The 7-Day Best of Branson Family Trip with Young Children

Whether it is simply a weekend getaway or a 7-day family vacation with kids and grandparents, planning any vacation or trip can be daunting. This rings even more true when traveling to a destination with as many entertainment and activity options Branson. Once famous as being the "Show Capital of the World," Branson has grown into a true getaway destination that has something for everyone whether it be a couple, a family with young children or a family with teenage children.

Without further ado, below you will find some ideas for a 7-Day Best of Branson Trip with your young family. To view our other itinerary ideas, click the following: 7-Day Best of Branson Couples Trip or 7-Day Best of Branson Family with Teenagers Trip.

The 7-Day Best of Branson Family Trip

Where to Stay?

  • Welk Resort Branson
    • Your kids will enjoy 10,000+ square foot Splash-A-Torium featuring an indoor/outdoor pool complex as well as 117-foot indoor water slide.
  • Grand Country Resort
    • 2 brand new water slides will take your family on a "mine blowing" experience as you twist and turn while enjoying an LED light show.
  • The Village at Indian Point
    • Fun on the lake starts at Indian Point with a boat dock and fishing deck just steps away from your fully equippped rustic lodge condos on the lake.
  • Branson Family Retreats
    • Rental homes come in that sweet spot between "lakeside luxury" and "classic family-friendly," all while keeping you near all the adventures at Table Rock Lake.
  • Silver Dollar City Campground
    • Cozy up near the campfire at a campsite, RV site or hand-crafted rustic log cabin for an unforgettable wilderness experience.


7-Day Itinerary

Day 1:

Start your day off by loosening your belt and enjoying some large portions at Billy Gail's Cafe. Pancakes are larger than heads and plates, while biscuits and gravy, and french toast will also fill hungry bellies to start off a great Branson vacation. With your appetite taken care of, slather on some sunscreen and head up to Silver Dollar City to spend the day on over 40 rides and attractions. Enjoy award-winning shows and grab lunch before (well, maybe after?) heading back in time on Time Traveler, the world's fastest, steepest and tallest spinning coaster. Also, don't miss the brand new Mystic River Falls opening in 2020 with the tallest drop on a raft ride in the Western Hemisphere. Don't forget to visit Silver Dollar City again during the Christmas season to take in one of the greatest Christmas light displays in the world. After tackling roller coasters all day, settle in for a world-class dinner and a show at Dolly Parton's Stampede. The kids will love the powerful performance that features 32 magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch trick riders. Dinner is also taken care of as you enjoy a fabulous 4-course family feast. 


Day 2:

It is gooey cinnamon rolls to start your second day. The Hungry Hunter Restaurant serves up delicious cinnammon rolls alongside fluffy pancakes and other breakfast staples. Take the kids on a tour through Hollywood's most famous landmarks at Shoot for the Stars Mini-Golf. You will putt through a movie audition, press tour and paparazzi sighting all on your way to fame. You've made it two days in, and you haven't had any Branson BBQ yet? Quickly change this by heading to Big D's BBQ for lunch. You will fall in love with Big D's Texas-style Brisket and Memphis-style ribs made by smoking low and slow and using their own special blend of dry rub. If there is enough room, don't forget their award-winning desserts made fresh in-house by Mama D. After all, where else can you get a Bourbon and Bacon Pecan Pie or a Salted Caramel Banana Pudding? Speed over to The Track Family Fun Parks for a little family racing competition. With four go-kart tracks to choose from, as well as Rookie and Kiddie go-karts, there is a ride for everyone in the family. Dinner comes from recipes pulled right from the pages of Paula Deen's cookbooks. At Paula Deen's Family Kitchen guests help themselves to endless portions of delicious Southern food. The dishes are passed around the table in a setting that feels like home. Parents should top off their meal with Paula Deen's famous Ooey Gooey Butter Cake before trotting up the hill to treat children at Mr. B's Ice Cream Parlor. Splits, cones, sundaes and more will satisfy the children before being whisked off to bed.


Day 3:

