FREE Family Fun Activities at Lake of the Ozarks!

There are a lot of family fun activities at Lake of the Ozarks, making it the perfect summer getaway.  We know when you are deciding where to take your next trip, having fun things to do is as important as the place you stay.  In addition to the many activities to enjoy while in the area from golfing, great food, boating, go carts, mini golf and more, the area has FREE fun activities that are a must when visiting.  If you are planning on visiting the Lake of the Ozarks, you need to book your Lake of the Ozarks lodging property now!  Keys to the Lake is the best lodging property at Lake of the Ozarks and we still have some condos, cabins, and homes available for rent. These units are perfect for any size family. Check out some of our FREE family fun activities to enjoy while visiting the area.

Relax at the Public Beaches at Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is home to the largest state park in the state of Missouri.  With 17,441 acres of fun that includes two public beaches, boat launch areas, airport, hiking trails, horse trails and more.  

You can make an entire day out of visiting the beaches here at Lake of the Ozarks and the best part is they are FREE to visit.  Public Beach #2 is located in Osage Beach while Public Beach #1 is located in Kaiser right outside of Lake Ozark.  Both offer something different but are great places to swim and let the kids play.  Grab your swimming gear, a cooler and pack a picnic to enjoy when swimming at the FREE sand beaches at Lake of the Ozarks.    

Explore the Castle Ruins at Ha Ha Tonka State Park

The Lake of the Ozarks Ha Ha Tonka State Park covers 3,600 acres on the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks.  There are 12 hiking trails (16 miles total) of various terrains.  There are eight known caves and numerous picnic areas.  This one of a kind state park is also home to castle ruins. The castle is one of the most visited attractions at Lake of the Ozarks and once you go, you will see why.  As you walk up to this majestic landmark, there are many stations to read about the history of the castle and how it came to be a state park. If you feel adventurous you can hike up to the castle as well, but count on a good work out doing it. Make this a must see when visiting the Lake of the Ozarks.   

Take In The Amazing Views At The Historic Bagnell Dam Overlook

Even though the Lake of the Ozarks is only 75 years old, this area is rich in history.  The historic Bagnell Dam is an attraction many visitors from all over like to explore.  Located high in the hillside is a FREE overlook to see the entire Dam from a bird's eye view.  The overlook has many information signs explaining the dam and how it came about.  

Hailed as the most skillful engineering feat of its day, actual construction of Bagnell Dam (and what was at that time the world¹s largest man-made lake), began August 6, 1929, by Union Electric Company of St. Louis, MO (now AmerenUE).

Once cleared, the reservoir was outlined. The Osage River was impounded and the lake began to fill on February 2, 1931. The lake was opened to travel May 30, 1931. Backwaters extended up the Niangua, Grand Glaize, Grand and Pomme de Terre rivers. The reservoir encompasses 92 square miles or some 54,000 acres of which 30,000 acres required clearing.

The dam is of concrete gravity type, 2,543ft long. It consists of a 511ft long power station, 520ft long spillway section and two non-overflow retaining sections adjacent to the river banks. The dam supports a concrete highway structure, which includes a 20ft wide roadway and a 3ft sidewalk, both spanning the entire length of the dam. The 215,000-kilowatt capacity power plant provides electricity to a large area of the state.

The Lake covers 54,000 acres, impounds 646 billion gallons of water and has 1,150 miles of cove indented shoreline. These immense statistical facts have created the opportunity for the spectacular tourism area we all enjoy today. Thousands of visitors travel here every year to enjoy the beauty and recreation that was brought about by the Great Osage River Project.

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Admire The National Mother's Shrine

This Shrine is known as the Mothers' Shrine and is one of the most meaningful shrines in the country.  It was constructed in the mid- 1980's as a way to honor Mary the mother of Jesus and to handle the overflow crowds at the summer church services. In, 2003, the Shrine was recognized as the 16th National Shrine in the United States.

With a beautiful fourteen foot sculpture of Mother Mary standing over the fountains, it is a spectacular site.  To truly appreciate the beauty, you have to see this for yourself.  People come from all over the nation to look at the Mothers' Wall of Life with names of mothers engraved in black granite.  This is a gift many give their mothers that last a lifetime. This local attraction is worth the trip and a landmark in the Lake of the Ozarks. You don't have to attend the church service or have any specific denominations to see the beauty that lies at the Shrine. 

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It is time to plan your Lake of the Ozarks trip.  The above FREE family fun attractions make your trip even more affordable.  The Lake Area has plenty to keep everyone in the family busy and Keys to the Lake has plenty of lodging properties to stay while visiting.  Make memories this summer and take a trip to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks!

At Keys to the Lake, we offer vacation homes and condos at the Lake of the Ozarks. When you stay with us, we strive to provide you with many different room options, from large homes to cozy condos, we're sure you'll find just what you need to have a relaxing and enjoyable getaway to the Lake of the Ozarks. To book your stay with Keys to the Lake, call 573-964-5397. 

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