Branson is blessed with great weather throughout most of the year, but every once in a while, it gets a little yucky...could be it’s raining, maybe an unusually chilly day, or maybe just a bit too overcast and dreary -- you have a day of outdoor activities planned with the kids, so...what do you do now? You can’t just keep them cooped up in your hotel room - unless you’re staying in one of those popular resorts with an indoor water park (we’ll talk about one of those, too!) But, if you’re not, we’ve assembled a list of helpful ideas on attractions that’ll make the whole family forget about the weather, and probably have even more fun than if the weather had been perfect! (HINT: Christmas lights can be even more sparkly in a light rain - check out this post for where to see lights about town in Branson. And please drive carefully in any inclement weather, including a light rain!): Branson Christmas Lights - 11 Great Places to Find the Sparkle!
Check out these 7 attractions ready to enjoy with the whole family:
1. Titanic Museum Attraction: Whether it’s you and the kids, just you and the love of our life, or maybe you’re even out to enjoy a rainy day on your own, you’ll quickly discover why Titanic is clearly one of Branson’s most interesting attractions, one that’s beloved by guests of every age and walk of life. Although it might be tough to find such a person, even someone who doesn’t know the Titanic story will be fascinated by the displays, the hands-on experiences, the authentically costumed crew - it all brings that unforgettable time in history to life, complete with all the touching, tragic, and inspiring stories of the passengers who passed, who survived, and who will forever be part of one of the world’s most memorable events.
Location: 3235 West Highway 76 - at the intersection of 76 and Gretna Road (you can’t miss the giant ship breaking through water and headed for The Strip!)
Operating Schedule: Hours can vary by season and day of the week - opens as early as 9:00 a.m. and can close as late as 10:00 p.m.
2. Fritz’s Adventure: You won’t find an attraction anywhere with as many physical-fun activities as you’ll find at Fritz’s - this includes activities you usually expect to only find outside, like ziplining and rock-climbing. This multidimensional facility houses an impressive 80,000 square feet of fun...bridges, poles, ropes, giant boulders, building walls, slides, tunnels, tubes, and even an airworthy airplane is waiting for kids of all ages to climb, slide, grab, roll, tumble and simply have the physically active and challenging time of their lives! In Branson, rainy-day activities don’t have to be limited to shopping or the movies (although that’s fun, too, and we’ll let you know where to see a movie in Branson,) inclement weather doesn’t have to mean stay-home weather - especially when there’s an incredible attraction like Fritz’s Adventure to discover!
Location: 1425 West Highway 76 (at the corner of 76 and Fall Creek Road)
Schedule: Hours can vary by season and day of the week - opens as early as 10:00 a.m. and can close as late as 8:00 p.m.
3. Grand Country Resort: If you’re familiar with Branson, you probably know about the shows at the Grand Country Music Hall, but if you’ve only gone to the shows, you’ve been missing out on everything from Blacklight Mini-Golf to Mountain Ridge Racer Indoor Golf Karts! There’s Mini-Bowling, Laser Tag, another Indoor Mini-Golf attraction, and even an XD Ride. And Grand Country happens to be one of those resort’s we mentioned above that boasts an amazing indoor water park! The water features in Splash Country include pools, slides, a lazy river, and a thousand-gallon tipping bucket. The added benefit of enjoying an indoor day at Grand Country is that you can also eat at one of Branson’s best buffets, shop, and see a music show or two - all of the Music Hall’s shows are family-friendly.
Location: 1945 West Highway 76
Operating Schedule: Everything’s open pretty much every day year-round; hours can change by day and season.
