Branson’s Silver Dollar City Attractions
Silver Dollar City has been called “the Hope Diamond of Missouri tourism” and after stepping foot into the theme park you will know why. Silver Dollar City takes you back to the 1880s on a 100 acre park nestled within the gorgeous Ozark Hills. The Silver Dollar City Attractions family also includes Branson’s Showboat Branson Belle and the beach within reach, White Water.
Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City, is an 1880s theme park located in Branson, Missouri. Each year Silver Dollar City presents six world-class festivals from April through December. The 100-acre park has 12 stage venues, 30 rides and attractions, 12 restaurants, 60 shops and 1,500 employees, including 100 resident craftsmen. But it began as an accessory to a hole in the ground.
The hole, first called Marble Cave because the limestone walls were thought to be marble, was one of the first attractions in what would become Branson. Eons old and hidden beneath the hills, it was first discovered by the Osage Indians in 1500, described by geologists in the 1860s and explored in the 1880s by adventurers who lowered themselves on ropes 200 feet into the main chamber. One of those adventurers was a newspaper publisher who began to write about the cave’s beauty and mystery. The cave is still the heart of the theme park is a favorite stop for many guests. Cave tours are available throughout the day at the park.
Silver Dollar City now encompasses more than 100 acres, showcasing America’s heritage crafts with a demonstrating colony of 100 resident craftsmen – woodcarvers, glassblowers, potters, basket makers, leather crafters, candle makers, knife makers and more. Rides include the explosive launch roller coaster PowderKeg, named the Best Family Thrill Coaster on the Planet by Thrillride.com; the multi-looping roller coaster WildFire; the super-soaking water raft ride Tom & Huck’s RiverBlast; and the Giant Swing that launches riders more than seven stories in the air and nearly upside down at roller-coaster speeds. The Grand Exposition area of the park has 10 family rides that recreate the era of the World’s Fairs and Expositions of the late 1800s. Attractions such as Half Dollar Holler and The World’s Largest Treehouse at Geyser Gulch provide interactive play areas for kids and families, and entertainment is showcased in on-park theaters ranging in size from 150 seats to 4,000 seats.
Seven festivals and events offer a variety of entertainment and activities throughout the year. The season opens with international performers from countries around the globe for World-Fest in April and May. Bluegrass & BBQ brings together some of the top performers in American bluegrass music and the aromas and flavors of a huge all-American barbecue, running mid-May through early June. America’s largest kids’ festival, National KidsFest, brings in shows and activities, June through July, and Moonlight Madness offers extended ride times for nighttime thrills in late July and early August. Southern Gospel Picnic is the largest gathering of Southern Gospel artists, late August through early September. The National Harvest Festival, September through October, presents visiting craftsmen, harvest-style foods and special exhibitions and entertainment. An Old Time Christmas® in November and December, nationally recognized by media from the Travel Channel to Good Morning America as one of the best holiday light shows in America, dazzles with the acclaimed 5-story, special effects Christmas tree and an all-encompassing sound and light show on the Square. Plus, the festival features a Holiday Light Parade, holiday shows and more than four million lights.
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Along with Silver Dollar City’s growth and the addition of high-quality production shows and high-tech rides — themed to keep an old-fashioned look — “high-touch” elements remain. Visitors join the activities of an 1800s homestead at the McHaffie Cabin. Kids are deputized by the town marshal. Gospel singing beckons from the door of the 155-year-old Wilderness Church. One can smell the aromas of succotash cooking on an outdoor skillet and feel the waxy bars of freshly made cakes of lye soap. The ringing of the blacksmith’s hammer on the anvil invites visitors to watch his work at an open-air forge. The craftsmen show their techniques, share the history and answer questions, such as why hewing the logs for a cabin make it strong enough to stand for centuries. The Culinary & Craft School offers guests behind-the-scenes experiences with classes on legendary Silver Dollar City home-style cooking.
