Looking for a cheap way to fun this Memorial Day weekend?Try these 21 regional escapes within short driving distance that will pique your interest without breaking the bank.


Looking for a cheap way to fun this Memorial Day weekend?Try these 21 regional escapes within short driving distance that will pique your interest without breaking the bank.

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CAMDEN COUNTY


What: The Vine Wine Bar and Art Gallery
Where: Route KK, Osage Beach, northeastern Camden County

Wine? Food? Art? What else would you want?
 The Vine Wine Bar and Art Gallery in Osage Beach offers all three. There is not another venue like it at the Lake of the Ozarks. You can sit at the bar and sip wine, or tour the galleries that display a variety of art.   
 The Vine, formerly known as "The Sturdevant Art Gallery" is nothing less than impressive. The wine list is comprised of a large variety of sparkling, white and red wines. There is also a selection of domestic and a few specialty beers you may never have heard about but will want to try. The food is fresh and made of many homemade ingredients including The Vine's own hummus recipe and pita bread.
Once you are done checking out the menu, you are invited to stroll through the gallery's four wings where there is a mix of local and other well-known artists. The gallery has many works by local artists Joseph and Rita Orr and Bill Manion. If you find one you like, you can always purchase it and take it home with you.
Location: 1375 Route KK, Osage Beach
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
 

 

What: Camdenton City Pool
Where: 109 City Park Road, Camdenton


More than 10,000 gallons of water flow through the city of Camdenton's Aquatic Center filling pools, flowing down slides and spurting out a water-spinning vortex.
Opening day is May 26 this year, and officials say they're ready.
New this year is a senior swim night offered from 5-7 p.m. every Monday. Only those 55 years and older are allowed access to the facilities. Cost is $2 per person.
Also new this year are family passes offering a discount to those who know they'll be swimming lots this summer. A family of five can purchase a season pass for $185 total for unlimited access. Larger families will be charged $25 for each additional
member.
If it's just the kids that will be swimming, children's season passes cost $70 per pass.
The Aquatic Center ranges in depth from zero to 4'6". There is an interactive play area for kids, water-squirting vortex, a bubble bench for relaxing and, for the brave, a two-and-one-half spiral slide.
There is also a concession stand filled with food, candy, ice cream and drinks to maintain energy all day long. Restrooms are equipped with showers and changing areas.
Lifeguards are on hand to watch swimmers as well as teach swim lessons. The pool is also available for private parties.

Phone: 573-346-2355
Hours: Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Outdoor temperatures must be hotter than 70 degrees for the pool to open.
Prices: $3 per person 12 years and under; $4 per person 13 years and older
 

What: Grand Glaize Beach
Where: Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Osage Beach

Known around the Lake of the Ozarks as PB2 (Public Beach No. 2), this section of the Lake of the Ozarks State Park is accessible from Osage Beach Parkway in Osage Beach.
Located on the Grand Glaize Arm of Lake of the Ozarks at Mile Marker 3, this full service marina provides everything needed for all types of aquatic adventures.
Services include: Watercraft rentals, a paved and illuminated launch ramp, slip rentals, fuel dock, pump out stations, marina store, public swim beach, and restrooms and change house facilities.
It also has one of the finest beaches of any state park in Missouri, and is an easy drive from any location.
Across from the beach is a series of picnic tables nestled in the trees across from the beach. Beyond this area is yet another picnic area with restrooms and plenty of parking. There are a handful of trails that can be accessed from this area.


What: Ozark Caverns
Where: State Road A, central Camden County

If exploring a real Ozark cave is on your bucket list, make this the year you take the plunge.
One of the favorites is Ozark Caverns at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park.
Off the beaten path a bit, the highlight of this lantern-lit cave tour is an unusual phenomenon called Angel Showers, where a never-ending stream of water appears to be coming straight out of the cave's rock
ceiling.
The cave is also home to a growing list of salamanders, bats and more than 16 species of invertebrates.
A traditional tour lasts about an hour and is a half-mile round trip. The children's tour lasts 30-45 minutes and is about a quarter-mile round trip.
Make sure you pack a light jacket. The cave is about 56 degrees inside year round.
Step inside the visitoar's center for exhibits on cave environment and animal life within the cave system.
Once back outside, shed your jacket and explore the one-mile, self-guiding Coakley Hollow Trail. The trail winds its way through a variety of habitats including a glade, fen and an Ozark spring branch. Spring wildflowers line the path.
The trail begins and ends in the parking lot of the visitor's center.

Directions: Located off of State Road A, turn onto A-33/McCubbins Drive, then right onto Ozark Caverns Road
Phone: 573-346-2500
Prices: Free for children 5 and under; $6 for children 6-12; $7 for teens 13-18; and, $8 for adults 19 and older. Group tours are available for a discounted rate but must be booked at least two weeks in advance.
Additional Info: Be prepared to answer a few questions before you enter the cave for a tour. White-nose syndrome is a fungus that grows on the noses and wings of bats. It has devastated bat populations throughout northeastern United States and is spreading west.