The Ozarks are known for being reminiscent of a simpler time... but that doesn't mean that visitors in search of glitz and excitement can't have a thoroughly awesome experience! Branson is the perfect destination for families looking for a sparkling vacation filled with thrilling encounters of all kinds. Meet celebs (both real and wax!), dine like a star, hold sloths and other animals, be dazzled by a catchy show or two, get a taste for Gilded Age glamour, and then spend the night in a luxurious resort! Adults and kids alike will love a walk on Branson's ritzy side with this memorable adventure.
Not to be confused with Top of the Rock in NYC, Top of the Rock in Ridgedale, MO, is the perfect first stop on a family trip through the Ozarks. Offering world-class recreation in the heart of Branson, Top of the Rock is jam-packed with attractions that everyone will love. The Lost Canyon Cave and Natural Trail, for example, is a two-and-a-half-mile guided tour into a cave, over a lovely Amish footbridge, and past a jaw-dropping four-story waterfall. Or there's the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, which provides an entertaining and insightful look at the region's past, from dinosaurs to Native Americans to the Civil War. Top of the Rock is also home to two world-class golf courses: the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and the Buffalo Ridge course, designed by Tom Fazio. You'll find restaurants here as well, so feel free to buy the Top of the Rock Adventure Pass and enjoy a full day of fun.
Walking around celebrity hotspots in hopes of a snagging a picture with your favorite icon is so outdated. Snap photos with all your favorite celebrities and pop icons at the incredible Hollywood Wax Museum, a landmark attraction off Highway 76. With dozens of detailed and lifelike wax statues of big-name, present-day stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jamie Fox, along with historical icons like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and more, you and your entire group will have a blast getting to "meet" your celebrity heroes. It's open 365 days a year; stop in anytime to get a taste of stardom. Photos are encouraged, so snap as many shameless selfies with your favorite celebs as you want!
After you’ve had enough hanging out with the top celebrities from around the world, take a drive to Branson’s Promised Land Zoo and get up close and personal with nature’s biggest names... all in the comfort of their backyard. With over 75 acres of driving and walking trails, you’ll be blown away by the wide range of furry and feathered friends roaming the Promised Land Zoo. With your admission you’ll be able to see live animal shows, go on a self-guided foot safari, and even make your way to Parakeet Paradise, a crowd favorite. Upgrade to the Better Experience Admission and go on a guided tram ride. After that, a guide will let you actually meet three to four animals, such as sloths, lemurs, kittens, owls and more—because sloths are way more cuddly than a wax Elvis Presley!
Continue getting up close and personal with nature’s best during an unforgettable visit to the Butterfly Palace and & Rainforest Adventure. Immerse yourself in a setting populated by thousands of live tropical butterflies, imported from rainforests around the world. There's nothing quite like witnessing their incredible beauty first hand. Purchase a three-day wristband and choose your own adventure with visits to the Banyan Tree Bungee Adventure, the Living Rainforest Science Center, and the Emerald Forest Mirror Maze in addition to the Exotic Butterfly Aviary. The visit will be just as educational as it is fun, and makes for a one-of-a-kind Branson adventure!
For your next stop, travel back in history and learn the incredible story of the Titanic with a visit to the Titanic Museum Branson. Go beyond what you learned in the movie Titanic and get an in-depth look at the stories of the people sailing on that tragic day, from the wealthy passengers in First Class to the average Third Class traveler. There are lots of interactive details here, including the chance to touch a glacier, see real artifacts from the ship, read newspaper clippings from the day, and, of course, you can't leave without snapping a photo on the re-created Grand Staircase.
Begin to wind down your adventure with tickets to one of Branson’s smash-hit shows, The Haygoods. Whether you’re a hardcore music enthusiast or just looking to enjoy a good time, The Haygoods deliver incredible performances with innovative harmonies, energetic choreography, and special effects, which include over 20 different instruments. With over 6 million people having taken part in this entertaining show, your trip won’t be complete until you’ve been to a performance. Last year, The Haygoods sold out over 70 of their shows, so be sure to buy your tickets as soon as you can.
Delay your trip back to reality as much as possible with a few nights' stay at the incredible Big Cedar Lodge, one of the Ozark’s most popular premier wilderness resorts. With no detail left unturned in the architecture of the lodge and its log cabins, a cozy-yet-luxurious vibe, and plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained, you can’t go wrong with calling this lodge home for a short stay. Whether you want to hit the world-class golf course, explore the fun at Top of the Rock, or just take it easy, there are endless options at your fingertips. There are loads of dining options, a marina, a great fitness center, and an amazing arcade/play place for kids called Fun Mountain.
Take your family on a trip they won't soon forget and get the most out of the incredible sights and attractions Branson has to offer. Snap pictures with celebs, make friends with butterflies and dozens of other creatures, and experience days of jam-packed entertainment with a memorable trip through Branson.
There’s nowhere like Branson, Missouri. With breathtaking natural beauty, family-friendly shows, exhilarating outdoor activities, world-class golf courses, delicious dining, fun festivals and thrilling attractions, there’s just no shortage of fun.