Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. -
Send summer off in style at Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks over the Labor Day holiday weekend, Friday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 4.
The fun and entertainment goes year around at the Lake of the Ozarks, but the extended holiday weekend offers the perfect opportunity for families and friends to say so long to another summer season. As a long-standing tradition at the "Best Recreational Lake" in the nation, many Lake-area resorts will hold large-scale fireworks displays and other festivities to commemorate the changing of the seasons.
The weekend gets underway on Friday, Sept. 1 at Old Kinderhook Resort near Camdenton. The Family Fireworks Fun Fest begins at 5 p.m. and features live musical entertainment, face painting, clowns, bounce houses, sand castle building and an All-American cookout is available for $13. Fireworks will begin at dusk, around 9 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to join in the fun. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to make themselves comfortable as they enjoy the show. And, on Sunday and Monday, Old Kinderhook will host a two-day Labor Day Couples Scramble golf tournament. Entry for the tournament costs $400 per couple and includes two rounds of golf on Sunday and Monday, dinner and a dance on Sunday night, hole prizes and tee gifts. To find out more about the family fun fest, book lodging and/or register for the golf tournament, visit OldKinderhook.com or call 573-317-3500.
The Horny Toad Entertainment Complex at Camden on the Lake Resort and Marina hosts a "Contagious Labor Day Weekend," with repeat nightly live performances from one of the Lake area's favorite party bands, Contagious. This full-service resort in Lake Ozark has a well-earned reputation for hosting great bands and great parties, and Labor Day weekend will be no exception. The party kicks off on Friday and continues through Sunday night. Contagious, hailing from St. Louis, will perform on the outdoor boardwalk stage overlooking the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks playing contemporary and classic hits from a wide array of popular artists spanning the decades. Music starts at 9 p.m. and concludes around midnight on all three nights. For more details or to book a stay, visit www.CamdenOnTheLake.com.
Bear Bottom Resort, located in Sunrise Beach, will entertain weekend guests with live music during the resort's Skyy Summer Concert Series featuring Phat Mike and the Bartenders from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. On Saturday and Sunday nights, the resort will light up the sky with professional fireworks beginning at 9:45 p.m.
To find out more about the resort's holiday weekend activities or to reserve lodging for the festivities, call 573-374-6905 or visit www.BearBottomResort.com.
can enjoy a weekend
family fun during its "End of Summer Celebration." On Friday evening, guests can enjoy s'mores and a bonfire on the beach from 7-8 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a mini-golf extravaganza throughout the day, face painting, an all-American barbecue, watermelon eating contest, fun games, live music and a swim-up movie (The Sandlot, rated PG) in the Arrowhead Pool beginning at dusk. Sunday's schedule of activities mirror Saturday's with the addition of
an impressive fireworks display at dusk instead of a movie screening. Also on Sunday, the Tropic Island luxury yacht, which docks at Tan-Tar-A's marina, will have a sunset Lake cruise to watch the fireworks from the water. The cruise departs the marina at 7:30 p.m. and returns shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the cruise cost $30 per person and include light appetizers. Children three years of age and under are free. To book a fireworks cruise, call the Tropic Island at 573-348-0083.
For complete details on the weekend activities or to make reservations, call
On Saturday, Sept. 3, visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks can enjoy a scenic sunset cruise complete with fireworks on The Celebration II, one of the Lake's three luxury cruise yachts. This 100-plus-passenger vessel docks and departs from 1006 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, near Bagnell Dam on the historic "Strip" in Lake Ozark. Boarding takes place at 7 p.m. before departing at 7:30 p.m. to explore the beautiful surroundings of the Lake and watch the sunset. Fireworks take place around 9 p.m. before returning to the marina around 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children from 3-9 years of age and free for kids under 3 years. To purchase tickets or learn more about The Celebration and its two yachts, call 573-286-9980 or visit www.CruiseLakeoftheOzarks.com.
Weekend guests at The Lodge of Four Seasons, in Lake Ozark, will enjoy a fun evening on Sunday, Sept. 3 featuring face painting; clowns and other entertainment for children; food and snacks at Shutters at the Lake, The Lodge's casual dining restaurant; and a spectacular fireworks display beginning at dusk. To learn more about The Lodge of Four Seasons or to make reservations for lodging over the weekend, visit www.4SeasonsResort.com.
To learn more about all the fun events, attractions and activities, as well as additional lodging and dining options available all year at the
"Best Recreational Lake" in the Nation
, call the
Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau
, or visit the CVB's award-winning website,