Things To See And Do In Ozark MO
The city of Ozark was incorporated in 1890, the county seat of Christian County, Missouri. It is one of the fastest growing small communities in the nation. The population was 17,820 at the 2010 census. As of 2015, the population was 19,120. Ozark is located between Springfield and Branson. It has a small town feel but close enough to any kind of shopping, restaurants or entertainment you may desire.
The town of Ozark, a southern suburb of Springfield, was a hotbed of Union sympathizers during the Civil War and survives as a community with small-town sensibilities.
Garrison Spring & Gardens
Nothing demonstrates the hospitality of Ozark, MO quite like Garrison Spring and Garden. It’s not a city park, but rather it is private property owned Mary Lou Braswell, who opens it to the public. When her husband first told her about this place, she was amazed. It’s a small place, but peaceful and beautiful with a spring, statues, and lovely flowers. She loves to garden and is one of the founders of the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society. This place is fantastic if you like photography because there’s beauty in every nook and cranny. She welcomes visitors to have a picnic, take pictures or just enjoy the serenity.
Smallin Cave offers visitors many different guided tours. The most popular of these takes approximately one hour, and consist of a one half mile walk, with inclines and ramps, no stairs (strollers, wheelchairs, mobility scooters welcome). Your guide will show you and tell you about the history, folklore, and geology of SmallinCave.
Guests will often see the rare blind crayfish and salamanders that inhabit Smallin Cave north of Ozark. Visitors can take a standard one-hour tour, a two-hour, off-the-beaten-path tour or a Civil War-themed tour. Military history buffs can visit the spot on Ozark’s town square where three of the “Baldknobbers,” a post-Civil-War vigilante group, were hung.
Stained Glass Theatre
Stained Glass Theatre is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit Christian Community Theatre.
Stained Glass Theatre strives to be a jewel among theatres, a place where God the Father is glorified and Jesus Christ is proclaimed as Lord and Savior.
The Sound of Freedom USA
The Sound of freedom USA is an indoor gun range and retail store complete with training center. They are located in Ozark, Missouri, just southwest of highways 65 & CC in the Fremont Towne Centre.
They are dedicated to providing a safe, clean, and friendly environment to those who purchase, shoot, or receive training, for themselves or their family, in the use of firearms.
According to their website their mission statement is to promote and provide a safe, clean, friendly environment to those who purchase, shoot, or receive training for themselves and their family in the pursuit of firearm sports.
Lamberts Café – Home of Throwed Rolls
Lambert's Cafe II, located in Ozark, MO is open every day – 7 Days a week, from 10:30 until Slow (9:00) p.m.
Located between Springfield and Branson Missouri on the corner of Highway 65 and CC, LAMBERT'S CAFE II is the second cafe in the series of three. LAMBERT'S CAFE II was opened on March 7, 1994. Construction was done by local contractors with big help from Joe "Dirt Man" McMullen. The interior woodwork was done by Scott Lambert, Ben Lambert, Paul "Wally" Brewer, Mike Church, Greg Perry, Jeff Johnson, David Malloy, Wayne Beaird, Russell Beaird and Greg Perry.
Lambert's employees toss bread at you. And it's not just a wimpy little lob; they pitch those rolls clear across the dining room. Sometimes you just need to loosen up and appreciate a silly tradition. And the roll is... quite good. Super-hot, super soft, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth bread.
So go on in and visit with them... you're sure to have a good time here in Ozark. While you're visiting, make sure you see the sights in Branson Missouri. I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
Finley River Park - Pavilions, Ball Fields & Playgrounds
The Finley River Park, located off Highway 14 in Ozark is a clean and fun destination for your family. With lots of space to play and roam, the Finley River Park is a great part of the Ozark, MO community.
The park has 3 pavilions that are available for reservation: Red, Yellow and Blue (all are painted with appropriate color). The red pavilion holds 40 people, and the blue and yellow hold about 20. Interested in reserving a pavilion for a birthday, family reunion or graduation party? Give Kelby a call at 417-581-7002, ext. Also check out their schedule of events for upcoming events held in the Finley River Park.
Christian County Library
The Christian County Library is located at 1005 North 4th Avenue, Ozark, MO 65721. Their hours of operation are Monday – Thursday 8:30AM-8PM, Friday – Saturday 8:30AM-5PM, Sunday Closed.
The library offers many services a few which include: Reference assistance, online research databases, eBooks and digital content, exhibits – displays – speakers, seed library, fishing pole/tackle box loan, coupon exchange box, equipment loan – overhead projector, pocket projector, slide viewer, books to go delivery service, school and day care visits, library tours, homebound patron delivery, voter registration, notary service by appointment, program and events for children, teens, and adults, technology classes, book-a-trainer – one-on-one appointments with library tech trainers, friends of the library book sales, Christian County library foundation, community partner pick-up & book returns, ask a librarian. Visit their website for more information on their services.
Ozark Community Center – Facebook Site
Ozark is a thriving community that is experiencing rapid growth in the residential and commercial areas. The population of Ozark grew at a record pace of 119% in the last 10 years and is projected to continue this growth well into the future. Ozark enjoys a small-town feel with all the amenities of being in a metropolitan area.
The purpose of the City of Ozark’s Facebook pages is to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on Ozark issues. They encourage your comments; your ideas and concerns which are important to ensure that a broad range of community members are active and informed participants in the discussion.
Missouri Department of Conservation - Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area
This area is mainly forest with woodlands, glades, and old fields. Facilities/features: primitive camping by Special Use Permit only, picnic areas, firearms range, intermittent stream (Camp Creek), and a permanent stream (Woods Fork).
This area is named in honor of Dr. Urban and Erma Marie Busiek. The original 740 acres was purchased from their son, Dr. Paul Busiek, in 1981 and approximately one-quarter of the purchase price was donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation. All other land was purchased by the Department over the next several years.
The area provides multiple recreation use opportunities. A well-marked trail system provides approximately 18 miles of trails for use by hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders. Camping is permitted ONLY with a permit - available through the Springfield Regional office. There is also an unstaffed firearms shooting range available. The range is closed on Monday's for maintenance.
In ConclusionIf you’re ready to make Ozark, MO a place to call home, or are a looking for a home in the Ozarks area, please contact me. I will be happy to show you around our beautiful city.