20 Of The Best Things To Do In Branson With Kids
Are you thinking about a trip to Branson, Missouri? Looking for Branson activities for kids? Well, you are in luck. There are so many fun family attractions in Branson, MO. It is a very family-friendly destination! There are so many things to do in Branson with kids!
Branson is most known for its shows and fun activities around town. There are so many Branson kid activities, I will not be able to list everything. However, I will make sure to list the best kid-friendly activities in Branson, so that you can plan the best Branson itinerary for your trip!
In this post, we are going to explore some of the Branson kid attractions, and some of my favorite Branson Missouri attractions for families!
Let’s explore some of your options for things to do in Branson with kids! I’ll start you out with all-day activities, and then we’ll go to activities you can combine with others during a single day.
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1. Silver Dollar City
Let’s first talk about the place that started it all. Silver Dollar City, an amusement park in the area, is built around the Marvel Cave. The Marvel Cave has been open four tours since 1894. The large cave is still a favorite for many tourists and provides a unique experience while at an amusement park.
We knew as we were planning a trip to Branson that Silver Dollar City was going to be on our itinerary.
Silver Dollar City is the real deal when it comes to amusement parks. It has roller coasters, great food, and shows.
Hours of Operation
9:30 am – 7:00 pm (These are hours for the 2020 operating year)
Standard ticket price is $72
Can I Get Discount Tickets to Silver Dollar City?
Yes, Silver Dollar City always runs promotions. Some of the promotions I have seen are: buy one day get one free, adults at kids prices, military discounts, and kids born in a certain year are free.
Things to Do at Silver Dollar City
One of our favorite things to do at amusement parks is eat. We made sure to eat some really good food. Our favorite was the cinnamon bread at Clara Belles.
And of course, there are rides. There is a mix of thrill and themed rides at Silver Dollar City. There are a variety of thrills and rides to satisfy all ages. Silver Doller City rides are the best Branson kid attractions.
Silver Dollar City is also known for its shows. The performers are amazing, coming from all different parts of the country, the variety of shows is very impressive. Check Silver Dollar City’s website to see who is performing and when.
The shops at Silver Dollar City provide an additional perk for your time in the park. My favorite is Christmas Hollow, a two-story shop with loads of Christmas items.
So if you are thinking about kid-friendly activities in Branson activities in Branson, I would consider putting Silver Dollar City at or near the top of your list. This was one of our favorite things to do in Branson, Missouri with kids!
2. White Water – Silver Dollar City’s Water Park
Next on the list is White Water, Silver Dollar City’s water park. The water park is almost five miles from the amusement park and is a completely separate attraction.
White Water was at the top of my list for things to do in Branson with kids. If you enjoy the water and want to use it to get a break from the heat, you need to consider going to White Water, or else get in the water at Table Rock Lake (more on that later).
Our Experience at White Water
What I love about White Water was that it provides a variety of options that I am used to in a water park, but at the same time, the size of the park is not overwhelming. Big enough to keep you busy for the day, but small enough to be comfortable as my older kids partnered up with cousins to go off and do slides.
Regular admission price is $48
It opens daily at 10:00 am, closing at 6:00 pm on weekdays and 7:00 pm on weekends
Things to Do at White Water
There are rides for all ages. There is a wave pool, slides, a kiddie area (which is great a great activity in Branson for toddlers) , and a lazy river. Our older kids loved the Kapau Plummet. You enter a tube, and after about five seconds or so, the floor drops out from under you! Yes, nerve-wracking while you’re waiting, but it was a blast. It is one of the best kid-friendly activities in Branson, MO.
Our little kids loved Ohana Falls which has a raft big enough to fit four people. The slide is mild yet really fun.
When you go, of course, bring your sunblock and towels. But my main tip is food. There are places to eat in the park, but not many.
I would plan ahead, and have someone run and get food, or bring food with you. Although you can not eat inside the park there is a picnic area by the outside entrance.
White Water is a perfect way to spend a summer day in Branson with kids. There is something for all ages.
3. Table Rock Lake
Another great way to spend a day is to go to Table Rock Lake. It will likely be close to where you’re staying, making it very accessible, and provides boating and other opportunities. Spending a day on the lake is one of the best things to do in Branson with kids.
I recommend making a reservation ahead of time through State Park Marina. They have a great variety of speedboats, party boats, jet skis, and fishing boats.
We had a large group and rented two-speed boats (we had a large group) Tube and ski rentals are also available. We did both and had so much fun!
While on a boat, occasionally find a cove to relax and to jump in for a swim.
