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Fall Family Fun Itinerary

Posted Sep 12, 2022

Big Cedar Lodge Itinerary

Crackling Campfires invite families to reconnect in the great outdoors.

As the gentle fade of summer into fall creates a hustle of back-to-school schedules, Big Cedar Lodge invites you to find time to slow down and take in the beauty of a new season.

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Day One

3:00 PM: Arrive at Big Cedar Lodge, check-in to your accommodation, and discover all of our amenities!

Pro Tip: If you arrive before your accommodation is ready (Check-in is at 3pm) head over to Truman Cafè & Custard located next to the registration building. Featuring hot or cold beverages and treats, grab a seat on the patio to enjoy the lake views. 

Stop by the Guest Services desk in the registration lobby to review all of the Cedar Fest activities and make any desired reservations.  

4:30 PM: After you’ve settled your belongings into your accommodation, head outside and stroll over to our Big Bass Mini Golf for a family-friendly round of putt-putt.

6:30 PM: Head over to Devil’s Pool Restaurant for dinner featuring our home-style cooking that both parents and kids will enjoy.

AFTER DINNER: A must-do during Fall at Big Cedar…make your way over to Swimmin’ Hole Lawn for s’mores around our Family Fun Campfires. 

Pro Tip: Campfires are hosted every Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 7:30 PM. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Kids playing on the pirate ship slide and climbing wall at Fun Mountain at Big Cedar

Day Two

8:15 AM: Enjoy a morning walk to Truman Cafè & Custard for a casual breakfast featuring smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and coffees. 

Take in the fall beauty and the scents of leaves falling with a leisurely stroll around the property on our 5K trail. 

11:00 AM: Next up, head to the Fun Mountain for an afternoon of fun for the whole family! With a full arcade, ropes course, go-carts and underwater-themed bowling, there’s plenty of action. 

12:00 PM: Lunch! Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill located inside Fun Mountain, offers a variety of classic staples including wings, burgers, salads, and more. You can even order a pizza during your game of bowling, delivered right to your lane! (We recommend the BBQ Brisket Pizza!) 

2:30 PM: Grab the shuttle and head to Top of the Rock! Check-in at the Welcome Center for the Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail tour – truly an unforgettable experience during the peak of fall season! 

4:30 PM: Following the Cave Trail experience, explore the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum (included with your Cave Trail ticket), located just below the Top of the Rock Pro Shop.  

After the museum experience, head over to Buffalo Bar for dinner and drinks. Featuring a vast stone patio overlooking Table Rock Lake, the sunset views here can’t be missed.  

AFTER DINNER: Set out on a classic corn maze adventure with The Ozark’s Lost Soul Maze! This family-fun activity is rated PG and is sure to ignite laughter and a few friendly scares along the way!  

Pro Tip: The Maze is open 7 days a week, although times may vary. Make your reservations online to avoid any lines! 

Fall Tram Rides

Day Three

8:00 AM: Meander over to Devil’s Pool restaurant, but this time for breakfast! 

After you’ve had your fill, swing by The Shoppe (located next to registration) for Big Cedar favorites including cozy fleece sweatshirts, home décor, and some of our classic snacks and treats. 

11:30 AM: Take a short drive to Long Creek Marina for an unforgettable afternoon cruise aboard our 62-foot luxury yacht, Lady Liberty. This midday experience is complete with an hors d’oeuvres style lunch including shrimp cocktail, wings, sliders, and mini desserts. 

Pro Tip: Make your reservations in advance for the Lady Liberty afternoon cruise as they sell-out quickly! 

3:00 PM: Before dinner, make time for Pumpkin Painting and a tram ride with the family, offered every Monday & Wednesday in October, or as part of the weekly Saturday Cedar Fest activities.  

6:00 PM: Finish your evening with a visit back to Uncle Buck’s at Fun Mountain for dinner. While you’re there, check-out the additional Cedar Fest activities scheduled in Table Rock room at Fun Mountain. 

Pro Tip: After dinner, head back to Swimmin’ Hole Lawn for Family Movie Night. Offered every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening. The snack bar opens at 8:00 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m