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Looking for an ideal family destination where outdoor recreation is king? The sweeping green hills, pristine lakes and natural beauty of the spectacular Ozark Mountains more than fit the bill. With families these days wanting to enjoy the great outdoors, Branson offers tons of awesome recreational adventures to create big smiles and happy memories. Plan a visit to award-winning Silver Dollar City, an 1880s-style theme park featuring more than 40 thrilling rides and attractions, live entertainment, dining, and unique shops. Comfortable indoors? Branson is known as the live entertainment capital of the world thanks to shows and concerts happening throughout the day, and is also dubbed the “Las Vegas of the Midwest.” And there are all the family-friendly hotels and resorts, which are like vacation destinations unto themselves. Check out these kid-approved properties just waiting to welcome you!
Like staying in a castle in the Ozarks
Get the royal treatment at Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa and Convention Center, Branson’s only AAA Four Diamond hotel, which offers everything from a gorgeous lakeside location, award-winning dining and teeing off at four challenging nearby courses. Choose from a variety of elegant suites and rooms with upscale amenities. The full-service onsite marina means you can be out on the water boating, fishing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, jet-skiing, and parasailing in no time. Casual dining options, relaxing spa treatments, spectacular nature trails, a Kids Club and movie theater are all on property. Bonus: You’re just a few miles from the bright, glittering lights of all that’s happening in Branson.
A peaceful lakefront escape
Imagine taking the kids on a boat around Table Rock Lake, pedaling on the water on an Aqua-cycle, or heading down the Zoom the Flume waterslide. Make this experience yours at Still Waters Resort, situated right on Table Rock Lake and considered the top family resort in Branson. Choose from one to six-bedroom luxury condos offering contemporary comforts. An onsite marina features free paddleboats, kayaks, inner tubes with wave runners, and ski-boat rentals. Enjoy three swimming pools, mini-golf, nature trails for hiking, a sand volleyball court, playground, and more. Free shuttle service to and from Silver Dollar City.
As great as the great outdoors
Considered America’s premier wilderness resort, Big Cedar Lodge takes memory-making to the max thanks to two marinas, five golf courses, and superb fishing. Choose from grand lodges, cozy cottages, and private log cabins. Try something a bit more rustic at Camp Long Creek featuring huts, camp cabins, and glamping tents. When it comes to outdoor explorations, count on family campfires, nighttime scavenger hunts, and scenic nature walks. Bring the whole gang to Fun Mountain, the adventure complex featuring underwater themed bowling, laser tag, go carts, bumper cars, and tons more. At the Kids Adventure Club, youngsters engage in interactive experiences where they learn skills, make new friends and earn themed adventure badges.
Make a big splash
Get soaking wet at Grand Country Waterpark Resort. Toddlers to teens will love this water park featuring zero depth entry, bungee swings, and LED light shows as you slide. The large, indoor park boasts a three-story treehouse, tube slides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, a basketball pool, lazy river, tot play area, hot tub, and more. Choose from a variety of accommodations like kids’ clubhouse rooms with bunk beds. Enjoy on-site dining at Grand Country Buffet, Papa Grand’s Pizza or the Mining Company Grill. Guests will also have a ball at Grand Country’s Fun Spot, a multi-level entertainment center offering go-karts, a 2-story laser tag, arcade, bumper cars and multiple mini-golf courses, both indoors and out.
Enjoy family time
Get the best of both worlds at Watermill Cove Resort, including a perfect lakefront location just two miles to Silver Dollar City theme park. This rental at the resort offers plenty of space with multiple bedrooms, a dining room, expansive kitchen, pool room and fireplace. And the resort has plenty of amenities, too: Relax in the lazy river or get soaked on the splash pad. Additional complimentary perks include canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, fire pits, a treehouse with slides and fishing equipment. Share the good times with onsite mini-golf, sand volleyball, shuffleboard, bicycles, horseshoe pit, swim deck, hot tubs and more.
In the center of it all
Historic downtown Branson features plenty of old-fashioned family fun and nostalgia. Walk down the main street and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Check out the waterfront Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing right in the center of town where you’re just steps away from great dining, fun shopping and live outdoor entertainment. Ooh and aah at the nightly water fountain show and enjoy beautiful views of Lake Taneycomo, historic Downtown Branson, and the Ozark Mountains. Kids will love the indoor pool as well as being within walking distance to Dick’s Five and Dime and many of downtown Branson’s attractions. Nearby family restaurants include Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and White River Fish House.
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