This year for our family vacation we decided to head to Branson, MO with Brandon’s sister and grandparents. I have always heard that Branson was a great family vacation destination, but this was our first time to visit!
I first want to say that the people in Branson are so incredibly nice. Everyone we came in contact with struck up a conversation with us and wanted to know where we were from. It was great to feel so welcomed!
Staying in Branson, MO
There were a ton of hotel and resort choices in the area, but since we were going with such a large group and wanted to be able to cook meals instead of eating out every meal we chose to book an Airbnb.
Our Airbnb was perfect for us! This was my first time staying in an Airbnb and the experience was amazing. I honestly don’t see myself traveling any other way!
The house we stayed in was inexpensive, slept all 6 of us comfortably, and even had a screened in porch which I fell in love with.
To save on expenses we cooked breakfast at the Airbnb each morning and only ate out for certain meals.
Promised Land Zoo, Escape Room, & The Runaway Coaster
On our first day there we visited quite a few places. Promised Land Zoo is a zoo in Branson that has both a walk through area and a drive-through area. We got a really good deal on the tickets through a Groupon promotion (which is still running at the time this post was written!)
I definitely suggest checking out Groupon for things to do in Branson before you head out because there are a ton of good deals over there!
We also got a really good deal on the escape room at Branson Fun Zone through Groupon. If you’ve never done an escape room you have to try it. We had a blast and DID escape with 20 minutes to spare. Woohoo!
One of the best experiences of the trip was B getting to ride her first roller coaster. We rode 2 different mountain coasters while we were in Branson and B was tall enough to ride with me on the first one. I thought she would be terrified because I am not a huge fan of roller coasters… I was SO wrong. The entire time she was screaming “Wooohooo! Faster, faster!”.
The entire time we were in Branson, Braylee was begging to go on the ferris wheel and all Brandon wanted to do was ride the go-karts so we visited The Track in Branson which had both!
We bought tickets and rode the ferris wheel, go-carts, played arcade games, and drove the bumper boats. B had a blast since it was her first time to do any of this!
Ride the Ducks & The Dixie Stampede
Two of the attractions that we were looking forward to the most was Ride the Ducks and The Dixie Stampede.
Ride the Ducks is a land and water tour where you “ride the duck” through the Ozark mountains and then back down into Table Rock Lake. It was SO FUN and the views were gorgeous! B even got to drive the duck!
The Dixie Stampede is a dinner attraction in Branson that serves delicious food. There was so much food I couldn’t have even dreamed of eating it all! While you are eating you get to watch a western show featuring 32 beautiful horses. If you get to the show early you can walk around and see the horses in their stables!
I wanted to note on here how amazing the staff was at this show. We didn’t purchase a ticket for B because I knew I would have plenty of food to share with her. When we arrived there were many empty seats next to us so I let her sit next to me even though she was supposed to sit in my lap. The waiter not only let B have her own seat for the show, but he even served her a meal of her own! So sweet!
A few other places that we visited were the St. James Winery and Andy’s Frozen Custard. Both were amazing! I highly recommend the Pink Catawba and eating at their restaurant if you decide to visit St. James Winery. Their food was delicious!
We stayed in Branson for 5 busy days and didn’t even make a dent in all of the fun things that there is to do there! We will definitely visit again one day!