Our Favorite Family Getaways
Branson: what to do
Silver Dollar City Take your pick of a colorful mix of attractions: amusement-park rides, traditional hill-country crafts or a big plate of Ozark succotash (800/831-4386).
Branson Landing Shops, food and a show that features a spectacle of spurting fountains, fire, lights and music share the waterfront in Branson (417/239-3002).
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park Book a private jeep tour of the picture-perfect park. A two-hour excursion crosses into Arkansas and includes stops to see elk and bison (417/779-5983).
The Shoji Tabuchi Show An extravaganza just about guaranteed to grab you. Shoji is a Japanese fiddler, but the music extends to polka, Broadway, Cajun, Big Band, gospel and beyond (417/334-7469).
White Water Beat the Missouri heat with more than a dozen water slides at this outdoor water park (800/831-4386).