Set among the forested peaks of the Ozarks in the heart of Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks is a perenially popular vacation destination in the Show Me State. Nicknamed "The Magic Dragon" because of its serpentine shape, the lake's many bends are a playground for maritime merriment of all kinds, from boating to fishing to swimming, plus an great party spot. In addition, the area around the lake is home to state parks, numerous golf courses, amusement parks, and cultural attractions. With a vast array of house rentals to choose from, there's sure to be one for every taste.
Lake house rentals for aquatic fun
The biggest attraction of the Lake of the Ozarks area is, of course, the fun-filled waters of the lake itself. As a result of its sinewy turns, the arms of the lake create fantastic spots for swimming, boating, world-class fishing, and kayaking, not to mention just floating lazily on an inflatable raft. In addition to these tamer diversions, there's also Anderson Hollow Cove, better known as Party Cove, a lively playground for those who prefer watery revelry. Whether you want to get wet and wild or cruise contentedly, choose a lake house rental with a private dock for tying up your boat in order to get the best from your time on the water.
Vacation rentals for the nature lover
The natural beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks will melt the heart of even the most cynical city dweller. For the nature lover, however, it is a veritable wonderland. Two state parks anchor the southern portion of the lake: Lake of the Ozarks State Park, the largest in Missouri, which boasts miles of trails, shoreline, and abundant wildlife, and Ha Ha Tonka State Park, known for the presence of a ruined mansion modeled on European castles. Missouri is also known as the Cave State, and the area around Lake of the Ozarks features several amazing examples of these unique geological formations. Ozark Caverns, famous for Angels Shower, and Bridal Cave, a popular wedding location, are two top sites. With the parks open year-round, the low season can be the great time to book. Just be sure to choose a cozy cottage with a hot tub to warm up and unwind.
Lake house rentals for relaxing retreats
If cruising the waters, hiking trails, or exploring caves is more exertion than you're looking for, not to worry. Lake of the Ozarks has plenty to offer the visitor looking for a more restful time. There are several spas in the area around the lake, not to mention top-tier shopping at both name brand outlets and local antique shops and flea markets, plus fantastic dining options and wineries. Numerous golf courses line the banks of the river as well, offering pristine fairways and picturesque views tee to green. For lovers of the links, make sure to book a vacation rental right on the course for walk-on access.
Vacation rentals for family fun
Should you ever tire of all the options for fun on the water, the area surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks offers a bounty of family-friendly entertainment choices. Within a short distance, you can try your courage on the big slides at Timber Falls and Big Surf water parks, grab some air at Jetz Trampoline Park, or test your wits at Lake Escape. If you want a little more culture, catch a world-class show at the Ozarks Amphitheater, or visit one of the many local museums for a bit of history. Book a lake house rental with an outdoor pool, or even a private beach, to keep the kids entertained.