Top 8 Things to Do in Branson, MO, with Kids
Branson, Missouri, is an incredibly diverse vacation spot. It’s a nature lover’s playground. It’s the next best thing to Broadway for theater-goers. It’s a mecca for music fans, a romantic getaway for couples, and sheer heaven for active children. Plan on a nice long stay to enjoy all the adventures and activities the area has to offer for your family. There are more things to do in Branson, MO, than in just about any other town of its size in the U.S. Here are some highlights you won’t want to miss:
Table Rock State Park
This densely wooded, 356-acre park on the south side of Branson is ideal for outdoor adventures. Fun water activities on beautiful Table Rock Lake include swimming, fishing, sailing, kayaking, skiing, and scuba diving. If parasailing or paddleboarding is more your style, the marina has you covered. You can even round out the day with a showboat dinner cruise. Landlubbers can take advantage of the picnic areas, hiking trails and first-rate golf course. Be sure to make time for mountain biking and horseback riding as well!
Of all the things to do in Branson, this is one of the most thrilling. If you’re at least three years old, weigh no more than 275 pounds and get your kicks soaring over the treetops at 50 mph, ziplining might be right up your alley. There are seven unique ziplines of various lengths, and the fun takes place 70 feet above the ground. You can fly at night during summer months and you can even fly upside down.
Most tours take around two hours, and there are discounted rates for groups. If you decide the ride isn’t for you once you get up there, the majestic view of the Ozark Mountains from the main tower is well worth the trip.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction
The legendary country music star guarantees more bang for your buck. Enjoy a cocktail and light entertainment in the world-famous Carriage Room, and then head to the 35,000-square-foot arena for the big event. Witness gravity-defying stunts on horseback, epic musical numbers, dazzling special effects, pyrotechnics, and stand-up comedians. The four-course dinner isn’t bad either.
Xtreme Racing Center of Branson
If you have little putt-putt go-karts in mind, think again. These height-adjustable, European-style cars were designed by Sodi Racing, the industry leader in racing karts. Precision handling and a cutting-edge concrete raceway will transport you to your personal Indy 500. Round up the family and see who’s the fastest!
Silver Dollar City’s White Water
One of the most popular things to do in Branson, MO, is spend a long, lively day at Silver Dollar City. This 1880s-themed park has a great mix of thrills for daredevils and historic, laid-back fun for visitors of all ages. Silver Dollar City has also opened White Water park to help you keep cool in summer and beat the heat at this 13-acre water park. You can float at your leisure in Hula Hula Bay or have a rafting adventure at Ohana Falls. If you prefer a bit more adrenaline, freefall 75 feet at 40 mph on the Kalani Towers Slide. The park also features restaurants, shops, and day-rental cabanas.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
This family-friendly museum not only boasts shrunken heads, animal skeletons, and a spinning vortex tunnel, but it’s also home to the world’s largest roll of toilet paper. Where collectors are concerned, it takes all kinds. At Ripley’s, you’ll find more than 450 illusions, artifacts, pieces of unusual artwork, and interactive exhibits. The museum is designed to get your children’s attention while helping them learn, and for that, it gets high marks. The hands-on activities are changed seasonally, so don’t hesitate to revisit the museum every few months.
Hollywood Wax Museum
Meet life-size wax versions of your favorite stars and take great pictures with your new friends. Fans of all ages can meet their Hollywood heroes with classic celebrities like Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and the Duke as well as more recent stars, including Jennifer Garner, Jamie Foxx, and Johnny Depp.
There’s no shortage of musical talent in the Ozarks. Outdoor concerts and indoor festivals are common in Branson, with more than 100 live shows every year in theaters around town. R&B, rock, country, gospel, and jazz groups cater to every taste. Just pick your poison and put on your dancing shoes.
To get the most of the music scene and all things to do in Branson, MO, you should stay in the thick of it, at The Lodges at Timber Ridge by Welk Resorts. The Welk Resort Theatre often hosts some of the top names in country music and beyond with yearly music festivals and regular, stunning shows. Book a stay at The Lodges at Timber Ridge by Welk Resorts and start your Ozarks adventure!