Silver Dollar City {Branson, MO}

(Disclosure: I received a free trip to Branson and free tickets to Silver Dollar City while I was there. All thoughts are my own.)

Since becoming a mom I hadn’t been on an amusement park ride more exciting than a kiddie rollercoaster so I was really excited to spend a day at Silver Dollar City Attractions in Branson, Missouri. This park is home to Outlaw Run, the world’s first and only double barrel roll on a wood coaster, with a 720-degree (double) barrel roll. It’s also the only wood coaster to twist upside down three times, the world’s steepest wood coaster with a first drop of 162 feet (more than 16 stories) at 81 degrees, and the second fastest wood coaster in the world, reaching a top speed of 68 miles per hour. I had a chance to ride Outlaw Run and wow! What an adrenaline Rush! It was a great way to start my day at Silver Dollar City. There are over 30 rides at Silver Dollar City.

Outlaw Run! This is a view from the train ride. See how the coaster goes upside down? I was brave and rode that ride!

After that ride we headed over to the Grand Exposition area where the kiddie rides are located. The great thing about all the rides for the kids was that they were all big enough that the adults could ride, too. The boys loved that I could sit with them on the rides but Jacob also loved finding rides that he was big enough to go on all by himself. My little boy is growing up!

Big boy on the carousel

Jacob’s favorite ride was the flying elephants where you could push a button and go up or down. Lucas loved the teacup ride. My favorite ride that we all went on was “Fire in the hole”, an indoor rollercoaster that went through a dark building and had a couple drops that you couldn’t see coming. There was also a train we took around the park that included a stop at a staged interactive show in the woods.

The teacup ride that Lucas enjoyed.

There were plenty of other things for the kids to do as well. There was a climbing area where the children could climb up steps, through netted areas, and down through obstacles. There was a sand area for children to play as well. If you wanted a memory from the park that your child could take home with you, there was a store where children could make their own stuffed animals.

The climbing area for the kids

If you are not into rides that’s ok because there are plenty of other things to do at Silver Dollar City as well. There are over 40 live shows every day, ranging from Western Stunt Shows to string bands to cooking. There are craftsmen all throughout the park so you can watch them create works of art that are sure to become treasured by your family as heirloom keepsakes.

We had an extra special time because the National Harvest Fest is going on through October 26th. Over 125 visiting craftsmen from around the country have all come to one place. There is so much to look at! One of my favorites was a woman that was making art out of barbed wire!

Barbed wire art

During your day of fun there is plenty to eat. The park serves buffet breakfast and lunch for those who are really hungry. The ladies in the buffet were extremely friendly. Jacob had cantaloupe at breakfast and at the lunch buffet was looking for the cantaloupe and was upset that he didn’t see any on the buffet. Overhearing him, one of the ladies went back into the kitchen and got some from the refrigerator. It’s small things like that that sometimes mean the most and that’s definitely a story I will retell often :) There are also over a dozen restaurants serving food throughout the park. I stopped at a store where they made delicious apple items and got a hot apple turnover smothered with homemade apple butter. Yum! They also had some spiral potatoes with different seasonings that I wanted to try.

Overall, we had a great day of old-fashioned fun at Silver Dollar City! It is truly a place that has something for everyone and the whole family can enjoy. We spent about 6 hours there and didn’t even see half the park. I’d love to go back there again soon to ride more of the adult rides and see some of the shows that they have.

(Disclosure: I received free tickets to Silver Dollar City but all thoughts are my own.)

 

Discover Branson

I haven’t gone on vacation since I lived with my parents but a month or so ago I decided that it was time for our family to go on our very first vacation. I have been researching places online, talking to friends, and chatting about vacation destinations on Twitter and I still haven’t narrowed down where we are going to go. When I was asked to write about a popular vacation destination, Branson, Missouri, I jumped at the chance because it would give me an opportunity to look into the destination more.

My main goals when looking for a vacation are to find something affordable and family friendly. I looked online at a website that had Branson vacation packages to see what Branson had to offer. I have been to Missouri but don’t think I’ve ever visited Branson so I was surprised at all the fun things there were to do there. Ziplining looked fun but wouldn’t work for our family because we have young kids. Looking more I did find a lot of fun things that would be family friendly. Silver Dollar City has something in June called KidsFest which looks like something my kids would love {especially because Dora would be there}. There is also a Dinosaur Museum and a water park. One of my childhood favorites “The Ducks” {that I’ve ridden on in the Dells} can also be found in Branson so I was excited to find that out.

Will we end up in Branson, MO on vacation this year? Guess you’ll just have to stay tuned to the blog and see where we end up :)

(Disclosure: This is a compensated post but all thoughts are my own.)