If you're looking for a vacation spot that the whole family can enjoy, look no further than Branson, Missouri in the Ozark mountains. There are plenty of things to do in Branson with kids, from amusement parks to nature preserves. Plus, the scenery is simply beautiful! You'll be able to relax and take in the fresh air while the kids have a blast playing. Keep reading to learn more about some of the top attractions in Branson for families. You'll want to add these to your things to do in Branson with kids list.
Disclosure: We visited some of these attractions on our Silver Dollar City Press trip. But these are all things you would do on our own as well.
Interactive Exhibits in Branson
If you are looking for Things to Do in Branson with Kids that are interactive or some what educational, check out these museums below.
Hollywood Wax Museum – If you're looking for a fun and interesting attraction to check out while in Branson, Missouri, the Hollywood Wax Museum is a must-visit! With lifelike wax figures of some of your favorite celebrities, movie stars, and musicians. This museum provides an up-close and personal look at the world of Hollywood. You'll feel like you've stepped onto the red carpet yourself! This attraction is a good one to add to your list of fun things for families. If you have teens or tweens, be sure to check into this one.
Titanic Museum Attraction – The Titanic Museum is an awesome place to visit if you are looking for a fun and engaging family attraction to visit. This museum offers a variety of fun activities for younger kids, from interactive exhibits to hands-on activities. They will be able to shovel coal, touch an iceberg, and feel how cold the water was that frightful day. You can even take your photo on the grand staircase just like in the movie. It's truly a unique experience. Be sure to check out their website for more information on what they have to offer.
World’s Largest Toy Museum – Where else can you find a million toys, both old and new? The World’s Largest Toy Museum Complex has over 1 million different attractions within 6 museums. There are a number of interactive exhibits, such as the Hot Wheels track and Lincoln Logs. You will be able to see everything from the 19th century all the way up until the present day in this eclectic collection of playthings! If your kids are toy enthusiasts they will love this!
Family Fun Parks in Branson
If you have older kids make sure you add these fun parks on your things to do in Branson with kids list.
Track Family Fun Parks – Looking for a fun family activity while in Branson? Check out one of the area's Track Family Fun Parks! These amusement parks are packed with go-karts, bumper cars, laser tag, miniature golf, and are perfect for all ages. The nice thing about these is that they are smaller than the main attractions in the Branson area. If you have multiple ages of kids in your group, the mini golf is a good activity to do with younger kids. They can have fun while the older ones enjoy the go carts! You can plan to spend an hour or the whole day on these activities.
It all depending on how many activities your kids want to do. It's a nice place to visit if the weather is a little on the cooler side and need a break from the weather. Little kids will enjoy the rides and activities without the overly long wait times. Keep in mind, these are open pending weather and time of year, so check operating hours before you go.
Plus, most of these amusement park locations offer food options and arcade games to keep everyone entertained. Be sure to add the Branson Ferris Wheel to your list, located right on the property. It's a great way to see the city from a different perspective, and it's also a lot of fun. So load up the gang and head to one of these great tracks for some unforgettable memories!
Fritz’s Adventure – This indoor adventure park provides opportunities for the entire family. This popular Branson attraction has over 88,000 square feet of explorable space. Fritz's Adventure includes the only indoor/outdoor TreeTops course in the world. The TreeTops course features 45 obstacles, including 17 high-flying zip lines, 8 suspension bridges, 2 free falls, and a crow’s nest with a view for miles. And that's not all. The kiddos will have so much fun in the multi-story ropes course, playing laser tag, and roaming through tunnels. Since Branson is a great place to visit even in the cooler months, we love the idea of an indoor attraction that you can still visit on cooler or rainy days!
Copperhead Mountain Coaster – One of the possibly lesser known thrill rides is the Copperhead Mountain Coaster. It's located at the Shepherd's Adventure Park in Branson Missouri. The Copperhead Mountain Coaster is part of the Shepherd of the Hills attractions. You can also find zip lining, the Sky Trek Ropes Course, and even take pictures from the top of the Inspiration Tower while you are here.
It's a great place to check into if you have older kids, college age, or even some adults in your family group!
Silver Dollar City Theme Park – Silver Dollar City is a theme park in Missouri that is known for its 1880's theme. There are over 40 rides (including wooden roller coasters ) and attractions at Silver Dollar City. As well as live entertainment, craftsmen, and food. They just announced their new Time Traveler roller coaster that is out of this world.
