The Ozarks are an enchanting place to visit during the fall season. One of the attractions where fall shines in Branson is Silver Dollar City. The 1880s theme park fully embraces autumn with themed displays, delicious foods and even a special festival celebrating Americana. With this in mind, here are five things to do at Silver Dollar City this fall you’re sure to love.

things to do at silver dollar city this fall

5 Favorite Things to Do at Silver Dollar City this Fall

1) Attend National Harvest Festival Events: The National Harvest Festival is a salute to the American West. The most exciting part of the festival is the Western Stunt Show, featuring professional stuntmen and women performing amazing feats. Watch 3-story falls, rapid-slide rappels, and good old fashion street fights bring back the wild in Wild West.

2) Watch Craftsmen at Work: Silver Dollar City is known for its talented craftsmen who operate in the park, creating everything from glassworks to knives to jewelry. During the National Harvest Festival, over 125 craftsmen visit the park adding to the amount of talent available. Visiting craftsmen include Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artists and the western artists of Buck Taylor’s Cowboy Emporium.

3) Ride the Frisco Line: The Park operates the Frisco Silver Dollar Line throughout the year. But, it’s especially enjoyable during autumn. Take a leisurely 20-minute steam train ride through the beautiful Ozark countryside surrounding Silver Dollar City and get a glimpse of Ozark Mountain fall foliage.

4) Fill up on Fall Treats: One of the best treats to fill up on during fall at Silver Dollar City Branson is an apple dumpling. Surrounded by mounds of cinnamon ice cream, the dumpling hits the spot between sweet, warm and cold, all in one bite. When the weather is a bit nippier, nothing goes better together than hot cocoa and funnel cake.

5) Ride Wildfire: Wildfire, one of Silver Dollar City’s premier roller coasters, offers the best views of the surrounding area. Keep your eyes open (if you can!) and take in the colors of the season as you loop through the racing course.

Purchase one or two-day Silver Dollar City tickets to explore all the Branson theme park has to offer.

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.

Join Silver Dollar City for America’s biggest Southern Gospel Picnic.  The event showcases hundreds of performers, delicious southern-style feasts and, of course, all of Silver Dollar City’s thrilling rides, entertaining shows and talented craftsmen.  Southern Gospel Picnic is scheduled for August 25 through September 5, 2016.

Purchase your discount Silver Dollar City tickets or a money-saving Silver Dollar City Package today to enjoy performances by some of the most famous names in southern gospel music, including the Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, Mark Bishop, Tim Lovelace,  The Isaacs, Jeff & Sheri Easter, and Karen Peck & New River.
The Booth Brothers

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The full Southern Gospel Picnic line-up includes:

August 25
Aaron and Amanda Crabb, The Bowling Family, The Guardians, Jay Parrack & Vocal Event, Lore Family, Hyssongs, Red Letter Edition

Hyssongs, Red Letter Edition, LeFevre Quartet, Melody Boys Quartet, Spoken 4 Quartet, The Whisnants, Joseph Habedank

August 27
Joseph Habedank, Hopper Brothers 2.0, The Hoppers, The Browns, Hosea Bilyeu Family, 4 Calvary

The Isaacs

The Isaacs: Silver Dollar City Attractions/Facebook

August 28
The Browns, Hosea Bilyeu Family, 4 Calvary, Brian Free & Assurance, Jeff Stice, Sunday Drive, The Talleys

August 29
2nd Generation, Forgiven Quartet, Ivan Parker, Karen Peck & New River, Liberty Quartet, Mark Trammell Quartet, Chuck Wagon Gang

August 30
Chuck Wagon Gang, Freedom Quartet, Joylanders, Tribute Quartet, Triumphant Quartet, The Berry Brothers, Faith’s Journey, Wilburn & Wilburn

August 31
The Berry Brothers, Faith’s Journey, Wilburn & Wilburn,
Allen Family, Jim Brady Trio, Legacy Five, Little Roy & Lizzy, Mark Bishop

Photo Credit: Karen Peck & New River

Karen Peck & New River/Facebook

September 1
Mark Bishop, The Freemans, The Martins, The Nelons, Pat Barket, Reggie Saddler Family, Lineage of David

September 2
Lineage of David, The Downing Family, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Goulds, Greater Vision, New South Quartet, The Taylors

September 3
Booth Brothers, The Browders, The Diplomats, Master’s Voice, New Road, The Williamsons, The Lowe Sisters

