse and they would “try” to send a ranger around to warn folks. So we proceeded back to our sites to decide what our plan was and realized the shower house was locked, so someone makes another trip back up to the station and is told the bathrooms are locked since the power is out. We warned others in our area and left to take shelter at a local family member’s house; when we left we did see a park ranger out that people were walking up to and getting info/weather. When we returned there were several trees down and power was still out.
The point of this long winded post is to warn folks that if you are camping here, you need to be weather aware and take action on your own as it is obvious they don’t have any means of warning everyone at once. Would be wonderful if state parks had a siren/intercom system since most do not have very good cell service.

2. Willmore Lodge

1 Willmore Ln, Lake Ozark, MO 65049-7158 +1 800-451-4117
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 155 reviews

Willmore Lodge

Reviewed By Marcia G - Lake Ozark, Missouri

We love going here with the kids. Especially on a hot day. The view is spectacular and the small museum is great. It does not take long and is very interesting. They have rocking chairs and checkers set up so if you just want to rest you can. I also like the coupons they have. Great place to start your visit to the lake area.

3. Ozark Distillery

1684 Highway Kk, Osage Beach, MO 65065-4815 +1 573-348-2449
Excellent
91%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 162 reviews

Ozark Distillery

Ozark Distillery is a small family owned and operated craft distillery offering hand crafted spirits. We produce Corn Whiskey Moonshine, Bourbon Whiskey, Premium Vodka, Apple Pie Moonshine, Blackberry Moonshine, Vanilla Bean Moonshine and Butterscotch Moonshine. We offer tastings Tuesday thru Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Free tours on Saturdays. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and tastings follow free tour.

Reviewed By 68410 - Nebraska City, Nebraska

We showed up and were taken into his “work shop” . Where he came out and started joking with the crowd of 20 + people. He told us how he got started which was when he was 16 making beer for friend’s. Then he walked us into his life one story at a time this was very interesting. He also had a batch of something I can not remember what it was called but we could look into it and smell it then he told us what it was and what he did with it . He also showed us how he makes Apple Spice Moon Shine. After wards we got to buy product and he has a sheet of paper so that you know what to mix with what. This is a 5 star attraction for sure.

4. Swinging Bridge

Highway 42, Ozarks State Park, Osage Beach, MO 72560
Excellent
49%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 166 reviews

Swinging Bridge

Reviewed By Travelwithnise - Orlando, Florida

We simply saw this on the map while driving across country, so we excuse the pun swung by. You have to drive quite a way in, and there is really nothing there but 2 suspension bridges 1000 feet apart that carry traffic one way. Hubby drove the f250 across, while I walked haha with out problems. A little bridge groan, and some crackling wood. The 2 bridges were built in 1922 & 1925, the wire suspension bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Although an inspection conducted in 2015 rated it structurally deficient due to its poor superstructure condition, that doesn’t stop daily traffic from locals and the looking Lou’s from crossing it.

There is a nice place to swim and the river looks nice for a little kayak. I am not sure if the creek and land are private so you might ask before you put something in the creek.

5. Bagnell Dam

Lake of Ozarks, Osage Beach, MO 65049 +1 800-552-7583
Excellent
33%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 244 reviews

Bagnell Dam

Reviewed By RockingT-Ranch - Edmond, Oklahoma

While the dam may be the main focal point, it's the area surrounding the dam that is really happening. Shops, restaurants and more line the road leading to the dam. It's cool to drive across, once on the other side their are scenic overlooks just a short turn to the left or right off the main road. If your in the area, this is the place to go!

6. Zippy's Ziplines @ Turtle Hill Eco Park

172 Home Place Road, Eldon, MO 65026
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Zippy's Ziplines @ Turtle Hill Eco Park

Reviewed By Bj12345

Two adults and five children from 3-14 Ziplined today. The three lines were fun, but not super long or super thrilling. One of the adults and two of the children had zipped on a much longer course. The younger kids and the other adult were first timers. The equipment was very safe and felt secure.
Even the three year old was able to participate.
The hosts were very nice people. We enjoyed the visiting with them as well as the Ziplines! In addition to the Ziplines, there were toys-hula hoops, swings, soft yard darts, a fire pit, and other things for the kids to play. This was great while waiting for your turn or if some didn't want to participate.
One of the lines is likely to be accessible to persons with mobility difficulties-it starts and ends at ground level.
We enjoyed the couple of hours there. I would not recommend if you are experienced Zipliners looking for thrilling trips, but would highly recommend if you are a first timer, or if you have younger children or have physical disabilities.

7. Osage Beach Outlet Marketplace

4540 Osage Beach Pkwy, Osage Beach, MO 65065-2358 +1 573-348-2065
Excellent
34%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 382 reviews

Osage Beach Outlet Marketplace

Located in the Lake of the Ozarks, a popular family vacation spot. Enjoy savings of 25% to 65% every day at 110 designer and name brand outlet stores including Adidas, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Nautica, Nike, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more.

Reviewed By ritarealtor - Arkansas

Yes some stores have left and yes they are struggling==great deals to be had! We found awesome prices probably because they are struggling. Come get great deals and help the mall grow back:) i personally love taking a trip and coming here to shop instead of gaining weight sitting in my recliner shopping lol. This is better for me and I found tops for less than Goodwill at some stores. We love American Eagle, Aeropostle, Lane Bryant, Chicos, Publishers Warehouse, the chocolate shop and Under Armor!!

8. Shawnee Bluff Winery

2430 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO 65049-9700 +1 573-365-9935
Excellent
61%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 132 reviews

Shawnee Bluff Winery

Reviewed By dew417 - Kansas City, Kansas

The wine wasn't very good and the customer service we experienced was pretty terrible. Our waitress, who said she was one of the managers, was friendly, but was busy doing other things that needed her attention. Another woman brought our food out (after almost an hour wait) and was so over the top rude. She was extremely put out that we asked for napkins and silverware. She reluctantly brought them to us but made several sassy comments to us like it was our fault.

9. Lemans Fun Park

100 Stanton Dr at Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO +1 573-365-5551
Excellent
41%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Lemans Fun Park

Reviewed By Lake_Food_Detective - Camdenton, Missouri

We love go karts and this is one of the best tracks around. I feel like it's very long and that's good going around in circles is no fun. They keep their carts in good shape and the staff is very good with folks. Very helpful. I think they always try to hire well-mannered young people. We appreciate that.

10. Shawnee Bluff Vineyards

8 Tolwood Rd, Lake Ozark, MO 65049 +1 573-365-1100
Excellent
33%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Shawnee Bluff Vineyards

Reviewed By Susan W - Norwalk, Iowa

We went here for a concert, which we great seats in front row. This was just a little to close for it was hard to hear the band members as they song. The road into the place needs a lot of work. Don't drive off the side you wll not get out of the very large ditch. The park lot was good, unless you came late and had to park up on a hill. After the concert they were taking people to there cars. Sad part was this is a vineyard, and you couldn't get a sample of wine Crazy right, You have people coming form different parts of the US and you don't give samples of you wine. I know if my husband would have been able to taste he would have bought a bottle or more. Don't want to buy when you don't know if you will like it. Not sure we would travel this after again, just depends who is playing.

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