If you love the outdoors, going to the lake is a great choice for family things to do in Branson, MO!
4. Show Boat Branson Belle
Another option at Table Rock Lake is the Branson Belle, a 700-passenger showboat. You get to cruise around the lake, have a three-course meal, and watch a show. During your cruise, food and entertainment will be provided.
$61 ages 12+
$34 ages 4-11
Take a look at the offerings for the time of year you go. There are themed cruises such as pirates and princesses, southern gospel, and a fireworks finale. They also have a special Christmas cruise. These cruises are fun things for kids in Branson, MO.
Food and Entertainment
The 3- course meal, live performance, and time around the lake should take you less than three hours. There usually are lunchtime, early dinner, and dinner cruise options, which gives you some flexibility in planning out the rest of your day.
Branson has many sights for the eye to take in. One of my favorites is the WonderWorks Museum.
As the story goes, once there was a lab in the Bermuda triangle. Mr. Wonder, a professor, was trying to harness the power of a tornado. But unfortunately, the tornado grabbed his lab and it landed upside down in Branson!
This upside-down museum is a STEM experience like you have never before seen. This is one of the best things to do in Branson with kids! They will love the story, and the activities at this place.
Things to Do at WonderWorks
WonderWorks is a science museum. There are different sections such as meteorology, physics, space, sounds, and elements. In each section, there are fun and interactive ways to learn.
6. Dolly Parton’s Stampede
Branson is known for its shows. There are so many offerings we can go into, but I am going to focus on one: Dolly Partons Stampede. This show is a fun one for the whole family. The show depicts American history. And human actors are not the only mammals that grace the stage – 32 horses perform during the show.
A four-course dinner is served while you watch this extraordinary show, so you shouldn’t go away hungry.
This show is one of the most popular and best things to do in Branson with kids! Everyone in your family will love it!
7. The Promised Land Zoo
The Promise Land Zoo is a must if you are an animal lover. The zoo allows you to really have close contact with a lot of exotic animals. It is a great Branson kid attraction.
Adult 13+ $26.95
Child 2-12 $17.95
Things to Do at the Park
If you want the animal encounters, it does cost more. Different packages will allow you to interact with different types of animals.
8. The Butterfly Palace
The Butterfly Palace is an indoor aviary. There are over 1000 live tropical butterflies. This is an awesome Branson Mo attraction for families!
You can purchase tickets to the Butterfly Palace ahead of time.
Things to Do at the Butterfly Palace
There are butterflies from all over the world at the Butterfly Palace. You can feed the butterflies nectar and actually release newly hatched butterflies and watch them take flight for the first time. There are also critter encounters with other rainforest animals.
2-D and 3-D movies are also included in the line entrance fee as well as a mirror maze.
9. Titanic Museum
The Titanic Museum is an interactive experience to learn about the Titanic by boarding a replica of the ship. This is a big draw for families in Branson. It is the best Branson activities for kids that love the Titanic story.
Adults: 13+ $35.00
Children: 5-12 $15.00
You can purchase tickets to the Titanic Museum ahead of time.
Things to Do at the Titanic Museum
The museum is an interactive experience. In each area, you will learn about the people on the ship including the captain and crew, and how the unsinkable ship, sunk!
In my opinion, this museum is one of the best things to do in Branson with kids.
10. Hollywood Wax Museum
The Hollywood Wax museum is a fun way to spend an afternoon. If you love taking photo opps and hanging out with the stars, this is the place.
You can purchase tickets to the Hollywood Wax Museum ahead of time.
Things to Do at the Hollywood Wax Museum and Entertainment Center
There is more than taking amazing pictures at the wax museum.
- Castle of Chaos
- Hanna’s Maze of Mirrors
- Shoot for the Stars Mini-Golf
Each of these attractions are great things to do in Branson with kids….really there is so much in Branson that is family-friendly!
11. Zip Lines in Branson
Shepherds of the Hill has an outdoor adventure park with some extreme ziplines.
Zipline packages start at $39- $89
There are options for more adventurous zipliners and not-so adventurous.
Things to Do at Shepard on the Hill
There are two things that will quickly get your attention about Shepard on the Hill. One is the various billboards advertising the night show. The other is the huge tower that you can zipline from.
The tower different exudes a wow factor.
And yes, while this location has an adventure park Shepards of the Hill also offers dinner shows and a farm with fun activities. If you go later in the year, you may even catch the fall festival or the Christmas North Pole event.
A restaurant is located on the hill and sweet treat shops as well.
This is one of the best things to do in Branson with kids! There really is something for everyone, especially at Christmas time.
