1. Race Miner Mike’s

After opening the 15,000 square-foot expansion for Buster’s Garage, Miner Mike’s in Osage Beach is now home to the largest indoor elevated electric go-kart track in the country. This is for kids eight an older, or 4 and older with a qualified driver. With a grand opening special throughout August offering $10 rides, what else is there to say but load ‘em up and move ‘em out!

2. Trek Thunder mountain

Bridal Cave near Camdenton is one of the most beautiful caves in the U.S., and it’s a center for family adventures in learning. Go online to book the kids for The Discovery Tour. They’ll walk a half-mile along the northern slopes of Thunder Mountain Park with two outdoor classroom where there are hand-on learning exercises focusing on cave geology and our relationship to the environment. From there a flashlight tour of wild Bear Cave, keeping their souvenir flashlight, and then a special interpretative tour of world-famous Bridal Cave.

3. Escape Stark Caverns

Head to another Lake area cave for the only escape room in North America located in a real cave thanks to a partnership between Lake Escape and Stark Caverns. You’ll have 75 minutes to solve the puzzles that will lead you to the missing pages of The Book of Grimm. Stark Caverns is located south of Eldon. Book online ahead of time for the next open dates of Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Lake Escape also offers three other fun escape room adventures — Water Wall, Hostage Hotel and Lost at Sea — on the Bagnell Dam Strip. 

4. Kayak Onyx Cave

Follow the Big Niangua River Trail from the Ha Ha Tonka public access to Onyx Cave, about two miles upriver on the north bank side from the state park’s spring cove. This in-bluff cave is large enough to paddle a kayak or standup paddle board into the only remaining open chamber. Mined in the early 20th century for onyx used in the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, that part of the cave was inundated by the Lake of the Ozarks when Bagnell Dam was constructed. Other points of interest along the trail include the Rooffener Tie Chute, an old gauge tower, the Tunnel Dam Power House and Whistle Bridge along with several other natural features.

5. Avast The Calypso

Set sail from Jolly Rogers Grug ’n’ Grog on the Gravois Arm to hunt for buried treasure. Captain Scalawag will lead guests with treasure map on an adventure-filled search that lasts about one hours and 45 minutes.Help Scalawag avoid the peril of mutinous crew hand Black Heart Bart and maybe you’ll get a cut of the loot. The Calypso is a converted troop transport vessel rigged out to look like a an old schooner. It is a US Coast Guard Inspected Vessel certified to carry up to 44 passengers.