About the Author: April is an online publisher for The Cabins at Grand Mountain in Branson, MO. She often writes about camping, Midwest travelling and log cabin experiences.
If you are planning a family vacation to the Midwest, make your destination Branson. This small city has a reputation for a family friendly vacation spot for a good reason. There is a huge variety of activities to fill your time in Branson. There are thrill rides and modern attractions to keep the kids entertained, there is a beautiful Ozark mountain nearby and natural attractions for those who love the good outdoors. Whatever your idea of fun is, you will get your hands full planning a trip with the family to Branson.
Even when you have been to Branson before, each visit can be memorable when you incorporate these activities to your itinerary:
1. Water Parks – If you are visiting Branson with your family in the summer, a visit to one of many water parks in the city is a must. Whitewater is a popular water park, especially among kids. They have all kinds of water slides for all ages and swimming levels. There are even slides created specifically for speed and thrill including simulated rapids and a free-fall drop – they are a must-try for those looking for an adrenaline rush. Another famous water park in Branson is the Castlerock Water Park. The indoor area of the park is open all year round but some parts are closed during winter.
2. See Live Animals – If there is one other thing that kids enjoy most other than swimming, it’s visiting a zoo. And in Branson, you have several destinations for seeing live animals on display. Head to the Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure wherein you can see live butterflies and walk among them. There is also a Science Center within the park that features informative movies for kids to watch, enjoy and learn from. There are also interactive attractions that kids will have fun with. If you are looking for another attraction that adults can partake in, go to Predator World. This is a grand showcase of reptilian creatures.
3. Museums – Another great way to get kids involved in interactive shows and activities while learning is to visit museum. Thankfully, Branson offers plenty of options for those visiting the city. For your family, you can take them to the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium wherein you can find replicas of world-famous attractions or structures, and other bizarre items on display. The building of the museum itself is an ode to the earthquake that hit Missouri during the 1800s.
4. Natural Beauty – This is the main reason why tourists come to Branson – the opportunity to witness its natural beauty and attractions. Thankfully, there are a lot of tours offered to get the chance to experience the natural beauty such as the Ozark Mountains. You can go on a cruise or rent a boat for a day – the kids will enjoy these activities to make a memorable vacation.
If you are planning a trip with the entire family in Branson, don’t forget to incorporate these ideas into your itinerary. You can even get the kids involved while planning and make them choose what destinations you go to.