With life centered around the lake, a stay on Lake of the Ozarks offers easy access to activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming, as well as land-based recreational activities. Come enjoy the sights, shopping, and dining that make the area such a great vacation destination and enjoy our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals!
On Lake of the Ozarks, life is all about enjoying both the beauty and the activities that life along the shoreline provide. If you’ve been dreaming of a vacation on the water, why not choose a vacation rental that will allow you to enjoy the views even when you’ve headed back to your home away from home? Our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals boast premier access to the water, allowing its serenity to permeate every moment of your day.
From upscale lakefront condos to private homes along the shore, you’ll find a variety of Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals. Capturing the beauty and ambiance of this special area, many of our accommodations allow water views to filter in through the windows, acting as a constant reminder that you are indeed on vacation.
Find everything you need for daily living in our Lake of the Ozarks vacation homes. Fully appointed kitchens equipped with full-sized appliances and all the cookware you need to prepare meals provide an alternative to eating out for every meal. In addition, many of our homes are equipped with a grill, perfect for a backyard barbeque after a day on the lake. Put your feet up and relax at the end of the day in the comfortable living room, where you’ll find entertainment options perfect for a relaxing evening in.
Vacations are all about getting caught up on that much-needed rest, and you’ll find settling in for a good night’s sleep easy here in the comfortable master bedroom. Homes with multiple bedrooms offer plenty of room to spread out, perfect for multiple couples traveling together or families traveling with children.
You made it! You’re at your beautiful vacation home by JZ Vacation Rentals. What’s next? Well, it’s time to find some things to do in Lake of the Ozarks!
There’s plenty to choose from! With activities as varied as water sports to museums to shopping, there’s something here that every member of your family will love.
Because being outdoors is always high on the list of things to do in Lake of the Ozarks, let’s start there.
Did you know that Missouri is home to more than 6300 caves? And the area around Lake of the Ozarks has about 300 of ‘em! Here are some of the most popular:
Bridal Cave is arguably the most famous cave in the region, known for not just hosting weddings (3000+ to date!), but also for its fascinating formations, including massive columns, stalactites, stalagmites and draperies.
Jacob’s Cave is famous for its illusion of depth, reflecting pools, ceiling sponge-work, prehistoric animal skeletons (Mastadon, bear, and Peccary), and the world’s largest Geode.
Stark Caverns, like several of the other caves in the area, was once used by Native Americans. Later on, local settlers used it for both the storage of goods and the production of Moonshine. Stark Caverns boasts an underground lake and formations in addition to the fascinating rock formations.
What’s a vacation in Lake of the Ozarks without a day (or three) at the beach? Here are a few of our top choice:
Grand Glaize Beach is sometimes referred to as Public Beach #2 and is also located at Lake of the Ozarks
Because after all, what good is a vacation without a wild trip down a slide at a waterpark?? Check out some of our favorites:
Reading to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails? According to AllTrails.com, here are some of your best bets:
In addition to hiking, spending time outdoors in nature is always a balm for the soul! Be sure to visit our beautiful state parks, Ha Ha Tonka State Park and Lake of the Ozarks State Park, both of which offer many recreational opportunities, even if that means just sitting on the grass while enjoying a picnic!
The Lake of the Ozarks has a totally unique feature – the Aquatic Trail. This 9.75 mile self-guided trail provides boaters with a new perspective of the Lake of the Ozarks State Park as it’s viewed from the Lake. Each of the 14 stops are marked by an orange buoy.
Prefer just a leisurely trip around the lake? Perhaps you’re looking to do some fishing, waterskiing, or tubing. There are plenty of tour operators who will be glad to help you plan the day of your dreams!
With a dozen golf courses in the area, it won’t be hard to book your preferred tee time. Fore!
And what would a list of things to do in Lake of the Ozarks be without a nod to the shopping in the area?
From furniture to toys, games and books, to hemp products, to clothes, you’ll find what you seek! The Lake of the Ozarks CVB has a great alphabetical listing of all the awesome shops in the area.
We absolutely could not make a list of things to do in Lake of the Ozarks without adding a few of our favorites restaurants.
Some of the best seafood on the lake is found at JB Hooks. Make sure to try their Alaskan King Crab Legs or Stock Yards Filet Mignon!
Craving some sweet-n-smoky St. Louis barbecue? Head over to Sweet Smoke BBQ and make sure to get the brisket.
Great Italian food is always on the list of favorites. When you’re craving a particularly good pizza, take the family over to PaPPo’s Pizzeria
For an absolutely delicious and unique breakfast, take a drive over to On The Rise Bakery & Bistro. You’ll love it!
While you’re here, you simply must enjoy at least one meal with a lake view. Let it be the Paradise Restaurant & Bar. It’s going to be hard to choose between so many mouth-watering starters, entrees, and desserts!
Are you one of those people always on the lookout for the perfect burrito? You’re bound to find it at Mama Cita’s Mexican Cantina.
Did you expect that your list of things to do in Lake of the Ozarks would include a stop at a winery? Maybe you should have! We have many excellent options for an engaging or romantic evening out. Here are a few:
Golden Rock Winery
Sometimes, there’s nothing more important on the things to do in Lake of the Ozarks than pamper yourself. After all, it’s your vacation, too! Check out one our favorite spas and enjoy a relaxing massage, facial, or mani/pedi. You deserve it!