Beautiful Branson, Missouri is located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains.  Surrounded by three pristine lakes and home to a variety of activities, there’s enough to keep your family busy for weeks.  Looking for the best things to do in Branson for kids? Read on.

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Spend the Day at a Theme Park

Branson is home to two theme parks – Silver Dollar City and White Water.  At Silver Dollar City you can step back in time and into old fashioned fun.  Home to more than 30 rides, over 100 demonstrating craftsmen and a variety of entertaining shows, the park has something for every member of the family.  Young tykes can head to Half Dollar Holler for pint-sized fun while the big kids can ride thrilling coasters like Outlaw Run and Wildfire.  Known for their world-class festivals, Silver Dollar City hosts a variety of special shows, performances and themed events.  Visiting during the summer?  A festival designed for kids and families – The Star Spangled Summer Celebration – will add even more fun to your day.  Need to cool down during your Branson vacation?  Head to the beach within reach known as White Water.  The aquatic park is the perfect place to splish, splash and play.  Extreme waterslides, lazy rivers, a giant wave pool and areas designed for the little ones are just a few of the ways you can cool off while having a hot time at the park.

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Explore the Great Outdoors

Where better to reconnect with nature than Branson? Inviting Table Rock Lake offers endless ways to enjoy the natural side of Branson.  Go for a swim, rent a boat and cruise the lake or even parasail above the water for a birds-eye-view of the area.  Nearby visitors will find the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, which is the largest trout production facility in Missouri.  Take the kids there to feed the fish and learn about these native Missouri fish.   There are also hiking, biking, horseback riding, ziplining and canoeing options available in Branson.  Be adventurous and explore the wonders around you.
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Go Wild at Animal Attractions

If there is one things all kids seem to love its animals.  Luckily there are several attractions in Branson allowing kids to see animals up-close.  The Promised Land Zoo is home hundreds of rare and endangered animals, and have an area dedicated to babies and bottle feedings.  Mesmerized by tigers?  I know I am.  At the National Tiger Sanctuary, located just north of Branson, visitors can view exotic animals such as Bengal Tigers, Siberian Tigers, and African Lions.  Another unique animal attraction is Branson’s Wild World.  An interactive aquarium is home to sea life, including sea turtles, and Wolf Woods features a pack of wolf puppies that were raised and bottle fed.  There’s even alligators, spiders and snakes to see – perfect for boys!

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See a Kid-Friendly Show

There’s plenty of wholesome entertainment in Branson. If you’re searching for a show that will captivate your kid there are three can’t miss options: Dixie Stampede, The Haygoods and Grand Country’s Amazing Pets.  Dixie Stampede combines delicious food with trick-riding, friendly competitions, and spectacular music and comedy.  The Haygoods are a highlight because their youthful, energetic and modern show appeals to a younger demographic while still pleasing mom and dad.  The Amazing Pets show is a good pick because it stars rescued dogs and cats performing a variety of special (and silly) tricks.

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Be a Kid Again with Your Kid

Classic family fun is the signature of The Track Family Fun Parks.  Challenge your kids to a go-kart race, splash around on bumper boats, hit the batting cages or play a round of mini-golf.  Once you’ve covered all your bases at The Track board Ride The Ducks.  The amphibious, open-air vehicles tour Branson by land and sea.  All riders are given a wacky quacker and once you splash down into the lake (Taneycomo or Table Rock – depending on your ticket choice) a few lucky children get to drive the Duck! 

Add these awesome things to do in Branson for kids to your vacation for fun that’s sure to please the whole family!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

You probably already know Branson, Missouri is a fantastic place to vacation for families. You might be surprised to find out it’s also an ideal place for couples to getaway.  The rolling hills and lush valleys of the Ozark Mountains set the perfect romantic vibe, while the things to do in Branson for couples create fun ways for sparks to fly!

