Branson, MO is home to many family friendly activities and adventures. There are endless opportunities to create a lifetime of memories in Branson. While there are too many to name, here are the top 10 things to do in Branson with kids. These selections were from a recent poll we had with our customers. We hope you find it valuable!
1. Silver Dollar City 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway
Go back to the 1880’s at Silver Dollar City and experience over 40 rides, from wooden coasters and water slides to kids’ playplaces in an Ozark-themed amusement park. Rollercoasters like Outlaw Run (steepest wooden coaster in the world) and Powder Keg have plenty of giddyup, reach top heights, and thrill with multiple loop-de-loops. Children enjoy the Grand Exposition with kid-friendly rides and other fun kids’ activities. Opening for the 2015 year is the Fireman’s Landing, a firehouse themed-playground mainly for children with 10 new attractions, including the 8-story drop on Firefall. No matter where you go in the park, you constantly smell the sweet aroma of funnel cakes, along with other county fair treats and full-meal restaurants. Explore Marvel Cave, the original attraction of the area dating back to 1869. Listen to free live country and gospel performances daily and enjoy annual and seasonal festivities throughout the year like the memorable Bluegrass and BBQ Festival, elaborate Christmas displays and decorations, National Cowboy and Harvest Festival and so much more.
2. Promised Land Zoo 3751 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy.
Animals not native to the Ozarks on display include zebras, antelope, kangaroo, porcupines, lemurs, baboons, and much more roam the property and allow close access for families at Promised Land Zoo. Kids and adults alike love feeding the baby animals every day at 11am and 4pm. Feed the birds in Parakeet Paradise, a free-flying area where hundreds of birds get up close and personal for your hand-delivered treat. On-site trainers perform animal shows at 11am, 1pm, ad 3pm daily. Participate in exclusive animal encounters, like the lion and tiger display on the Big Cat Tour ($50 per person, min. age 8). Expect about 2 hours of entertainment, open 7 days a week 10am-5pm.
3. Ride the Ducks 2320 W 76 Country Blvd and Suite 204 Branson Landing next to Arvest Bank
Take a tour exploring the scenic Ozarks, through historic downtown, and also the Branson Strip in an amphibious vehicle. As you splash down onto Table Rock Lake, the captain tells corny jokes while allowing children to drive the boat on the water. Listen to the captain explain the history of the WWII DUKW vehicles, how they are built from the ground up with advanced marine design and safety and tested by the US Coast Guard. Perfect for families, children, seniors, social organizations, camps, and field trips. Quack your beaks along the way with duckbills!
Vigilante Extreme Ziprider 5586 W 76 Country Blvd
The Vigilante Extreme Ziprider, located at Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hills, holds the distinction of being the first ziprider to launch from an already-existing tower. Guests ride a glass elevator to the top of a climate-controlled deck, where you can see miles into the Ozarks! Glide on the ziprider 370 feet above the ground, over 2300 feet across green scenery, and reach speeds in excess of 50 mph. Four cable lines side-by-side allow guests to ride with their friends. Riders sit down in an actual seat and have straps over the shoulders to feel secure along the 16% slope grade. This ride is suitable for children and teens weighing at least 75 lbs with a height of at least 52 inches.
Indian Point Zipline 1056 Indian Point Rd
Expansion this year more than doubled the length of the Indian Point Zipline, to more than 2,700 feet through tree-skimming scenery. Open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm, Indian Point Zipline allows riders to flip upside down in their straps, gliding along 6 ziplines (only 2 last year). Indian Point Zipline is the largest Groupon provider in Branson, out of all attractions. Must weigh at least 50 lbs.
Parakeet Peet’s Waterfront Zipline Suite 1113 Branson Landing
Parakeet Pete’s offers a different zipline experience, as riders are seated two at a time on a bench similar to a ski lift. A seat belt around waist and nothing else allows riders to have open-air freedom. At night, you can see the captivating fire and fountain show (a must-see) at the Landing over Lake Taneycomo for a stress-free, beautiful view of the action. Must be at least 3.5 feet tall.
5. White Water 3505 W 76 Country Blvd
White Water at Silver Dollar City cures hot days with thirteen acres of rides and slides for everyone. Thrill seekers shoot down a 240-foot drop on White Water’s newest attraction Kapau Plummet. If you like speed slides, White Water may have the best in the area with their intimidating Kalani Towers. Grab a tube and float down the relaxing Aloha River or chill out in the 500,000-gallon wave pool. Although many slides do have height requirements, White Water does feature a section of the park dedicated to strictly kids. Many guests, especially those with larger groups, prefer to rent a cabana (Every 5-star review recommends this!). A 12’x12’ reserved shaded area, cabanas come with a 32-inch TV with Dish, ceiling fan, personal locker, and food option (cabanas start at $100). There’s even a Domino’s Pizza, along with summer favorites like burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream. If you want to claim a chair, try to come as early as possible!
