Kansas City is a fun place to live. There are a lot of fun things in the Kansas City metro to occupy our time. We have the Crown Center, Legends Village, Zona Rosa, Schlitterbahn, The Royals and Chiefs, Cocoa Key water park, Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun, tons of theaters and some amazing food. Even amongst all of this amazement, there are still times when we want to get away and go on vacation. Only about 3 1/2 hours south is a great destination - Branson, Missouri.
Branson, for the most part, is a family friends place to be. It has been described as the "family version of Las Vegas." Even so, some attractions and shows are more equipped for families than others. Today let's explore some of those family friendly attractions and shows.
Though Dixie Stampede is a little on the pricey side, the dinner and show are fabulous. Children ages 4+ cost $31.24 and up and adults cost $55.79 this splurge is worth it at least once. Sit back, relax and enjoy eating a hearty meal with your hands - yup! No silverware at this show. While you eat your 4 course meal you will watch an entertaining show where the North and the South battle it out in fun games and cool tricks. This show features all sorts of animals from horses to chickens and piglets. This show definitely entertains all age groups. You can read a thorough review here.
Sometimes the word museum may turn you off to bringing children. This is definitely false at the Titanic Museum. When you arrive at the Titanic you will receive a card with information about a passenger that was aboard the ship. Throughout the museum you may get to see pictures of your passenger and artifacts from their life. At the end you will discover if your passenger survived or not. There are really fun things to experience at the museum including sticking you hands in water as cold as it was that fateful night, touching an ice wall, climbing on decks at the angles of the sinking ship, feeling like you are walking outside on deck of the Titanic, videos about the events, pictures, voice recordings of survivors and so much more. This is an impressive stop in Branson and definitely worth the time and admission to experience it. You can read a thorough review here.
With several locations throughout Branson, The Tracks have a lot to offer children of all ages (that sounds adults too). With miniature golf, bumper boats, laser tag, arcades, go karts for adults and children, there is a lot to do at The Tracks. Don't wait until you get to The Tracks to load up your ride card. Purchase online and save! You can read a review of Branson Tracks here.
Silver Dollar City
Looking for some excitement in Branson? Check out Silver Dollar City, a theme park filled with rides, shows and great food. Featuring over 30 rides, tons of shows and award-winning restaurants, this is a great stop for family's heading to Branson. This is another pricey stop with children ages 4+ tickets starting at $52.66 and adults tickets costing $63.41. If you think you will visit a few times, invest in a season pass for a discount.
Falling under the Silver Dollar City attractions umbrella is White Water. Beat the summer heat at this fun water park. With slides for everyone including the new Kapau Plummet in 2014 this is a great way to spend the summer. Since White Water is related to Silver Dollar City you can even get combined season passes to both for a great savings!
The Butterfly Palace is a unique tropical experience for the whole family. You can watch a movie on the migration habits of the Monarcch butterfly. Experience what it is like to live in the rainforest. Head into a garden filled with butterflies - watch out, they will probably land on you. There is a maze to explore and a fun gift shop filled with treasures. This is a fun way to beat the heat in the air conditioning, while learning about beautiful butterflies. You can read a full review here.
Grand Country Inn
At Grand Country Inn you can combine your lodging with your activities. At this amazing resort they have a buffet, a theater filled with daily shows, an arcade, miniature golf, an outdoor and indoor water park, shopping and more if you can imagine! You could spend all your time enjoy everything that Grand Country Inn has to offer.
While Castlerock Resort doesn't have all the amenities as Grand Country, this hotel still has an indoor water park for its guests to enjoy. With several slides, a lazy river, large pools and kiddy pools this is a fun place to stay while enjoying all Branson has to offer. You can read a full review here.
Shoot for the Stars Mini-golf
There are a ton of miniature golf courses in Branson, all with varying themes. Shoot for the Stars Mini-golf has a "Hollywood" theme. They each are fun and very family friendly but right now you can get a 50% off discount on golf at Shoot for the Stars mini-golf, so start saving money on your trip!
World's Largest Toy Museum
Since toys tend to be children's favorite things, what a fun way to spend your day checking out the World's Largest Toy Museum. With over a million toys spanning the decades everyone will enjoy this stop. Check out som retro toys from Mom and Dad's childhood while enjoying some recent toy favorites. Be sure to get your $2 off admission coupon here.
This list is incomplete as it only loists 10 family friendly attractions in Branson. With a city filled with shows, attractions, food, activities, fun hotels and more the list could go on and on. For now, enjoy these first ten family friendly activities!