Old Fashioned Fun

If you’re thirsting for a hint of yesteryear, Branson is your place to hop in a go kart and be a kid again, ride a 15-story-tall Ferris Wheel, or get a good old fashioned cheeseburger. Buckle up and get ready for some good old fashioned fun.

1 (66)When cruising the world-famous Branson strip, you’ll see some crazy things. Aside from the numerous live performance venues, you might see go kart tracks, a Titanic replica, King Kong scaling a building, a giant Ferris Wheel, and more mini golf spots than you can shake a putter at. Head on over to the Branson Tracks at one of four locations for your need for speed. The unique, spiraling tracks stretch into the air, with an exhilarating ramp that sends your kart down a few stories back to the ground, taking your breath away. Challenge your family to laser tag, bumper boats and cars, kiddie rides, indoor glow golf, and a video arcade. For a scenic view and some fresh air, ride the all-new Branson Ferris Wheel.

Billy Bob’s Dairyland is located right on the strip and houses Branson’s best burger, in a nostalgic 1950s diner setting. Try the onion rings and top it all off with a decadent milkshake.

The Titanic Museum is one of just two like it in the world, and houses a world-class exhibit dedicated to the fateful voyage in 1912. Take a guided audio tour and transform back in time as you see what it was like through the eyes of a Titanic passenger. See a detailed scale model of the ship, a life-size replica of the fabled grand staircase, and a recreation of the captain’s wheelhouse. This museum is suitable for all ages and takes about two hours to see if you take your time.1 (48)

Head downtown for some touristy shopping. Dick’s 5 and 10 store will definitely tickle your nostalgia bone as you peruse anything and everything. It’s all here: old candy and soda brands, knick-knacks, kitschy gifts, tee shirts, signs, and souvenirs are just scratching the surface.

For thrill seekers, a trip to Branson would not be complete without a visit to Silver Dollar City, a theme park that’s a tribute to the 1880s, complete with blacksmiths, old timey shows, and great old fashioned cooking in huge skillets. Twelve stage venues, more than 40 rides and attractions, 12 restaurants and 60 shops, and wild rollercoasters round out Silver Dollar City. It’s not an attraction to miss!

If you’re feeling peckish as you roll into town, hit up Lambert’s in Ozark, north of Branson. It’s one of three locations for the storied “throwed roll” establishment – patrons can literally get a baked dinner roll tossed at them from across the dining room! Kids and adults delight in this Branson point and shoot (6)fun tradition. Other servers also go around and offer non-throwed okra, potatoes, and other sides. You won’t leave here hungry!

For a bit of Branson history, including the famous Bald Knobbers, vigilantes who roamed the clear-cut hill tops of the area more than 100 years ago, check out the famous Shepherd of the Hills outdoor show, now running for more than 50 years. This play under the stars takes place in a wild west style theater in the woods, with gunfights, stampeding horses, and a real cabin that is burned every night at the climax of the show. The play is family friendly; however, young children may be scared by the loud gunfights, which aim to recreate real frontier living. There’s never a dull moment – there’s square dancing at intermission, and the kids can hop around in a potato sack race before the show!

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .

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