6. Downtown Branson Landing
Perfect for small children and train connoisseurs, the Branson Scenic Railway (206 E Main St) travels 40 miles through the natural hills and trees of the Ozarks as guests take in the pioneer history of the area. Children construct their own teddy bear from scratch at Build-A-Bear for an unforgettable, hands-on experience (Suite 313). The Children’s Place at the Landing carries popular 10 and under children’s lines and apparel (Suite 323). Hear employees belt out show tunes while they prepare your fudge in front of you at The Fudgery (Suite 1203). Other sugary stores children love are Northwoods Candy Emporium (Suite 103), Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (Suite 403), and Marble Slab Creamery (Suite 1107). Kids also enjoy riding Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline (bench zip line for anyone 3.5 feet or over, Suite 1113) and quacking on the downtown version of Ride the Ducks (Suite 403 next to Arvest Bank). After all that walking around and explouring, don’t forget to take the free trolley for a unique and relaxing tour of downtown Branson.
7. Horseback Riding
Dogwood Canyon National Park 2038 MO-86 in Lampe
Dogwood Canyon offers three basic rides varying in skill level and length of trail, with guides to help show you the way. The one-hour ride explores ridges and trails unseen by walkers or bikers (min age 8, 48’’ tall, less than 260 lbs, max 12 ppl, pricing varies). See panoramic views of the Ozarks, then wind down valleys and buffalo pastures on the two-hour ride (Mon and Wed 10am, min age 10, 48’’ tall, less than 250 lbs, $115 per person). The Little Indian Advanced Trail Ride lasts 5-6 hours and leads riders through grassy pastures and Little Indian Creek (min age 12, 48’’ tall, less than 240 lbs, $175 per person, must have 2-6 ppl, lunch provided).
Uncle Ike’s Trail Ride 8393 W 76 Country Blvd, between Branson and Branson West near Silver Dollar City
Riding through the Ozarks since 1970, a guide takes you on a 40-50 minute walk through a 2-mile long shaded trail. Follow along a ridge with your horse, swing through the hollow, and ride on back up the corral. Opening Memorial Day Week and operating 7 days a week, Uncle Ike’s rides 9am-4pm (min age 6, roughly 235 lbs max, $29 per person, pony rides $10).
8. Live Branson Shows
Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai 645 MO-165
The Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai features state-of-the-art lighting and sets with over 40 multi-talented artists performing amazing feats and daring stunts. See them flip, fall and fly as they soar through the air and balance on each other’s shoulders. The show also integrates Chinese heritage and history through its stunning architecture and Orient design with traditional dance and ceremonies throughout the production. The Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai will shock and awe audiences of all ages with its eye-catching costumes and elaborate spectacles sure to keep everyone on the edge of their seats.
Amazing Pets 1945 W 76 Country Blvd
Amazing Pets at Grand Country Music Hall confounds guests with a dazzling array of house cat tricks (leaps and high jumps on command), a donkey who knows numbers, and dogs and birds showing off their knowledge, with the MC’s style of humor geared for kids under 12 (performed daily 10am).
There are several go-kart race tracks operating in Branson, with each bringing something different to the table. Heavy Metal High Rise at Track #3 (3345 W 76 Country Blvd, next to Andy’s Frozen Custard) has an ‘80s hair metal theme and climbs 4 stories high in the air, spiraling up until descending down a three-tiered slope (drivers must be at least 58” and up, passengers at least 36”). Another go-kart track at the same location, the Road Course Track contains multiple elevation changes with quick bank turns on a longer track road. If you want to go real fast, go to the Sprint Track (2505 W 76 Country Blvd), literally the fastest go-karts in Branson (single-person ride, driver’s license required).
10. Mini Golf
Pirate’s Cove (2901 Green Mountain Dr) combines golf with pirates and whisks families and couples away on a putting green excursion.
Shoot for the Stars (3110 W 76 Country Blvd) combines golf with celebrity-fandom; maybe you’ll see Charles Barkley practicing his hitch-swing! Lost Treasure Golf (3336 W 76 Country Blvd) takes spectators back to the mines of the 1920’s for this mini golf adventure.
Greatest Adventures Miniature Golf (4800 Gretna Rd) challenges players to 36 holes filled with dragons, knights, and a medieval castle for the cheapest cost of them all.
Branson’s Wild World Aquarium next to Walmart off of Country Blvd. features an indoor black-light miniature golf course, perfect in case it rains.
Grand Country Square located on Hwy 76, across from the Outback Steak and Oyster Bar is home to 36 indoor holes on top-notch mini gold, along with another 18 holes outdoors at the Farm Mini Golf. Grand Country is also home to Black Light Mini-Golf which features an interactive course that will take you through the sights and sounds of the old river towns. Enjoy riverboats, fabulous fishing and fence painting. This includes world class art computer generated special effects. Many of these animations will amaze you!