Two-Day Itinerary for Youth Groups in Branson

Whether you’re planning a field trip, sports tournament, or youth group outing, Branson is full of exciting activities for kids (and chaperones).

Two kids in a camping tent looking out at a Branson lake.

Between the amusement parks, shows, great food and outdoor adventures, there’s no shortage of reasons to get kids to put down their cell phones and enjoy the stay in Branson.


Day One

8 am – Breakfast with a Side of Entertainment

Start your fun on Highway 76, Branson’s Entertainment District at Jackie B. Goode’s Uptown Cafe. This retro ‘50s style diner features an affordable breakfast buffet and high-energy morning performance perfect for kickstarting your day.

9 am – Hollywood in Branson

Head down the street to the Hollywood Entertainment Center where your group of kids can enjoy hours of games, puzzles, and plenty of good photo ops all with great group discounts. Start with a game of mini golf at Shoot for the Stars, head next door to Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors for a dizzying, fun adventure through hundreds of mirrored walls to find a princess, and then battle evil forces at the haunted Castle of Chaos—a 3D film, ride, and video game all in one. Finally, take some hilarious photos with celebrities at the Hollywood Wax Museum—teens will love the chance to share their pictures with friends on Instagram and Snapchat. For an extra dose of fun, head down the street to Beyond the Lens to get a behind-the-scenes look at pop culture over the years or to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! to see some rare oddities including a shrunken head, a 22-foot transformer sculpture, and a spinning vortex tunnel.

Noon – Lunch at El Lago

Go south of the border, and enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine in a casual setting at El Lago in Branson West. This new Branson eatery will serve up your Mexican favorites at an affordable price while providing far more than enough space for your group!

1 pm - Get Out in Nature

After a morning filled with activity, enjoy relaxing stroll amidst the area’s beautiful scenery. Branson has many hiking trails appealing to every level of adventurer. The beauty of the Ozarks is hard to match, so be sure to choose a trail where you can take it all in.

3 pm – Time for a Treat

If you’re visiting at the height of summer, cool down with some delicious frozen custard at Andy’s or frozen yogurt at Cherry Berry (both 3 miles from Table Rock Lake). Or head over to Cakes-N-Cream 50’s Diner for a delicious selection of malts, shakes, sundaes, pie, and their Famous Cakes-N-Cream Supreme – golden funnel cake topped with ice cream and whipped cream.

4:30 pm - Dinner and a Show

For an unforgettable dining experience, be sure to visit the Dolly Parton's Stampede where you’ll enjoy a four-course meal in a 35,000 square foot arena featuring horse stunts, wagon races, pig races, and more. Arrive early and take a stroll down the Horse Walk to meet the four-legged stars of the show!

7:30 pm - Track Family Fun Park

End the day with some high-speed fun with a go-kart race at the Track Family Fun Park. While there, take a ride on the Branson Ferris Wheel, formerly a part of the Navy Pier in Chicago. If it's dark out by the time you get there, you'll see a spectacular light show on the ferris wheel every hour on the hour!


Day Two

8 am – The Largest Pancakes

Before a big day at Branson’s amusement parks, fill up at one of Branson’s best breakfast spots—Billy Gail’s. Known for their humungous pancakes, delicious omelets, and smothered biscuits, there will be more than enough food for your group to share! 

10 am – Marvelous Marvel Cave

The attraction that put Branson on the map, this natural wonder is included in the price of admission at Silver Dollar City (the amusement park was originally built around it to give visitors something to do while they waited for a cave tour). See amazing limestone formations and travel more than 200 feet below the surface on a fun, educational tour.

Noon – Sensational Skillets

Silver Dollar City is renowned for their skillet dishes. Try Buckshot’s Skillet Cookery, which cooks up a delicious combination of chicken, corn, fried okra, and more in a dish they call the “Family Feud.” For dessert, head over to Eva & Delilah’s Bakery for fresh-made cinnamon rolls in a variety of flavors including original, red velvet, and caramel apple.

1 pm – Roller Coasters or Water Slides

Stick around Silver Dollar City amusement park for the afternoon for some kid-friendly shows and crazy coasters. You can experience 40 rides and attractions including Outlaw Run, their award-winning wooden rollercoaster, and their high-speed coaster Fire in the Hole. Adults will also enjoy looking around at crafts and homemade goods in a variety of shops throughout the park. If it’s a hot day, head over to White Water for some exciting water slides and refreshing splash pools. Both parks feature a variety of package deals.

6 pm - Dinner at CiCi’s Pizza

After a day at the amusement parks, visit CiCi’s Pizza for a huge buffet with an endless supply of pizza, salads, and dessert as well as a game room.

8 pm - Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai 

No trip to Branson would be complete without seeing one of their renowned shows. The Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai in Grand Shanghai Theatre features colorful costumes and mystifying aerial acrobatics with remarkable feats of strength and lighthearted comedy that will leave everyone in your group awe-struck.


We guarantee your group will have so much fun in Branson, in fact you might just need to stay for an extra day. Check out 12 more reasons kids love Branson.

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