Echo Hollow

Echo Hollow Amphitheater: Silver Dollar City Attractions/Facebook

September 4
he Lowe Sisters, 4 His Love, Dr. Dennis Swanberg, The Dunaways, Gordon Mate, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Lesters

September 5
11th Hour, Dixie Echoes, The Isaacs, Kingsman Quartet, Three Bridges

Echo Hollow Amphitheater hosts Southern Gospel Nights Concerts during the event as well, scheduled nightly at 6pm (7pm on September 1 and 2).
Legacy Five

Legacy Five/Facebook

August 25 | 6:00pm
The Bowling Family
Pre-show with Aaron & Amanda Crabb begins at 5:25pm

August 26 | 6:00pm
The Whisnants
Pre-show with Joseph Habedank begins at 5:25pm

August 27 |6:00pm
The Hoppers
Pre-show with Hosea Bilyeu begins at 5:25pm

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The Martins/Facebook

August 28 | 6:00pm
Brian Free & Assurance
Pre-show with Jeff Stice begins at 5:25pm

August 29 | 6:00pm
Karen Peck & New River
Pre-show with Liberty Quartet begins at 5:25pm

August 30 | 6:00pm
Triumphant Quartet
Pre-show with Wilburn & Wilburn begins at 5:25pm

August 31 | 6:00pm
Legacy Five
Pre-show with Mark Bishop begins at 5:25pm

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Brian Free & Assurance/Facebook

September 1 | 6:00pm
The Martins
Pre-show with Pat Barker begins at 5:25pm

September 2 | 6:00pm
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Pre-show with New South Quartet begins at 5:25pm

September 3 | 7:00pm
Booth Brothers
Pre-show with New Road begins at 6:25pm

September 4 | 7:00pm
Jeff & Sheri Easter

Photo Credit: Silver Dollar City/Facebook

Silver Dollar City Attractions/Facebook

Pre-show with Dennis Swanberg begins at 6:25pm

September 5 | 6:00pm
The Isaacs

Seating in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre will begin two hours prior to show time, weather permitting

It wouldn’t be a picnic without chicken and fixin’s served up picnic-style at Reunion Hall. You’ll find an old-fashioned feast featuring family favorites like southern-style fried chicken, apple-butter glazed chicken, slow smoked pulled pork, creamy mashed potatoes, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, hot rolls, and many other delicious items. Gather your family and friends, fill a plate with some succulent food and listen to the sounds of Southern Gospel music waft through the air. It’s a great way to end the summer season in Branson!

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.

There’s a lot of things to do in Branson MO. So many, in fact, it can be hard deciding which activities should be on your schedule. If you want to make the most of your Branson vacation, follow my itinerary. Whether you’ve got one day to explore or a leisurely week to play, this go-to guide will take the stress out of your travel plans.

Branson Vacation

Day 1

Hopefully you’ve got more than one day to spend in Branson. However, even if you don’t, you can make the most of your day by hitting up the absolute best Branson attractions.

Spend the Day at Silver Dollar City: Sure, you’ve probably been to a theme park before. But, I guarantee you haven’t been to a theme park like this one. Silver Dollar City combines the history and allure of the Ozarks with world-class rides and shows. Set in an 1880’s atmosphere, it’s a total throwback park emphasizing crafts, home cooking and tradition.

Dine at Branson Landing: I recommend eating dinner at the Branson Landing complex. There are a variety of restaurants to pick from, with White River Fish House and Texas Land and Cattle being two personal favorites. Sit outside on the patio (weather permitting) and take in the scenery, compliments of Lake Taneycomo. After dinner, be sure to watch the fire and water fountain show.

Get Tickets to the Haygoods: The Baldknobbers and Presleys may have started the music scene in Branson, but The Haygoods are continuing it. This talented family is the new wave of Branson entertainment, focusing on modern music that appeals to the new generation of visitors on a Branson vacation.

Branson Vacation

Day 2

The second day or your Branson vacation should be spent outside, exploring the natural side of the Ozarks. It amazes me when people visit and miss the many gems that make Branson so unique.

Visit Table Rock Lake: During the summer season, you’ll find me at the lake every single weekend. Table Rock is the crown jewel of the Tri-Lakes area—and for good reason. Framed by rising hills and green valleys, it’s picturesque and the waters are pristine. Rent a boat to explore the coves and crannies of the lake, or simply go to Moonshine beach for a day of swimming. Luckily, the weather in Branson is fairly temperate in the spring and fall, too, so the lake is fair game many months out of the year.