The wide paved walking areas provide lots of room for strollers, wagons, and wheelchairs alike. There is also plenty of seating for those members of your group who may need a rest after all the excitement!
The park is open from March to December and is definitely worth a visit if you're in the area!
Family Fun for Nature Lovers
If you are looking for things to do in Branson with kids that our nature related, there are too many to list, but below are some our favorites that we make sure are on our list every time we visit.
Butterfly Palace – Do you love butterflies? If so, the Butterfly Palace in Branson is a must-see attraction. This amazing facility has hundreds of butterflies from all over the world. You can watch them flutter around inside a rainforest environment in the butterfly aviary or see them perched on flowers. There's also a butterfly garden with blooming plants that attract these beautiful creatures. You may even get a chance to release a butterfly while you are there. The Butterfly Palace is definitely one of the most unique and enchanting places in Branson. Don't miss it!
Check out how to make your own homemade butterfly food here!
Branson’s Promised Land Zoo – If you're looking for a wild and exotic animals experience, Promised Land Zoo in Branson is the perfect place to go. With live animals from all over the world, you can see creatures that you won't find anywhere else. From elephants and lions, to monkeys and kangaroos this zoo has it all! General admission includes a foot safari where you can see animals up-close as well as live animal shows. We would recommend this zoo if you're in town for a trip to Silver Dollar City or other all-day events.
If you get a chance to do the VIP+ experience, we highly recommend it. It's perfect if you're not an amusement park fan, or have smaller kids who wouldn't be able to sit through shows or ride amusement park rides. Think of it as a giant petting zoo. So if you're looking for an animal adventure, be sure to check out Promised Land Zoo.
Branson’s Wild World – Branson's Wild World is an aquarium with all sorts of exotic sea creatures; including eels, jellyfish, and piranhas! There are also sharks included, which you can feed! The sharks definitely make this place unique among other attractions in town. Kids of all ages will have a great time here with interactive experiences to feed, touch and hold wild animals. Don't forget to meet Lobo and his pack of wolves in their indoor wild wolf display. They also offer a shuttle service to Silver Dollar City. We love shuttle services for avoiding those busy Branson streets in the afternoon hours, or going from one attraction to another!
Branson Aquarium – The Branson Aquarium is on Branson Landing and has one of the best entrances! A giant octopus hangs over the building, so kids will get that wow factor as they walk in. Aquariums are one of the best things for younger kids. The lighting is low, the atmosphere is relaxing, and there is ample room for strollers. The best part- it's FREE for children 3 and under. This is a nice perk since many aquariums are only free for infants or under age 2. It's also a nice destination if you have accessibility needs in your group, and the theme parks aren't ideal. We love Branson MO for it's variety of experiences that can work for different ages and abilities!
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery – The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is a popular tourist destination in Branson, Missouri. The hatchery offers visitors a chance to see how fish are bred and raised. There is also a small aquarium on site where visitors can view some of the fish that are grown at the hatchery. The staff at the hatchery are happy to answer questions about trout fishing and offer tips on where to go trout fishing in the area.
Other Branson Attractions
There are so many things to do in Branson with kids. And Branson is not short on exciting shows to watch. Below area few of our favorites.
Dolly Parton's Stampede – Be entertained with a live show while enjoying delicious barbecue pork loin, corn cob, veggie soup. The Dolly Parton Stampede has been a staple in both Branson , MO and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Showboat Branson Belle – This classic paddleboat will take you back to the days of paddleboats along the Mississippi River. The dinner show on the Showboat Branson Belle will keep you entertained while you enjoy a delicious meal. Make sure to walk around the paddleboat and take in the beautiful views of Table Rock Lake.
Site & Sound Theaters – This is always a must do when we come to Branson. It doesn't matter what production we have seen. They have all been amazing! Sight & Sound’s unique theater experience begins with a 2,000 seat auditorium. A 300-ft stage that surrounds the audience on three sides, state-of-the-art technology and live animals. The entire room is the stage with animals passing by you and you feel like you are a part of the show.
With so many things to do in Branson, your family vacation will be filled with memories that will last a lifetime. From shows and attractions to outdoor recreation and shopping, there’s something for everyone in the Family Fun Capital of the World. We hope you enjoy our Things to Do in Branson with Kids post.
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