Travel back in time to the simplicity of 1880s America, and enjoy the best in Branson entertainment plus a host of festivals and events:
- The Culinary and Craft School featuring cooking and craft classes.
- 30 thrilling attractions and rides.
- 60 unique craft shops.
- Live entertainment featuring more than 40 shows daily.
- Branson Craftsmen demonstrating skills in pioneer crafts.
- A dozen family friendly restaurants offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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I took my son there and we loved the mine restraunt. We had a lot of fun, and he loved seeing the different craftsmen, especially the glass blowers. I'd say the biggest down side is the price to get in! Its also very hilly, so if you are from a flatland area.... be sure to bring some IBProfin for you soon to be sore legs ;)
I've been to a few places that present visitors with a blast from the past in the form of re-enactors and historic accounts, and we've been to amusement parks with thrill rides -- we have never been to a place that does a great job offering BOTH to visitors! Silver Dollar City does just that!
You could spend a day or two here, no problem. If you're local, the season pass is a great option. I also think it would be REALLY fun around Christmas! For homeschoolers, this would be a fun way to wrap your lessons into a field trip for sure -- and if you go after September, the crowds diminish.
The Good: We needed to find the blacksmith, check out Grand Exposition, and go on at least one water ride -- that was the goal list for the day. We researched and for our four-year old, Grand Exposition seemed to be the place to go.
We encountered the blacksmith right away -- as a tip, just keep going past the shop that says "blacksmith" and go right to the "Forge" which is outside, where the action is. We then continued to Grand Exposition -- great for little kids.
We LOVED that there were super-cooled lounges for breastfeeding mothers. So nice! The fans around the park that gently blew mist onto visitors were also a treat when we encountered them! There is plenty of shade everywhere -- it was hot that day, but many degrees cooler in the shade. There are hills, but nothing major in most cases -- they have motorized carts for people, but we did she one lady almost tip over on a small incline, so be careful!
There isn't much at all for babies to do here -- this was a day for our preschooler, so we spent a lot of time holding or strolling with our infant. The one place that a baby can get wet (if they like water and are hot) is the River Blast near the corkscrew and train depot -- any innocent bystander risks being soaked in the vicinity of this ride! So, we spent a lot of time there, heckling riders and having water wars.
River Blast was not even on our to-do list for our limited time at the park but we ended up on the ride since there was no line. It turned out that it was our favorite of the day and the only water ride we all got drenched on! We rode it three times. Make sure it's on your list!
The not-so-great: The line for the Lost River ride was insanely long. It was the first water ride we tried to board and the line on the boardwalk looked daunting but do-able. The line then continues underground and was about a 20 minute wait for a 2 minute ride. If your time is short, skip this one and do the River Blast instead.
Arrive before the park opens. Right at 10 a.m. in the summer there is a huge rush of people at the gates similar to Disney on a slow day! If you are there early, you're first at the turnstiles and if you are really on your game, you will be first for rides too! (It's also cooler for the first hour or so!)
If you arrive AFTER 3 p.m. you can come back the next day for FREE!
Purchase preferred parking ($13) if you arrive late in the day -- the free lot WILL be full enough to make it a long trek if you do not want to ride the Free Shuttle. It's also worth it if you are getting there early, planning to stay all day, and it's hot -- your vehicle will be close enough (about 100 yards) from the main gate to walk back and forth if you forget something or just want to picnic in the A/C of your car.
Do bring a stroller. Even if the kids don't use it, it can be loaded with snacks and water!
Head for the "Official Measuring Station" at Grand Exposition. They give you a sheet of paper that says what rides your child CANNOT go on -- so that you can steer clear. It also offers a wristband with your phone number in case of separation--free AND priceless as it gets busy!
The train is family-friendly for all ages and offers a bit of a breeze. There is a short stop for a live show in the middle of the trip, so be prepared for that (you do not get off the train.)
Marvel Cave is located in the main gift shop area near the entrance of the park and tours are offered hourly as part of your admission. We didn't have time to visit the cave and since we did have our infant with, it would have been difficult. BUT, it is a very famous cave and is a major reason that SDC is here today, so it's definitely worth the tour if you have time! Plus, it's FREE with your ticket so it's a great deal!!!
Bottom-Line: We will be back to this one. I've only heard great things from everyone who has visited -- this is a FANTASTIC multi-gen destination, since the demonstrations and classes amuse parents and grands while the rides can keep the attention of kids and the young-at-heart. And we do want to see Marvel Cave when both kids are a tad older.