4. Branson’s Famous Old Time Photos: There may be an abundance of shops in Branson offering a vintage photo experience, but there’s only one Branson’s Famous Old Time Photos! Quality sets, costumes, and props, a nice spacious studio, changing room, a good selection of frames, and great deals can all be found here to make your old time family photo the best experience. You and your sweetie posing as gangsters in a vintage 30s-era automobile, or you and the kids donning Ozarks’ hillfolk clothes and hamming it up on an authentic-looking hillbilly cabin porch, or maybe dressed up in your Sunday finest for a stately portrait in the parlor - regardless of the set and costumes you choose, you’re sure to have a blast! (HINT: Pay a visit to the ticket outlet with the “bullseye” logo - it’s just a couple of doors down from the photo shop - for a great deal at Branson’s Famous Old Time Photos!)
Location: 2715 West Highway 76 - (the end store in a small plaza that’s at the corner of 76 and Wildwood Drive - King’s Castle Theater sits on the other corner of this intersection.)
Operating Schedule: Hours can vary by season and day of the week - opens as early as 10:00 a.m. and can close as late as 8:00 p.m.
5. World’s Largest Toy Museum: What kind of “museum” sounds better to kids on a rainy day than one that holds the world’s largest collection of playthings? You’ll be flabbergasted by how much you’ll find in this sensational attraction, one that’s actually a collection of museums within a museum - how’s that for a whole lot to see under one roof? Inside this colorful building you’ll discover the The Harold Bell Wright, National BB Gun, World of Checkers, Stearnsy Bear, and Paul Harvey Jr. Museums. Collections include everything from Barbie Dolls to Matchbox Cars - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to cast iron farm toys. Pez dispensers, Gumby, Popeye, Mickey Mouse, Roy Rogers...how about a lunch box with your favorite 60s or 70s television characters on it? You get the idea, you’ll find stuff from your childhood, your grandparents childhood, and stuff your kids were playing with yesterday!
Location: 3609 West Highway 76 (can’t miss it - humongous colorful “toys’ adorn the facade, including two toy soldiers who guard the entrance!)
Operating Schedule: Monday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (hours change to 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for January and February) - Closed on Sunday and Christmas day.
6. Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure: Another of those attractions that’s more than meets the eye once you’re inside, this gorgeous facility features an Exotic Butterfly Aviary, a Banyan Bungee Tree Adventure, an Emerald Forest Mirror Maze, a Living Rainforest Science Center, and a fascinating documentary about the Costa Rica Butterfly Farm. For the holidays, they’ve started a new tradition - an exhibit of thousands of live butterflies fluttering throughout strings of lights while live holiday music is played by a hammered dulcimer. Family photo opps are abundant - you can pose in front of the 18-foot-high poinsettia tree or with the Living Angel Statue! Kids love using the gear, provided by the Butterfly Palace, while they search for creatures - a pith helmet, magnifying glass, and child-sized binoculars help give them an authentic, and memorable, adventure!
Location: 4106 West Highway 76 - (it’s easy to see perched on a hillside just past the intersection of 76 and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.)
Operating Schedule: Open daily year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
7. St. James Winery & Restaurant: Enjoy a good wine-tasting experience? Tastings are free at Branson’s newest winery, and it’s the only winery with a wonderful on-site restaurant. Perfect for the two of you or a gang of friends - find your favorite wine and stick around and enjoy it with a delicious meal at the restaurant - the brick oven pizza is a popular choice with locals. Have the kids with you? Great! St. James offers juice for the kids - and what kid doesn’t love pizza? Come back when the weather’s nice and enjoy the courtyard area outside.
Location: 405 State Highway 165 - just a block off Highway 76
Operating Schedule: Open daily 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - restaurant is open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - dinner is from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Schedule can change for holidays and other occasions.)
If a new Hollywood movie is more your style on a rainy day, you can catch the latest films at the IMAX Entertainment Complex in the Elite Cinema III, or an amazing IMAX movie on the giant screen. IMAX also operates a multi-screen movie theater in the Shoppes at Branson Meadows at the Branson Meadows Cinema II. IMAX Entertainment Complex is located at 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, and the Cinema II can be found at 4740 Gretna Road. (HINT: For some great affordable things to do with kids, check this out: 14 Branson Attractions Under $20 - WOW! - many things in this post are open year-round.)