Branson, Missouri – It’s Fun For the Whole Family! @ExploreBranson @SDCAttractions



We recently received the opportunity to travel to Branson, Missouri as part of a travel review for a weekend excursion trip.  It was just a short trip, but it was a fun-filled, action-packed trip, and one that delighted the whole family.

Our first evening, we had been driving for nearly ten hours and we were just anxious to get into our hotel and settled and find a place to eat.  We checked into the Radisson Hotel Branson.  This beautiful hotel awaited us with two double queen suites and all the beds were Select Comfort mattresses and were so amazingly comfortable.  They allow pets, which was a huge benefit, as we had been staying with family in Texas and had no choice but to bring our dogs with us.  They charge a nominal fee for this, but it was very reasonable at only $50 (check with the hotel as prices may change).  The rooms are smoke-free, quiet, and well-decorated.  There is a pool on the bottom level, which we didn’t have time to visit, but it seemed to be very popular as we constantly saw families in the elevator going to visit or coming back from the pool and they remarked that they really enjoyed it.

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After we settled into the hotel, we decided to look to Yelp! to help us find a suitable place to eat, but maybe one that wasn’t just for tourists, but friendly to locals.  We were given a recommendation of Cantina Laredo, which is a small chain of authentic Mexican restaurants that we were already familiar with and new was a safe choice and would have terrific food.  What we didn’t know was that the place it would take us was a sight into itself – Branson Landing!  Branson Landing is a popular place for locals with shops, restaurants, and live street entertainment.  We were lucky on that particular night, because the local Fox News Affiliate was broadcasting live with music, a fountain show, pyrotechnics, and more in celebration of American Idol visiting for auditions!  I had the opportunity to be interviewed with my son and it was an incredible experience.  The restaurant, Cantina Laredo, was right by the live music and the canal, and we ate outside and had a terrific evening.  It was a night to remember and the food was top notch.  On our way out, we were serenaded by street performers with amazing talent and everyone had a terrific time.  I highly recommend visiting Branson Landing for shopping and eating when you’re in town.

The next morning, they had a blogger’s breakfast planned for us at Silver Dollar City.  We got to tour the bakery, where we learned everything is made from scratch and smelled and looked delicious.  My family got the chance to try the baked goods, but I didn’t since I have to eat gluten-free.  Don’t they look delicious?

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After an amazing breakfast, before the park was even open to the rest of the public, they allowed us a special sneak peak and private ride on the famous, award-winning roller coaster, Outlaw Run.  This wooden roller coaster was named Best New Ride of 2013 worldwide, was the recently winner of the Travel Channel’s 2014 competition Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination in Episode 2, and was also named one of the “12 biggest game-changers in the history of theme park attractions” by CNN.com.  This awesome coaster sends passengers soaring through the Ozark Mountains on a ground-breaking wood coaster that includes:  the world’s first and only double barrel roll on a wood coaster, a record-breaking three inversions, and the world’s steepest drop on a wood coaster with steel wheels – more than 16 stories at 81 degrees! It is one of the fastest coasters in the world, reaching a top speed of 68 miles per hour.  Well, let me tell you, this ride is not for the faint of heart or anyone scared of heights or roller coasters!  It was the most exhilarating roller coaster I have ever ridden and I have ridden every coaster in every theme park I have ever been to.  It was phenomenal!  It is definitely one you don’t want to miss if you are a fan of roller coasters and theme parks!

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I was amazed at all the park had to offer.  They had rides for all ages, as well as entertainment and shopping.  One of the coolest things was that they had trade stores where they displayed and made their crafts just like they did years and years ago.  One of my favorites was the glass making shop.  They did a demonstration of blowing glass for us, which was only about 15 minutes, so didn’t take long out of the day, but was very informative and it was a beautiful process.

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Our last activity of the day was exploring the Marvel Caves – spelunking!  This was on my bucket list!  This is an arduous task, which includes navigating many tight spaces and climbing up and down many flights of stairs.  If you are scared of heights, claustrophobic, scared of bats (we didn’t see any, but there is the possibility), or have a heart or lung condition, this may not be for you.  However, this was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  I could fill this page with pictures of this excursion.  It was so beautiful!  The cave was filled with wonders, not just stalactites and stalagmites, but pools and waterfalls and amazing formations.  It was truly a wonder to behold.  You could see the opening above, which let in natural light on occasion and it was amazing, but at other times, without the artificial light the park brought to the cave, you would be left in pitch black.  It was amazing how large the cave was.  I was amazed that people had been exploring this cave for over 100 years, well before we had modern lighting and the modern train that brought us to the light of day.  Believe me, I was pooped at the end and could not imagine having to reclimb my way back out of that cave!  However, it was an experience to remember and I highly recommend it, especially if you are a nature buff, a cave buff, or a geology buff.  Of note was that the tour guide told us that they have held weddings, hot air balloon rides, and concerts in this cave!  It truly is a marvel of nature.

