Have a family vacation blast with these 21 Branson kid activities

In Branson, your family can build memories that will last forever. There are endless kid-friendly attractions to stop at on your vacation that will pique everyone’s interests. On the strip in downtown Branson, you can find plenty of live entertainment and unique activities, and you can venture out into the wilderness to experience the Ozarks up close.

Spend a day, or maybe 2, at The Track Family Fun Parks

1. Go-karts

The Tracks offers your choice of 12 family-style go-kart tracks and 3 different high-rise tracks, so you can pick which type of experience you want. Either way, everyone is guaranteed to have a good time. These tracks aren’t like ordinary go-karting. Here, you’ll experience multiple-story tracks that twist and turn over wooden or metal routes.

2. Laser games

Not only does The Tracks offer family-friendly laser tag, but they also have a laser maze to test your spy skills. Laser tag offers vests in all sizes, even for the smallest members of the family. Go head to head in the blacklight battlezone to see who comes out on top. Then head over to the laser maze and see if you can make it over and under their web of lasers before time runs out.

3. Big-kid rides

If you're traveling to Branson with kids who love a little thrill-seeking, The Tracks has got you covered. Head over to the Skycoaster and discover how skydiving and hang gliding can be combined into 1 amazing ride. If that wasn’t enough for you, try out the Skyscraper and swing over the park at 80 feet in the air. You also have your pick of any of the other rides, and there are plenty for the thrill-seekers in the family.

4. Ferris wheel

Finish off a long day of fun and games with an incredible view of Branson. The Ferris wheel at The Tracks has been a main part of the city skyline for over 40 years and is a must-stop if you’re visiting. Take a ride as the sun is going down so you can see the whole Ferris wheel light up with 16,000 LED lights.

Check out one of the many unforgettable amusements and attractions in town

5. Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Feed the whole family and watch a country-western-themed show that will stay in your memory forever. Dolly Parton’s Stampede is like a dinner theater, but better. You’ll get to watch 35 beautiful horses perform a night full of tricks with their riders while you chow down on a 4-course home-cooked meal. Sing along with accompanying musical performances and finish it off by meeting some of the horses after the show.

6. Branson’s Promised Land Zoo

Make some new furry, scaly, or slimy friends at Branson’s Promised Land Zoo. There are multiple ticket levels, so you can tailor the experience for your tastes. You can choose basic admission to get access to the top 25th zoo in the country, or you can upgrade further to get hands-on with some of the animals. The kids would love an ATV ride through some of the exhibits to see the animals up close. The Promised Land Zoo offers all kinds of fun options for the whole family year-round, so check back when you come again to Branson.

7. The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure

The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure is more than just your typical butterfly sanctuary. They have thousands of tropical butterflies imported from rainforests around the world. You can trek through their forest mirror maze or take the littles to the Kids Korner where they can find all kinds of fun butterfly-themed projects.

8. Mini-golf galore

Whether you’re looking to spend an afternoon taking an easy putt or looking to tour all the different courses in town, Branson has everything you’re looking for in the mini-golf department. You'll have over a dozen courses to choose from, all with different themes and landscapes. Take your pick of a course full of pirate-themed goodies or walk through a golf-style replica of Hollywood landmarks. Make it a little more interesting with blacklight mini-golf, hunt for bigfoot while you play, or even putt alongside the dinosaurs. Everyone in the family is sure to find their perfect putting paradise.

9. Sight and Sound Theatre

Enjoy an evening of the arts and attend a production at the Sight and Sound Theatre. This theater has been around since 1964 and is one of the largest organizations of its kind. Sight and Sound creates full-scale productions out of Bible stories, and they are fun for the whole family. Every year, they offer a brand-new production, so every time you come back, there will be something different to see.

10. Silver Dollar City

Take a trip over to the Silver Dollar City theme park and experience thrills like you’ve never seen before. This theme park is centered around the 1880s and will transport you back to a world of covered wagons, old-timey craftsmen, and themed food. Make your way onto one of their many rides, wet or dry.

