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 the summer.
- No matter the weather, you can swim at the on-site Timber Falls Indoor Water Park, complete with water slides, a lazy river, 21-seat whirlpool, and a three-story tree house with a tipping bucket (additional charges apply, water park is not included with Groupon).
- Up to four vacationers can fit comfortably in a standard resort complex room, equipped with two double beds; each room features a cable TV, refrigerator, and coffeemaker.
- You can head down to the marina to rent pontoons, ski boats, paddleboats, or fishing boats, as well as water skis, wave runners, wakeboards, and inner tubes.
- Summer means the perfect weather for 18 holes on The Oaks golf course—which hosted the 1994 PGA Club Pro Championship—or a short round of nine at Hidden Lakes.
- There’s a variety of on-site dining options, ranging from a breakfast buffet at Black Bear Lodge to upscale steak and seafood at Windrose. Enjoy summertime snacks along the water at the Jetty.
Osage Beach, Missouri: Lake of the Ozarks Summer Recreation
Smack dab in the center of Missouri—and less than a three-hour drive from St. Louis and Kansas City—Lake of the Ozarks is a happening destination for summer travelers. Pontoons, speedboats, and fishing boats share aquatic real estate, as 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 remain, built by a Kansas City businessman. At nearby 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.