Family Adventure at the Lake of the Ozarks: A Vacation to Remember

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Family Adventure at the Lake of the Ozarks: A Vacation to Remember


Planning a family vacation can be both exciting and daunting, but the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri offers the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure for all ages. Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, this expansive lake is renowned for its beautiful scenery, thrilling water activities, and family-friendly attractions. Here’s a comprehensive guide to making the most of your family vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Where to Stay


Choosing the right accommodation can set the tone for your vacation. The Lake of the Ozarks boasts a range of lodging options, from luxury resorts to cozy cabins. We recommend staying at a resort, such as Old Kinderhook Golf Resort & Spa. Not only are resorts like these located on the lake, but they offer a wealth of dining options and amenities to keep your family fueled and thoroughly entertained.

As a destination for all seasons, Old Kinderhook Resort & Spa offers lake access, 3 salt water pools, fitness center, tennis/pickle ball/basketball courts and sand volleyball courts in the summer. In the winter, the resort offers a fantastic ice rink with multiple fire pits and outdoor cabana bar. Located on the Lake of the Ozarks, Old Kinderhook is a year-round resort ideal for vacations, weekend getaways, and one-of-a-kind events.

Sea ‘n Green at Old Kinderhook is a beautifully appointed private Lake Ozark home on the 14th fairway of Old Kinderhook Resort.

This beautiful private villa is completely updated and is a luxurious and relaxing respite from the demands of your busy life. Sleeping 10 comfortably, you will find 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms.

The main level includes 2 bedrooms, two full bathrooms, laundry room, kitchen, dining, living room, and four season sunroom with an outdoor sectional sofa and additional dining table- the perfect place to relax and have a drink, read a book, or play a game!

The walk out lower level gives a secondary place to relax or entertain. It offers a ping pong table, second living room, wet bar with fridge and wine cooler, and a bookcase full of board games and puzzles. The walk out lower level also has 2 bedrooms and another full bathroom. The lower level walks out to a large patio with a 8 person dining table and a Weber propane BBQ grill. The patio is just steps away from the 14th fairway and the views are spectacular! 8 Adirondack chairs and a corn hole game await you on the lawn.

All bedrooms and living spaces have smart TV's and you’ll enjoy FREE WIFI throughout the home. The lake, lodge, pro shop, and restaurants are only a short walk down the road. Come experience the best location at the best resort in the Lake of the Ozarks today!




Fun on the Water


The lake itself is the star of the show, offering countless opportunities for water-based fun.

- Boating and Jet Skiing: Rent a boat or jet ski to explore the lake’s many coves and inlets. Many rental companies provide life jackets and safety instructions, ensuring a safe adventure for the whole family.

- Fishing: The Lake of the Ozarks is a fishing paradise. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a novice, the lake’s abundant fish species, including bass, catfish, and crappie, promise a rewarding experience. Local guides are available for hire if you need a bit of expert advice.

- Swimming and Beaches: Several public beaches, such as the ones at Lake of the Ozarks State Park and Ha Ha Tonka State Park, offer safe swimming areas. These spots are perfect for a relaxing day by the water with a picnic.


On Land Adventures


There’s plenty to do on land as well, ensuring that your family is entertained throughout your stay.

- Ha Ha Tonka State Park: Explore the ruins of a turn-of-the-century stone castle, hike scenic trails, and marvel at the park’s natural springs. The park’s diversity of landscapes makes it a hit with kids and adults alike.

- Big Surf Waterpark: The Biggest, Fastest, Funnest, Safest, Cleanest, Number One-en-est Family Fun Waterpark at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri since 1988!

- Miner Mike’s Adventure Town: This indoor family fun center features arcade games, go-karts, and a mini roller coaster. It’s a great place to visit if the weather isn’t cooperating.

- Ozarks Amphitheater: Check out the local events schedule for concerts and shows at this outdoor venue. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy live entertainment under the stars. With Old Kinderhook just a mere 10 minutes from the Ozark Amphitheater, attending concerts couldn't be more convenient. As the nearest lodging resort to the venue, we aim to enhance your experience by providing shuttle transportation to and from the event. Enjoy the enchanting backdrop of the Ozarks while immersing yourself in live music, all without the hassle of logistics. Let us handle the details for you, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable concert experience. Check out the list below for upcoming concerts at the amphitheater.

- Resort Amenities: Beat the heat and bask in the sunshine at Old Kinderhook. Whether you prefer lounging by the pool with a refreshing drink in hand or sinking your toes into the soft sand by the lake, our summer oasis offers the perfect escape from the heat. Dive into fun-filled days of swimming, sunbathing, and relaxation as you soak up the beauty of Lake of the Ozarks. While staying at the resort, be sure to check out the sand volleyball courts, play a round of golf, enjoy a few games of pickleball, tennis or basketball. The resort also offers a fitness center, multiple salt water pools, walking paths and a full service spa.

Tee Off in Paradise: Challenge yourself on the Tom Weiskopf-designed, 18-hole championship golf course at Old Kinderhook. The course boasts meticulously manicured fairways, challenging greens, and stunning lake views. This summer, take advantage of our "Twilight Golf" special, offering discounted rates beginning at 2pm. Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a beginner, our PGA-certified professionals offer lessons and clinics to help you improve your game.


Dining Options


After a day of adventures, refuel at one of the many family-friendly restaurants around the lake. The Lake of the Ozarks offers all types of settings and cuisines. Old Kinderhook Resort offers several dining options on campus, including the premier dining establishment, The Trophy Room. Treat your taste buds to an award-winning dining experience at The Trophy Room. Featuring a menu that changes with the seasons, showcasing fresh, local ingredients, our talented chefs create exquisite dishes. This summer, embark on a culinary adventure with thoughtfully crafted dishes, or enjoy a leisurely Sunday Brunch on the patio, surrounded by the beauty of the Missouri landscape.

Or plan ahead and utilize the slow cooker at our rental home so when you get home, dinner is ready! Our kitchen at Sea 'n Green is fully stocked for those who wish to cook dinners in or BBQ on our Weber gas grill. 



Tips for a Smooth Vacation


  1. Plan Ahead: Summer is a popular time at the lake, so make reservations for accommodations and activities well in advance.
  2. Safety First: Ensure everyone wears life jackets when on the water, and keep an eye on weather conditions.
  3. Pack Smart: Bring plenty of sunscreen, insect repellent, and comfortable clothing for both water and land activities.


The Lake of the Ozarks is a treasure trove of family fun, offering something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, this beautiful destination promises an unforgettable vacation. Pack your bags and get ready to create lasting memories at the Lake of the Ozarks!