12. Toy Museum
This list of the best things to do in Branson with kids would not be complete without adding the Toy Museum. What kid doesn’t love toys? It is one of the Branson activities for kids that will be a hit!
Toy Museum Tickets can be purchased ahead of time.
Things to Do at the Toy Museum
There are actually six different museums located in one spot. Each museum houses different toy collections from the past. They also have a cool store where you can purchase some fun toys.
13. Big Air Trampoline
One of the fun activities we did in Branson was Big Air Trampoline Park. We had a group of 22. It was so fun!
All Day Pass $30
Things to Do at the Trampoline Park
Big Air Trampoline Park is huge. There are over 60 attractions such as rock climbing walls, trampolines, dodge ball, zip lines, and much more.
We bought the all-day pass and played all morning long. In the afternoon, we took a break for a few hours and then came back and played for a few more hours. It was so fun! We highly recommend and thought this was one of the best Branson MO attractions for families.
14. Branson Landing and Lake Taneycomo
Next on my list is Branson Landing. This place is wonderful! The landing goes for a half-mile or so and runs along Lake Taneycomo. I didn’t initially realize it was a lake! It has the feel of a river.
On the south end of the landing is Bass Pro Shops and the Bass Pro Shops White River Fish House, which is docked on the lake. Shops line a walking path from south to north.
At the northern end, you will see Parakeet Pete’s Steampunk Balloon, a ride that takes you up 188 feet into the air. All guests 42” and under ride free!
I suggest walking along the lake on the boardwalk with your kiddos and stopping at the fountain to watch the water and fire show. You will also see boats on the lake, and a zipline (or if you’d like to, experience them yourself). You can add this to your kid-friendly activities in Branson. Your whole family will love it.
15. Shows Galore
Branson has so many options for shows. There are hundreds of different shows each week.
There are so many varieties of shows you are sure to find something that everyone in your family will love. These shows are clean and family-friendly.
Admission and Time
Most shows are about 2 hours long and cost between $30-90
16. Best Places to Eat in Branson
There are so many great places to eat in Branson with kids. We will list a few of our favorites. Be sure to grab brochures when you see them a lot of them will have discounts and coupons for local places to eat.
17. Hurts Donuts
We loved going to this donut shop for breakfast. I didn’t realize that it was a chain since we do not have one in Utah. As such, for us it was special. There are so many flavors of donuts. It is so fun to let your kids pick out and choose what they want. This is a Branson kids attraction all on its own!
18. Cakes-N- Cream
Take a step back in time at Cakes-N-Cream 50’s diner and dessert parlor. If a dessert parlor doesn’t excite your kids, I don’t know what else will! Ice cream and shakes are just the start of these delicious dessert creations.
It is a fun family thing to do in Branson, MO!
19. Andy’s Frozen Custard
Andy’s is a great counter service location. If you just need a quick snack, Andy’s has delicious frozen custard to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Some of the other recommendations we received were:
- Pizza Ranch
- Flat Creek
- Fall Creek
- American Steak and Chicken House
- Burger Shack
- Billy Gails
- Paula Deans Family Kitchen
- White River Fish House
If you’ve tried any of these places, please let us know your experience in the comments!
20. A Few More Options at Branson
There are so many things to do in Branson with kids. While I won’t list everything, I wanted to mention a few options that are not listed above.
- The Branson Coaster
- Branson Scenic Railway
- The Track Family Fun Park
- Fritz Adventure
- The Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve
- Creations Experience Museum
- Bigfoot Adventure Tour
- Ship Wrecked Treasure Museum
- Tanger Outlets
- Branson Dinosaur Museum
- Branson Jet Boat
- The Escape Branson
- Meramec Caverns
- Dogwood Canyon Nature Center
- Xcape Branson
- Ripleys Believe it or Not
Ready to Go to Branson With Kids?
Like I said at the start, there are so many fun places in Branson. It is one of the reasons people love to come back and experience a little more each time.
Branson is a great family vacation that your kids will love and talk about for years to come. I hope this helps you plan your Branson-with-kids vacation!
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Missouri is someplace we will be going to soon I think. I have family there. Branson looks like a great place. I will have to see how close we get.
It is worth a stop if you are in the area! It is a really fun place!
It is worth a stop if you are in the Branson area! It is a really fun place!
Wow, Branson sure has a lot of great things to do that both kids and adults will enjoy. The Wonderworks Museum and Dolly Parton’s Stampede would make the top of my list.
Those are awesome locations!
Wow, there are so many museums! I could spend all my time just seeing those. I never knew there was so much to do in Branson.
