Summer Vacations for Children in Branson, Missouri

Summer Vacations for Children in Branson, Missouri
Branson, Missouri, is in the heart of the Ozark Mountains and offers a wide array of adventures, fun that can be shared by both adults and children alike. Shorter hiking and nature trails are accessible within the city limits, and Mark Twain National Forest is nearby. Abundant water access is available at Bull Shoals Lake, Table Rock Lake and Taneycomo Lake. Table Rock Dam has a park and fish hatchery, while the State Park at Bull Shoals offers swimming.

Canoe Float Trip

Vacation packages are available centered around a canoe float trip on the James River and Table Rock Lake. The James is a Class 1 river, recommended for all ages and experience levels. Packages usually include tickets to shows and attractions in Branson, accommodations and some meals.

Branson Canoe Float Trip
The Branson Connection
(800) 682-1265

Silver Dollar City

National Kids' Fest offers special activities, crafts and shows in addition to Silver Dollar City's usual distractions. The 1880s theme park highlights craftsmen at work in traditional clothing and settings. After a tour, let the kids wear themselves out on the numerous water rides, including a wave pool, lazy river and several water slides. If they still have energy left, roller coasters await.

Silver Dollar City
399 Indian Point Road
Branson, Missouri 65616
(800) 417-7770 Group rate information
(800) 225-0222 Attractions Department

Trail Rides

Uncle Ike's leads rides down Ozark trails that date to the 1800s. Each ride lasts nearly an hour and is conducted safely in single file with an experienced guide. Special rides include breakfast and dinner rides where a meal can be had around the campfire. Other rides can be arranged to fit different occasions, celebrations and group sizes.

Uncle Ike's Trail Ride
8393 W. 76 Highway
Notch, Missouri 65737
(417) 338-8449

Canoe Rental

Beaver Canoe Rental does more than rent canoes for floating along Beaver Creek. It also offers a campground with old-fashioned swimming holes kids will love. The company can accommodate floats from four to 44 miles. Camp on site and enjoy a lovely fire and cooking outdoors.

Beaver Canoe Rental
159 State Highway W.
Ava, Missouri 65608
(417) 796-2336

Showboat Branson Belle

Take a lunch or dinner cruise around Table Rock Lake on a reproduction riverboat. Scenic views of the Ozarks are on display, the Showstoppers cast entertains and the performers sign autographs. The menu contains kid friendly fare. Souvenirs and photos aboard the boat are available. The ride is conveniently located if you are making use of other outdoor fun, boating or hiking along the lake, near the dam.

The Showboat Branson Belle
White River Landing
4800 Highway 165
Branson, Missouri 65616
(800) 475-9370

Article Written By Alice Moon

Alice Moon is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. She was chosen as a Smithsonian Institute intern, working for the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and has traveled throughout Asia. Moon holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Ball State University.

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