Tucked into the southwestern corner of Missouri, Branson is a family-friendly vacation destination that attracts year-round tourism.
It’s been described as a kid-friendly Las Vegas in the Smoky Mountains, with plenty of dinner theatres, live entertainment, amusement parks, interactive museums, and other attractions to keep the whole family interested.
If you’re planning an upcoming trip to Branson, Missouri, here are a few of the city’s most beloved attractions.
Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City is Branson’s most famous amusement park and has been delighting families for over 50 years.
The park is 1880s-themed, with Wild West-themed attractions and a down-home, cozy vibe. Cowboys, miners, and homespun treats are around every corner.
Silver Dollar City features year-round live shows, including musicals, dancing, acrobatic tricks, magic, and trained animal entertainment. Thrill rides include roller coasters like Fire-in-the-Hole, themed after a Wild West adventure, and Outlaw Run, the world’s second-steepest wooden roller coaster.
Families also enjoy demonstrations from traditional artisans, bakers, and candy makers, who make taffy, fudge, glass-blown items, and even leather crafts for onlookers to watch.
There are also plenty of festivals at Silver Dollar City for every major seasonal holiday, like the winter festival An Old Time Christmas, featuring millions of sparkling Christmas lights, and the National Harvest and Cowboy Festival in the fall, featuring traditional crafts and autumn treats.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction
Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction is one of the world’s most popular dinner theatre experiences, and one of Branson’s best-known destinations.
Your night at Dolly Parton’s Stampede starts with an hour of entertainment in the Carriage Room, with family-friendly comedy and musical acts. Next, you and your family will head into a 35,000-square foot arena. Sitting in stadium-style seating, you’ll dine on a four-course feast while watching a musical comedy, horse-riding stunts, and riding competitions.
Kids especially love the interactive elements of each show, as well as the impressive light and sound special effects.
The Titanic Museum
On Branson’s famous 76 Country Boulevard is one of its most well-known educational attractions, The Titanic Museum. Visitors board a replica of the original Titanic and follow the story of an individual real passenger on the fateful voyage.
At the museum, families wander through an artificial and 20 exhibits, learning about the most famous shipwreck in history and looking at hundreds of artifacts from the real Titanic. Before they leave, visitors find out if “their” individual passenger died or lived during the shipwreck.