As the lake moves toward its second century, Lake Ozark is a place where the history of Lake of the Ozarks and a vision for the future meet, creating a one of a kind place to spend the day. There's plenty to do.

Before the work began on Bagnell Dam in 1929 what is now Lake Ozark was a wooded ridge overlooking the Osage River. By the time Lake of the Ozarks began to fill just two years later, Lake Ozark was becoming a boom town with businesses locating along Highway 54 leading across the new dam. As the lake’s popularity grew, so did Lake Ozark, becoming the place many lake visitors associated with the area as a whole. By the 1950s the party was on and Lake Ozark was a hub of lake activity, as indeed, it continues to be today.
As the lake moves toward its second century, Lake Ozark is a place where the history of Lake of the Ozarks and a vision for the future meet, creating a one of a kind place to spend the day. There's plenty to do.
Locals will often recommend a visit to the Strip to visitors but may need to be reminded that no matter where you live, a visit to the Strip should be a must-do during the summer.
The kick-off for Hot Summer Nights is the perfect time to head to Lake Ozark and experience the Strip.
Where else could you have your photos taken in the fashion picks of the 1800s, visit a lopsided room and rent a personal watercraft to tour the lake.
Food is a theme all along the Strip. Longtime favorites likes Stewart's offer homestyle fare along with newer establishments with everything from old-fashioed ice cream and fudge shoppes to artisan pizza and burgers. Don't miss the ethnic food choices.
While some might think the only thing to do on the Strip is drink, nothing could be further from the truth.
The Strip offers some of the most interesting and diverse shopping to be found at Lake of the Ozarks. From arrowheads to flip-flops, fish icons to t-shirts,  there are treasures up and down the Strip.
One of the oldest of the Strips shopping landmarks is Richard’s Relics. It is the place to go for stuff you won't find anywhere else.  
Another longtime Strip fixture is the Leatherman where you can get everything conceivable made of leather and a t-shirt. Check out the shoe area, they have those moccasins you remember as a kid.
No one need ever go home without these lake essentials after a stroll down the Strip. Summer USA has great beach gear and summer essentials.
Dogpatch is a Strip tradition as well, offering shopping, eating and arcade games. In a lot of ways Dogpatch defines the Lake Ozark Strip as a place where the world of knick-knacks and fudge collide. The kids will get a kick out of snooping around. Another Strip tradition, Old Time Photo offers the opportunity to goof off and have it memorialized in a picture.
When it comes to shopping on the Strip, this year may well be the most exciting in a long time. There are new shops popping up every day so take a stroll and take a look, it’s a unique experience.
There are places on the Strip for those interested in getting out on the water.  on water, after all, it’s the lake. Parasailing  provides a fun combination of excitement and observation. Once you are able to relax and enjoy the view it is extraordinary from a parachute high over the lake.
Several places rent personal watercraft if you're looking to jet across the lake.
A larger boating experience can be had with a lake tour on the Tom Sawyer. You won’t get as wet as on a PWC but you will get a great view of the dam, the lake and random boaters.