Antiquing to tiger tours a weekend in Ozark MO

There's lot to see in Ozark's antique shop after antique shop. photo by Jeffrey Hobson

Ozark Missouri is filled with antique treasures to tempt every collector. Make your antiquing trip a weekend getaway. Start with a hotel stay within walking distance of several antique shops and flee markets.

There are several affordable hotels just off of Highway 65. Ozark is a convenient stop- over for vacationers headed to Branson or Springfield. No need to go further than Ozark for a great weekend getaway.

Walk from a bright sunny day into the cool dark world of Smallin Cave. Photo: PBH

What to do
If you are looking for a really cool experience, take a cave tour at The Smallin Civil War Cave, Springfield Missouri  This cave is packed with history, folklore and entertaining narrative on the walking tour.

The one hour tour is about a half a mile walk with ramps and inclines but no steps. You may spot a Bristly Cave Crayfish or Blind Cave Salamander. Your helmet with a headlamp will serve as the only light source in the cave.

Details – Smallin Cave – 3575 North Smallin Road, Ozark, Missouri 65721, phone;417-551-4545 email – [email protected]

The National Tiger Sanctuary may be the closest you can safely get to a live tiger. Stop by for the tour at 10am, 1pm and 3pm, Wednesday – Sunday. A safe, beautiful sanctuary for big cats that need a home.

Merlin also makes his home at the National Tiger Sancuary. Photo by Jeffrey Hobson

The sanctuary is growing fast and always in need of more secure spaces for tigers, food, volunteers, and interns. Once you lay your eyes on these big cats, you will want to help. There are several ways to be supportive.

Give yourself plenty of time when you visit and take one of the tours. Choose awareness tours, feeding tours or private feeding tour.

The tigers and the sanctuary are dependent on donations. The tours help educate people and care for the cats. The facility was built entirely with private funds provided through donations from individuals and membership support. Pets on a leash are allowed.

Details – National Tiger Sanctuary, 518 State Hwy BB, Chestnut ridge/Saddlebrooke, MO 65630-3046 phone: Local: (417) 587 – 3633, Office: (573) 483 – 3100, Fax: (417) 587 – 3622. GPS Address:1408 Cap Hill Ranch Road  Ozark, MO 6572, Open 7 days a week. 9:30 – 5:00 Monday – Saturday and, 1– 5:00 Sunday

Where to eat
Spring Creek Tea Room – Oh! the strawberry soup and the chicken salad are the best. It would be a shame to pass up the homemade desserts. Come early or plan to browse in the antiques store while waiting for a table.

Details – Spring Creek Tea Room 107 S 3rd St, Ozark, MO 65721 phone: (417) 582-1331 The Tea Room is open Tues.–Sat., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Stop by Braums for an ice cream cone. Find old fashioned flavors like Butter Brickle, Black Walnut and, Pecans Pralines & Cream. Or try the refreshing flavors like Braum’s lemon, lime and orange sherbet.

Details – Braum’s Store #285, 880 James River Road, Ozark, MO 65721 Sunday – Thursday 6:00am – 11:00pm and, Friday & Saturday 6:00am – 11:30pm

Where to stay
Make your reservations early for Dear’s Rest Bed and Breakfast. An Amish built cabin resting in the Ozark woodlands. Inn Keepers Allan and Linda Schilter serve an elegant breakfast that will sustain you well beyond lunch.

Bring the swimsuit, you have a pool to yourself and a magnificent view of the Ozark mountains. In the evening enjoy the hot tub on the deck and you will see more stars in the heavens than you ever imagined.

While at Dear’s Rest enjoy snorkeling in spring fed Bull Creek or go hiking in the beautiful Ozark countryside. Birders and nature photographers will be in paradise. Dear’s Rest Bed and Breakfast is a great choice in any season.

Details – Dear’s Rest Bed and Breakfast 1408 Cap Hill Ranch Road, Ozark, MO 65721. Pet friendly and kid friendly. Call for details.

The Dear's Rest B&B Quiet Place magically transforms into a kids club house upon their arrival. Photo by PBH

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For more ideas about what to see and where to stay in Ozark read: Branson’s Ozark Vacation Option

Historical Cave Marker stands near the Finley River in Ozark's City Park. photo by Smallin Cave.


Minig for gemstones and fossils at Smallin Cave. Photo PBH

Youngsters can explore the crawl fort before the cave walking tour. Photo:PBH