A few quick tips our family found on our trip.
Make reservation well in advance. Many popular things fill up, e.g. Pines Peak, Archery, Mud Cave, Pontoon Pirate Ship. Try to sign up a few weeks early even if you aren't 100% sure what you want to do. You can always cancel and your spots will most likely get snatched up.
Another tip, if you are going to sign up for either Pines Peak or the Zip Lines. Go ahead and sign up for both and do them back to back. You already have the equipment on and once your kids see the tower, they will want to do both anyway. Pines Peak and the horse stable are quite a hike (20 min). If you ask the front desk they will tell you how to drive there.
Bring Lysol and a box fan. The rooms definitely have an outdoorsy smell that you may wish to eliminate. It's a little thing but it can make for a better trip.
Bring board games for down time. There are no televisions in the room so spend some family time playing games. I suggest "Would you rather?" the kids version. We would just take turns reading cards out loud and asking silly things like "would you rather be able to fly?" or "would you rather have x-ray vision?"
Bring a couple of folding chairs. You can use them on your balcony that only has two chairs. You can also use them at the campfire to guarantee yourself a comfy seat. You also will want them on the beach so you don't have to fight for a lounger.
Everyone chooses the middle meal time. You most likely will want that time because the others are way to early or late. That also makes it slightly crazy and stressful. Arrive just a few minutes early and claim a table. The place gets packed very quickly and the aisle are tiny. Choose a place to sit on the outside wall furthest from the wall.
We had a great time and plan on going back the next time we see a good deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- YMCA Trout Lodge operates year-round for family getaways/vacations, family reunions, all-inclusive adult programs, and a professional conference center with team building opportunities for groups and corporate events. Nestled among 5,200 beautiful acres of the eastern Ozarks, we are just 90 minutes south of St. Louis, and have been hosting families and groups for more than 50 years. What we offer is unlike any getaway experience. A stay at Trout Lodge means countless activities, accommodations (guest room or cabin-style), 3 buffet-style meals daily and most of all - a chance to reconnect with nature and with others. Rates include lodging, meals and many activities, with kids 0-5 free! See our website for all of the activities and themed weeks and weekends (some are seasonal). Come experience all we have to offer! ... more less
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