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10 Things You Can’t Miss at Branson’s Silver Dollar City!

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10 Things You Can’t Miss at Branson’s Silver Dollar City!

When it comes to Branson attractions...wait, when it comes to attractions anywhere, there’s nothing quite like Silver Dollar City!  This multi-award-winning theme park is Branson’s centerpiece attraction - a true crown jewel - the kind of place that would make any destination proud.  It’s filled with amazing rides, including record-breaking coasters, lots of incredible food, music everywhere you turn, and some of the area’s most unique shopping, all wrapped up in an 1880s theme that helps create an atmosphere of hospitality, heart, and humongous fun!  

With so much to see and do spread across more than 100 acres, it’s helpful to narrow down the list just a bit - making sure you hit the can’t miss highlights during your visit.  We strongly recommend that you spend more than one day at Silver Dollar City, but if time is limited, make sure you include these:

1. Time Traveler:  Let’s just start with the brilliant new Time Traveler, the ride that puts Silver Dollar City in the theme park record books again - it’s the world’s fastest, steepest, and tallest complete-circuit spinning roller coaster!  Like all of the park’s rides, this coaster has an entertaining theme, but what’ll really grab you is the 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop, the three inversions that include a dive loop, a zero-G roll, and a 95-foot tall vertical loop...and it reaches speeds up to 50.3 mph!

2. Watcing the demonstrating craftsmen:  With about 100 at the park throughout the season, you’ll find someone demonstrating their phenomenal art everywhere throughout the park -- and when you see what these talented people create, you’ll understand why we’re calling it “art” - there’s a real artistic touch here in the glass-blowing, pottery, blacksmith creations, wood carvings, and other handcrafted works.

3. Fireman’s Landing:  Touting a theme that brings back an 1880s volunteer firefighter recruitment fair, this fabulously fun area of the park features a nice selection of rides, including an 8-story fire tower free-fall drop ride, a spinning balloon ride, and a swinging wagon ride for bucket brigade volunteers.  Kids especially love the inside of Fire Station #3 where it’s temperature-controlled and loaded with cool stuff like buckets, pumpers, foam ball cannons and targets, and an obstacle course with tubes, mazes, climbing structures, and slides. And, of course, like everything else at Silver Dollar City, there’s much more!

4. Shopping for gifts made by hand:  Set aside souvenir money and save some space in the trunk, or your suitcase, for the great stuff you’ll find at Silver Dollar City. Hand-carved wood decor, hand-blown glass ornaments, figurines, paperweights, and more, as well as handmade knives, beautiful cut glass, and the list goes on.  If you can’t find a unique gift item here, you’re walking around with your eyes closed! You’ll definitely want to get a few special items to stash away for Christmas.

5. Iron skillet eats:  Sure, there are plenty of dining spots throughout the park, but you simply must try one of the mouth-watering food bowls from any (or all) of the giant iron skillets!  Get the Family Feud Succotash at Buckshot’s Skillet Cookery, the signature Calico Potatoes at Hatfield’s Tater Patch, and a great selection of fresh veggies and meats at the Lumbercamp Falls Skillet.  We promise, you won’t leave hungry!

6.  Outlaw Run:  If you’re a coaster enthusiast, we don’t need to explain, but for anyone new to Silver Dollar City, you’ve just gotta ride Outlaw Run!  When it opened, it was history-making as the world’s most daring wood coaster, featuring the first and only double-barrel roll on a wood coaster.  It was also the first wood coaster to twist upside down with a record-breaking three inversions, as well as the steepest, with a first drop of 162 feet at 81 degrees.  Add the fact that it hits speeds of up to 68 mph, and you’ve got one righteous ride!

7. Powderkeg:  Yep, another coaster, and one that includes an explosive launch, shooting riders from 0 to 53 mph in just 2.8 seconds!  It’s been around for several years now, but it continues to be a Silver Dollar City favorite for returning guests.

8. The Homestead Pickers:  There’s a wide variety of music at the park throughout the year, but for an authentic Ozark Mountains sound, you can’t beat the Homestead Pickers - they share downhome favorites from March through October (after that, the Christmas season begins and the music becomes filled with holiday happiness!)

9. Fire in the Hole:  For locals and long-time visitors to the park, this indoor dark coaster will always be a favorite.  With high-speed drops, turns, and a water-splash ending, the theme for this long-time coaster is based on the Baldknobbers, a group of volunteer peacekeepers turned vigilante lawbreakers from the late 1800s.

10. Marvel Cave:  Last but not least, we’re including the first...the thing that first attracted people to this beautiful area on Branson’s Indian Point - a stunningly gorgeous cave!  Before there was Silver Dollar City, people lined up to see this incredible cave with a fascinating history. Located near the park’s entrance, make sure you stop by the registration area and schedule a time to tour the cave - you won’t be sorry!

For more useful information and helpful hints about Silver Dollar City, check out our Resource Guide here