Taking the Grandkids to Branson

A getaway to Branson is a great way to spend a couple of days with the grandkids.

Mom and dad need a hand. Now the grandkids are yours for the weekend.

A quick getaway to Branson is a great way to spend a couple of days with the grandkids and to create lasting memories you’ll both treasure forever.

Here’s a look at how you can keep everyone smiling when you bring the grandkids to Branson.

On the first day, remember, water is your friend:

  • Start your day with a big breakfast at the Welk Resort. If you’re staying at the Welk, the huge breakfast buffet may be part of your guest package. If you’re not a guest, it’s worth a trip to enjoy the eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, made-to-order waffles and more. 
  • After breakfast, take a short drive to the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery so the kids can feed the fish. Be sure to take a roll of quarters. Maybe one roll per kid, actually. The visitor center has displays to teach youngsters about conservation habits and techniques, but let’s be honest, they want to watch the fish jump as they throw in hands full of fish food.
  • From the hatchery, you’re just a stone’s throw from MoonshineBeach on Table Rock Lake. Enjoy a stroll along the beach or dive in and let the kids soak up some Ozarks sunshine. This is a very popular spot in the summer. A playground adds to the fun and a picnic shelter allows you to save a little money by packing your own lunch. 
  • Not up for the beach? White Water is a family-fun destination with great water slides, activity pools and loads of fun ways to spend the day. On a hot day, it’s one of the hottest tickets in town.
  • After spending part of your day at the beach, head back your home base and make a tough decision: Take naps or keep going? Only you know your grandkids … but they might sleep better at night if you keep moving. So freshen up and head out to one of Branson’s shows. Many performances are geared for younger crowds and you’re sure to find one to please everyone in your group.
  • When the show ends, it’s time to shop – hello, Disney Store! – and to spoil the grandkids a little more. That’s your job, after all. A trip to the Tanger Outlets will no doubt include a stop at the Disney Store, while strolling along the Branson Landing gives you access to the Fountain Show, which thrills kids of all ages.
  • By now, it’s supper time and tummies of all sizes probably are growling. If you’re already on Branson Landing, you’re just steps from a variety of dining choices along the Lake Taneycomo waterfront. And you’re not far from the restaurants of downtown Branson. Pick one that sounds good and settle in for a big meal.
  • As the sun starts setting, you face another big decision: See another show, or head back to your hotel/motel/condo/campsite? Again, the kiddos may be the determining factor on this one … but there are a lot of great shows to see.

On day two, you’ll focus on nature-themed fun:

  • Explore Branson for more outdoor fun at Table Rock State Park. Head over to State Park Marina and rent a boat for a fun afternoon on the water. Older kids will enjoy a swim in the lake and perhaps being pulled on an inner tube. If you or the grandkids are really feeling adventurous (and they are old enough), you can sign up to go parasailing out of State Park Marina. It’s a very memorable way to see Table Rock Lake.
  • By now it’s time for dinner and you’re in the mood for something special. Keep your outdoors theme alive with a trip to the White River Fish House on Branson Landing. Part of the Bass Pro Shops family of restaurants, the menu at White River Fish House includes specialty items like alligator tails and walleye fingers, along with more traditional fare such as catfish, steaks, burgers and salads.
  • After a big meal, catch one last show at the Branson Landing Fountain Show (and maybe find a spot to stop for sweets while you’re strolling the shops) before turning in for the night.

The next morning, get the grandkids back to their parents and rest easy tonight, knowing you gave mom and dad a break – and made memories you and the grandkids will fondly recall for years to come.

Start planning your Branson getaway by ordering your Official Branson Vacation Guide and keep checking ExploreBranson.com for more tips on planning the perfect getaway.