Ways to Love Lake of the Ozarks
Chill out in a cave
Just a few feet beyond the entrance to Ozark Caverns, the temperature drops a good 30 degrees, from midsummer muggy to long-sleeves chilly. Later, with the entrance a twisty-turny quarter-mile back, the tour guide asks visitors to turn off their lanterns. Everyone gasps. "Darker than any other place on Earth!" guide Jocelyn Korsch jokes later. "You kind of have to see it to understand." Before the smallest spelunkers have a chance to get scared, lanterns flicker on again, illuminating the cave's calcium deposits, which drip off the walls like toothy monster grins.
The Caverns' home, Lake of the Ozarks State Park, also has hiking trails, horseback riding, beaches and boat rentals.