Disclosure: My family received complimentary admission. All opinions are my own.
I absolutely fell in love with Silver Dollar City. It reminded me of Knott's Berry Farm, the theme park I grew up with in California, before it became corporate and lost all of its charm. The park's setting is beautiful, with plenty of shade and green scenery in the Ozarks. The park offers rides, shows, and even a cave which will entertain all ages but my favorite part of this park was visiting all of the craftspeople who have tremendous talent. Many parks have people dressed up like artisans but these folks are the real deal. Where else can you watch a knife worker hand-hammer a blade, a fiber artist weave a masterpiece, and a woodworker hand carve a mantel in between roller coaster rides? Nowhere!
Another thing that should be noted is that this theme park has some really good food. Everything we tried including rootbeer-basted barbeque ribs, double-battered fried chicken, cinnamon ice cream, and that world famous succotash tasted great. You can tell that the people that work at this park take great pride in what they do.
Festivals run at this park all season long, featuring all sort of special themes and entertainment. the Harlem Globe Trotters are new on the docket for this year. As you can imagine, even with the ample shade the park gets quite during the middle of the summer so try to visit on the shoulder seasons or during the Christmas holiday if you can't take the heat. If you do come in the summer, there are plenty of water rides and the cave is always a great place to cool off.
Bottom Line: I absolutely fell in love with this park. It is beautiful, the rides are well-rounded, the theme is fun, the food is ample and tasty, and the craftsmen and women really do make this park someplace special. Definitely make time for this park if you are in Branson.
Disclosure: I visited Silver Dollar CIty as part of a media tour for the Society of American Travel Writers. I appreciated the hospitality but all opinions are my own. I really did fall in love with this park.
This is good for a fun family day. Its lots of funand has lots of activities. The restaurants have goood food and I have never seen a bad show here. I love the fairs and different exhibits that come throughout the year. My sons favorite part was the big outside childrens play area. He isnt much on rides yet, but I love the adult rides and water rides.
We went a couple times with our cousins and the roller coasters where always the main attraction. The water park was also a lot of fun. The kids enjoyed teaming up against the dads. We would bring our own lunch and picnic then play some more. Many memories were made at sliver dollar city.
Seriously this is a terrific family friendly park with lots of shade, great food, and good music, the Jesus stuff is a little in your face, but if you can overlook that (or if that's your thing) then I would really suggest this place.
We started visiting SDC when my son was around 4 and he was generally too small to go on many of the rides. Fortunately we were there for their Christmas festival so it wasn't roller coaster season anyway.
I went back for a "boys weekend" with my little guy just before he turned 6. He was tall enough for most of the rides and they had opened a new section of kids rides, along with a waterfront ... hard to explain it... I guess a giant multi-level "ball pit" with air powered foam-ball cannons, vacuums, etc. He could spend hours there and loved it.
We went back as a family in the fall and really enjoyed ourselves with the rides and food and cooler temperatures. I would probably avoid SDC in the heat of the summer as Branson is known for oppresive heat and humidity. Still, that said there is a lot of shade and shows to escape the heat.
The Christmas festival is amazing. I think I read there were 2 million lights and my son still talks about the tree in town square (with a light show set to David Foster's rendition of Carol of the Bells).
We bought season passes for 2013 and they came with 21 free "guest" passes so he could bring a friend. They also came with dozens of discounts for other BRanson attractions, lodging, restaurants etc.
The cave beneath the park is amazing and is worth the time to take the tour! They have a deal where if you go after 3pm the next day is free. So we drove up, did the cave tour at 3:30pm, then went to the hotel for the night. The next day we did the rides and shows. Worked out great and only cost us one day's admission.
Branson, if you have never been, is heavy on the religious theme. Just be aware of that going in and you will have a relatively affordable and extremely fun family vacation.
We went to SDC when my daughter was only 3 months old. I was surprised to find 2 nursing stations in the park complete with rocking chairs, heaters, and changing tables. My daughter enjoyed the parade and all the magical Christmas lights. My husband and I found all the craftsmen and shows to be very entertaining. I don't know that it would have been fun for our baby, or even toddlers, if it wasn't Christmas time.
Advice: buy tickets before you go! Also, check eBay for tickets.