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Our last adventure of the trip was to see a show.  I used to think of Branson as kind of a tourist place for the older generations, but that definitely isn’t the case these days.  They have a huge array of shows that will satisfy all ages.  We had the opportunity to see The Six Show and you can read the review here.  It was a night we won’t forget and I highly recommend it.  Everyone from our 10-year-old son to our 16-year-old and 15-year-old twin daughters loved it!  There were many other shows available and so many to choose from we could easily stay for a month!  You can see many of the shows available now here.

 

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Disclaimer:  I received compensation in the form of tickets to admission and hotel accommodations for this trip in exchange for my review.  However, all my reviews and opinions are 100% mine and are fair, balanced, and honest.  If I do not endorse a product or location, I will always let my readers know this.

Michelle


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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Branson really seems like an awesome place to take the family! I would love to go one day.

  2. Looks like you had a great time. I have never been to Branson but know several people who have and enjoyed it. Maybe someday we will make it over there.

  3. I keep hearing so much about Branson. It looks like so much fun!

  4. This looks like a great time for the whole family. I would love to visit one day. (And I want to eat all of the bread in the bakery.)

  5. I hear a lot about Branson and I hope one day I get to visit.

  6. That roller coaster sounds really fun. I have always wanted to visit Branson!

  7. Oh wow, looks like you had a blast! Love the pictures!!

  8. I just heard about the Six show recently and it sounded intriguing. I think those caves would be a heck of a neat thing to do also.

  9. Looks like a fun time. I was there just a few months ago and had a BLAST>

  10. Can you believe I live within driving distance to Branson yet haven’t been in years. I think the last time I was there was as a young child. I need to go back!

  11. Branson is a place that we hope to go as a family soon. Looks like a great place to take the kids to.

  12. Thanks for your in depth review. This looks like a great city to add to my list for places to visit in America with my son!

  13. I love all the pictures, it looks like so much fun! I have heard so many great things about Branson, Missouri I can’t wait to go there!

  14. Carolann Leibenguth says:

    Sounds like a good time was had by all. I would love to go Spulunking and see a show but you can keep the rollercoasters lol. If you ever go again stop by Dixie Stampeed, It is Dolly Parton’s restaurant it is a dinner show. I have been to the one in Tn. and loved it.

  15. I love Branson. So many things to do. Something for everyone.

  16. Ooooooh! I would have loved that bakery tour. I love anything baked!

  17. Branson looks like a great time. I’ve never been, but I have friends who’ve vacationed there. They said it was great.

  18. Sounds like you had fun at Branson. We visited we I was pregnant with my first son. I would love to take them there as it is a great family vacation destination.

  19. It sounds like you had a great Branson trip! I definitely would love to take my family sometime.

  20. How did I get this far in life and never know about Branson? Looks like the entertainment options are endless!

  21. I love that rollercoaster. Branson seems to be a lot of fun with a lot of shows. Looks like you had a great time.

  22. looks like a great getaway. I forget about caves as soemthing to do around here.

  23. That wooden roller coaster looks like fun! Lots of great family activities!

  24. I have heard some great things about Branson. It would make a great family vacation spot.

  25. I love that you were able to find shows to suit the whole family- I’m sure that can’t be easy with teenagers involved! The entire experience sounds amazing, I have never been to Branson. I will have to look into that as a vacation idea!

  26. SO many great many memories of Summers in Branson with my grandparents. Great place to go with family, friends, your spouse, or just yourself to get away!

  27. I have always heard from friends how awesome Branson is. I lived in the south for the longest time and it seems like everyone I knew went there for a summer vacation. Would you believe I have never been?

  28. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Branson. I love staying in a Radisson Hotel though!

  29. Everyone who goes to Branson has a perfect time! I never thought that there would be so much to do there.

  30. Wow! There is seriously so much to do in Branson. I can’t wait to go there one day.

  31. I’ve never been to Branson, MO. It looks like a great place to visit.

  32. I’ve been hearing so many good things about Branson lately, it seems like a really wonderful place to visit! So much to see and do too!

