Top Reasons to Stay at Tan-Tar-A Resort
- Tan-Tar-A Resort overlooks the shores of Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, a body of water popular with boaters and swimmers in warmer months.
- No matter the weather, you can swim at the onsite Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark. It has water slides, a lazy river, a 21-seat whirlpool, and a three-story treehouse with a tipping bucket (additional charges apply; the water park is not included with this Groupon).
- Up to four vacationers can fit comfortably in a non-lake-view room equipped with two double beds. Each room features a cable TV, a refrigerator, and a coffeemaker.
- Starting in late April, you can head down to the marina to rent pontoons, ski boats, and fishing boats.
- Also open is the 18-hole The Oaks golf course—which hosted the 1994 PGA Club Pro Championship—and the 9-hole Hidden Lakes course, which is opening mid-April.
- Onsite dining options range from a breakfast buffet at Black Bear Lodge Restaurant to upscale steak and seafood at Windrose.
Osage Beach, Missouri: Lake of the Ozarks Recreation
Smack dab in the center of Missouri—and less than a three-hour drive from Saint Louis and Kansas City—Lake of the Ozarks is a happening destination. In warmer months, pontoons, speedboats, and fishing boats share aquatic real estate and swimmers and picnickers frolic on the lake’s sandy shores. Situated on a peninsula, the quaint town of Osage Beach juts out into the Lake of the Ozarks. A popular nighttime attraction in Osage Beach is Main Street Music Hall, which hosts a trio of family-friendly musical performances, including “Reelin’ in the Years,” a tribute to music of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.
There are two nearby state parks worth exploring. At Ha Ha Tonka State Park, you can hike up to the bluff where the stone ruins of an early 20th-century castle built by a Kansas City businessman remain. At Lake of the Ozarks State Park, groups tour the subterranean chamber known as Ozark Caverns. The cave’s geological highlight is Angel Showers, where a perpetual flow of water seems to descend straight out of the solid rock ceiling. Keep an eye out for the cave’s inhabitants: four species of bats and salamanders, including the rare grotto salamander.