Attend Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 2018 and Win A Custom Harley!

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 2018The 12th annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest is just around the corner with concerts, contests, motorcross, and a chance to win a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle! Ozarks Bikefest 2018 is September 12th through the 16th all around Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

There's always something fun to do or see on the shores of the "Missouri Dragon", Lake of the Ozarks. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, swimming, boating and so much more. The man-made reservoir's natural beauty includes secluded woodlands, glades, and bluffs - yet is all just minutes away from shopping, dining, and more.

Further, a variety of popular events are held here throughout the year. One such popular annual event is just weeks away - Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest!

First, some clarity: Bikefest doesn't refer to the gentle, quiet, two-peddle velocipede type of bike; but rather big, loud, and fast motorcycles!

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest offers a host of rides, concerts, parties, contests, and other events all around the lake. More than 300 biker-friendly area bars and restaurants offer specials and other incentives during the 5 day, two-wheel celebration.

The biggest attraction beyond the fun of a biker get-together, however, are all the amazing rides around Lake of the Ozarks! Motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country make their way there for its incredibly scenic rides which boast rolling hills, spectacular views, and natural beauty, making each ride a rejuvenating one.

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 2018 offers another big incentive to get out on the road: a free Harley!

Win A Custom Harley!

One of the most exciting aspects of this year's event is the chance to win a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle: a 2017 Harley-Davidson FXDL 103 Dyna Low Rider from Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson, to be exact!

To win, all you have to do is complete one or more of the 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest Passport Rides. One or more completed passports is your raffle ticket chance to win. The bike will be awarded to one lucky biker via a random drawing on Sunday, September 16th at Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson.

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 2018

September 12th through the 16th
Learn more details at www.lakebikefest.com. You can also follow this event on Facebook.

Lake of The Ozarks Lodging
No matter where your Missouri adventures take you, you're going to need somewhere to call your home base. Luckily, there are locally owned Missouri inns and B&B's all across the state, offering the very best in Missouri lodging. Missouri B&B's offer uncommonly comfortable amenities, nutritious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. Choose your Missouri accommodations now!

Discover Southeast Missouri's Elephant Rocks State Park

Elephant Rocks State ParkElephant Rocks State Park, located in Southeast Missouri, is a unique geological formation, scenic landmark, and popular state park all rolled into one.

At first blush, it seems a bit of a stretch to imagine a cluster of giant, billion-year-old boulders are a train of elephants. From the right angle, however, the unique, red granite boulders really do take on the appearance of a pack of pachyderms.

The curious formation was created nearly 1.5 billion years ago when molten magma was pushed to the surface. When the magma cooled, it formed the reddish-pink “Missouri Red” granite. Erosion slowly took the hard edges off the stone, resulting in the large, rounded shapes we see today. This same process has created depressions or "tinajitas" in the stone, which collect temporary pools of water.

The boulders, perched atop an isolated rocky peak, first caught the attention of architects and developers in the 1800s. The area's granite bedrock polishes to a high shine and is ideal for construction. Consequently, Missouri's first granite quarry opened nearby in 1869.

Today, granite quarried from the site can be found around the country - from California to Massachusetts. St. Louis received the lion's share, however, with “Missouri Red” granite and other Graniteville stone found in buildings and streets throughout the city.

The "elephant" formation was left intact, however, and has continued to intrigue geologists, history buffs, and hikers.

Visitors to Elephant Rocks State Park will be fascinated by the names and comments that 19th century miners carved into the stone. Children (of all ages) absolutely love climbing and clambering in and around the rocks.

Elephant Rocks State Park offers opportunities for fishing, hiking, picnicking, and climbing. The ruins of an old railroad engine house from the area’s quarrying days can also be explored. Missouri's first state park trail designed for those with physical and visual handicaps, "The Braille Trail," is also in the park. The paved trail guides visitors through 7 of the park's 131 acres with signs written in Braille and regular text.

Come discover and explore Southeast Missouri's Elephant Rocks State Park!

Elephant Rocks State Park

MO-21, Ironton, MO 63650
Hours:
April - October, 8am to 8pm
November - March, 8am to 5pm
Visit mostateparks.com for more information.

Southeast Missouri Lodging
Planning a Missouri getaway? Great idea! There's something fun to see and do in every corner of the state - the middle, too! Lodging at a Missouri B&B will go a long way towards making your Missouri vacation the very best it can be. Missouri inns make the best homebase for all your explorations, no matter what form they may take: hiking, biking, sightseeing, wining, dining, business, and more. Find your Missouri home away from home today.

 

Come Play For The Day At St. Louis City Museum!

stLouisCityMuseumIf you're really just a big kid disguised as an adult, or someone fascinated by the unusual, the St. Louis City Museum is for you! Its nooks, crannies, slides, caves, giant chains, and more - all created from locally reclaimed materials - are enough to bring out the kid in anyone!

The name of the St. Louis City Museum is rather misleading. The old shoe factory houses less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world.