11. Grand Country Resort

If you’re looking for a truly immersive family vacation in Branson, MO stay or play at the Grand Country Resort. Whether you’re looking for a perfect stay or a fun-packed day, the Grand Country Resort has it all. Get your fill at their buffet or cool off in the summer at the water park. Race the family on the go-kart course or kick back and watch one of their many live shows. Their shows are family friendly and include all kinds of entertainment like trick cats, magic shows, comedy bits, and tons more.

12. The Shepherd of the Hills

Experience a theme park like no other at The Shepherd of the Hills. This park is based on the drama and book of the same title and features live shows, thrilling rides, and all kinds of historic family fun. If you’ve got little ones in the family, take them over to Lil' Pete’s Playland where they can sift for gold and run through rope-linked treehouses. This park is fun for all ages and sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

13. Titanic Branson museum attraction

Take a trip back in time and board the Titanic right here in Branson. You can venture through the ship on self-guided tours and find all sorts of interactive exhibits the kids will love. Learn about the passengers who were aboard the ship and see replicas and collected artifacts of some of the rooms that were on the Titanic. They have other activities to enjoy, too, like storytime with a first-class maid and other seasonal activities.

14. WonderWorks

Have you ever wanted to see what an upside-down building looks like on the inside? Well, now’s your chance when you visit WonderWorks in Branson. This amusement park boasts its theme of “edutainment” and is chock-full of family-friendly, hands-on exhibits. Learn about the elements, discover what it feels like to be in space, or figure out why this whole building is upside down.

15. Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Discover the weird and interesting when you visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not. You may know Ripley’s as the collectors of the strange, and here is where you can see all of it with your own eyes. Wander through the exhibits and snap some photos or try out an activity in their fun zone. Test your reflexes or just challenge your family to some laser tag. Either way, you’re sure to have a total blast.

Unwind from all the fun in the great outdoors

16. Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

Take the family out to the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and see where all the local trout come from. This facility generates thousands of pounds of fish every year that are mostly released into nearby Lake Taneycomo. Take a tour around the facility and learn about the lives of trout and the surrounding nature.

17. Table Rock Lake

Table Rock Lake is a beautiful, tree-lined lake that's perfect for a relaxing family outing. There are plenty of developed beaches to enjoy that feature diving spots and volleyball. At the marina, you can rent out boats, water skis, or innertubes. Take a tour on the Spirit of America or find the perfect pontoon to navigate the waters yourself. Nearby, you can venture into the Talking Rocks Cavern and see all the beautiful mineral formations.

18. Bull Shoals Lake

Bull Shoals Lake is a man-made lake created in 1951 after the construction of the Bull Shoals Dam. Most of the surrounding land is undeveloped, making way for picturesque scenery of cliffs and thick treelines. This lake is a hot spot for watersports of all kinds, including boating, fishing, sailing, waterskiing, and more. Don’t just confine your outing to the lake—make sure you explore the surrounding Bull Shoals-White River State Park, White River, and the dam.

19. Lake Taneycomo

Take everyone out for a day trip or spend the night under the stars at Lake Taneycomo. No matter your tastes, there’s something to do here for everyone. See where all the trout at the hatchery went and go out for some fantastic fishing. If you’re staying in town, the lake is only a couple of miles away. Take a self-guided tour of the lake on kayaks or board the Branson Jet Boats for a high-speed water adventure. If you decide to stay the night, you have your choice of several campsites on the water or hidden away in the trees.

20. Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Experience the Ozarks close-up and enjoy a day, or several, in the wilderness of Dogwood Canyon. The park offers all kinds of family-friendly activities and tours that any kid is sure to fall in love with. Take a tour of the blossoming trees and plants in the spring or wander out and see how many different critters you can find. Learn to ride a horse through the wild or take an amazing Jeep tour over the creeks and through nature. If you’d like to make your home away from home here, they offer several unique cabins to stay in. If you'd prefer to be closer to nature, Dogwood Canyon has plenty of beautiful campsites to choose from.

21. Para-sailing lessons

Looking for family attractions in Branson, MO that will get everyone excited, no matter the age of everyone in your family? Well look no further than para-sailing lessons. This activity is suitable for kids as young as 5 and offers amazing views while flying over Table Rock Lake. Hook yourself in and fly up to 250 feet above the water. You won’t forget the way the gorgeous Ozarks, the lake, and the surrounding wilderness looks from above.