  33. That roller coaster looks like a lot of fun! I love roller coasters.

  34. Glad you had a great time! We visit Branson often and are never disappointed.

  35. I have been to Branson before but having done anything or gone to any of the places you talked about. Guess I need to go back and do new things!

  36. I do love roller coasters and theme parks. I’m not as daring as I used to be, but I’ll still ride the coasters.

  37. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I have always wanted to go to Branson and I’ve heard it is a fantastic place to visit. Thanks for this review/

  38. What a wonderful trip! I’ve never been to Branson! Would love to go one day.

  39. It sounds like a fun time. You wouldn’t catch me near that roller coaster though!

  40. Tina Bredbury says:

    What a fun trip. I’d love to go!

  41. scarlett mills says:

    Branson sounds like a lot of fun for the whole family! I think i’ll definitely have to add that to our bucket list of vacations 😀

  42. I never knew Branson, MO offered so much to do! It looks like a great family-friendly city to visit! The trade stores/shops in the park sound interesting and fun to check out, especially that glass blowing one! The Marvel Caves sound exciting as well. I’d love to have the experience of exploring and seeing the natural wonders deep below! I don’t think I’d be up for riding that wooden roller coaster though. Thanks for the review!

  43. This looks so fun! I would love to visit Branson.

  44. Linda Manns says:

    I would love to go to Branson for a visit. This hotel also sounds great. I will have to see about doing this with a friend soon. Thank you for sharing

  45. Alison Gibb says:

    It looks and sounds like you folks had a great time on your trip! I looked at that picture of the roller coaster and it brought memories of my childhood. My brother and I loved riding the old wooden roller coasters!

  46. Gail Williams says:

    Branson is an awesome place to take family vacations. We took our children to Branson every year. After they grew up we continue to go to Branson because it is fun for any age.

  47. Donna Jacoby says:

    I have now added this to my bucket list–especially a trip to Marvel Caves. I wasn’t aware of how much there is to do in Branson–thanks for sharing!

  48. Stephanie O. says:

    Sounds fun. Living next door in Kansas I have always wanted to go, but cannot afford it.

  49. I’ve always wondered what Branson is like as it’s only 9 hours away and I hoped something the whole family would enjoy. I’m always looking for places that we can visit for family vacations and I’ll add this to my list!

  50. courtney hennagir says:

    Ok,I have to admit that when I think of Missouri,it doesn’t really scream “excitement!”,but I might have to change my mind about that.It looks like you all had a blast and now I really want to check out Marvel Caves and get on that roller coaster!

  51. I have always wanted to go there and go to all the shows.

  52. What an amazing week-end. Everything from the motel, to the park, the cave and even shows sound awesome.

  53. Kelly Faber says:

    Looks like such a fun time! I would love to ride that roller coaster!! How cool is that glass making shop….so neat!!

  54. Mary Songer says:

    This review was interesting. I wasn’t considering going to Branson but now I think it looks like fun.

  55. amber kolb says:

    Wow! This looks awesome! I live in Michigan but I think we might have to take a trip there. I know my entire family would love it. Thanks for the review :)

  56. Dusti Heath says:

    I’m in envy. I’ve also wanted to go to Branson ! Looks like SO much fun & great for the entire family. We’re a family of (6)

  57. This looks like a fun time for everyone. Of course I would be all about the roller coasters.

  58. Mary anderson says:

    Looks relaxing. Have always wanted to go and after reading this ready to go

  59. Kathy Lausche says:

    I have always wanted to visit Branson! I’m a huge country music fan!

  60. Tina McCallum says:

    I haven’t ever heard of Branson before! This is something hubby and I should check out.

  61. Branson is an awesome place to take a vacation! There’s so much to do for all ages!

  62. I’ve never been to Branson, but I always hear good things about it. Thanks!

  63. I would love to go to Branson and visit. It looks like a lovely place to go!! Looks like a lot to do ther too.

  64. wendi watson says:

    i have always wanted to go to Branson Missouri but have not had the opportunity looks and sounds like fun

  65. I have always wanted to visit Branson, Missouri. This makes me want to even more. Thanks for the pictures and the blog. I enjoyed it very much.

  66. Irene Newstead says:

    This sounds like a great place for families to visit.

