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7 Day Spring Adventure

Posted Mar 7, 2023

Big Cedar Lodge Itinerary

Spring Into Adventure in the Great Outdoors

Spring is magical in the Ozarks! Trees and flowers bloom to life and the sounds of nature float through the air. Mornings are cool and crisp and custom-made for coffee on the deck and soaking it all in.  Sunshine and warm breezes chase away the morning chill and inspire a sense of adventure and exploration. As the sun slowly fades across the lake, the chill of night creeps back in, setting the stage for cozy campfire nights. The promise of summer is just on the horizon. It’s the perfect time to plan your adventure in the great outdoors at Big Cedar Lodge. Enjoy fishing and hiking, take in the beautiful scenery, and disconnect from your busy world. 

Here’s an ideal family itinerary for your spring stay at Big Cedar Lodge.

Dogwood flowers in bloom at the entrance to Curvy Road

Day One

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

Pro Tip: Meet a member of our team and grab the Kids Adventure Passport and check the activities calendar for all the events and activities planned during your stay so you can build your perfect family adventure in the great outdoors!

4:00 PM: Settle into your room or cabin and then head to our Big Bass Mini Golf course for a late afternoon round of putt-putt or stroll down to Bent Hook Marina to feed the fish and check out the complimentary paddle boats, canoes and kayaks.

A family plays a round of mini golf at the Big Bass Mini Golf course

6:00 PM: Time to relax and enjoy an unforgettable casual dining experience and stunning lake views on the outdoor patio at Devil’s Pool Restaurant.

8:00 PM: Enjoy the family campfire, roast s’mores, or watch a movie on the Swimmin’ Hole lawn.

Family sitting near campfire roasting marshmellows
A family roasts marshmallows over a fire at Big Cedar Lodge

Pro Tip: For in-room snacking and convenience, enjoy our in-room dining service or plan to have provisions delivered straight to your door from Nature’s Wonders.

Day Two

BREAKFAST: Start your day at Devil’s Pool Restaurant for breakfast and coffee.

9:00 AM: Take a short drive to Dogwood Canyon, our 10,000-acre nature park for segway tours, horseback riding, hiking, biking, and more!

Kids horseback riding at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park at Big Cedar
Guided horseback riding at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park wildlife tram tours through Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trails at Big Cedar
Tram tour experience at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

LUNCH: After a day of exploring, stop for lunch at the Dogwood Canyon Canyon Mill & Grill built right over Indian Creek.

Return to Big Cedar Lodge and relax by the pool or snag one of our complimentary paddle boats, canoes, or kayaks at Bent Hook Marina.

4:00 PM: Check the kids into the Kids Adventure Club at Fun Mountain for four hours of Big Cedar-style fun with our activities staff while mom and dad enjoy a relaxing date night.

Pro Tip: Download our shuttle app for convenient transportation.

DINNER: With stunning views of the lake, custom-themed cocktails and gourmet food, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable evening at the historic Worman House. Arrive early for Cocktail Hour and enjoy live music and specialty drinks at this timeless 1920s country retreat.

Worman House dining and event space at Big Cedar overlooking Table Rock Lake
The Worman House dining room overlooking Table Rock Lake

8:00 PM: Time to pick up the kids from Fun Mountain and unwind around the campfire before heading back to your cabin.  

Pro Tip: Book a special bedtime story visit for your child from our nature loving friend here at Big Cedar, Willow.

Day Three

BREAKFAST: Rise and shine and make your way to Truman Cafe & Custard for coffee, breakfast bites, and smoothies.

Morning is the perfect time to stretch your legs and enjoy the natural beauty of the Ozarks and breathtaking views as you wind your way through Big Cedar along the 5K trail. This out-and-back paved trail starts behind the Fitness Center and is appropriate for all ages and stroller-friendly – but prepare yourself for a couple of steep inclines along the way!

Serene views along the 5K nature trail

Pro Tip: Check out the Fitness Center schedule for nature walks, yoga classes, and other wellness activities offered during your stay.

11:00 AM: Bring the kids to the kid’s fishing* pond near the Swimmin’ Hole Lawn for their chance to take home the trophy for reeling in the biggest fish of the day!

Grab a shuttle to head out for the afternoon exploring Top of the Rock

LUNCH: Start with lunch at Arnie’s Barn where you can enjoy Mexican-inspired cuisine paired with magnificent views of the Cathedral of Nature below. 

Pro Tip: Be sure to take time to explore Arnie’s General Store to find unique, hand-crafted items created in the Ozarks.

2:00 PM: Take off on an electric cart on the Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail tour. This dramatic golf cart tour follows a beautiful 2.5-mile trail created to highlight stunning rock formations, waterfalls, and views of Table Rock Lake and offers plenty of photo opportunities along the way!

