Categories: Insider TipsTips

5 Free Things to Do in Branson with Kids

What makes a vacation in Branson even better? Free things to do of course! This rings especially true when traveling as a family, as you don’t have to be a math whiz to know family-fun can really add up. As someone who knows the ins-and-outs of the Ozarks, I can recommend free things to do in Branson with kids that will leave the “I’m bored” groan at home.

Branson Landing Fountain Show

1) Branson Landing

You might think of Branson Landing as only a place to shop, but think again! There is a magnificent free fountain show that runs hourly (after noon). Kids love it because it combines cannon fire with 120-feet high water spouts and musical favorites. After watching the free show, stroll along the waterfront towards the park area to feeds some ducks.

Aerial view of College of the Ozarks: KTrimble/Wikipedia

2) College of the Ozarks

No matter how old your kids are, it’s never too soon to visit this college campus. Dubbed “Hard Work U,” College of the Ozarks students work 15 hours per week towards their tuition. The working campus is very picturesque, and the student-ran Edwards Mill, a 1880s gristmill, and Creamery, a student-ran dairy farm, are unique stops. In addition, the Ralph Foster Museum is a fine collection of Ozark history and is also home to the original Beverly Hillbillies car. (Museum has small entrance fee.)

Dick’s 5 & Dime in Downtown Branson

3) Dick’s Old Time Five & Dime

Stores like Dick Five & Dime are hard to find these days. Stocked with over 50,000 different items, it’s fun to look around at the kooky novelty items for sale. The décor, such as a 60-foot baseball wall of fame, WWII aviation art and two model trains circling the ceiling, add to the charm. Word to the wise, though, you may just find something to buy!

Aquariums at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

4)  Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

If you’ve got a little fishermen on your hands, take them to the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. They can view fish up-close in several beautiful aquariums showcasing Missouri’s native fish. You can even feed them! Families love to walk through the fish hatchery and learn more about the world around them. Self-guided and conducted tours are available.

Sunset at Moonshine Beach

5) Moonshine Beach

What does every kid love? Swimming! A day at the lake doesn’t get any better than at the shores of Moon Shine Beach on Table Rock Lake. This pick isn’t free, as it does cost $4 per car to enter, but after that you’ve got a day of free lakeside fun ahead of you. Make a day of it by picking up some cheap sandwiches and drinks at the local grocery (Price Chopper is the closest). It’s an easy way to enjoy the true appeal of Branson while spending next to nothing.

These five free things to do in Branson with kids will keep you busy and your budget intact. Have any ideas you’d like to share? Tell me about them in the comments.

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.

Published by
Tags: Free Things to Do in BransonFree Things to Do in Branson with Kids

Recent Posts

Places to Eat & Things to Do in Branson Thanksgiving Day

Will you be in Branson Thanksgiving Day? If so, use this handy guide to find a place to feast and…

October 5, 2018 7:41 am

Celebrate an Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas features over 5 million lights, 1,000 Christmas trees, Broadway-style shows, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer…

October 2, 2018 7:12 am

10 Silver Dollar City Tips: How to Have the Best Day Ever

Headed to Branson soon? Put these Silver Dollar City tips to use and you’re guaranteed a good time at the…

September 28, 2018 7:39 am

The Best Things to Do in Branson with Toddlers

There are many exciting things to do in Branson with toddlers. From theme parks to phenomenal shows, Branson will be…

September 24, 2018 1:33 pm

17 Absolutely Free Things To Do in Branson Missouri

In Branson, visitors can have fun without spending a fortune to do so. Check out these free things to do…

September 21, 2018 8:33 am

Honor our Nation’s Heroes during Branson Veterans Week

Join Branson, Missouri in honoring our nation’s heroes during Branson Veterans Week, America’s largest veterans celebration.

September 19, 2018 8:00 am