If you happen to visit during a time too chilly for lake activity, Table Rock is still worth a visit. Sites like the Dewey Short Visitor Center provide an excellent way to learn about the area, while the Table Rock Lake Shore Trail is a natural escape. Sunsets here are seriously amazing, too, so be sure to see one during your Branson vacation.

Go Underground: Missouri is known as the cave state, and it’s easy to see why as there are almost 6,400 caves here. In the Branson area there are nearly 200 caves alone! One of the absolute best is Talking Rocks Cavern. See it for yourself with an hour-long guided tour. At 62-deggrees year-round, this cool adventure is edutainment at its finest. During the tour, you’ll learn about the caves discovery and related history, as well as learn about the mineral deposits and other geological information.

Get Adventurous: One of the best ways to experience the natural side of Branson is with a zipline tour. Branson Zipline features the most immersive course, with a total of seven ziplines and 10 skybridges set in the canopy of the Ozarks. In addition, they have the only freefall experience in Branson. The freefall dismount from their Everest Tower is the stuff thrills are made of—you’ve gotta do it!

Top of the Rock

Day 3

On day three of your Branson vacation, enjoy some local-approved attractions.

Eat Like the Locals: They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The people at Billy Gail’s Café certainly think so. Hearty portions and made-from-scratch flavors attract a crowd created by both locals who love it and visitors eager to try it. This Branson breakfast café, with a location in a remodeled gas station, is unlike any other place you’ve ever ate. Try the Sloppy Biscuit or if you’re starving, the Hungry Man Platter is a guaranteed cure.

Go Shopping: Walk off some of those calories you’ve just ingested by shopping in Branson. The Tanger Outlet Mall is the place to go shop for discounts and deals. On the other hand, the Branson Landing is home to name brands and boutiques. On top of that, Branson craft malls and antique stores offer the kitschy, the cute and the unbelievable. Two favorites are Branson Craft Mall, Branson Mill Craft Village and Caldwell’s Antiques.

See a Matinee Show: Squeeze in a matinee for a fun afternoon. With so many shows to see in Branson, scheduling a matinee is the best way to see as many of the top shows as possible. I recommend watching SIX. It features a complete experience filled with unbelievable vocal harmonies and exceptional showmanship by the talented Knudsen brothers.

Visit Top of the Rock: Top of the Rock might be the most beautiful place in Branson. Perched above Table Rock Lake, the captivating setting is a slice of true Ozarks. Johnny Morris, owner of Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge, went above and beyond the bounds of ordinary when designing this attraction. Arrive early so you can visit the Ozark Heritage Museum and tour the cave (which has a bar!). Then, eat at the Osage Restaurant before having after-dinner drinks on the patio surrounded by the flames of a fire-pit. It’ll be the perfect end to a day in Branson—I promise!

Ride the Ducks CVB

Day 4

Day four of your Branson vacation is a mix of activities that are signatures of the Branson scene.

Get Quacky: Ride the Ducks are an excellent way to see the sights of Branson. The amphibious vehicles venture on both land and water for a one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience. Kids really love this attraction as they can drive the boat with aide of Captain.

Take in the Titanic: The Titanic Museum in Branson is a world-class attraction dedicated to the RMS Titanic and its passengers. Take a self-guided tour to view fully recreated cabins, parlors and the infamous $1-million grand staircase, as well as interactive displays and children’s exhibits.

Be a Star: At the Hollywood Wax Museum, you’re the star of the show. See startling real wax figures of your favorite celebrities, in iconic settings from movies and TV shows. This place is made for share-worthy photos, so get ready to be a ham! It makes the attraction all the more fun.

Have Fun While You Eat: Dixie Stampede is Branson’s most fun place to eat—Dolly Parton guarantees it! Experience 32 magnificent horses, Return of the Buffalo, hilarious racing pigs, the Rumble in the Treetops lumberjack relay, equestrian feats, friendly competition and a fabulous four-course feast.

Branson Vacation

Day 5

If you’re lucky enough to have a fifth day in Branson use these ideas to make the most of your day.

Tee Off: Branson has a thriving golf scene, with several top-rated courses in the area. Courses like Buffalo Ridge, Ledgestone and Top of the Rock Golf Course are fun for all golfers, whether you’re a pro or a novice.

See the Show that Started it All: Baldknobbers claims to be the show that started it all in Branson, but really the right to that title goes to the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama. The show is based on the bestselling Harold Bell Wright novel of the same name. It’s a declaration of love to the hills and hollers of the Ozarks. Performances of the show take place on the original homestead that inspired the book. Overall, it’s a classic piece of Branson history worth experiencing.

