3. Stick around for the Sunset Ceremony
Don’t even think about sneaking off before Top of the Rock’s signature Sunset Ceremony. Order up a drink, sit back and relax as the sun sinks into Table Rock Lake. Bagpipers provide the tunes and the sounding of a Civil War cannon provides the grand finale as the sun shows its final glistening light. If you really want to lean into the theme, ask your waiter for a Cannonball. The campy drink combines amaretto, bourbon prickly pear puree and pineapple juice to create a sweet li'l sipper. The golden hour celebration has other benefits: You truly cannot take a bad photo, so whip out the phone and snap away.
Boasting 4,600 acres of wide open spaces, there’s so much more to explore at Big Cedar. While you’re waiting for dinner, make sure to check out the Cathedral of Nature lookout point. What started as a sinkhole has turned into an underground treasure hunt spearheaded by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. While hunting for a cave connection and exposing rock, more than 100,000 loads of dirt have been hauled out of the massive underground wonder. A moonshine distillery is also in the works, though no timeline has been solidified.