Picture this: Your kids’ excited chatter fills the car as you escape the daily grind. Laughter echoes through the air as you explore small, vibrant towns, beautiful lake views, and exciting activities. Quality time unfolds, strengthening bonds and creating memories that will last a lifetime. This is the family vacation you dreamed of. 

No need for plane tickets or expensive resorts – this idyllic scene could be your reality in Benton County, Missouri! Stop dreaming about the perfect family friendly getaway and make it a reality!

Nestled in the heart of the state, Benton County offers a perfect blend of charming small-town vibes and outdoor adventures, making it a haven for families seeking an unforgettable staycation. You won’t have to fight crowds or traffic here. You can jump right in with the locals and have the best day ever!

From exploring historic downtowns to splashing in sparkling lakes, here’s why Benton County should be your top pick for your next family spring break, staycation, weekend getaway, or day trip!

Truman Lake, a crown jewel of Missouri, boasts over 34,000 acres of stunning landscapes, offering endless opportunities for adventure. Kayak or paddleboard across the calm waters, cast your line for trophy fish, or simply bask on the shores, soaking in the sun and creating memories your kids will never forget.

Adventure Awaits: Explore the Great Outdoors in Benton County!

Forget the theme parks and crowded beaches – turn nature into your family’s next playground in beautiful Benton County! Unleash your inner explorers on miles of scenic hiking and biking trails that hug the sparkling shorelines of the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake.

Embrace the Water:

  • Become Captains of Your Own Journey: Rent a boat or pontoon at one of our friendly marinas and cruise the vast expanse of Truman Lake. Explore hidden coves, discover secluded beaches, and cast your line for trophy fish like bass, crappie, and catfish. Pack a lunch and enjoy screen-free time together hanging out in the sun on your pontoon for the day. You’re making memories here so the sky is the limit!
  • Glide Across the Tranquil Waters: Rent kayaks, paddleboards, or canoes and embark on a peaceful adventure. Soak in the serenity of the lake, marvel at the diverse birdlife, and witness breathtaking sunsets that paint the sky in fiery hues. Our many marinas in Benton County offer rentals of various types of water sport fun. Fishing boats, pontoons, and lake gear!
  • Reel in Excitement: Truman Lake is a fisherman’s paradise teeming with diverse species. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just starting out, cast your line for a memorable catch that’ll have you bragging for years to come. Don’t forget to grab your fishing license beforehand! If you don’t feel comfortable going out on your own, there are over a dozen fishing guide services you can hire to learn the ropes from a professional!

Beyond the Water:

  • Hit the Trails: Lace up your hiking boots or hop on your bikes and explore miles of scenic trails that wind through lush forests and meadows. Take in the fresh air, listen to the symphony of birdsong, and witness breathtaking panoramic views of the lake and surrounding countryside. The Truman Lake Mountain Bike and Hiking Park trails offer 25+ miles of backcountry fun, breathtaking views, and access to fantastic swimming holes. Basically, these trails are a beaten path single track that offers an off-road riding/hiking experience for the beginner and the advanced.
  • Gear Up for Adventure: Need the perfect equipment for your outdoor escapades? Look no further than Warsaw Adventures, your one-stop shop for renting kayaks, bikes, outdoor gear, and more. Explore the vast selection and get ready to create unforgettable memories under the Missouri sky.

Memories That Last a Lifetime:
Whether you’re casting a line for that big bite, roasting marshmallows over a crackling campfire, or sharing stories under a star-studded sky, Benton County offers the perfect ingredients for a family vacation that will be cherished for years to come. So, leave the screens behind, embrace the spirit of adventure, and discover the magic of the great outdoors in Benton County!

Bonus Tip: Check out our local events calendar for upcoming festivals, live music, and other family-friendly activities to add an extra layer of excitement to your trip!

Step Back in Time:

Journey through history and spark your children’s curiosity by exploring Benton County’s charming towns. Warsaw, the county seat, boasts a vibrant downtown with antique shops, quaint cafes, opportunities to create art, and more.

In Cole Camp, visit where the Ozarks meet the great prairies in Benton County, Missouri This town has been around for a long time! Founded in 1839, it even saw action in the very beginning of the Civil War. You can still find some buildings from way back then, and the whole downtown area is considered historically important! Enjoy the rich German heritage in Cole Camp and their downtown streets lined with charming shops and restaurants that everyone will enjoy.

Looking for the easy button to Missouri’s best lakes? Lincoln, MO, is your gateway to Lake of the Ozarks and outdoor adventures. You’ll pass right through this growing community as you’re headed to a day on the lake. A stop at the 55 year-old Este’s Drive-In for ice cream is a must that will quickly become a family tradition.

Splashing Fun for Everyone:

Enjoy Drake Harbor with a picnic lunch under the warm sun, creating timeless memories with your loved ones. You’ll find it just one block off of downtown Main Street, down the hill from The Landing Bistro & Lounge. 

Drake Harbor has a host of Riverfront Trails that are perfect for everyone! Whether you are out for a relaxing stroll, bicycle ride or if you are a serious walker or runner, you’ll love it. The Harbor loop is approximately three-quarters of a mile.

You will also find the beautiful Steamboat Landing Boardwalk which connects to MK White Park by way of the Osage Trail. This trail stretches one and a half miles to 65 hwy. The Drake Harbor Trial and footbridge lead to the historic Joe Dice Swinging Bridge.  This historic bridge connects to the Bledsoe Ferry Trail and to the Kickapoo Island Trail. 

Drake Harbor is also home to a playground, horseshoe pits, and beautiful picnic areas along the water. You’ll also find access to fishing areas, boat ramps, boat slips, and the gorgeous Osage Amphitheater overlooking the water that plays host to many weddings & musical events.

Family-Friendly Fun Beyond the Outdoors:

While nature takes center stage in Benton County, there’s more to keep your family entertained. Enjoy testing your bowling skills at our family-friendly alley, Jester’s House. Or try out your ax- throwing skills at The Train Station in Warsaw.

Delicious Memories:

No family vacation is complete without delicious meals. Benton County offers a diverse culinary scene, from charming diners and cafes to family-friendly restaurants serving comfort food and local specialties. Indulge in homemade pies and ice cream, savor juicy burgers and fried chicken.

Close to Home, Yet Far Away:

The best part? Benton County’s treasures are just a short drive away, regardless of your location in Missouri. Major cities like Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield are within a few hours’ reach, making it an easily accessible escape from the urban hustle and bustle.

Creating Lasting Memories:

Benton County’s inviting atmosphere, diverse activities, and affordable stays make it an ideal destination for families seeking a memorable and budget-friendly staycation. From exploring scenic landscapes to discovering charming towns and indulging in delicious local fare, every moment in Benton County promises to be an adventure.

So, pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and embark on a journey to create lasting memories that will stay with your family for years to come. Book your stay in Benton County today and discover the magic waiting for you!