  67. Cheryl Rogers says:

    I had the privilege to visit Branson Missouri in the 80s, I am sure it has changed quite a bit since then, but it was a great city for families to visit then! I have heard stories from others as well since then about how great it is! I lived in closeby Springfield, Mo at the time and I wished to go back to Branson ever since! I was able to visit Silver Dollar City, and was thrilled with the park!

  68. Sarah Vegetabile says:

    It is so nice to read about trips to lesser known places. It’s like finding a hidden gem. I live on the East Coast and when I read about places such as this I just can’t wait to see them.

  69. molli vandehey says:

    i never thought of branson as a destination, but keep hearing about it lately. seems low-key, which could be just right for us!

  70. Irene Newstead says:

    Great review. Next time we are in Branson, Missouri, we will make a point of taking in all the rides.

  71. Cheryll Shubert says:

    Great post!! May take the family there~ thanks so much for the insight!

  72. I have always wanted to go to Branson. I want to see the shows

  73. I just won a trip to Branson and wasn’t sure whether or not to go *airfare was not included*, but after reading your review I think we will go.

    Thank you!

  74. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I would love to take my family on vacation to Branson. It would be so much fun. Thank you for sharing

  75. Kimberly Flickinger says:

    Branson, Missouri is definitely on my list of places to go. Thank you so much for your post.

  76. I love Branson. So many things to do, something for everyone. I love that it is “family-friendly”. I have seen a few shows there and have never been disappointed. The Dixieland Stampede is super fun.

  77. A terrific review about Branson, MO! I loved those pictures and all the things that was available for you to do! It sounds like you had a terrific time on your “short” vacation! I loved the cave! I used to love going to Crystal Cave which is not far from here. They are so fun to tour! I would love to visit there one day and see all the sights there are to see! Thanks so much for sharing your pictures and your “fun”! Michele :)

  78. DARLENE W says:

    HAVE NEVER BEEN HERE BUT IT IS ON MY BUCKET LIST

  79. Lisa Diaz says:

    My dad use to love to go to Branson, Missouri! It looks like so much fun & I hope to travel there one day :)

  80. sherry butcher says:

    I loved Branson Missouri and spent a week there. We went out every day & night. The best thing is the people there, I know dealing with the public is hard work but everyone we met did a great job we felt good. even photos of the actors with us after the shoe. I got to hold one couples baby. FUN

  81. Maria Iemma says:

    I’ve added visiting Branson to my bucket list. The whole family would love to visit and take advantage of all the entertainment opportunities.

  82. Tricia Hope says:

    Thanks for the informative article! I have always thought Branson would be fun,now I know for sure!

  83. We have never made it to Branson, but have been wanting to go for a long time. Maybe some day, it looks like fun and very entertaining.

  84. I’ve gone many times in my life so far and I’d highly recommend it to anyone! Great vacation spot!

  85. Jennifer Rogers says:

    Silver Dollar City is our favorite! My favorite for sure, it has been around far longer than Branson has been a popular tourist attraction. Silver Dollar City was around and well when I was child and I am nearly 50!!

  86. Looks like a good time. Thanks for sharing. Nice photos.

  87. Dorothy Boucher says:

    sounds like an amazing time you had, and I can see by the pictures so many wonderful things to see and do.. love visiting places like this and talk about an awesome roller coaster , that an old one , I love it , I notice because its made out of wook and most today are made out of metal.. nice to see that.. thanks for sharing with us..

  88. Jessica Edwards says:

    THIS LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH FUN, I HAVE TO GO NOW!

  89. RICHARD HICKS says:

    I have Branson on my bucket list. Great place to visit and spend quality vacation time!

  90. I’ve always wanted to go to Branson since it’s not too far away. After this review, I’m ready to go next summer for family vacation!!

  91. Maria Iemma says:

    I have visiting Branson Missouri on my bucket list. It will be so much fun to see all the shows and go to the parks

  92. sherry butcher says:

    This reminds me of a great vacation and I think I’ll suggest it for my friends and I to go. Everything is still reasonable and fun. TFS.

  93. I’d love to visit!

  94. What a great idea for a family getway! I will mark this one down. :)

  95. I’ve always wanted to go to Branson. We are planning a trip sorta near there, you make it sound so exciting.

  96. I’ve always wanted to visit Branson and your review makes me want to go even more. Sounds so fun!

  97. I’ve always wanted to go to Branson! A wonderful place to visit!

  98. My daughter and her husband took their children to Branson for their last vacation. She said they had a great time. She didn’t mention Branson Landing or Marvel Caves. I will have to mention these to her for the next time she goes there.

