For decades, Branson has been a popular tourist destination, catering to visitors of all ages – however, families in particular will find many exciting and memorable activities to try together.
Here are our top ten family-friendly experiences in Branson!
Great for the little ones who love dinosaurs, the Branson Dinosaur Museum features 45 dinosaur replicas that show how these terrifying creatures would have looked millions of years ago. The museum is on the small side, so it’s a fun activity to add into your day to learn more about fascinating dinosaurs.
Branson has many great live shows, most of which are suitable for kids. Our pick of the lot is the ‘Amazing Pets’ show, which features a troupe of clever and adorable dogs as well as a group of trained housecats. That’s right, someone has managed to train infamously stubborn kitties and bring them together in a fantastic, fun show that is great for the young ones.
The Butterfly Palace is a beautiful place that is devoted to the conservation and protection of butterflies. At the Palace, visitors can learn all about different species of butterflies, their lifespan, and threats to their survival. Visitors can even get a special nectar wand to fed the butterflies, which is an amazing opportunity with gorgeous photo opportunities!
For a fun and exciting – yet totally safe – thrill, look no further than ever popular zip lining, where kids (and kids-at-heart) can zip through the natural landscape, enjoying great views and a bit of an adrenaline rush! There’s several fun zip lining places in Branson, however our pick is Adventure Zip Lines of Branson, which has seven different courses and reaches speeds of up to 50 mph! In addition, they also have extra activities such as ATV rides and swinging rope bridges.
#6: Horseback Riding
Get a different perspective on beautiful Branson by going on a horseriding tour. Great fun for the whole family – and especially any horse crazy children – you're bound to make wonderful family memories. Try the Dogwood Canyon National Park, where you can ride through some of the most beautiful natural environments near Branson. Make sure to bring your camera for some great family snaps!
#5: Lost Treasure Golf [http://losttreasuregolf.com/miniature-golf-courses/branson-mini-golf-courses/]
Branson, Missouri has more mini golf courses than any other Midwestern town, so any young budding golfers will love it! One of our favourites is Lost Treasure Gold, a mini golf course that is styled around the story of a 1920s gold seeker. The course starts with a train ride from the club house, and then gives players the chance to make their way through a fun course featuring ruins, waterfalls, and even a plane!
#4: Table Rock Lake State Park [https://mostateparks.com/park/table-rock-state-park]
Stretching over more than 350 expansive acres, the Table Rock Lake State Park is a great place for lovers of the outdoors. Families will love the many hiking trails that are suitable for all ages, as well as many fun marine activities including sailing, paddle boarding, jet boating and even parasailing! There’s also a fun mountain bike trail which is great for older kids who are up for a challenge.
What kid (or adult) doesn’t love an amusement park? Luckily, Branson has a great one in lovable Silver Dollar City. The park is clean, friendly and has great rides that are suitable for everyone from the daredevil teenage thrillseeker to more sedate rides that are suitable for the little ones. There are also many different restaurants and cafes selling tasty treats, as well as great shopping for arts and crafts.
Get ready to put yourself to the limit at the fabulously fun Fritz’s Adventure. Featuring dozens of activities including sprawling ropes courses, rock climbing and mazes, it is a great place to challenge your physical limits. Other fun activities include the ‘laser room’ where you need to dodge laser beams with your ninja like reflexes, and a simulated airplane. Perhaps the most exciting attraction of all is the Aerodium, a vertical wind tunnel where you can literally fly!
#1: Branson Ferris Wheel [https://www.branson.com/attractions/the-branson-ferris-wheel/]
Nothing says ‘family vacation’ like a ride on a classic Ferris Wheel, like the Branson Ferris Wheel. Standing at over 150 feet tall, from the top riders will get a beautiful view out over the Ozarks. The Ferris Wheel also features more than 16,000 LED lights and a design that was inspired by the ferris wheel designs of the 19th Century, so it is a very beautiful sight and a great backdrop for family photos!
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