Things to Do in Branson for Couples

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Things to do in Branson for couples:

Cruise Table Rock Lake

If you love nature like this gal, the outdoor paradise of Branson will give you plenty to do. Tops on my list is renting a boat on Table Rock Lake, the crown jewel of Branson lakes, and cruising the waters with your sweetheart. Have you ever seen anyone have a bad time while on the lake? I didn’t think so! You can swim, ski, tube, wakeboard, sunbathe and simply relax.

Things to Do in Branson for Couples

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Hit the Trails

They say exercise releases endorphins, so why not work up a sweat with your sweetheart by hitting the trails of the Ozarks.  One of the most pristine places to do so is Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. The 2,200-acre park includes cascading waterfalls, walking trails, forests, fields and more. Activities like horseback riding and fishing are offered, too, so you can easily make a day of it. Other hiking options include Busiek Forest, Lakeside Wilderness Trail and Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation area.

Things to Do in Branson for Couples

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Take to the Sky

If you want to really splurge on your love, treat them (and yourself) to a helicopter tour of Branson. Two operators, Branson Helicopter and Chopper Charter, take riders up, up and away, and over the magnificent scenery of the Ozarks. Tours start as low as $30, so it’s much more affordable than you may think. Of course, there are deluxe tours covering all of Branson that cost upwards of $150 per person. The choice is yours, but either way you’ll get a birds-eye-view of the spectacular scenery the Ozarks has to offer. Another super romantic idea is a hot air balloon ride with Branson Balloon. At $275 per person, the price is steep but the experience is once-in-a-lifetime and totally swoon worthy.

Things to Do in Branson for Couples

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Ride the Rails

Take a step back in time by finding romance on the rails. The Branson Scenic Railway, headquartered at the historic 1905 depots, choo-choos its way through the foot hills and mountains of the Ozarks during a 40-minute trip.  I encourage riders to move about the cars and experience the views from every angle.  The wide windows of the lower level provide a decent expanse of the landscape, but the real views are found up top—in the panoramic dome cars. Take your experience up a notch by adding a candlelight dinner. April to October a dinner train is hosted each Saturday at 5pm. Four-courses over candlelight creates a retro night worth sharing.

Things to Do in Branson for Couples

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Spend the Day at Silver Dollar City

Think this theme park is just for kids? Think again! Branson’s premier attraction, Silver Dollar City, immerses guests in an 1880s setting but the rides pack seriously modern day fun. Join in mutual-screaming inducing, adrenaline-rushing coaster fun on the loop-filled WildFire, the barrel-rolls of Outlaw Run and the blast-off of PowderKeg. Slow things down with a ride on the Fling Swings, before cooling off on the Lost River. There’s so much to see and do at this park, from craftsmen demonstrating to entertaining shows, making a day of it will be a breeze.

Things to Do in Branson for Couples

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Dinner for Two

If you want to cap off your day in Branson with a romantic meal for two, go to Top of the Rock. Located just a few miles south of Branson, the views alone will wow your sweetheart. Set on a mountain top overlooking sparkling Table Rock Lake, panoramic views surround you at every moment. The Osage Restaurant is the main dining establishment, but you can also eat at Arnie’s Barn or the Buffalo Bar. End your night with a drink of the cozy patio, as the fireplaces flicker before you. A second suggestion is Level 2 Steakhouse at the Hilton Promenade.

Things to Do in Branson for Couples

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Upgrade Your Stay

If you want the romantic sparks to fly, upgrade where you stay. At upscale hotels, like Chateau on the Lake, will put you in the mood for love. Even better, the hotel is perched atop an Ozark Mountain with pristine views of Table Rock Lake in every direction. If you really want to indulge, book a couples massage for two at the Chateau Spa. A fine dining restaurant and and lounge make the resort all an encompassing choice for a romantic retreat.

