Make Branson's Silver Dollar City Theme Park Part of Your Family Vacation
With thrilling rides, live entertainment, diverse cuisine and unique shops, Silver Dollar City is an expansive vacation destination - all set in an 1880s mountain town. Plan on arriving early and staying late. No one will want to go home early!
Getting To Silver Dollar City
Located about 5 miles west of Branson, this combination of theme park and Ozark pioneer village boasts 17 thrilling rides and attractions, 60 shops and restaurants and 50 entertaining shows every day, from gospel to swing and Dixieland jazz. The park's wooded setting is centered around Marvel Cave, which has 32 miles of passages you can explore on a guided one-hour tour. The trees of the Ozark Mountains shade most of the grounds at Silver Dollar City, providing a setting you won't find at just any theme park.
Silver Dollar City Festivals
Silver Dollar City's fabulous festivals offer fun year round. World-Fest, America's largest international festival, is on display in April and May. The National Kids' Fest gears up June through August. The Festival of American Music and Craftsmanship is a special feature in September and October and An Old Time Christmas provides holiday fun in November and December.
Silver Dollar City Staff
Almost 100 resident craftspeople are on hand practicing their trades, so count on seeing plenty of glassblowing, blacksmithing and other 19th-century crafts. The diverse shops feature the arts and crafts of that era, from glass and candles to candy and home furnishings. The park's staff, dressed in period costumes, prides themselves on providing guests with helpful and courteous service that keeps them coming back year after year.
There is truly something for everyone, with kiddie rides for the youngest enthusiasts to more daring roller coasters for the extreme thrill seeker.
Activities For Younger Silver Dollar City Guests
Younger guests will enjoy Tom Sawyer's Landing and its maze of towers, ropes and climbing nets. They can ride the Runaway Ore Cart, Becky's Carousel, and the Skychase Balloon Ride or play in Sand Station, where they'll explore sand boxes, toys and gadgets. At Geyser Gulch, kids can delve into the world's largest treehouse playground. In the Great Shootout at the Flooded Mine, kids of all ages help the warden take back control of the prison from the prisoners during this boat ride meets arcade shootout.
Activities For The Entire Family
For the older and bolder set, there's Fire in the Hole, an indoor coaster with high-speed drops and thrilling surprises. Thunderation is an 80-foot tall, high-speed, smooth-riding coaster that offers riders a scenic view of the Ozarks. Then there's Wildfire, a cobra-rolling coaster with multiple loops that speeds at up to 66 miles per hour.
The entire family can gather for the Frisco Silver Dollar City Line, a picturesque 20-minute steam train ride through the Ozark countryside complete with a visit from madcap train robbers.
Silver Dollar City Water Attractions
For those hot summer days, there are water-based attractions like Splash Harbor, a two-story ship and three-level dockside tower where kids of all ages can make refreshing fun with squirt guns. On American Plunge, thrill riders splash down in a log ride from more than five stories up for a good old-fashioned soaking. WaterWorks Waterboggan kicks it up a notch with sharp twists and turns in a raft-style boat nearly six stories up. The Ozarks whitewater propels riders down a raging river with turns, twists and drops on Lost River of the Ozarks.
Ozarks History at Silver Dollar City
The history of the Ozarks is also on prominent display at Silver Dollar City. For example, the Wilderness Church was built by Ozark settlers around 1847 and now sits on Silver Dollar City's town square. The original church was dismantled and moved there in 1960 from its original site on the banks of Wilson's Run Creek near Reeds Spring, Missouri.
McHaffie Homestead at Silver Dollar City
You can also visit the McHaffie Homestead, an authentic hewn-log cabin built in 1843 by the pioneering Levi Casey family. It was reassembled and preserved at Silver Dollar City in 1960. Visitors experience firsthand the vestiges of 1880s life, like smelling cornbread cooking on the wood-fired stove and seeing the barnyard goats, rabbits, ponies and pigs. An old steam tractor runs a shingle saw in the background as the schoolmarm teaches in the one-room schoolhouse. The Homestead Pickers entertain on the homestead's front porch, singing and playing old-time tunes, and Aunt Judy tells tales to keep everyone entertained.
Music and entertainment also abound on the streets at Silver Dollar City. There's the gospel Cumberland Quartet, the eclectic Horsecreek Band, the up-tempo Bayou Boogie, and the fun-filled comedy and music of Choctaw Charlie's Frontier Follies. The Street Troupe's impromptu actors even involve the audience in their shenanigans.
Silver Dollar City is a great family place with a wonderful family atmosphere that has become a must-stop on vacations for families far and wide. Make it part of your tradition!