Family Fun Itinerary

With our sample family fun itinerary, it is easy to see why Branson should be the top choice for your next family vacation.

Whether you're planning your first trip to Branson, or you're a frequent visitor looking for fresh ideas, you've found the most helpful resource! Our sample itinerary packs the most possible fun into your five day family vacation. 

Day One

We encourage a city-wide shopping spree to commence on day one in Branson. In addition to retail and novelty shops, Branson's shopping centers are filled with entertainment options and photo opportunities to keep all ages engaged. At Grand Village Shops, your family will be amazed by the volume of Christmas decor presented at Kringles Christmas Store, the largest, year-round Christmas shop in Missouri. After you experience Kringles, stop for a picture at the large rocking chair in the middle of the courtyard and then grab a bite to eat at Mel's Hard Luck Diner, home to the city's singing servers (and tasty, classic American diner cuisine!). 

Mother and daughter holding a Christmas ornament in the largest Christmas store in Missouri found in Branson.
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Another favorite shopping center for families is Branson Landing. Here, you will find unforgettable attractions, your favorite retail stores, only-in-Branson shops, delicious dining options and the crowd-favorite Branson Landing Fountain Show. The fountain show fuzes water cannons, fire, music and bright lights into a thrilling show at the top of every hour during normal business hours. Grab a famous dish founded from a celebrity chef at the property's newest restaurant, Guy Fieri's Branson Kitchen + Bar

Fountain and fire show lighting up the night at Branson Landing in Historic Downtown Branson.
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After dinner, get your first taste of Branson as the Live Music Show Capital of the World! All of our 150+ shows present wholesome and entertaining fun for the whole family. We have compiled a list of our top shows for kids, like REZA, Buckets N Boards and more, here

Magician doing a disappearing trick with a woman assistant on a live show stage in Branson.
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Day Two

After a full day of shopping and experiencing your first Branson show, it is time to head to Silver Dollar City, the most esteemed and beloved themed part in the region. If you haven't heard, Silver Dollar City is an 1880s themed family fun park that offers thrilling rollercoasters, scrumptious food, educational opportunities and unique craftsmandship. Even if you spend the whole day at The City, there will still be more to see. Delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes are available. 

Young boy wearing funny goggles and talking to a theme park worker wearing a vintage costume in Branson.
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Each season of the year brings their own unique aspects. For example, in the fall you will watch the park transform into a pumpkin paradise as the Harvest Festival makes its way into the City. It's hard to describe the magic presented during the Christmas season, but let's focus on the eight story Joy on Town Square tree with high-res LED lights that form images synced with Christmas music - it's unlike anything you've seen before. Silver Dollar City's live shows also change with the season.

Family of four standing if front of a 8-story tall Christmas Tree at Silver Dollar City in Branson

Day Three

No matter the season, there is always fun to be had on a scenic Branson lake. During the spring, summer and fall, we recommend renting your own boat to cruise the waters of Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo or Bull Shoals. Fishing, tubing, water skiing, bluff jumping, paddleboarding and kayaking are some of the top, self-guided lake adventures. During the winter months, take a cruise on Table Rock Lakes' Showboat Branson Belle, a 700-passenger paddlewheel riverboat. Book a lunch or dinner cruise to get great views, tasty eats and talented live show performances. Crusies are available ten months of the year (excluding January and February).  

Family of four sitting on the back of a boat during summer, enjoying the Ozark Mountain scenery on a lake in Branson.
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End your night at Cakes-n-Creams 50s Diner. In addition to their mouthwatering pies, cakes and ice cream options, you can now enjoy a classic flick at their brand new drive-in movie attraction. Carhops will take your order as you flip your car's radio to cast audio to match the movie playing on the big screen! 

Outdoor view of a classic 1950s diner in Branson.
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Day Four

Grab a late breakfast at one of our favorite breakfast spots to prepare for day four's adventures. Today we recommend visiting a few top attractions and museums! Find a list of what's new in Branson this year here. 

Attractions

Young girl holding two live butterflies at a indoor rain forest attraction in Branson.
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Grand Country Resort - This fun attraction has a huge indoor/outdoor water park, a live show theatre, mini golf and a Fun Spot with a two story arcade, laser tag, a ball pit, bumper cars and more. 

Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure - Walk into a mystical indoor rainforest with thousands of free flying butterflies. There is also a mirror maze and tons of educational opportunities. 

Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park - From off-road ATVs to high-flying ziplines, Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park has it all. Shepherd of the Hills was recently voted USA Today’s Best Aerial Adventure Park in America!

Museums:

Large upside down building that is a new family attraction in Branson.
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Titanic Museum Attraction - There is so much more to know about the Titanic story. Uncover hundreds of facts and countless artifacts from this legendary ship and its passengers. 

WonderWorks - The unique upside-down architecture this museum is mind-blowing enough. As soon as you walk in, you'll be awestruck by three stories of interactive math, science, technology, engineering and art activites and exhibits. 

Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Enjoy eight galleries displaying over 450 strange, unique and unbelievable artifacts, art and illusions in this self-guided tour. 

Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction will bring this amazing day to a perfect close. Enjoy fried chicken and all the fixins' as you watch a live show that features incredibly trained horses and their talented riders. 

Day Five

Take in the beauty of the Ozarks on your last day in Branson. Although there is so much nature to explore throughout the city, we recommend a bike ride at Table Rock Lake, a hike at Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area or a full day of all the best outdoor activities at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Family of four riding bikes at nature park in Branson.
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Close the trip with an Andy's Frozen Custard in hand while watching the Branson Ferris Wheel's nightly Electrify light show

For more first-time visitor resources, check here. 

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