We love going to Silver Dollar City year round! They not only have wonderful exhibits and themes, but they have the best Santa Claus a kid could ever ask for. Parking is a bit far away, but totally possible due to the wonderful tram system that will take your from your car to the park. They have rides that accommodate all ages and a huge selection of food, too. If you are feeling like saving a little money, you can pack a picnic lunch and eat it inside the park. No returning to your vehicle! There are shows when you are ready for a little air conditioning, or heat, and a break to rest your weary legs. If you are planning on visiting more than once, then a purchasing a season pass would be your best option. Silver Dollar City is a must when visiting the Branson area!!
I love going to Silver Dollar City and have been going for years. I love watching the Craftsmen and women making their crafts. From woodworking to glass blowing to candle making, it's amazing to see these true artists at work. My little boy and I love making our own candles and dipping them when we go. If you go, you have got to eat a roasted corn on the cobb! YUM! There are rides for young and old alike! Our favorite is Fire in the Hole! An inside roller coaster that is so fun and scary!! There is so much to see and do, not only at Silver Dollar City but in Branson, too!
Silver Dollar City is great for families. There is a lot to do here. I recommend starting w/ their old fashioned breakfast. Then taking in some rides. Its neat to watch them blow glass and there is also a great candle making shop. The park is great for all ages.
They had a large variety of fun rides for younger kids plus ones that teens and adults would love. They also had carnival type games to play. There is water park and some non-water park rides that you got wet on so I suggest you bring swim suits and plan to spend the day, there are so many things to do, you won't soon be ready to leave!
Silver dollar is fun I wouldn't go if you kids are toddlers and under they wont remember and other than a few rides they probably wont enjoy anything else. Older kids will like the plays and to see the craftsman work. Branson is kind of like the little vegas but with more kids activities. Its a great vacation especially on a budget I recommend going for Christmas to see the parade or during 4th of july to see the fireworks show
I love LOVE Silver Dollar City! My husband calls it "steal your dollar city"!! But I love taking my kids here because they have this great play area for kids where they just run around and act crazy! I love that they love it and it's very family oriented. also has some great food and shows when you just want to take a break, you can by catching a good show or if you need to eat. I love this place!
Silver Dollar is great fun for the whole family. Its very family friendly! Silver Dollar City is themed in the 1900's and while there are a lot of rides and entertainment to behold there is also a lot of lost trades that you can watch craftsmen do. Things like blacksmithing, glass blowing, etc. There are age appropriate rides for everyone in the family.
This is a great amusement park nestled in the heart of the Ozarks. While parking can be pretty packed, there's decent transportation. Also,be ready to walk some steep inclines. Take good walking shoes and a lightweight stroller if you're pushing a little one. We loved how the park was built around the trees. Great atmosphere, a wide variety of rides (including toddler rides that parents can go on with kids). It's also gorgeous during Christmas. A truly unique experience!
Silver Dollar City is not an amusement park my kids really enjoy. It has the feel of a small fair. Bigger and more crowded, of course. The rides are not very good and I would rather see crafts at real craft fair. It could be good, but it just isn't. I do hear that the lights at Christmas are beautiful.
Silver Dollar City is a great place for the family. They have rides for the toddlers and rides for the adults. It's almost more like a family tradition for me. I would reccomend it to anyone! They have very good plays especially at christmas time check out Dicken's Christmas Carol!! It's simply amazing! You can bring your own snacks in if you want to save a few bucks because it can get pretty pricey. If your going more than one day in the year you should definitely invest in a season pass! It will also get you 10% off food purchases! Check out Silver Dollar CIty, you won't be sorry.
We get season passes to SDC and that saves alot of money espesially if you plan on going a couple of times. They have all kinds of different fests through out the year. and if you go to all of them you get a free collectable christmas orniment. and there is something for everyone .
We love Silver Dollar City! There are water rides for the kids (and dad) to enjoy, lots of little shoppes for mom, unusually decent food (for an amusement park), and lots of arts and crafts to watch while performed! Everyone is dressed in clothing from the "old world" and everyone is so kind. They have recently added a children's area that kind of reflects disney world, with a teacup ride and miniature rollercoasters for the kids!
A wonderful place for families who like to have fun together!
I grew up going to Silver Dollar City every summer as a kid, and now, as an adult, I can't wait to take my kids. I remember learning so much about candle making, taffy making, tin type photographs, and so much more. I loved the rides, and the kettle corn and the funnel cakes, but the best part of it for me was being able to see first hand someone blowing glass, and making horseshoes! I can't recommend SDC enough!
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