Looking for inexpensive fun, day trips, that aren't too far away. Here are five near the lake that won't cost much and are sure to keep you entertained.
1. Kids Dream Summer Film Series
Through Aug. 16, see a movie at the Marcus Theaters Eagles' Landing Cine in Lake Ozark for only $3. You can see one of your favorite family flicks shown at 10 a.m. on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. The event is sponsored by American Family Insurance. “Curious George” will play July 30 and 31, and August 2. “Storks” will be playing Aug. 6, 7 and 9. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” will show Aug. 13, 14 and 16.
2. Stargazing at Ha Ha Tonka
Ha Ha Tonka State Park southwest of Camdenton is hosting Astronomy for Beginners on July 29 in conjunction with the Camden County Astronomy Club. Meet at the Post Office Shelter at 8:30 p.m. Hope for clear skies and maybe you can identify constellations or use the telescope to see the rings of Saturn! Of course, with free admission, Ha Ha Tonka State Park with its cool castle ruins and miles of trails is always a fun and cheap escape.
3. Bank fishing by Bagnell Dam
Head to one of the public lake access spots and toss in a line. Bank fishing is a great way to wile away a summer’s afternoon. Try the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Bagnell Dam Access to check out the hydroelectric facility as you fish. This popular location for bank fishing includes a boat ramp and picnic area. Immediately north of the Osage River Bridge on Highway 54, take the Osage River Bridge Road west approximately 0.4 mile to the access. Bagnell Dam Access is at the base of Bagnell Dam on the Osage River.
4. Bagnell Dam Strip
Hit the Bagnell Dam Strip of Lake Ozark for an inexpensive day trip. The Strip features fun mom-and-pop shops - yes, you can get some great fudge here - to old-fashioned fun at the arcade - Skee Ball anyone? Complete the fun with a stop at Lake Ozark Live, an outdoor venue featuring dance parties and concerts.
5. Broadway & Ice Cream
Sunrise Beach Little Theatre is presenting a live theatre show with a Build-Your-Own Sundae bar included in the $10 admission. Broadway and Ice Cream will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 with doors opening at 6. The theatre is located in the Sunrise Beach Community Center on Highway 5 in Sunrise Beach. BYOB and your own snacks are also allowed. The play - “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney - centers on two characters Andrew and Melissa, both born to wealth and position, who are childhood friends. Their lifelong correspondence over 50 years is shared with the audience revealing the drama and intrigue of these two parallel lives. Reservations are not required.