A couple enjoys the Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail at Top of the Rock

3:30 PM: Come face to face with prehistoric creatures, explore Civil War history and take in the largest most impressive collection of Native American artifacts in the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum.  

DINNER: Dine on the patio of the Buffalo Bar or in the atrium at Osage Restaurant and enjoy picturesque views of Table rocks lake and experience our evening Sunset Ceremony complete with the firing of the canon and a bag-piper.

Sunset over Table Rock Lake as seen from Top of the Rock

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to snap your selfie and tag us #topoftherock #sunsetselfie

Day Four

BREAKFAST: Grab something quick and tasty from Truman Cafe & Custard.

Young people playing sand volleyball at Big Cedar Lodge
Big Cedar Lodge

11:00 AM: If you’re feeling crafty, join the activities team at Fun Mountain for Pottery Painting. Choose from a variety of ready-to-paint styles and grab a stencil and a brush to finalize your masterpiece.

LUNCH: Lunch on the patio at Uncle Buck’s is the perfect way to get ready for an action-packed afternoon at Fun Mountain, our 50,000-square-foot adventure center!

A couple enjoying a competitive race of Go Carts at Fun Mountain

Big Cedar Lodge’s Fun Mountain offers endless entertainment for all ages. Enjoy underwater-themed bowling, a full arcade, bumper cars, laser tag, a golf simulator, a rock climbing wall, a ropes course, and so much more! Gutter ball nachos, pizza, and wings from Uncle Buck’s are great mid-day snack options to keep the fun going all day long! 

Pro Tip: Challenge the family to a race around the go-cart track or a friendly round of bumper cars!

DINNER: Head down to the Buzzard Bar for a casual dinner, drinks, and family-friendly live entertainment featuring local entertainers, including our own Singin’ Cowboy performing decades of favorites!

Clay Self and his band entertain at The Buzzard Bar

Pro Tip: The Buzzard Bar Signature Chicken Wings are rumored to be the “Best Wings in the Ozarks!”

Day Five

You are mid-way through your stay and it’s time for a day of rest & relaxation!

BREAKFAST: Don’t let the name fool you – the Buzzard Bar is family-friendly and serves up all your breakfast favorites throughout the week! Located downstairs from Devil’s Pool Restaurant, you’ll find comfortable indoor seating as well as outdoor seating available on the patio overlooking the pool.

Devil's Pool dining at Big Cedar outdoor patio overlooking swimming pool and lake
Guests dining on the patio at Devil’s Pool restaurant, overlooking Devil’s Pool swimming pool and hot tub

Pro Tip: Stop by The Shoppe to stock up on snacks, beverages, and the latest Big Cedar Lodge gear!

Read a book on your deck; take a stroll around property; check out the fitness center; or soak in one of our heated pools or hot tubs. With so many ways to relax and unwind, you might have trouble choosing your favorite!

Devil’s Pool hot tub
Yoga lakeside at Big Cedar
Big Cedar’s fitness instructor leading yoga on the beach

LUNCH: The Trumann Café & Custard is the perfect lunch spot for delicious and light bistro fare.

1:00 PM: If you need a break from laying around all day, you might enjoy a fun, competitive game of Archery Tag at the Fun Mountain archery arena.

A relaxing afternoon on the beach? Yes, please!  Head to Big Cedar Beach and enjoy plenty of warm sand, lounge chairs, beach umbrellas and an outdoor shower. The beach is located near Bent Hook Marina where you can also find our complimentary paddle boats, canoes and kayaks.

Beach chairs and umbrellas in the sand at Bent Hook Marina beach at Big Cedar
Big Cedar’s sandy beach ready for guests to enjoy
Coneing in the cove at Big Cedar

5:30 PM: Grab a shuttle over to Long Creek Marina to set sail aboard the Lady Liberty, our 62′ luxury yacht. Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience and the best sunset views of the Ozarks.   This is family-friendly, but you can also choose to book private childcare through the Kids’ Nature Discovery Center at Fun Mountain.

Lady Liberty cruise sails in the glow of a summer sunset

8:00 PM: Catch the shuttle back to Big Cedar Lodge and relax around the campfire on the Trumann Lawn.

Day Six

BREAKFAST: Order in-room dining or revisit Truman Cafe & Custard or Buzzard Bar for breakfast and coffee.

9:00 PM:  Check the kids into the Kids Adventure Club at Fun Mountain for a fun-filled themed adventure with our activities staff.

