At Silver Dollar City, families can take in the sights and sounds of a 1880s themed amusement park. Featuring six world-class festivals, a dozen delicious restaurants, 40 live shows daily and 60 unique shops, there’s plenty for you to explore. Not to mention there are over 30 rides and attractions themed for thrills, spills, family fun and little ones. The Branson theme park has been the area’s most popular attraction for over 50 years. Explore the Silver Dollar City with us before you go, so you can be ready for your day at the Midwest’s best theme park.
The Park’s newest ride, Outlaw Run, is an award-winning, one-of-a-kind wood coaster with speeds up to 68mph, an amazing 162-foot drop and is the only wooden coaster to twist upside down. It’s the best rush! Plus, Outlaw Run is the second fastest wooden coaster in the world. That’s just the start of it, though! Buckle in for soaring loops and white-knuckle inducing thrills on Wildfire, PowderKeg and Thunderation. The Giant Barn Swing also excites as it climbs to great heights, only to swing (more like freefall!) back to earth. See if you can handle the belly-flop of this ride before splashing into aquatic attractions at the park.
During the heat of a Branson summer, nothing beats climbing aboard Silver Dollar City’s water rides for a cool down. Try the classic toboggan fun of American Plunge, or see if you can rage the rapids of the Lost River. In 2015, Silver Dollar City Branson is making way for an all-new attraction – Fireman’s Landing. The firefighters-themed play area, which is replacing Geyser Gulch, features 10 new family adventures. Six kid-friendly rides and four interactive play zones are planned, all of which aim to salute the spirit and courage of firefighters. Designed with the atmosphere and theming of an old-time firefighter recruitment fair, activities will test skills of recruits while training and entertaining.
Silver Dollar City appeals to visitors of all ages. Younger members of the family leap with joy at the thought of exploring the Grand Exposition, home to kid-friendly rides like the Magnificent Wave Carousel, Elephant March, Royal Tea Party and Grand Exposition Coaster. The fun continues at Half Dollar Holler, a playscape designed with half-pints in mind. Bring your energy to traverse through treetop fun houses, climbing nets and mazes. Then, all aboard the Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train for a trip back in time through the Ozark Mountains. Don’t forget to explore beneath the park too. You see, the park is located on top of Marvel Cave – which was the original reason the Branson attraction became a must-visit. The cave tour is included with Silver Dollar City tickets, so make time for it during your day at the park.
Each time you visit this Branson theme park your experience is different due to the ever-changing line-up of Silver Dollar City festivals. Take a look at the schedule for festivals in 2015:
WorldFest: April 7-May 1
Experience cultures from around the globe right here in the Ozarks. Each year the line-up changes, and different countries are featured. Families really enjoy the unique attractions and shows performed during this festival, especially during Spring Break days.
Bluegrass & BBQ Festival: May 5-30
Recently named the World’s #1 Bluegrass Event by IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association), this event features two National Bluegrass Competitions, numerous free concerts and some of the tastiest barbeque the Midwest has to offer. The weather is just about perfect during this time of year, too, so kick back, relax and let the music soothe your soul.
Star Spangled Summer: June 11-July 24
Summertime is family time! This all-new celebration features exciting family shows, cartoon character encounters and extended park hours. Look forward to Moonlight Madness as well as the all-new Fireman’s Landing. Open for summer 2015, it adds 10 more family adventures to Silver Dollar City’s already stellar list of attractions.
Southern Gospel Picnic: August 25-September 4
The tradition of gospel music in the Ozarks continues with this southern-inspired festival. This is your chance to see hundreds of performances from nationally acclaimed gospel acts as well as dine on delicious southern delicacies.
National Harvest & Cowboy Festival: September 16-October 31
Catch the Salute to the Great American Cowboy, an all-new Western Stunt Show, over 125 visiting craftsmen and a full line-up of cowboy performers during National Harvest Festival. It’s a celebration of Americana at its finest.
An Old Time Christmas: November 5-December 30
This is your chance to celebrate Christmas on a grand scale, with over 4 million lights, a 5-story Christmas tree, holiday light parade, visits from Santa and a living nativity creating a magical holiday world for visitors. Make time to see the classic holiday production “It’s a Wonderful Life” as well as the nightly parade. Warm up with roasted nuts and a piping hot cup of cocoa. Extra marshmallows please! Each year An Old Time Christmas is voted one of the best Christmas displays in America. Visit to see why.
Part of Silver Dollar City’s appeal is the simpler time it invokes. Throughout the park you can views demonstrating craftsmen using techniques passed down from generation to generation. Beautiful works of art are created right before your very eyes. Watch as skilled workers craft treasures, all while displaying their knowledge of the art form. Two of the favorite craftsmen to watch are the glassblowers and blacksmiths. See which one stands out to you during your visit!
Along with the demonstrating craftsmen, individual shops at the park offer one-of-a-kind items and souvenirs. It’s easy to shop at the park, too, because you can have any or all of your purchases packed and kept for you at the entrance of the park. So, you can browse and buy then hop on a coaster! Easy as pie. Speaking of pie, the food at Silver Dollar City is pretty sweet too! From candy shops, where sugar is spun into delicious concoctions to eateries boasting skillets of potatoes, sausage and vegetables to giant turkey legs, you’ll definitely be able to satisfy the cravings you create trekking the hills of the park.
Insider tip: Want to skip the ride lines? Purchase a TrailBlazer Pass to jump to the front of the lines on your favorite rides. There is a limited quantity available each day, so be sure to reserve yours in advance or at the beginning of your day at the Cave Information Desk (located in the Hospitality House). Cost is an additional $32.50 per person.