Celebrate family time all year long in Branson, Missouri—a destination that puts you in the center of everything. Situated between Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo with the beautiful Ozarks as a backdrop, the natural attractions alone make a vacation to Branson worthwhile. Add to that the live shows, theme parks, showboats, and other world-class entertainment and the possibilities for a family fun vacation in Branson are limitless.
Here are some of the best family attractions in Branson:
A trip to Branson isn’t complete without a visit to the No. 1 attraction—Silver Dollar City! Built on the foundations of a genuine 1880s mining town, this replica of the original is now a family-fun theme park with world-class rides, shows and more. It’s also home to traditional artisans and craftsmen working with glass, leather, wood, pottery and more, who demonstrate their craft using age-old techniques. Watch a woodworker carve lifelike wooden figures, see a glassblower create delicate works of art, and much more.
With over 30 thrilling rides like Powder Keg, Fire in the Hole, The Giant Swing, Wildfire, and Outlaw Run—the world’s newest, most daring wood roller coaster—everyone is sure to have a blast. Take a break from excitement and enjoy your choice of roughly 40 live shows with top-notch entertainment, or sit down and enjoy a nice meal at a range of on-site restaurants.
The “Live Music Show Capital of the World” wouldn’t be complete without its newly renovated wax museum devoted solely to Hollywood’s most famous celebrities. Located at the center of the strip in Branson, this star-studded attraction has undergone some mega revamping this past year and now features all new expertly sculpted stars on sets from some of the most famous movie scenes.
In addition to posing with well-known celebrities like Johnny Depp, Marilyn Monroe and Arnold Schwarzenegger, you can also join the Wizard of Oz gang on the Yellow Brick Road, (pretend) beam yourself aboard a starship, hop aboard the Titanic, or if you want to get real fancy, you can put on a wedding dress and marry a star! The museum is chock-full of behind-the-scenes information and celebrity news, so you’ll leave the Hollywood Wax Museum a film fact master!
This outstanding family owned and operated attraction is more than just a zoo—it’s a Feline Conservation Federation Accredited Facility, which only a handful of facilities in the U.S. can brag about. And unlike a traditional zoo experience, you can actually interact (with the help of animal professionals) with big cats, monkeys, kangaroos, camels, zebras, reptiles, and more.
Admission includes the Foot Safari, Parakeet Paradise, live animal shows, and even bottle feedings. For an additional fee, you can enjoy an exclusive animal encounter, such as playtime with sloths, lemurs, African serval, baby kangaroos, and other baby animals. And, don’t forget to grab some great souvenirs at the gift shop!
Get up close and personal with T-Rex and all his dino pals at this exquisitely detailed museum, located in the heart of Branson. Discover roughly 50 life-size dinosaurs constructed from “bones” cast from actual dinosaur bones; a fossil exhibit, a learning center, a gift shop for mementos and a party area where you can have the coolest birthday party ever!
Kids (and adults) can learn all about the prehistoric creatures —from the Micro Raptor, one of the smallest dinosaurs to the 2½ story T-Rex. There are LCD screens in each room of the museum with a narrated presentation explaining what the dinosaurs in that particular room could actually do or not do. To enhance your overall experience and learn even more, take part in the “Scavenger Hunt Quiz,” available to all visitors. If you don’t mind a little work, the “Fossil Dig” is a huge hit, where people can “dig” for actual fossils in a huge tabletop sandbox.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum has grown into a huge phenomenon and offers the perfect place to spend the day on a family fun vacation. When visiting downtown Branson, it’s hard to miss the 12,000 square-foot “Odditorium.” After all, it’s housed in a building designed to appear damaged by a big quake that struck the area back in 1812.
Inside, you’ll be able to explore all things odd—eight galleries house an ever-changing collection of over 450 unique artifacts from around the world, plus amazing artwork, lots of hands-on interactive displays and a very cool spinning vortex tunnel. This self-guided tour allows you to spend as much time as you want discovering, experimenting, learning and just having an overall good time. Everyone in the family will love this one!
All aboard the World’s largest Titanic Museum Attraction! This wonderfully unique experience gives visitors the opportunity to explore the painstakingly detailed recreation of the interior of the RMS Titanic. Visitors enter as “passengers” and experience first-hand what it was like to roam the hallways, parlors, cabins and Grand staircase of the Titanic.
Touch a real iceberg, immerse your hand in 28-degree water, learn how to send an SOS signal, and try to stand on sloping decks in a virtual experience of one of history’s most well-known tragedies. You and your family will have so much fun watching the Titanic come to life right before your eyes.
Billed as “the most fun place to eat,” Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Show lives up to its name! Enjoy a four-course meal while comfortably seated in a 35,000-square-foot main arena and watch an amazing spectacular of stunt riders jumping through fire rings; live horse races, a Hatfield-McCoy feud re-enactment and more!
Come early and get a sneak peek at the horses—the true stars of the show. Then head over the Carriage Room for pre-show entertainment featuring an opening act the whole family will love. Grab some popcorn or peanuts and get ready to enjoy a night full of fun and excitement. More than just a dinner and a show, Dixie Stampede is a cherished tradition that you’ll never forget.
For over 100 years, paddle wheelers and steamers have been an important part of Branson’s history, and now you can relive this truly unique voyage aboard a modern day replica. Once a favored mode of transportation for the well to do, the Showboat Branson Belle now gives you the opportunity to experience a completely unique side of Branson and the surrounding area.
Located on Table Rock Lake, this 2-hour riverboat cruise will introduce you to a world of glamour and dazzling entertainment, reminiscent of the showboats of the 1800s. You’ll also enjoy a freshly prepared three-course meal, music, magic, and gorgeous vistas. Take a stroll on the three decks, where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the stunning Ozark Mountains across the equally stunning Table Rock Lake. Experience a whole new adventure during your riverboat tour, where you’ll enjoy the spirit of those grand old showboatin’ days!