Classic Family Fun: At Track Family Fun Parks, classic family fun is found. Whether you want to race go-karts, make a splash on bumper boats or play a round of mini-golf, there’s plenty of things to keep you and the kids entertained. Plus, The Track recently added the Ferris wheel from Chicago’s Navy Pier to its attraction line-up. Take a high-rising ride to get a bird-eye-view of Branson.

It’s easy to plan a Branson vacation when you have a little guidance. Follow this itinerary to the tee, or mix it up so it fits your travel needs. Either way, you’re sure to have a fun-filled time in the Ozarks.

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.

Labor Day Weekend is an ideal time to celebrate the hard work you do all year. Treat yourself to a mini-break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a trip to Branson. Since Labor Day Weekend happens September 5-7, 2015—it’s still summer weather in Southwest Missouri. Squeeze in the last bit of the season in Branson. From lake fun to theme parks, this destination has it covered. Check out these five reasons your family should be in Branson Labor Day Weekend. Then, try to find a good excuse to not starting making travel plans.

Branson Labor Day Weekend

Table Rock Lake

1) Table Rock Lake
As a local, this is my favorite summertime spot. I can’t get enough of this gem of a lake. Bordered by green tumbling mountains, the blue waters are welcome way to spend a day. The best way to do so is by renting a boat. Nearby marinas, such as Table Rock State Park Marina and Long Creek Marina, offer boat rentals. Pontoon boats start at as little as $219 for four hours. Not bad, considering how much fun you’ll have. Some even have slides—total bonus! At Table Rock Lake, you can also ride jet-skis, kayak, and parasail. If you don’t want to rent a boat, don’t worry. You can still experience Table Rock Lake at Moonshine Beach. Admission is $4 per car. Access is to a manmade sand beach with great views of the lake.

Lost River

Lost River

2) Silver Dollar City
You can do it all at Silver Dollar City, which means every member of the family will be happy. The teens can ride thrilling roller coasters like Outlaw Run, while Dad will get a kick out of watching the craftsmen demonstrate their skills. Likewise, the little ones will love the new Fireman’s Landing section of the park, and the shopping opportunities in the craft-based stores will please Mom. On top of that, the whole family can also get in on the excitement of group rides that make a splash: American Plunge and The Lost River. Either way you play at the park, you’re sure to have a blast.


The Track

3) The Track Family Fun Parks
There’s just something about go-karts that equals family fun. Maybe it’s the friendly competition, or the grown-up feeling a kid gets when they can drive on their own. It’s a little bit of everything, I guess, and at The Track you can do it all. From high-speed go-karts to kid-speed karts, to bumper cars and bumper boats, arcade games to miniature golf, the activities available add up to a classic good time. A few of the extreme go-kart tracks to look forward to are the 1,200 foot, four-story Heavy Metal High Rise; four-story spiral track Wild Woody; and the Lumberjack, the first wooden high rise coaster.

White Water Wave Pool

White Water Wave Pool

4) White Water
Branson’s water park will be open one last weekend in September—Labor Day Weekend. Visit this tropical paradise before it closes for the season to experience of two million gallons of aquatic adventures. Dare the drop of Kapau Plummet; the steep slide of Kalani Towers; and the twisting raft ride that is Pipeline Plunge. Afterwards, relax in the Aloha River, then go for a splash at the Surf’s Up Wave Pool. There’s plenty to do for the little tykes too: Splashaway Cay and Coconut Cove are filled with water features deal for making your kid giggle with joy.

Promised Land Zoo FB

Photo Credit: Promised Land Zoo/Facebook

5) Promised Land Zoo
All families seem to have at least one kid who’s an animal lover. This is why the Promised Land Zoo makes the list. Here, you can see animals from all over the world on foot safari. Look for antelope, zebra, kangaroo, big cats, medium cats, baboons, spider monkeys, lemurs, and many other groups of animals including deer and prairie dogs. In addition, live shows allow up close encounters with animals not on exhibit at the Zoo. Bottle-feeding opportunities for baby zebras, camels, watusi, goats, deer and more are available, too. If that’s not enough, the Zoo’s Parakeet Paradise has an array of exotic birds so colorful they bring a bit of the tropics to Branson.

Say goodbye to summer with a Branson Labor Day Weekend. After all your hard work, you deserve it!

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.