If you are itching to get out of the house, but don't know what to do, there are plenty of places around the Lake where you can shake off the winter blues. Here are our top wintertime attractions at the Lake. And a list of things to do this month.
1. The Vine Wine Bar & Art Gallery
This unique Lake venue offers wine, food and art all under one roof. The Vine Wine Bar and Art Gallery in Osage Beach has four long wings showcasing vibrant works of art from local artists as well as others from around the world.
Enjoy a glass of wine on a comfortable couch or dine at the bar where you can look over the carefully selected menu and wine list. If you find one you like, take it home with you. During the summer exhibits change monthly.
When you are done browsing, sit down for dinner and drinks. Order by the glass or by the bottle — you will find a selection of white, red and sparkling wines. There is also a number of domestic and a specialty beers you may never have heard about but will want to try. Friendly and knowledgeable service staff can answer questions about the menus.
The food is fresh and made of many homemade ingredients including the chef's own hummus recipe and flat bread. Pizzas are popular as well as the grilled panini's, pastas and desserts.
Several times throughout the year, The Vine offers special events such as wine pairing dinners and artist receptions. A special Valentines wine pairing event will be held soon.
Check the website for information on changing exhibits and special events.
Location: 1375 Route KK, Osage Beach
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 5-10 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Information: www.thevinegallery.com or on Facebook at The Vine Wine Bar and Art Gallery
2. Bridal Cave
Considered one of the most scenic cave tours in America, Bridal Cave is the perfect attraction any time of year.
Tours are conducted over concrete pathways through the cave's warm 60 degree environment making it an ideal activity on cold or rainy days. The tours last about one hour.
More than 2,400 couples from around the world have exchanged vows in the stalactite-adorned Bridal Chapel.
Above the cave, don't miss Thunder Mountain.
Winding along the northern slopes of Thunder Mountain lies one of the Ozarks' truly unique outdoor experiences - the Thunder Mountain Trail. This one-half mile walking path starts just above Lake of the Ozarks and proceeds past picturesque rock bluffs and ancient maple and cedar trees. Spectacular Lake views are common as are the opportunities to see the abundant wildlife.
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Location: 2 miles north of Camdenton, Lake Road 5-88
Winter hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
The Lake also features Ozark Cavers at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park and Jacob's Cave in Versailles, but they are closed for the season.
3. Timber Falls Water Park
The Lake's only indoor water park centers around a three-story "Ozark wilderness" tree house topped with a 6-foot-wide wooden bucket. The tree house is complete with water blasters and lots more interactive fun. Beware!The giant bucket tips every minute, cascading more than 600 gallons of water on those standing below — prepare to get wet!
Timber Falls also features more than 600 feet of water slides (two slides from the tree house and two from an adjacent tower), an activity pool with water basketball and other games, a 21-seat whirlpool for family relaxation, and a lazy river for tube floating.
Locker rooms, seating and a full range of concessions are available.
Location: 494 Tantara Drive, Osage Beach
Winter Hours: Friday 12-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.., Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
4. Lazer Force
Pair up into teams or fly solo during an exciting 20-minute game of lazer tag. Held in a darkened and spacious room, run through barriers and tag your opponent using a lazer beam. When the game is over you will get a scorecard to see how many times you hit the target.
Location: 5473 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach
Winter hours: Friday & Sunday, with the acceptation of a few additional days in the winter.