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What to Do at the Lake of the Ozarks With Kids

by Amy Sutton, studioD

Lake of the Ozarks, nestled in the heart of Missouri, is a bustling resort town that draws visitors from all over the world each year. With more than 55,000 acres of water and more than 1,150 miles of shoreline, this lake spreads out over numerous towns, including Osage Beach, Camdenton and Sunrise Beach. If you're planning a visit to the area, you'll find a wide variety of kid-friendly activities both on and off the water. Lake of the Ozarks was named as one of America's healthiest beaches and lake getaways by CNN.com in 2009.

Water Parks

You can take your kids to splash and play at one of the area water parks. At Tan-Tar-A Resort, you'll find the Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark. Here, your children can play in the 3-story tree house with interactive spray features and a 6-foot-wide wooden dump bucket that dumps more than 600 gallons of water every minute. They can also float down the lazy river or zip down one of the water slides. You can also visit Big Surf Waterpark during the summer. Inside, your family can enjoy thrills on the waterslides, relax while floating down the 600-foot lazy river or splash in the 375,000 gallon wave pool. Younger children can play on Splash Island, a zero-entry pool with water levels reaching no more than 18 inches and featuring squirting animals, water bikes, mini slides and a water teeter-totter.

Rainy Day Fun

If you're looking for a fun way to entertain the kids on a rainy or cold day, head on over to Miner Mike's Indoor Family Fun Center. This 35,000-square foot facility features an assortment of family activities, such as arcade games, rides, simulators and an indoor playground. You can even grab something to eat while you're there at Buster's. You could also take your children on a cave tour at Ozark Caverns. Make your way underground to explore all of the amazing features of the cave, like helictites, soda straws, stalagmites and the Angel Showers, an unusual part of the cave where a never-ending shower of water flows from the ceiling of rock.

Lake Activities

A trip to the Lake of the Ozarks isn't complete without enjoying some of the activities available on the lake. Take your family for a swim at one of the two public beaches around the lake or plan a fishing trip. You can fish from land at one of the public access points around the lake, or charter a fishing trip through one of the charter services like Lake Ozark River Fishing Guide. If you're looking for something a bit more exciting, you can also go parasailing on the lake at Paradise Parasail.

Go-Karts and Mini Golf

Stop by Sugar Creek Mini Golf for some family fun. You and your children can play a game of miniature golf on one of two 18-hole courses, making your way around waterfalls, bridges, a handmade water wheel and natural creeks. Or, go to Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, where your family can play a game of miniature golf on the Captain's Course, or if you're up for a challenge, try Blackbeard's Challenge Course. If you're looking for some go-kart fun, head over to Gran Rally Karts, where you'll find tracks with hair pin turns and plenty of action.

About the Author

Amy Sutton began writing professionally in 2010. The majority of her work has been published on fitness, health-related and parenting websites. Sutton is well-versed and passionate about parenting, fitness and health issues.

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