Top Things to Do with Kids in Branson
Silver Dollar City
What if an amusement park could time-travel to 1880? That's the idea at this Ozarks attraction packed with thrill rides, musical shows, restaurants and shops. You'll see artisans demonstrating pottery, glassblowing and woodcarving, as well as costumed interpreters wandering the property to lend an air of late-1800s authenticity. Brave the looping Outlaw Run wooden roller coaster for an adrenaline rush; younger kids can take a bouncy ride with Lucky's Dizzy Dogs.
White Water Branson
This 13-acre Silver Dollar City water park features KaPau Plummet—a $1.7 million addition that launches riders down two 245-foot water slides with a knee-knocking 70-degree drop and a free fall into the pool below. The Coconut Cove section caters to toddlers with splash features and pint-size slides. Parents who just want to relax can float with the kids along an 800-foot lazy river.
Branson Scenic Railway
All aboard for a lovely 40-mile round-trip jaunt through hilly Ozark country. This vintage train journeys over bridges and through tunnels; sit in one of the three domed cars for the best views. In November and December, the Polar Express takes over with Christmas decorations, hot chocolate and Santa appearances.
The epic tale of the Titanic never fails to capture imaginations, and this museum nicely balances history and tragedy. The building facade replicates the ship (complete with iceberg); inside, you'll see re-created state and steerage rooms, along with artifacts from the wreckage. One gallery pays thoughtful tribute to the eight musicians who lost their lives. Parents should be aware that some of the more somber information might be tough for younger kids to process.
Dolly Parton's Stampede
The Dolly Parton-sponsored attraction combines down-home cooking with a horse show. Feast on Southern-style fare like barbecued pork and homemade biscuits as riders entertain with music, comedy and stunts.
Kids will love the free fountain show that runs hourly starting at noon. Water shoots 120 feet into the air and is coordinated with music, lights and cannon fire.
Big Cedar Lodge
Big Cedar's wooded location on Table Rock Lake, 10 miles south of Branson, offers a variety of accommodations from lodge rooms to cabins, plus kid-friendly activities like pools, a lazy river, evening bonfires, miniature golf and Fun Mountain, a play complex with bumper cars, underwater-themed bowling, laser tag and more.
Branson Mountain Adventure
Branson's first Alpine coaster, Runaway Branson Mountain Coaster, lets riders race or glide down a curving track. Not in the mood for racing? Look for fossils, gems and more in the gem mining area. The newest adventure at this complex is Flyaway Quad Ziplines, taking riders high across the Ozarks.
Branson Zipline at Wolfe Mountain
Older kids and parents will enjoy the courses full of zips, suspension bridges and beautiful scenery just north of town. Adventurous guests can buy a ticket to the 1/4-mile-long, high-speed Blue Streak and complete their tour with a 100-foot free fall on a device designed for training paratroopers.
Sight and Sound Theatres
Bible stories come to life with spectacular staging: high-tech special effects, live animals and rich pageantry. Audience members may find a Roman centurion on a white horse riding inches past their shoulder, angels with swords flying overhead or a camel lumbering up to the stage.