Lake of the Ozarks
Centuries ago the Osage Native American Indians discovered the pristine beauty beneath Thunder Mountain. Local folklore tells of a legendary Native American Indian wedding ceremony in the early 1800's. Today the natural wonderland is called Bridal Cave. In keeping with the tradition of the legend, the Cave can be reserved for a romantic wedding chapel.
First opened to the public in 1932, Jacob's Cave is home to the fossilized remains of several Ice Age creatures. Inside the cave you will see everything from massive stalactites and columns to delicate soda straws and helectites. The mile long tour is fully handicap accessible and family friendly.
Located just south of Eldon, Stark Caverns takes you through the cave's fascinating history including occupation by native Americans over 3,000 years ago, the Stark families cattle storage, confederate soldiers use as a hideout, and by moonshiners for shelter and fresh water use. The one-hour tour is offered daily.
A walk through Ozark Caverns is a journey through a large, drained spring system. In the protected cave environment, dripping and seeping water can redeposit carbonate materials in the form of soda straws, helectites, stalagmites and a host of other geologic wonders. Angel Showers, an unusual cave phenomenon, is a featured part of the tour. The never-ending shower of water seems to come out of the solid ceiling of rock.