Destination guide

Adventures in nature near Lake of the Ozarks vacation homes

Located in the heart of Missouri, the Lake of the Ozarks is a premier destination for boating, fishing, golfing, and shopping in a spectacular natural environment. Whether you’re looking for fun with the family, a romantic weekend with your loved one, or a solo trip for rest and relaxation, vacation home rentals in the Lake of the Ozarks gives you the options to make your getaway whatever you want it to be.

History

Experience the rich history of the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks has an array of museums and heritage sites that celebrate its rich history. If you want a glimpse of past life in the region, vacation homes can be found near such sites as the Camden County Museum, a former schoolhouse with archives like antique furnishings, tools, and equipment, or the Miller County Museum, a folk life museum that celebrates life in central Missouri. The Morgan County Museum is a historic landmark within a hotel that has preserved rooms, such as a chapel room, schoolroom, and barbershop room. The Willmore Lodge, a 1930 lodge that was once the center for the Bagnell Dam construction project and now holds artifacts from the time period, is also ideal for history buffs.

Things to do

Touch nature in Lake of the Ozarks getaway cabins

Known for its natural wonders, the Lake of the Ozarks has limitless opportunities for outdoor recreation and adventure. Cabin rentals can be found near interesting outdoor areas, such as the Lake of the Ozarks State Park, a vast natural area with cave tours, boating, hiking, and swimming. Bridal Cave, a picturesque cave system with nature tours, and the Bagnell Dam, a 1930s river dam and reservoir, are also great places to see the scenery. For theme park fun, the Big Surf Waterpark is a family-oriented waterpark with slides, pools, a floating river, and white-water rapids. Jacob’s Cave, a mile-long, well-lit cave with a variety of interesting rock formations, offers guided tours to experience the geological history of the area.

Restaurants and bars

Midwestern flavor in the Lake of the Ozarks

With over 100 restaurants offering a range of cuisine options for breakfast, dinner, and everything in between, you’ll be spoiled for choice in the Lake of the Ozarks. From contemporary gourmet creations with local ingredients, to tasty Ozarks barbecue, the area’s restaurants give you a taste of whatever you’re craving while looking out into the beauty of the water. Vacation rentals can be found near the best the area has to offer, whether you want a night on the town or a quick bite at the end of a fun-filled day.

Essential info

Key tips for your stay in a Lake of the Ozarks summer rental

The Lake of the Ozarks is a popular destination for travelers and is generally low in crime. With so many recreation opportunities in unfamiliar and challenging terrain, however, the Lake of the Ozarks is prone to accidents. Be sure to exercise caution if you intend to try out new activities in unfamiliar environments, and be mindful of watercraft laws, including boating while intoxicated. Insects, such as mosquitoes and chiggers, can be a nuisance, so be sure to pack insect repellant and use it liberally. The area is serviced by the Lake Ozark Police Department and has emergency and non-emergency medical facilities and services near vacation rentals.

Where to stay around Lake of the Ozarks?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,521 vacation rentals near Lake of the Ozarks. From 615 Houses to 57 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake of the Ozarks for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake of the Ozarks?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake of the Ozarks. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Osage Beach: 1,463 vacation rentals
  • Lake Ozark: 1,400 vacation rentals
  • Sunrise Beach: 1,374 vacation rentals
  • Camdenton: 1,350 vacation rentals
  • Tan-Tar-A Resort: 93 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake of the Ozarks! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake of the Ozarks?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake of the Ozarks:

  • Osage Beach: 1,463 rentals
  • Lake Ozark: 1,400 rentals
  • Sunrise Beach: 1,374 rentals
  • Camdenton: 1,350 rentals
  • Gravois Mills: 1,398 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake of the Ozarks?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake of the Ozarks. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bennett Spring State Park: 17 rentals
  • Ozarks Caverns Visitors Center: 1,465 rentals
  • Osage Beach Premium Outlets: 1,494 rentals
  • Lake Valley Golf & Country Club: 1,472 rentals
  • Harry S. Truman State Park: 28 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake of the Ozarks listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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