I had no idea either until we went!
I think there’s so many activities to see and do in Branson. I’d especially like the Butterfly Palace. I have a variety of butterfly tops. 🦋
There are tons of activities!
My kids would love this
Wow! Branson is definitely THE destination for families. So much to do and all of it looks like so much fun. I haven’t been to the Ozarks in years, but my grandparents took their RV there plenty of times and always brought my nieces and nephews. They always had such a great time!
Branson looks like an amazing place to visit. I don’t know how we have missed it. Some of the attractions remind me of Gatlinburg.
Every time I visit Branson, I am blow away by how much there is to see and do! This is such a great list to have to help decide what to do with the kids during out visit. Thank you!
I would enjoy a themed cruise such as pirates and princesses! What a fun time.
Branson is such a fun town! I live about an hour and a half away in Joplin. We took our children to Branson often when they were young!
There are so many fun things for kids to do in Branson!
My friends wanted to meet in Branson and I was like “eh, sure”. But after seeing your post I called them and asked for dates to meet up! Looks like such a fun place!
I know I had no idea how many things there were to do in Branson until I went.
We are going in the spring and put a few of these on our must-see list! Thank you!
That will be so fun!
WOWZA! So much fun to be had in Branson! I’d love to visit the Titanic Museum and Silver Dollar City!
Me too! We love Silver Dollar City!
Wow there is a ton to do! And a Christmas Cruise?? Sign me up!!!
Branson is very much on our list! I love that it’s a family friendly area. The Branson Belle looks like a super fun experience.
Branson has gotten huge! So many things to do but must admit that my eyes were drawn to Hurt’s Donuts. What an array of amazing looking pastries. Thanks for sharing your trip and how fun for sure.
What a great place to visit with the entire family! Those hurts donuts look delicious, 😋lol that would be a spot i definitely wouldn’t skip!
I know we were excited to pick all the different flavors!
Looks like a couple of empty nesters would have fun there too!
Such great details! Branson should definitely put you on their Tourism Board! Thank you.
I wish they would!
You saw a lot in one trip! I want to try the White Water Park!
We had a great time at White Water!
So many wonderful and beautiful things to see and do I’ll have to look those up when I go to Missouri.
For sure! The Ozarks are amazing!
It looks like I need to plan a trip to Branson.
For sure! It is a fun place!
Wow! What a great place for the family visit. There sure is plenty of stuff to do, you almost have to plan a week.
We were there a week and I feel like there was still so much more we could have done!
That’s such a fun place! I can’t wait to go back again sometime!
It is such a fun place!
I’ve never been to Branson before but it looks like there are a lot of museums to see! Thanks for the travel tips! I’ll keep these in mind when I make it there!
There are some really cool museums in Branson!
No lack of choices in Branson! Thank you for sharing this!!
I know there are so many awesome fun things to do in Branson.
Looks like a lot of fun things to do for families there.
It is a great family vacation.
Wow, this is such a big list! I think my son would love Dolly Parton’s Stampede and seeing all the animals!
There is so much there!
You had me at Christmas Shop… and ziplines… heck, there seems to be no end of awesome stuff to see, eat, and do!
I know there are so many cool things to see and do!
Some of these attractions seem so expensive, but I’m sure I’m very out of touch! You certainly shared a great variety of things to do!
Branson is expensive! I agree especially if you have a large family.
Branson is on our list for sure! Can’t wait to get there with our family soon.
It is such a fun family friendly place!
I am so jealous. We had to cancel our trip to Branson this summer. Maybe next year!
I hope next year is better than 2020!
Lots of great places. My favorite would be the Old Time Gospel cruise.
That would be awesome!
Wow! so many things to see & do!
There are a lot of fun places to visit!
There are so many things to see and do here. You will never run out of activities. I would be overwhelmed if I only have a day.
Thanks for sharing Lisa.
Yes, we stayed a week and barely scratched the surface.
My kids would be ALL OVER the indoor trampoline park, lol.
We loved it! We had so much fun!
How interesting! I never realized how many choices are available here!
There is so many fun things to do!
Did someone say cinnamon bread? I’m there, lol! What a great place for family adventures
We loved having our family reunion there. It was awesome!
I should’ve visited Branson when I was in Missouri! Definitely will next time, looks like a lot of fun.
It is so much fun. There are so many things to do!
Branson looks like a fun place to visit! We love Andy’s Custard. There are some here in Florida!
It is my weakness!
Wow that is a big list! The Titanic museum would be at the top of ours to do!
It is really cool!