While the kids are occupied, Mom & Dad can sneak off for massages and relax by the grotto pool in our world-class Cedar Creek Spa. Complete with hand-hewn timber ceilings, natural stone floors, handcrafted stained-glass accents and antique-style chandeliers, the spa creates a lush and tranquil environment for a day of pampering.

Cedar Creek Spa’s grotto pool and waterfall

Pro Tip: Book a couple’s package and enjoy a private room with patio access and semi-private outdoor pool where you can enjoy refreshing beverages or even dine poolside.

LUNCH: Let our activities staff take care of the kids while you dine poolside at the spa or on the patio at the Truman Cafe & Custard.

1:00 PM: Next, suit up, grab your sunscreen and head to the Bent Hook Marina & Market to stock up your cooler and hop on a boat for a day of fun on Table Rock Lake. Our full-service marinas offer fully equipped bass boats, ski boats, and pontoon boats by our very own White River Marine Group as well as Wave Runner rentals, equipment and even ski/wakeboard lessons!

Bent Hook Marina & Market in the glow of a summer sunset

Pro Tip: Book a fishing guide to discover the best fishing spots in the nation! The marinas are always stocked with all the gear and bait you need to reel in the catch of the day!

3:00 PM: Make an afternoon pitstop from the water at our sister property at Long Creek Marina for a quick snack from The Canteen or to refill the cooler with snacks and beverages.

5:00 PM Lake hair don’t care! Back at the dock, grab a hoodie and ball cap from the Bent Hook Marina & Market and catch a shuttle to Fun Mountain for dinner.

DINNER: Blue Fin Lounge at Fun Mountain offers a casual, low-key dining experience to wrap up the perfect lake day.

Day Seven

BREAKFAST: Order in-room dining or revisit Truman Cafe & Custard or Buzzard Bar for breakfast and coffee. 

Iced coffee and cinnamon roll from Truman Café & Custard

Pro Tip: Worried about getting all those must-haves home? Ask our staff about shipping and online shopping options.

11:00 AM: Head back to the Swimmin’ Hole Lawn for one last chance to take home the kid’s fishing* trophy.

LUNCH: Enjoy lunch on the patio at Truman Cafe & Custard or Devil’s Pool Restaurant.

2:00 PM: Grab your walking shoes and get ready to travel back in time and learn about the rich history of Big Cedar on the one-mile History Tour.

Spend the afternoon relaxing poolside, playing outdoor games, exploring the property, or enjoying marina activities.

Infinity pool at Lakeside Cottages are included in your stay at Big Cedar Lodge
Lakeside Pool, located at the Bass Pro Lakeside Cottages

Pro Tip: You might choose to book a tee time to get in a round of golf at one of our Award-Winning Nature Golf courses.

DINNER:  Enjoy the best of southern homestyle cooking at Devil’s Pool Restaurant.

8:00 PM: Check in at the Swimmin’ Hole Lawn for one last family adventure to compete in the Blacklight in the Night Scavenger Hunt*! Solve some riddles around Big Cedar property and race back to see if your team finishes first!

Bonus Day

BREAKFAST: Start your day at Devil’s Pool Restaurant for breakfast and coffee.

Pro Tip: Book a Family Portrait Session* to capture the memories with the beauty of Big Cedar as the perfect portrait backdrop.

11:00 AM: Time to check out and say goodbye for now but visit the reservations desk before you leave to book your next Big Cedar adventure!

Waterfalls cascade down from Falls Lodge to the 5K walking trail at Big Cedar Lodge

LUNCH: Take a short drive north to explore Finley Farms, the historic Ozark Mill property,  and enjoy lunch at the Ozark Mill Restaurant overlooking the picturesque Finley River. Also, be sure to check out The Workshop calendar for any tours or classes planned while you’re on the property.

After lunch, plan to visit Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, the largest immersive wildlife attraction in the world, voted America’s Best Aquarium year over year, by USA Today.

Be WOW’ed by land and seas at Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, MO

No visit to Springfield is complete without a trip to the original Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World location, affectionately known as The Grandaddy of All Outdoor Stores®. This massive outdoor-themed experience is the number one tourist destination in Missouri – attracting four million families, sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts every year.

DINNER: Enjoy the expansive view and sportsman-inspired menu at Hemingway’s Blue Water Café, a full-service restaurant on the top floor of Bass Pro Shops.

OVERNIGHT: Big Cedar Lodge’s sister property, Angler’s Lodge, is conveniently located across the street from Bass Pro Shops and features lodge-style inspired room accommodations and complimentary breakfast to enjoy before you hit the road.

Pro Tip: Angler’s Lodge guests receive 15% off at Hemingway’s Blue Water Café.

* Reservations are required for special events and activities. Activity schedules, menus, and operating hours may be seasonable and subject to change.