Make a splash
Nothing says summer like splashing around in the water. Whether you prefer a pool or a sandy beach, there's plenty of local options to keep the kids happy or offer a little getaway for mom and dad at a lakefront venue.
The best reason to check out a few of the destinations listed, is the cost. It's an economical way to get the kids out, cool down and spend a great day in the sun.
•Camdenton Aquatic Center
(139 City Park Rd at the city park)
Fun pool for young and old. Concession stand and showers on site. Park offers trail, picnic areas and playground equipment for a full day of family activities.
Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Call or visit on Facebook for special swim times. Admission starts at $5. Remember you have to be 4 ft. tall to use the slide. Pool is staffed with lifeguards.
•Eldon Aquatic Center
(500 Franklin Ave at the Eldon Air Park)
Great family outing- lots of activities for all ages. Concession stand, showers and lockers available. Adjacent city park offers a playground and picnic area. The toddler will love the sprinkler. Pool is staffed with lifeguards.
Hours are Monday-Saturday 12-6 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Adult swim is held Sunday from 12-1 p.m.
General admission is $4.
•Versailles City Park
(806 Magnolia St.)
Check out the Mommy and Me classes offered during the week or purchase a splash card for $50 for 20 swim sessions. Information on the swimming sessions each day is on the Versailles City Pool Facebook page. Pool is staffed with lifeguards.
Admission starts at $3.
Visit the Beach
If you are a water enthusiast, you will enjoy the two sand beaches in the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Shower houses and picnic areas are nearby. The beach areas are located near the marinas where visitors will find a convenience store for last-minute supplies. No lifeguards are provided and dogs are not allowed on the beaches. Please do not feed the geese.
No admission. Beaches are open during the summer months from sunrise to sunset daily.
Public Beach #1
Located off Highway 134 in Kaiser. After entering the state park, follow the signs.
Grand Glaize Beach (Public Beach #2)
Located off of Highway 54 in Osage Beach.
After you enter the park (go straight) follow the signs.
For more information check out the Missouri Department of Resources State Parks website at www.dnr.mo.gov.