Everyone knows that in today’s world, things change fast. Especially in Branson! The fun-filled town located in the beautiful Ozarks has rocketed to fame as one of the nation’s top vacation destinations—and the family attractions continue to grow by leaps and bounds. If you haven’t been to Branson in the last five years or so, get ready, because there’ve been some major additions around town!
SILVER DOLLAR CITY
Mystic River Falls, with “The Tallest Drop on a Water Raft Ride in the Western Hemisphere,” is the newest thrill at the award-winning theme park. The water adventure includes winding, roaring rapids set in an authentic Ozarks mountainous river theme, culminating with a waterfall drop that sends riders down more than four stories of splashing, rafting, family fun.
QUEEN ESTHER AT SIGHT & SOUND THEATRES
Set in the opulent yet perilous Persian Empire, Queen Esther is a captivating tale of beauty and bravery. Esther’s ordinary life changed forever when she was taken through the palace doors, entering a new world of royalty and risk. With a crown on her head and a secret in her heart, can she find the courage to trust in God’s plan and believe that she was made for such a time as this?
COPPERHEAD MOUNTAIN COASTER AT SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS
The newest, fastest, most scenic, and longest downhill family-fun thrill ride. The coaster snakes through riveting loops, drops, and curves in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. The Copperhead Mountain Coaster is at Shepherd’s Adventure Park.
GRAND COUNTRY RESORT
Grand Country Resort has doubled the size of Splash Country Indoors. The addition includes the area’s only indoor wave pool, two racing raft rides, an extra-thrilling dark raft ride and a new basketball activity pool.
AQUARIUM AT THE BOARDWALK
Aquarium at the Boardwalk is unlike any other aquarium you’ve visited. There are more than 250 different animal species, an original 5D submarine adventure to the bottom of the sea; sharks; stingrays; a gorgeous 16-foot view of a coral reef, two mirrored art installations that give the sense of infinite ocean life; lionfish, and more than 7,200 individual sea animals.
It’s a huge upside-down house—in the heart of Branson’s Entertainment District. According to legend, the building was once a top-secret lab that was lifted off its foundation by an experiment gone awry. You’ll find over 100 STEAM-focused (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), hands-on activities and exhibits .There’s an interactive military experience and an exhibit that honors Branson’s history.
FLYRIDE AT BEYOND THE LENS
With state-of-the-art technology, you’ll have the true feeling of flight at FlyRide inside at Beyond the Lens. You’ll soar over mountaintops and skim over lakes in a suspended, free-floating multi-person ride that glides and tilts giving you the most inspiring ride of your life over 22 national landmarks.
Fritz’s Adventure has ziplines that go from inside to outside… and then back inside again! Indoor/outdoor ziplining has never been done before! The TreeTops zipline course now features 45 obstacles, including 17 high-flying ziplines, 8 suspension bridges, 2 free falls, and a crow’s nest with a view for miles. Also enjoy the City Wall, Sky Trail, Sky Tykes, laser maze, underground tunnels, treehouses, slides, warped walls, half pipe, a real airplane for climbing in and exploring.
Learn more at explorebranson.com.