The Historic Bagnell Dam Strip – the Heart of the Lake
The Bagnell Dam Strip has it all! Shopping, dining, flea markets, arcade games, special events and more!
If you are looking for the one place that everyone in the family can find something to do, look no further than The Strip.
From arcade games to water activities, you will find it here. Many of the Lake of the Ozarks events begin or take place on The Strip as well, and Hot Summer Nights on the 2nd weekend of every month in the summer are a motor enthusiasts heaven.
Come check out The Strip, the Heart of the Lake of the Ozarks!
For information: Bagnell Dam Strip Association
Dogpatch, (originally opened by Walter Tietmeyer in 1947 and based on Al Capp’s comic strip of the same name) is the longest continually operated store at the Lake and has had generations of visitors return to the store with their children and grandchildren. Immediately upon entering the shop, you’ll hear the jolly tinkling of an old piano and a welcoming “howdy” from a hillbilly “Grandpa” mannequin in a rocking chair. Inside, you’ll find a cornucopia of souvenirs, kitsch and gifts, ranging from corncob pipes to popular collectibles.
Batting cages, bumper cars, skee ball, classic video games and pinball machines await vacationers at the Rebel Arcade. Opened in 1972, it’s the Lake’s oldest arcade and is a destination for adults looking to recapture their recollection of what it was like to be a kid. Parents can even introduce their children to Pac-Man, Mario Brothers and other games of their youth. To contact Rebel Arcade, call 573-434-6036
While you’re on the Strip, make plans to stop in for a meal of down-home comfort food at Stewart’s Restaurant. Be prepared for simply irresistible food and huge portions. Since 1953, locals and visitors have flocked to the family-favorite restaurant, famous for cinnamon rolls the size of a softball mitt, delectable breakfast platters, crispy fried chicken, juicy burgers and country-fried steak smothered in gravy. Stewart’s can be reached by phone at 573-365-2400.
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