My family recently visited Branson, Missouri during our spring road trip. It was our last major stop on a 10-day adventure, and it did not disappoint. To be honest, I wasn’t super excited about this stop, but boy was I wrong. We had SO MUCH FUN in Branson. It was amazing for the kids, and my husband and I enjoyed every minute of it as well. We left wishing we had more time! We visited in the late spring and this was nice because it was not super packed. We kept hearing employees talk about how in a few weeks it would be crazy busy. Since we visited before peak season a few of the attractions were still closed (mostly water attractions, like the bumper boats), but we still had more than enough to do.
Below I will tell you about five attractions we visited during our stay!
Trip Details –
· 2 kids – Ages 2 & 4
· 2 Adults
· 2 Nights
· Camped in our tiny camper at Table Lake State Park =)
1. Celebrity Car Museum
The Celebrity Car Museum was the first attraction we stopped at on our trip. We had just drove into town and were busy looking at all the interesting buildings and attractions when we spotted Lightning McQueen and Mater from Disney’s Cars parked in a parking lot. This is one of my kid’s favorite movies, so we pulled the car over and parked to get a photo of the kids with the cars. It was at this point we noticed we were in the parking lot of the car museum. The kids wanted to go in, so we did. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this to people with young kids. Our kids had a lot of fun, but it was expensive, and their favorite cars of the whole museum were the two parked in the parking lot. They really just wanted to climb in all the cars and motorcycles, and they were not allowed to touch anything, so we spent most of our time chasing them and making sure they were behaving. We did get a chance to look around though, and there were some amazing cars from great movies!
Address for GPS Directions – 1600 W Highway 76 Ste A, Branson, MO 65616
2. Runaway Mountain Coaster
When we arrived in Branson, all my four-year-old daughter wanted was to go on a roller coaster. This isn’t super typical of her, so we really wanted to make it happen. We decided to try the Runaway Mountain Coaster, and it did not disappoint. Unfortunately, my son was a bit too short to ride, so he and my husband watched as my daughter and I went for the ride. A couple of things that were unique and cool about this roller coaster were that you got to be in your own private cart, and you got to control your speed on the way down. This was perfect for me and my daughter. We were able to communicate the whole time about how fast we were going, and it put me at ease knowing I could stop us if she needed me to. We went fast, and she loved it! I laughed harder than I had in a long time on this ride, and it seriously made me feel like a little happy kid. After the ride, I forced my husband to go up and do it himself while me and the kids looked on! He loved it too!
Address for GPS Directions – 935 State Highway 165, Branson, MO 65616
3. Ripley’s Believe it or Not
This is another one I wouldn’t recommend with young kids. Most of the exhibits involved standing in place and reading or staring at a brain game or magic eye. So, being there with young kids was hard. They just wanted to run through and play. There were a few exhibits that were fun for them, but mostly it was a bit too old for them. My husband and I enjoyed it though, and we would definitely visit one again in the future.
Address for GPS Directions – 3326 W 76 Country Blvd, Branson, MO 65616
4. Branson Ferris Wheel
The Branson Ferris Wheel was fantastic! We were lucky to be there on a beautiful day and the views of the city were great. The kids loved getting to be so high up and we loved watching them talk and point out things below. We had a great time, and the operator even let us go around a second time for free!
Address for GPS Directions – 3345 W 76 Country Blvd, Branson, MO 65616
5. Butterfly Palace
This was easily the highlight of our time in Branson. It was great for young kids and my husband and I loved it, as well! It was also a very educational experience (which is always a plus). At the Butterfly Palace, our kids got to release a butterfly for their first flights, and they held little flower nectars in the air which allowed all types of butterflies to land on them. It was amazing, and the butterflies were gorgeous. There were also hats, magnifying glasses and other little things for the kids to use. In addition to the Butterfly Room, there were a few other fun exhibits within the Butterfly Palace, including a mirror maze and a fun banyan tree maze (see photo). There was also a room full of reptiles to look at and a huge gift shop! We could have hung out there all day! The kids also got their faces painted by a fantastic artist! I would highly recommend this to anyone, with or without kids.
Address for GPS Directions – 4106 W 76 Country Blvd, Branson, MO 65616
We had a great time in Branson, Missouri and we cannot wait to visit again. I hope this helped you find a couple attractions that will work for you when you visit! It really is a fun place, and it made for a great stop on our family road trip. If you are planning to stop on a family road trip, click here for my packing tips!
Much Love & Happy Travels,
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