Springtime Getaway in the Ozark Foothills

Nestled in the eastern Ozarks, there’s a place that believes in family-friendly fun and bonding, where the foothills of southern Missouri meet the bright blue sky, and people of all ages are playing, relaxing and exploring – away from the ordinary. YMCA Trout Lodge is a year round resort located 90 minutes south of St. Louis, where rates include lodging, meals, many activities, and children 0-5 are free.

This beautiful year round facility includes 5,200 wooded acres, a 360-acre lake, a resort/retreat/conference center, a ranch, and Camp Lakewood at the other end of the property.

Lodging at Trout Lodge includes guest and loft rooms with view of the lake, and forest or lake view cabins. Meals are buffet-style. Activities include zip lines, climbing towers, crafts, trail rides, hayrides, archery, riflery, paintball, hiking, caving, mini-golf, volleyball, boating and more – over 40 year round activities (and even more in the summer).

And if that weren’t enough, they also have fun themes throughout the year. This spring while the Redbuds and Dogwoods are beginning their glorious transformation, enjoy two different spring break weeks, a luau, a painting party, a ranch-inspired weekend, a very popular Easter weekend with petting zoo, Easter egg hunt for the kids and other fun activities. Bring mom out during Mother’s Day weekend, usher in the opening of the waterfront on Memorial weekend and so much more. They also host corporate events, family reunions, retreats, all-inclusive adult programs, team building, private catering, and meeting spaces with AV equipment.

From March 10-April 16 YMCA Trout Lodge is offering amazing guest room and cabin discounts. Click on the yellow Discounts banner on the home page of their website at www.troutlodge.org for all of the details.

Have kids 6-17? YMCA Camp Lakewood, a premier resident camp, is now accepting summer camp registrations. If you want to check them out before making any decisions, visit one of their open houses March 26, April 9, April 30 or May 21 from 1-4 pm. View the property, meet the staff and even participate in some of the activities. Go to www.camplakewood.org for all of the details. Camp starts June 4th.

YMCA Trout Lodge & Camp Lakewood is a facility for every interest. Groups, children and families come back year after year, where there is always some new activity and the staff welcomes everyone like an old friend. Make your reservation by calling 888-FUN-YMCA or visit ymcaoftheozarks.org.