  99. I would love to take in the sites here. Maybe sometime we can.

  100. My aunt goes to Branson every year and has a great time. I haven’t been yet, but reading this great post gave me the want to go. It would be a blast.

  101. I have always wanted to go to Branson. Now, this gives me an even greater incentive to get there.

  102. I’d definitely try that coaster if I ever have a chance to visit. Looks thrilling!

  103. Irene Newstead says:

    This sounds like a great place to visit.

  104. md kennedy says:

    I never thought about Branson as a trip for my husband and I, but after reading your post I’d like to spend a few days there!

  105. This looks like so much fun and such a great way to support a creative economy! I have never been there but this makes me want to visit!

  106. Richard Hicks says:

    I have been wanting to visit there for a long time. Great pics!

  107. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    I would love to go to Branson. I have never been but it looks like a great time. Going to pin this!

  108. I would love to go there someday.

  109. Robin Creager says:

    Everyone that has gone to Branson has always had a great time. So much to do and see there. Year round too!!
    Enjoyed your photos!

  110. nikki robak says:

    Branson would be a place I would love to one day visit

  111. holly o'gorman says:

    Looks like lots of fun!

  112. DEBRA GIFFORD says:

    Over the years, I have heard great things about Branson, Missouri! Hope to go there one day!

  113. Heather Johnson says:

    Thanks for the article, I will have to add this to my places to visit.

  114. jessica z says:

    I would love to visit!

  115. CR WIlliams says:

    Never been here before have to tell hubby about it

  116. Wow I had no idea all this was in Branson, Missouri! Sounds like you and your family had so much fun! I will definitely have to add this destination to my “must-see” list of family vacation spots.

  117. Cristina Popescu says:

    Great pictures. It seems you had a wonderful time.

  118. Sherry Bracy says:

    would love to visit here! thanks for the review,,helps people to see what there is all to do there!

  119. Jeff Legg says:

    We lived in Springfield for about 5 years in the early 80’s and visited Branson a couple times. Back then it was on a 2 lane road and Baldknobbers was one of the only shows. Would like to go back now and see it now that it is a meca of retired country music artists!

  120. We are repeat Branson visitors! Actually planning a trip there right now and looking at a Wyndham vacation property to rent.

    I highly recommend taking time to tour at Christmas & during Silver Dollar City’s World Fest.

  121. Kathy Kuykendall says:

    It has been years since I was in Branson. It seems like they have made vast improvements since I was there.

  122. Kimberly Frazee says:

    It looks like a awesome place to visit. I love exploring caves and hiking.

  123. Betsy Dillon says:

    Will be planning a trip to Branson soon!

  124. Marti Tabora says:

    This really does seem like a lot of fun for a family. Thanks for all the great info.

  125. Karen Jaras says:

    I have been to Bronson with my husband, but would never consider taking my grandkids as what I was interested in, was so different than what they would have.

  126. cynthia Dawson says:

    Looks fun! I have never been and I think it would make a great place for a family vacation!

  127. Dalton Sweet says:

    Never would’ve thought about going here, looks fun!

  128. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    Looks like ya’ll had a great time in Branson. I have never been but look forward to going someday. There seems to be lots of fun things to do.

  129. We live in Indiana and have never been to Branson. Maybe it’s time to think about going this summer.

  130. Dianna Davis says:

    I have never been to Branson, Missouri. It sound like you had a great time,I would love to see the Marvel Caves,The whole trip sounded fun– thanks for sharing.

  131. I’m a fan of roller coasters, glass making, and visiting caves. I hope to go up there someday!

  132. Emily Cox says:

    Love it!

  133. We love Branson! Spent several summers there growing up and it is a great place to take the family on vacation.

  134. Tamra Phelps says:

    It looks like a fun time! I’d love to visit Branson. There seems to be something for everyone there!

  135. Karen Nadeau says:

    This sounds like a great place for the family. My girls would have fun here.

  136. Cathy Jarolin says:

    Wow! Branson, Missouri sound like a fun filled place. We have never been there. We have been everywhere else with our kids but not there. When my Father was alive he always said we should go there. He had been there and really loved it. Its just one of those places we never got too! :0( Thankyou for Sharing this Awesome Place with us!

  137. I have never been to Branson, but it looks so pretty and really fun too.

  138. Sylve Takajian says:

    wow sounds like you had a great time! ill def have to look into having a mini vaca there!

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