Silver Dollar City is More Than Just a Branson Theme Park
Silver Dollar City is everything most theme parks aren't. Shaded and cooled by hundreds of trees and several water attractions, it's a natural environment for fun. The 60 shops are all unique, each dedicated to preserving crafts from another era. You'll find a variety one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items that aren't available anywhere else. And if you or the kids can learn something about America's history while having theme park kind of fun, how can you go wrong?
Silver Dollar City is located about 5 miles west of Branson. With over a dozen thrilling rides and attractions, 60 shops, 11 restaurants, numerous concessions and dozens upon dozens of entertaining shows every day, the day will run out before you do everything there is to do.
The very beginnings of this park date back to 1894 when the first tours of Marvel Cave took place. Your tour of this natural wonder is always included in your ticket to the park. With 600 stairs to navigate on a guided one-hour tour, you'll only see a fraction of the 32 miles of passages.
Adding to the uniqueness of Silver Dollar City are the 100 resident craftspeople that learned and are preserving our cultural knowledge of Early American crafts and trades. There are plenty of opportunities to see demonstrations of glassblowing, candle making, and blacksmithing. The 60 diverse shops feature the arts and crafts of the nineteenth century, from cut glass and candles to candy and feather beds.
If you want to experience the real McCoy as far as history goes, take a look at Wilderness Church, which was built by Ozark settlers around 1847 was moved to Silver Dollar City's town square. Or you can visit the McHaffie Homestead, an authentic hewn-log cabin built in 1843. Here you can experience firsthand what it was like to live in the 1880's from checking out what's cooking on the wood-burning stove to tending the barnyard animals.
And while adults are entertained by the unique shops and history, there is plenty for the kids of all ages, ranging from the world's largest tree house playground to stomach dropping roller coasters.
Older kids will jump at the chance to board Fire in the Hole, an indoor roller coaster, Thunderation, an 80-foot tall, high-speed coaster or Wildfire, which screams through multiple loops at 66 miles per hour. Plus, the Time Traveler is a brand new ride that is sure to thrill with vertical drops and a rotating cart!
Everyone can sit back and take in the Ozark countryside on a ride on the Frisco Silver Dollar City Line, a steam train. Or on a boat ride at the Flooded Mine, kids of all ages can help the warden take back control of the prison from the prisoners.
On those scorcher summer days when the trees just don't cool it off enough, there are plenty of ways to get wet, including the famous American Plunge ride and water fountain features.
And if that just isn't enough entertainment, take in a concert and a show at the numerous venues at Silver Dollar City. From gospel, rock, blues, comedy and country, you'll find a show here.
New Festival of Wonder (April 10 - 28)
Bluegrass & BBQ (May 2 - May 27)
Summer Concert Series (May 31 - June 2 & June 7 - 9)
Star-Spangled Summer (June 8 - July 21)
Moonlight Madness (July 20 - Aug 4)
Country Music Days (Sep 25 - Oct 26)
Harvest Festival Featuring Craft Days & Pumpkin Nights (Sep 25 - Oct 26)
Southern Gospel Picnic (Aug 23 - Sep 3)
An Old Time Christmas (Nov 2 - Dec 30)
New Year's Celebration (Dec 31 & Jan 1)
Silver Dollar City goes far beyond a theme park and a historical village. It's blends both of these worlds together and goes beyond to entertain every taste and interest.