Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City
Branson Westview website
399 Indian Point Road
Branson, MO 65616
Silver Dollar City Description
This small but packed-full-of-fun theme park with an 1880s Ozark miner/mountain theme has something for every age range. A huge water play area is almost a second park in itself, packed with wet fun for those five and up; there are towers to climb, water guns to squirt, and ropes to swing on through the water. Coasters are small but nonetheless thrilling rides, with the multi-looping Wildfire and the super-accelerating Powder Keg. Make time for the tour of Marvel Cave; some kids find the trip 300-feet below ground into its dark and sometimes small passages more exciting than any ride.
Toddlers & Pre-K: The Victorian-themed "exposition area" is a smaller, gentler park within the park with a miniature rollercoaster, flying swings, flitting butterflies, and other rides suited to the tiniest tots.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Older kids will line up for the chance to launch water balloons at each other (for an additional cost), ride the high-speed water toboggan, and take a spin on the Giant Swing (a side-to-side, stomach churning swing that speeds through a barn).
- Suit up. This is without a doubt one of those times when the whole family will want to wear bathing suits under their clothes, as there are a gazillion opportunities to get soaked.
- Learn from a master. More than 100 master craftsmen scattered throughout the park show off traditional Ozark talents like glassblowing, lathe turning, and blacksmithing.
- Good eats. Sample delectable down-home cooking in one of the park's dozen restaurants, including barbeque, ribs, and fried chicken, as well as hand-churned ice cream.
- Parking is pricey. Although there are a few free parking lots, they're small and fill up quickly. Be prepared to pay a pretty penny to park, then take a tram to the front gate.
Just the Facts
Hours: Open daily from mid-May through Labor Day, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Open for weekends and special events from September through December and March through April.
Fees: $30 - $40
Recommended Time: Half day