Feeling like you’re ready to whisk your loved one away? With these things to do in Branson for couples you’re sure to have a sweet vacation. When you’re ready to plan your romantic getaway, Reserve Branson will be here to help!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

The sweet smell of barbeque and sound of bluegrass music will greet visitors to Silver Dollar City early this summer.   With the return of the Silver Dollar City Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival May 5  through May 30, 2016, the theme park will be featuring performances from some of today’s most popular Bluegrass musicians as well as some of the nations’ most delicious BBQ. The 15th KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest is also featured during the festival.

With the purchase of Silver Dollar City tickets, you’ll gain access to performances that include:

  • Farm Hands Quartet
  • Doyle Lawson & Quiksilver
  • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
  • The Grascals
  • The Dalton Gang
  • Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
  • Nothin’ Fancy
  • Kruger Brothers
  • Flatt Lonesome
  • Southern Raised
  • The Baker Family
  • The Willis Clan
  • Trinity River Band
  • And Many More!

 

For a complete list of scheduled performers for the Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival, click here.

The 15th Annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest is scheduled for May 28, also at the Opera House Theater.   Amateur entertainers 21 years of age or younger will be featured as they compete for top honors and cash prizes.

Of course, the tempting flavors of BBQ are also a highlight of this Silver Dollar City festival.  Everything from smoky Texas-style BBQ to tangy Carolina BBQ to the deliciousness of Kansas City BBQ will be available. During the Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival you can also sink your teeth into the All-You-Can-Eat Rib Feast. Served from 3pm until closing at Reunion Hall, succulent BBQ meats and a variety of sides are served family style at this feast. Sink your teeth into a variety of signature styles and sauces.  Beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, and four styles of ribs including Silver Dollar City Original-Style, Memphis Dry Rub, Hickory Smoked and South Carolina Mustard will be served.

To enjoy all of the Bluegrass and Barbeque festival highlights, rides, attractions, shows and demonstrating craftsmen be sure to get your Silver Dollar City passes today.  Make a vacation out of it with a Silver Dollar City package.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

may_eventsCheck out these Branson events scheduled for May 2016:

May 4: Taylor Hicks
“American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks takes the stage at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater to perform fan favorites from his R&B, southern rock catalog.

May 6-8: Founder’s Day Weekend at Silver Dollar City
The first annual Founders’ Weekend Celebration commemorates Silver Dollar City‘s May 1, 1960 opening with special activities and events including the grand opening on the all-new Echo Hollow Show “Hits from the Hollow,” and a Sunday morning Worship Celebration with special guests Rhonda Vincent, Hosea Bilyeu and Family, Mike Patrick and New South, Nedgra Culp and Cassandre Faimo-Haygood.

May 6-7: Branson Gospel Reunion
This unique, one-of-a-kind show will feature 2016 Starlite Theater newcomers The Blackwood Singers, as well as the addictive comedy of Paul Harris, a comic legend in Branson.  Guests will also enjoy the exceptionally talented cast of “Sunday Gospel Nights”, including duo Gary Koreiba and Kim Boyce, and many other exceptional gospel talents. Located at the Starlite Theater.

May 5-30: Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival at Silver Dollar City
Don’t miss one of the premier Bluegrass and Barbeque festivals in the nation. There will be plenty of bluegrass performers from all over the country during this Silver Dollar City festival. The House of BBQ (Red Gold Heritage Hall) will be serving up plenty of mouthwatering BBQ.

May 11: Terri Clark
Clark’s albums have accounted for more than 20 singles, including six #1′s. “If I Were You,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “Emotional Girl,” “Girls Lie Too,” and “In My Next Life” all topped the country charts. Clark performs at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater.

May 19: Jammin’ at Area ’57
From 12-2pm Area ’57 is hosting a traditional Ozark picnic in the park with a jam session thrown in.

May 27: The Roots & Boots Tour
Join Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye for a star-studded performance featuring all their chart-topping hits at the Welk Resort Theatre.

May 29: Chateau on the Lake Memorial Day Celebrations
Chateau on the Lake hosts a fireworks and BBQ event this Memorial Day. Make your room reservations early and enjoy a weekend full of activities.