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. Imagine smelling the sweetness of the Apple Butter Shop, testing the wares at Aunt Molly's Featherbed, roaming around the Mountain Rockers store, or seeing the ladies clothing at the White River Mercantile.
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. The Homestead Pickers sing and play on the front porch, and Aunt Judy tells tales to those who gather round.
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.
The younger set will swing around the towers, ropes and climbing nets at Tom Sawyer's Landing. Rides on the Skychase Balloon Ride, Runaway Ore Cart, Becky's Carousel, will thrill them, or they can simply play in the sand at the Sand Station.
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 called the Great Shootout 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 Splash Harbor, American Plunge and Lost River of the Ozarks.
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.
Festivals take place year-round and add to the fun. World Fest, America's largest international festival is featured in April and May. The National Kids Fest will fascinate the kids with the Circus of Dreams in June through August. The Festival of American Music and Craftsmanship entertains crowds in September and October. In November and December, An Old Time Christmas will remind you of Christmas traditions.
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.