A hodgepodge of seemingly random objects - a ferris wheel, a school bus, an old fighter jet - jut unexpectedly from its exterior. Inside is even zanier, with tunnels, caves, even a circus and a life-sized whale to walk through. The St. Louis City Museum has thousands of square feet of things to explore and many experienced visitors quite seriously suggest taking kneepads.

Yet this is NOT a children’s museum. In fact, children who visit must be accompanied by adults to enter!

The St. Louis City Museum, which opened in 1997, was the brain child of founder Bob Cassilly. Cassilly, who died in 2011, envisioned the City Museum as a space for his imagination's artistic creations. City Museum was built by Cassilly and a team of 20 artists, using locally salvaged materials.

Visitors are encouraged to play with, climb on and explore the museum's various exhibits. You'll find old chimneys, salvaged bridges, and a 10-story spiral slide that starts at the roof! The outside exhibit "MonstroCity" features a castle turret, a ball pit for adults, and two suspended jets!

The museum is one of St. Louis most popular attractions - and without advertising! More than 11 million visitors have walked through the doors since it opened and, yes: it can be crowded. There is often a line waiting to get in every morning. Folks wishing for a less busy visit should consider visiting on a weekday or after 5pm on weekends.

If you plan on visiting, tips include taking a flashlight, wearing closed shoes, and, as we said above: knee pads are suggested. Luckily, the City Museum gift shop has the latter for sale!

St. Louis City Museum is an active installation - an “ever-expanding collection of architectural relics” - so you never know what you'll find when you visit!

St. Louis City Museum

701 North 15th St., St. Louis, Missouri, 63103
Monday through Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday through Saturday: 9am to Midnight
Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Learn more by visiting www.citymuseum.org.

Northeast Missouri Lodging
Whether you're in Missouri on business or to get your knees dirty at St. Louis City Museum, you're gonna want somewhere comfortable to call home. When it comes to the best lodging in Northeast Missouri, look no farther than a locally owned and operated Missouri B&B. In fact, excellent lodging in the form of Missouri Inns and B&B's can be found all across our fair state. So go on, the next time you're in Missouri, treat yourself to the best lodging there is: book your stay at a Missouri Bed and Breakfast Inn!

Discover Central Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Castle ruins at Ha Ha Tonka State ParkHa Ha Tonka State Park is a public recreation area in Central Missouri, five miles south of Camdenton on the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. The park features trails, caves, sinkholes, a spring ... and a the ruins of a massive, abandoned stone mansion.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one of Missouri's many must-visit attractions. Its winning combination of intriguing history, outstanding geologic features, lake, and trails make it the perfect park for anyone and everyone!

The park is a geological wonderland of sinkholes, caves, sheer bluffs, and a huge, natural stone bridge. 70-acres of the park were designated as the Ha Ha Tonka Karst Natural Area in 1981.

Ha Ha Tonka Park is also home to Missouri’s 12th largest spring. Many believe this is the source of the park's odd name. “Ha Ha Tonka,” is supposedly the Osage phrase for “Laughing Spirit." Many think this is in reference to the park's gushing springs.

The natural spring and fascinating geology are not Ha Ha Tonka State Park's biggest claim to fame, however. That would be reserved for the impressive stone ruins of Ha Ha Tonka Mansion.

Ha Ha Tonka Mansion is frequently referred to as a castle, which is the very effect its builder was going after. Robert Snyder was a wealthy Kansas City businessman with dreams of building his own, European-style castle, right here in Missouri.

Snyder made his fortune in St. Louis and Kansas City during the late 1800's. By 1905, he'd amassed enough wealth to follow his dreams. Stonemasons from Scotland, a European supervisor, and Kansas City architect Adrian Van Brunt were hired to bring Snyder's three-and-a-half story tall vision to life.

Ha Ha Tonka Mansion was designed with an iconic center atrium that rose three and a-half stories to a skylight. The plans included nine greenhouses, a carriage house, and an 80-foot private water tower. Local stone was quarried and local timber cut for the construction.

Snyder never saw his dream completed, however. Instead, in 1906 he had the ignoble honor of becoming one of Missouri's first automobile accident victims. The incomplete mansion languished until 1922 when the family was finally able to complete construction. Ha Ha Tonka Mansion was leased out in 1937 and run as a hotel until a fire gutted the structure in 1942. The estate lay abandoned for decades before the State of Missouri purchased it in 1978.

Visitors to Ha Ha Tonka State Park will enjoy the ruins of Snyder's turn-of-the-century stone castle. The ruins are currently off limits but they provide impressive views of the Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring. A series of well-maintained trails and boardwalks provide easy access to the park's many attractions. Swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and more are all available.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

1491 State Road D, Camdenton, MO 65020
April through October - 7am to sunset
November through March - 8am to sunset
Learn more about Ha Ha Tonka Park online at mostateparks.com.

Central Missouri Lodging
No matter where your Missouri adventures take you, you're going to need somewhere to call your home base. Luckily, there are locally owned Missouri inns and B&B's all across the state, offering the very best in Missouri lodging. Missouri B&B's offer uncommonly comfortable amenities, nutritious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. Choose your Missouri accommodations now!