Step on over to Missouri for cabin rentals surrounded by lush plants, colorful trees, wildlife, and the stars. With winding rivers that offer water adventures for all ages and underground caves to explore while venturing from your cabin, there’s plenty to explore from Gasconade County to the Ozarks Trail. Discover the unique attractions and the beauty of downtown areas with cobbled streets when renting a cabin in one of these Missouri hot spots.

1. Branson

overlooking Lake Taneycomo
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Home to the Silver Dollar City amusement park and the White Water recreation center, Branson is a popular attraction for families. After settling in at your rustic cabin in the midst of the Branson woodlands, give the kids a day to remember while riding rides at Silver Dollar City or learning more about the early Missouri settlers and wood smiths in the historical area of the park. Opt for a duck tour with the Ride the Ducks tram nearby, or take in a night of toe-tapping country music at one of the Opry houses in Branson or Dixie Stampede. The Hollywood Wax Museum and Titanic Museum are must-sees when venturing into downtown Branson. When the kids want a water adventure, head over to Table Rock Lake or Lake Taneycomo to swim, paddleboard, or test your skills on a kayak.

2. Table Rock

dam at Table Rock Lake
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Just minutes from Branson, Missouri, a vacation in a Table Rock cabin gives you access to the big city attractions, while keeping you nestled in remote tranquil forests, so you and the kids can enjoy some serenity. Spend a day kayaking or floating down Table Rock Lake after gathering all the equipment you need from River Run Outfitters. You can find all the best spots by taking a guided fishing tour with a Table Rock Lake fishing guide or walk the trails that lead to the dam for a breathtaking view. With plenty of trails throughout Table Rock State Park to hike and explore, you and the kids have the opportunity to get some exercise and head to lookout points above the cliffs.

3. Osage Beach

boating on Lake of the Ozarks
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A vacation in a cabin located in Osage Beach offers you the chance to explore big city life while keeping you in close proximity to the beautiful lake destination — Lake of the Ozarks. Spend your days on the lake on a watercraft or a rented pontoon boat, or take a guided boat tour with a professional guide. If you’re in the mood for a little retail therapy, stop in at the Osage Beach outlet mall, or unwind and take in a show at one of the Opry houses — such as Main Street Music Hall — for some country and gospel music. The nearby Tan-Tara Resort features indoor bowling, mini golf, and swimming pools with cascading waterfalls, while the indoor Timber Falls Water Park is ideal for those rainy days with the kids. Play a game of golf with the lake in full view at The Oaks Golf Club or Bear Creek Valley when your family is feeling competitive.

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4. Van Buren

sunset at Van Buren Bay
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The Current River is one of the biggest draws for vacationers heading to Van Buren. Within minutes of your rustic cabin rental, you can take a guided tour down the river on inner-tubes or canoes with the entire family. For the fishing enthusiasts in your group, head over to the Van Buren Riverfront Park to cast your rods and reels, or explore the underground caves of Missouri at Cave Spring Park. You won’t want to miss out on the crystal clear waters at the Big Spring Historic District or Falling Spring Mill when planning for a day of swimming near your vacation rental in Van Buren.

5. Hermann

Hermann wine country
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Known as Missouri’s wine country, Hermann is the ideal spot for rest and relaxation. With multiple vacation rentals and cabins available in the heart of the city or along the river, this location attracts people of all ages wanting to soak in the beauty of the Missouri hills. Mom and dad can pop in for a tour of the wineries in Hermann, while the kids can explore the Deutschheim State Historic Site. Hermann offers educational opportunities, too, with tours of the Gasconade County Courthouse, the Historic Hermann Museum, and Hermann City Park. When the kids want to get adventurous, see the Missouri hills while zip lining through the woods at the Zipline & Aerial Adventure Park, located in the heart of Hermann.

6. Springfield

Springfield Nature Walk
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Offering visitors a metropolitan city to explore that’s directly adjacent to the Ozark terrains and trails, Springfield, Missouri, is a must-have to include on your list of vacation spots. Featuring a variety of rustic cabins and vacation rentals along the river’s shorelines and Table Rock Lake, Springfield gives your family an opportunity to hike and see underground caves and attend live shows and athletic events. You can spend a day riding through the historic beauty of Springfield when you visit Fantastic Caverns. Tour the natural wildlife at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, or quench your need for speed at the Route 66 Car Museum. Before retreating back to your cabin in Springfield, sample the rich barbecue in the area, and then spend some time window shopping the antique stores downtown.

7. Eminence

ATV trail riding

Water adventures are plentiful in Eminence, Missouri. Cool off by taking a refreshing dip in the springs and swimming holes, which are located within minutes from your cabin rental. From the cooling waters of the Rocky Falls Shut-In to the beauty of Blue Spring, each and every body of water gives you the opportunity to swim, float, kayak, or fish before heading back to your vacation rental. Dip your toes in at Coldwater Ranch, or get your blood pumping and view beautiful wildlife with an ATV tour at Eagle Falls Ranch. The nearby Current River is also a big attraction in this Missouri city, with opportunities to take a guided canoe or tubing trip.

 
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