If you’re looking to find a unique destination for one last summer adventure, weekend family getaway, or fall excursion look no further. The often-overlooked Branson, Missouri is home to an array of wholesome activities for the whole family. Soak up the nature, live music, theater, and adventure that this incredible city has to offer.
Top of the Rock
To make the most of your vacation, stay the night at Top of The Rock, Ozarks’ Heritage Preserve. The enchanting cliff-top views and cozy interiors make this a one-of-a-kind accommodation. Play a round of golf on the incredible golf course, stroll the nature trail to explore Lost Canyon Cave, and learn about the area’s history in the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum. At the end of the day, kick back with a cocktail overlooking the valley at the Buffalo Bar. What more could you ask for?!
Be prepared to get wet and wild on your holiday with all of the incredible active options in the Missouri countryside. Enjoy the summer sunshine as you and your family hike or bike the nature trails at Dogwood Canyon, float down the James River, or tour Lake Taneycomo on one of the Branson Jet Boats. If you want to get your adrenaline pumping, check out parasailing and flyboarding at Table Rock Lake. Or head over to Shepherd’s Adventure Park for zip lining, the Sky Trek challenge course, and more!
Branson is a great destination for wholesome family fun, hosting weekly theatrical performances, dinner shows, and live music events for the whole family to enjoy. The city also hosts an array of festivals throughout the year with something for everyone. In the fall, stock up on handmade souvenirs at the fall craft festival which features over 80 local artists. For something a little more exciting, try Missouri’s largest axe throwing tournament, or the Powerboat Nationals on Lake Taneycomo to see some of the world’s newest, fastest, and sleekest inshore powerboats compete.
For a unique taste of Missouri history, take a tour of the Talking Rocks Cavern. This hour-long educational entertainment tour features huge stalagmites and stalactites throughout the vast cave system. Then take advantage of the opportunity to try panning through a sluice bag to take home any gemstones you might find! For even more geological exploration, head to the Marvel Cave in Silver Dollar City to learn about the history of the park and admire the Cathedral Room – the largest cave entrance room in the United States.
Silver Dollar City
The whole family can enjoy a variety of thrilling rides at the Silver Dollar City theme park from the exhilarating roller coasters to the kid-friendly rides and play area. In the heat of the afternoon, head over to the waterpark to jump on the waterslides and refreshing rides. After a long day of play, set sail on the Showboat dinner cruise. Enjoy the sunset view of Table Top Lake while the park’s entertainers provide you with live music, comedy, dance performances, and more!
Bigfoot Fun Park’s
Children and big-kids-at-heart will love the eccentric experience of searching for Bigfoot at the Bigfoot Fun Park. Join the Bigfoot discovery team on their exploration of the Bigfoot Farm, searching for telltale signs of the mythical creature. Afterward, daredevils can try out the exciting “super slingshot” and “gravity bomb” rides while the rest of the family enjoys a round of mini-golf and arcade games.
The Ozark Mountains
For some of the best views of the stunning Ozark Mountains, head up to Wolfe Mountain for the Ozarks Explorer Canopy Tour. You will have a chance to see the mountains from a totally new perspective as you traverse the 7 ziplines and 10 sky bridges, with the option of taking an exhilarating 40-foot free-fall. There are no age restrictions on the tour so bring the whole family as long as they meet the weight requirements between 70 and 275lbs.
The Fountain Show
Along the scenic 1.5-mile Taneycomo lakefront you will find the beautiful Branson Landing fountains. A trip to Branson isn’t complete without stopping to view the awe-inspiring fountain show. Designed by the creators of the Bellagio fountain, the show features 120-foot geysers of water, bursts of flame, and intricate lighting choreographed to a variety of musical ensembles. Check out the show every hour on the hour, from noon to 9:00 pm all week long!
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