Lake of the Ozarks Two-Day Itinerary | Midwest Living

Lake of the Ozarks Two-Day Itinerary

This reservoir in central Missouri has a rep as a full-throttle boating vacation destination.
Water trampolines, parasailing and sailboats get visitors on the lake at Eagle's Nest Resort in Sunrise Beach.
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Ha Ha Tonka State Park.
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Grandma's Candy Kitchen.
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Day 1

On the Rise Bakery and Woodfired Bistro’s breakfast menu includes baked vanilla bean French toast, lobster and chive omelets, and classic eggs Benedict.

Sandy beaches, 12 hiking trails, horseback riding and lantern-lit cave tours attract visitors to Lake of the Ozarks State Park.

You’ll find authentic Cajun cuisine at Shorty Pants Lounge; try the alligator eggs (baked jalapeño peppers stuffed with cheese and wrapped in prosciutto).

At Bridgeport Boat Rental, choose from speedboats, pontoons and fishing boats for your afternoon lake time.

Hand-cut steaks and battered onion rings at J. Bruner’s Restaurant make a no-brainer for dinner.

Lakefront resort Tan-Tar-A sprawls over 420 acres and features an indoor water park, horseback riding, water sports and a family game room (from $99).

Day 2

The activities at the resort easily fill a day. For other adventures, the friendly fishing guides at Hook’em Guide Service teach newbies how to bait up and take experienced fishermen to the best spots on the lake for reeling in big catches.

When it’s time for lunch, Baxter’s Lakeside Grille has one of the best views. Pair a swordfish Caprese sandwich with the signature Baxter’s Sunset cocktail: part mango margarita and part raspberry daiquiri.

Golfers love staying at Old Kinderhook resort (from $195) to play the practice greens and 18-hole course. In the resort’s Trophy Room, dine on filet medallions encrusted with porcini mushrooms.

More information: Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau (800) 386-5253;

Day Trip

Five miles southwest of Camdenton, Ha Ha Tonka State Park contains more than 15 miles of trails and the striking ruins of an early-20th-century castle. Check out all the topographical and geographical points of interest carved on the relief map made of stone. (573) 346-2986;

Bring the Kids

Lake Ozark Guests pose for old-time photos, sample frozen drinks from a huge steel lemon and take selfies with a two-story-tall Native American statue on the touristy Bagnell Dam Strip in this city’s downtown. Visit Grandma’s Candy Kitchen, known for penny candy, fudge and saltwater taffy. (800) 386-5253;




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