Branson City Guide
I wouldn’t recommend taking a trip to travel with kids two weeks before moving but recommendations are overrated, except for ours of course! Branson, MO is one of those coveted places for those of us who live, …err, used to live in the Midwest and there is a ton of great things to do in Branson MO with kids. It is one of the few recognizable vacation spots smack dab in the middle of the country and I love it! Branson is a great family vacation idea and a good place to travel with kids as there’s a lot of neat things to do in Branson.
Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City is our very favorite thing to do in Branson MO with kids. It is such a unique theme park which makes you feel like you just stepped back in the 1800’s. The staff dress in old fashion garb, bluegrass music tickles your ears and the flavors of summer make your mouth water throughout the day. Shrieks and squeals from the park’s rides add to the excitement. One thing that makes it such a special place for thrill seekers like us is that they let you take your little ones in line with you and hand them to the other parent/caregiver without having to wait through the line separately.
Places to Stay in Branson, MO
We have visited Branson countless times over the past few years and a few resorts are worth mentioning.
- Marriott’s Willow Ridge Lodge Branson, MO
- Welk Resort Branson, MO
- Stormy Point Village Branson, MO
- Bass Pro Shops‘ Big Cedar Lodge Branson MO
Dewey Short Visitors Center on Table Rock Lake
The new Dewey Short Visitors Center on Table Rock Lake is a must thing to do in Branson MO with kids, especially if you are into roadschooling. The top deck will make you want to go on a romantic date with your love and follow it up with a slow dance. So serene and beautiful. Girlr was sleeping in Ol’ Faithful so The Man and I took turns with the boys.
I literally stood outside and breathed in the beauty from that top balcony. Inside is a rustic, modern masterpiece. Absolute eye candy for a wanna be designer like me! Perfect for roadschooling with all the educational exhibits and hands on learning tools.
Branson Belle Dinner Show Boat
On the other side of the parking lot is the beginning of a bike and walking trail. Along the lake you will pass by the Branson Belle, a dinner show boat. Even if you decide not to take the popular dinner cruise the gift shop and docks are worth checking out if you have the time.
Branson Landing is an outdoor waterfront mall is a great thing to do in Branson MO with kids and we never miss it when we’re in town. The water, fire and light show is a new attraction. It is a short presentation synchronized to music. It was a bit of a letdown if I’m honest. Then again, it was free and was a good excuse to get off my feet, sit on the grass, and let the kids run around. The boys liked the flames.
White River Fish House
Bass Pro Shops’ White River Fish House Restaurant was excellent. Fish is a hard thing to get right. There are few things worse than poorly cooked fish. They did it very well and the atmosphere was well thought out. We fed the fish on the back dock after lunch, it kept us entertained for a good 15 minutes. Nice!
Branson is certainly a great place for a family vacation. We really just scratched the surface of all there is to do there. The kids still beg us to go back! Silver Dollar City is the favorite of coarse! I hope you feel encouraged to go there yourself!