In 2010, Silver Dollar City celebrated its 50th Birthday with a weekend event that drew 40,000 guests and launched a year-long celebration. The park has seen 65 million guests since it opened on May 1, 1960, contributed $100 million to the state economy, and has employed 35,000 people over the years, including the nearly 2,000 Herschend Family Entertainment employees who work in the Branson area. A Congressional Proclamation recognized the 1880s Theme Park as “The Home of American Craftsmanship,” and Governor Jay Nixon described the park as “the Hope Diamond of Missouri tourism.”
Also, in the fall of 2013 following an international poll of hundreds of theme park insiders and ride enthusiasts, Silver Dollar City’s new wood coaster Outlaw Run is bringing home the highly prestigious Golden Ticket Award for ‘Best New Ride’ in the theme park industry worldwide. Also, for the first time ever, the park was voted in the top ten Best Parks in the world. The Golden Ticket for Best New Ride was presented to the Branson, Missouri theme park by the awards host Amusement Today magazine Saturday night, September 7, at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California, with hundreds of representatives of theme parks around the globe in attendance, including those from Silver Dollar City.
The ground-breaking wood coaster Outlaw Run also ranked high among all wood coasters worldwide, voted #7 on the list of the world’s Top 50 Wood Coasters, which is another first for Silver Dollar City. Silver Dollar City garnered 8 top honors, including additional awards: #2 in Best Christmas Event, #3 in Friendliest Park, #4 in Best Shows, #4 in Best Food, and #5 in Cleanest Park.
Read our blog post about Silver Dollar City’s Golden Ticket Award, here.
The Golden Ticket Awards are considered a prestigious annual presentation by industry insiders and theme park aficionados. In addition to the American voters, Amusement Today invites a number of international voters to participate. Amusement Today oversees the process which seeks to define “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry by sending surveys to a database of well-traveled amusement park fans around the world – in balanced geographical regions – asking them to rate the “bests” in 25 categories.
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The Showboat Branson Belle
The Showboat Branson Belle presents an unforgettable experience for your entire family. Your 2-hour cruise on magnificent Table Rock Lake includes a delicious 3-course meal freshly prepared in the ship’s galley and the exciting variety production “Made In The USA” featuring music, comedy, magic and more.
The boat, considered the Queen of The Ozarks, themed after the majestic showboats of the 1800s, the Showboat Branson Belle evokes the spirit of a bygone era when river boat adventure, glamorous travel and dazzling entertainment converged into what we remember as Those Grand Old Showboatin’ Days!
The Showboat Branson Belle was launched from her lake side shipyard August 13, 1994, using two tons of bananas as a lubricant for the nine second slide into the water. She traveled 14 mph during the launch, faster than she’ll ever travel on water.
See gorgeous views of Table Rock Lake when you take your family on a lake cruise aboard the magnificent Showboat Branson Belle! Stroll the three decks, and enjoy panoramic views of the lush Ozark Mountains across the turquoise waters of Table Rock Lake. During your 2-hour lake cruise, experience fabulous Branson dining and the best in Branson shows. Don’t miss the boat!
White River Landing, the ships port, offers a unique shopping experience. Explore our specialty shops, Layton’s Mercantile and McAdoo’s Boatworks, where you will find Showboat Branson Belle souvenirs and collectibles as well as fine ladies apparel, jewelry and accessories. Layton Mercantile is also the home of the Showboat Box Office where you can pick up reserved tickets, make reservations for a future cruise or simply find more information about the Showboat Branson Belle.
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White Water Branson
White Water Branson is located in Branson, Missouri. White Water, deemed the ‘Beach Within Reach’ features a wave pool, a series of tubular slides, a ProSlide mammoth family raft ride, and a slide deck featuring 2 speed slides and 4 “Racing Lanes” along with a ‘Lazy River’. White Water feature rentable cabanas for your family during your days stay as well popular dinning options and shopping. White Water also features “dive-in” movies throughout the summer months.
Silver Dollar City Cabins
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