Branson Family Vacation: Live Entertainment Capital

A Branson family vacation includes live entertainment, museums, nature play, and more. This unique city in Missouri is proud to call itself the live entertainment capital of the world. With shows morning, noon, and night for all age groups and interests, this city is also often known as the Las Vegas of the Midwest. Check out all the fun things to do in Branson with kids!

Kids love the Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus live show in Branson
Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus live show (Photo courtesy of Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau)

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Live Entertainment Capital of the World

With all of the city’s family-friendly entertainment options, what happens in Branson, doesn’t need to stay in Branson! Music lovers will enjoy the live country, jazz, pop, gospel, rock tributes, and more.

But that’s not all. The live entertainment in Branson also includes comedy shows, theatre, magic shows, dance performances…I could go on and on.

Your kids won't believe all of the amazing things to see at Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum on Your Branson Family Vacation
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum (Photo courtesy of Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Museums for Families in Branson

If your kids think museums are ho-hum, then I bet Branson’s Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum will change their minds. This “odditorium” includes shrunken heads, a 22-foot-tall car parts robot, an authentic vampire killing kit, one-of-a-kind artwork, tons of hands-on displays, and a wicked spinning vortex tunnel.

Then there’s the Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, featuring thousands of free-flying butterflies, an insectarium, and a mirror maze.

Kids will also dig the Branson Dinosaur Museum and the World’s Largest Toy Museum.

Zip-lining Fun with Adventure Zipline on Branson Family Vacation
Zip-lining fun in with Adventure Zipline (Photo courtesy of Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Nature Activities in Branson

Branson isn’t just about the great indoors, though. There are plenty of outdoor family activities in and near the city. Bicycling, hiking trails, horseback riding, fishing, and zip-lining will thrill nature lovers during a Branson family vacation. There are also golf courses, wildlife refuges (like the National Tiger Sanctuary), and lake water sports aplenty.

The huge Branson Ferris Wheel at Track Family Fun Park's Track 4 is fun on a Branson family vacation
Branson Ferris Wheel at Track Family Fun Park’s Track 4 (Photo courtesy of Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Branson’s Theme Parks

Silver Dollar City theme park has been drawing visitors to Branson for over 55 years. It offers 40 rides and attractions as well as over 100 craftsmen demonstrating the art of woodcarving, glass blowing, pottery, blacksmithing, and more. Of course, this theme park also features a plethora of daily live shows.

If visiting during summer, then you’ll want to plan a trip to White Water Water Park. It boasts 13 acres of splashy fun, including numerous waterslides, a wave pool, splash pads, and a lazy river.

The Track Family Fun Parks offers four different Branson locations. Think go-karts, laser tag, bumper boats/cars, batting cages, kids’ rides, mini golf, and arcades. Track 4 is home to the massive Branson Ferris Wheel, which holds 240 passengers, holds 40 gondolas, and glows with 16,000 lights at night.

What to do on a rainy day in Branson? Head to Fritz’s Adventures for 80,000 square feet of ropes courses, climbing walls, zip-lining, and beyond. It’s so fun, parents will want to get in on the action, too.

There's 80,000 square feet of active indoor fun at Fritz's Adventures for your Branson family vacation
Fritz’s Adventures (Photo courtesy of Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Dining Options in Branson with Kids

Whether you’re looking for a classic diner, an elegant fine-dining experience, or something in-between, you certainly won’t go hungry during a Branson family vacation. Whatever you’re craving, you’re likely to find it in Branson. Think barbecue, Mexican cuisine, Southern cooking, seafood, brewhouses, and more.

You will want to book a dinner show or two while here, too. It is Branson, after all. Owned by Queen of Country, Dolly Parton, the Dixie Stampede is a must-see, with its 32 horses, trick riders, racing pigs, music, and comedy all served up alongside a four-course feast. This show has been entertaining visitors for over 30 years.

There are a couple of tempting showboat options, too. The Showboat Branson Belle and the Main Street Lake Cruise Lake Queen both make for great family-friendly fun. Check out all Branson dinner show options here.

The Dixie Stampede is celebrating its 30th anniversary ~ Branson Family Vacation
The Dixie Stampede (Photo courtesy of Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Branson Family Vacation Accommodation Options

What’s your vacation accommodation style? For cabins, tent camping, motel, luxury hotel, vacation rental, and bed & breakfast — Branson has them all. 

The Still Waters Resort would be my family’s pick with its lakefront location, three swimming pools, and a 130-foot waterslide. It features a vast array of room accommodations, including one- to six-bedroom lakefront luxury condos. Included in the price of the room are free kayaks, peddle boats, kayaks, paddle boards, aqua cycles kids’ fishing, basketball and volleyball courts, and more.

Win a 3-night Branson family vacation at the Still Waters Resort
Water play at Still Waters Resort (Photo from

Did I mention that Branson is super affordable, too? If you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation destination, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Branson!

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For additional Midwest vacation options, take a look at the many things to do at the Mall of America in Minnesota or the best things to do in Chicago with kids.

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  1. I will be there! RSVP @twodartmom Branson is incredible. Perfect for making excellent memories with my family.