There’s never an off-season for excitement and wonderment here in Branson, MO, the live entertainment capital of the world. Even when temperatures inevitably dip into the 30s and 40s, the family will never be more than a few minutes away from an enthralling indoor attraction, such as an aquarium, escape room, or adventure park. With so many potential indoor activities in Branson, Mom and Dad will have no issue whatsoever finding new, creative ways to plant smiles on their kids’ faces.
And the perfect place to start and finish each glorious day of zeal and amusement is inside one of Branson Vacation Rentals’ premier condos, many of which include easy access to a warm indoor pool. In hopes of enhancing an already-sublime getaway to southwestern Missouri, we’ve compiled five unique ways to avoid the cold this winter, starting with an afternoon spent inside Fritz’s 80,000-square-foot complex.
Families with children gravitate toward Fritz’s Adventures, regardless of the season. However, on particularly chilly afternoons, there’s nothing quite like getting the blood pumping inside Fritz’s gigantic, wholly-explorable indoor ropes course. You’ll also discover 11 new zip lines, several rock-climbing walls, parkour sections, and so many more modernized recreational pursuits.
Branson’s Aquarium at the Boardwalk is one of the region’s newest attractions as it opened its doors only a handful of months ago. Opening during a pandemic was tricky, but the Aquarium nailed it. The visual presentation is a true delight as the underwater critters meld beautifully with the Aquarium’s artistic design and architecture. From the moment you spot the exterior’s giant octopus to your last goodbye whispered to a pufferfish, angelfish, or bamboo shark, you’ll feel wholly amazed and filled with happiness.
Follow your trip under the sea with a jaunt into Branson’s only rainforest: The Butterfly Palace, home to over 50 different butterfly species and a wide variety of other colorful critters. Admission includes access to the exotic aviary, a mirror maze, the living rainforest, and a bungee adventure. Throughout the day, visitors are encouraged to pet live reptiles, such as turtles, lizards, and frogs. It’s the perfect companion experience for those who plan to also visit the aforementioned Aquarium.
WonderWorks remains one of the most beloved kid-friendly indoor activities in Branson, thanks largely to its 100-plus hands-on exhibits, including a four-person gyroscope, the Tesla coil, and an XD motion theater. Equal parts amusement park and science museum, WonderWorks never ceases to amaze kids of all ages. And it’s just about the best place on earth to host a birthday party.
It’s hard to fathom that only 20 (or so) escape rooms existed in the U.S. in 2014. Today, Branson alone boasts four escape room complexes. Branson Landing’s “The Escape” remains an idyllic place to unthaw during winter’s peak, especially for those with a family of puzzle solvers, code-breakers, and gamers. “The Lost Antidote,” in particular, is a cryptic, cat-and-mouse blast appropriate for all ages!
Vacation Rentals in Branson, MO, with an Indoor Pool
Start and finish each day of indoor amusement and excitement in your very own vacation rental. Branson Vacation Rentals manages the largest fleet of condos, cabins, and homes in the region, many of which include swift access to indoor swimming pools and private hot tubs. Properties are located all over the city, including in the sprawling Westgate Branson Woods Resort. On-site luxuries range from Whirlpool tubs to modern kitchens and floor-to-ceiling fireplaces.