Missouri has fascinating big-city destinations like Kansas City and St. Louis, but if it’s a cabin vacation you’re craving, you can find plenty of nature and the great outdoors in the state, too. Popular recreation spots like Table Rock Lake and the Lake of the Ozarks are good places to start looking for cabins in Missouri. You can expect tons of options in peaceful wooded settings or scenic lakeside locations, where activities like hiking, boating, and swimming begin right outside your doorstep.

Table Rock Lake vacation rentals

With 800 miles of shoreline, it shouldn’t be difficult to claim a spot in Table Rock Lake for some fun on both water and land. You’ve got the freedom to fill your vacation days here with as much or as little action as you like. There’s parasailing, wakeboarding, and waterskiing if you’re looking for thrills and spills, while a vast selection of tree-shaded areas along the shore offer serenity and solitude if you’d rather sit down with a book and a picnic spread. Moonshine Beach is popular for swimming and sunbathing, and Table Rock State Park features hiking and cycling trails. You can also visit nearby Talking Rocks Cavern, where you can join a guided tour of the vertical cave and see the rock formations inside, as well as learn about the cave’s history and discovery. When you need a break from the physical demands of outdoor exploration, you can climb aboard the Showboat Branson Belle for a 2-hour cruise with food and live entertainment. Or, simply kick back in your lakefront getaway cabin and enjoy the views of the water, perhaps from the deck chairs or the outdoor hot tub.

Cabins for rent in Branson

Boredom isn’t an option in Branson, an Ozarks destination that promises tons of fun and entertainment for the whole family. Neon-lit 76 Country Boulevard, the most popular road in town, is a good starting point for sightseeing. You’ll find a row of museums, theaters, and live music venues here, including the Dolly Parton's Stampede dinner theater and the Hollywood Wax Museum. The 1880s-themed Silver Dollar City amusement park is also located in this tourist hotspot, as is the Titanic Museum, where you’ll get to experience what it was like to be a passenger on the doomed ship. If you want a dose of nature and the outdoors, you can head to Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo for fishing, boating, paddling, and more. Alternatively, soak up the picturesque Ozark Mountains scenery from the Branson Scenic Railway’s vintage trains, which will take you on a 40-mile ride through the countryside. Branson vacation home rentals catering to families are plentiful, and large groups will have no problem finding spacious getaway cabins with multiple bedrooms and loads of living space. You can also choose cabin rentals with leisure facilities like pool or foosball tables, or a vacation home that includes access to swimming pools and sports facilities inside a resort.

Lake of the Ozarks getaway cabins

Created by the Bagnell Dam, the serpentine Lake of the Ozarks is one of the largest reservoirs in the US. The lake is a popular vacation spot in Missouri, thanks to the wealth of recreational activities on offer. You can take to the water and go swimming, boating, or fishing, or stay on land and visit Lake of the Ozarks State Park, the largest and most popular state park in Missouri. Pack a picnic lunch and find a scenic spot in the park that overlooks the lake, or explore the hiking and horseback riding trails. When you need to cool off, dive into either of the park's 2 swimming beaches. You can also tour Bridal Cave, go on a lake cruise, or take the kids to Big Surf Waterpark. You’ll find Lake of the Ozarks cabin rentals in cities like Osage Beach, Lake Ozark, and Camdenton. There’s a wide array of waterfront properties, many of which come with private docks for boating and fishing. Once you’re satisfied with the day’s catch, toss the fish on the grill of your cabin and enjoy an al fresco meal on your furnished deck views of the lakefront scenery. On chilly evenings, you can keep warm by the fire pit while roasting marshmallows, or in the hot tub with a glass of bubbly within arm’s reach.