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Top Things to do in Branson Missouri with Kids

Branson Landing
Branson Landing credit: Explore Branson

In the heart of the Ozarks, Branson, Missouri, offers an outdoors destination with lots of indoor entertainment. From hiking to boating to alpine slides, spend the morning exploring the outdoors then be entertained at one of the numerous shows in the evening. A destination that’s centered around families, find activities for every age, from toddlers to teens. Here’s the top things to do in Branson Missouri with kids.

Top Things to do in Branson Missouri with Kids

Table Rock Lake
Table Rock Lake credit: Explore Branson

Table Rock Lake

As the centerpience of the area, it is a 43,000 acre lake with over 800 miles of shoreline. With several outfitters, like Table Rock State Park Marina,  reserve a day on the day. For non-boaters, it’s a popular area for vacation rentals.

Located at west of Branson with several areas to explore. Table Rock State Park Marina is located at 5272 Historic Highway 165 with boat cruises and rentals available.

Silver Dollar City 

It’s an amusement park with rides paired with a living history exhibit. So find roller coasters next to blacksmiths at this 61-acre park. Silver Dollar City has a down-home feel with lots of comfort food and at times it feels like you are transported back to the late 19th century.

Located at 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway. Admission based on age and consult calendar for opening days and times.

Silver Dollar City’s White Water 

With 13 acres and 2 million gallons of water, it’s one of the top waterparks in the U.S., according to USA Today 10 Best. Vistors can enjoy a 500,000 gallon wave pool along with river, kids area and thrill water rides.

Located at 3505 W. 76 County Road. Admission based on age and open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Consult calendar for opening times and days.

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Visit a half-scale reproduction of the RMS Titanic. Credit: Titanic Museum

Titanic Museum

With real artifacts from the ill-fated ocean cruiser, learn about the passengers and the luxurious ship. As visitor use an exact replica of the Grand Stairs, understand the glamour of the era. Also feel the 28-degree Fahrenheit water that the passengers  plunged into that night.

Located at 3235 76 Country Blvd. Open daily with various hours and admission based on age. Consult its calendar for times.

Branson Scenic Railway

All abroad for a 40-mile scenic ride through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The Branson Scenic Railway departs from the 1905 Depot downtown.

Located at 206 E. Main St. Train ride start for the season in March and run until December 23 with several departures depending on day so consult its calendar. Admission based on age.

Branson Landing
Branson Landing credit: Explore Branson

Branson Landing

With over 100 shops, it’s a dining and shopping destination. The water feature is another top feature with choreograhed fountains, music and fire. Branson Landing offers a boardwalk next to the river as well.

Located at 100 Branson Landing Blvd. Free to visit. Normal hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with paid garage parking close-by.

Sight and Sound Theatres

With 2,000 seats, see a live theater performance protraying biblical stories with live animals and 50 actors. The Sight and Sound Theatres shows are elaborate theatrical performance that appeal to all ages and there’s even a quiet room for babies.

Located at 1001 Shepard of the Hills Expressway. Open from March until end of December with shows Tuesday through Saturday. Admission based on age.

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Talking Rocks Caverns

Take a cave tour during your trip to Branson. This caverns is more vertical and includes stairs around the geological formations. In addition to the underground tour, find activities on the surface.

Located at 432 Fairy Cave Ln. Open daily and admission based on age.

Dolly Parton's Dinner Stampede Branson
Dolly Parton’s Dinner Stampede credit: Catherine Parker

Dolly Parton’s Dinner Stampede

Get dinner and a show under the same roof. With 32 trained horses and their riders, the 35,000-square foot theater lights up with 12.5-million bulb LED wall to showcase the animals tricks, including pigs and even a dancing chicken. See the horses before the show in the show barn, if you arrive early.

Located at 1525 W. 76 Country Blvd. Shows start for the season late February until the end of the year with a holiday show. Admission based on age.

Branson Belle Showboat

Take a cruise on a classic riverboat and see Table Rock Lake. This cruise also features a three-course dinner and a live show.

Located at 4800 State Highway 165. Cruises operate from May until the end of the year with several departures depending on the day so consult its calendar. Admission based on age.

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Runaway Mountain Coaster. credit: Explore Branson

Runaway Mountain Coaster

Whiz down a forested mountain on a car with speeds of up to 30 mph. It’s more fun than scary and kids as young as 3 can ride with a driver. Visit after dark for a rainbow ride through the forest as the course get lit up.

Located at 935 Historic Highway 165. Opens for the season in March so seasonal hours so check its calendar. Admission based on age.

Wonder Works 

With an upside down building leading the way, meander through 48,000-square feet and 100 hands-on activities. Activities range from space discovery to physical science experiments along with displays on local artists.

Located at 2835 W. 76 Country Blvd. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9p.m. Admission based on age.

The Butterfly Palace

A must-stop for butterfly lovers, this facility boasts about 1,000 butterflies from 40 to 60 different species, primarily from the rainforest. To encourage roosting on visitors, each is given a nectar-filler flower feeder and encouraged to wear bright clothing. Not just butterflies, there’s also the Living Rainforest Science Center with 25 reptiles, some offering live animal encounters.

Located at 4106 W 76 Country Blvd. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission based on age.

Branson Ferris Wheel

Formerly at home on Chicago’s Navy Pier, the Branson Ferris Wheel features 40 open-air gondolas that hold six people each.

Located inside The Track Family Fun Park at 3335 76 Country Blvd. Ferris Wheel tickets can be purchased separately and is open seasonally.

Aquarium at the Broadwalk 

With a shiny 55-foot aluminum-clad octopus hanging off the building, the kids will spot this one driving down the street. See 7,200 animlas from 250 different animal species. Find touch tanks as well as a 24-foot tall kelp forest climbing structure.

Located at 2700 76 Country Blvd. Open daily with various hours. Timed tickets are required for admission, more ticketing information, check out its website. Admission based on age.

Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum

Wander through this 35,000-foot facility with dinosaur dioramas, arrowheads as well as art from different Native American groups from the Ozarks. A wooly Mammoth greets visitors at the entrance, additionally see other extinct animals like a saber tooth tiger on display.

Located at 150 Top of Rock Rd. in the Big Cedar Lodge. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission based on age.

Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area

Escape to a 140-acre wooded park close to the center of Branson including over 5 miles of hiking trails, a playground and picnic areas.

Located at 412 Owen Lane. Open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free to enter.

In the heart of the Ozarks, Branson, Missouri, offers an outdoors destination with lots of indoor entertainment. From hiking to boating to alpine slides, spend the morning exploring the outdoors then be entertained at one of the numerous shows in the evening. A destination that's centered around families, find activities for every age, from toddlers to teens. credit: Explore Branson Top Things to do in Branson | What to do to in Branson with kids #Branson

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a 95-year-old house. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.

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