Even your pickiest eaters will be sure to find something they love for breakfast at Grand Country BuffetThe bountiful breakfast includes fresh fruits, cereals, yogurt, farm fresh eggs, bacon and more, reminiscent of a breakfast at grandma's house. It's a great way to start off the day, as fun continues with a show for the kids, Grand Country Resort's Amazing Pets. Children will delight in the exciting acts and tricks from a troupe of skilled dogs and trained housecats. The pets will win hearts as they perform for your love and laughter, all while putting a smile on the entire families faces. Celebrate some of our nation's heroes while enjoying delicious hand-tossed pizza at Hook & Ladder Pizza Co. The firehouse-themed pizza restaurant will fill the kiddos bellies while they dream of one day becoming a firefighter. In the afternoon, escape the heat while you get up close and personal with some of your favorite stars. Lots of selfies will be in store as you pose while walking the red carpet at Hollywood Wax Museum. Your pics will surely be the envy of your friends as you grab props for a photo shoot with the likes of Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Bruce Lee, Sandra Bullock and more. Home of the original singing servers, Mel's Hard Luck Diner will be sure to entertain. The 1950s themed diner is home to talented professional singers, songwriters and musicians, which accompany classic burgers and large desserts. Enough to feed the whole family, conquer the "Climb Every Mountain Ice Cream Avalanche" if you dare. On a bed of 12 scoops of ice cream, the sundae is topped with cookies, bananas, brownie crumbles, pineapple, strawberries, hot fudge, hot caramel, marshmellow cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, nuts, sprinkles, and M&M's. You will need to walk off any of the wonderful desserts, and Branson Landing is the perfect place to do so. Catch the Branson Landing Fountain Show for an amazing merging of water, fire, light and music. The attraction will amaze with dazzing interplay of water fountains shooting 120-foot geysers, as well as blasting fire cannons, all choreographed to light and music. Sit back and relax as you finish another great day in Branson.


Day 4:

Clockers Cafe in historical downtown Branson is where you will find great home-cooked meals like their famous biscuits and gravy. Daily breakfast specials are also available from their friendly staff. Portray an actual Titanic passenger as you walk the recreated hallways, parlors, cabins and grand staircase at Titantic Museum. Experience over 400 artifacts in this unique one-of-a-kind interactive experience including the opportunity to reach your hands into 28 degree water. At the end of the tour, guests will learn the fate of the boarding pass of the passenger they were given. More BBQ is in store for lunch with Championship Ozark's Style BBQ from Gettin' Basted. They pioneered hot & fast, Ozark's style BBQ cooked over live wood coals in 55-gallon barrels. Get started with some Basted Nachos and Championship Wings before moving on to Smoked Brisket, Pulled Pork, St. Louis Cut Spare Ribs or a Wagyu Better-Than-Prime Burger. Your trip to any part of Missouri wouldn't be complete with exploring a cavern. Travel back in time as you follow an ancient underground riverbed filled with massive formations at Fantastic Caverns. As America's Ride-Thru Cave, it is perfect for any and all ages. Your family will board a Jeep tram for the tour which is an all-weather attraction open year around with the temperature hovering at around 60 degrees all the time. You will be amazed, and learn the difference between stalagmites, stalactites and other beautiful formations. Hop aboard the Showboat Branson Belle for a cruise, show and a meal, all on Table Rock Lake. The Belle sets sail with a variety show featuring talented singers, dancers and a live band performing hits from the 60s to today. All guests receive a delicious three-course meal freshly prepared in the ship's galley. Don't forget to head up to one of the four grand decks as your enjoy an extended intermission where you can enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Ozarks from one of the most unique vantage points in Branson.

Day 5:

Signature breakfasts at Branson's Center Stage Grille & Bar include Huevos Rancheros, Branson Benedict, The Lumberjack and Farmer's Feast. If you are in a hurry, visit the Kaffee Haus inside the restaurant for your morning pick me up, including teas, hot chocolates and espressos. Work off that breakfast by plunging into the legendary world of 18th century buccaneers at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Elaborately themed buildings, cascading waterfalls, true tales of buccaneer lore, exotic fauna and a full-scale pirate ship await on two 18-hole courses. Play the Captain's Course, Blackbeard's Challenge or both with the 36-Hole Adventure to see which family member comes out on top. Enjoying lunch can be as simple as a burger, fries and a milkshake. Billy Bob's Dairyland is a funky, retro diner with hand-made burgers always fresh and never frozen. Don't forget to try their house-baked pies as well. Take in a matinee by visiting some of China's most celebrated acrobatic troupes in Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai. This must see show for all ages will amaze with extraordinary feats of strength, skill, grace, dance and charisma. The thrilling, colorful and energetic show leaves audiences mesmerized time and time again. Grand Country Resort is calling your name again for an evening of dinner and a show. Fill up at Grand Country Buffet with succulent roast, salads, fresh baked breads and desserts before you head over to the Grand Country Music Hall for one of Branson's best shows. Featuring comedy that will leave you doubled over in laughter, powerful vocals, and tight harmonies, Grand Jubilee is sure to surpass all expectations for any age. Emcee Mike Patrick will take you on a journey of spectacular music, family comedy and Ozarks hospitality. You'll hear Top 40, Country & Gospel, classics, as well as Rock & Roll hits from the 70's, 80's and 90's. 


Day 6:

For 45 years, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has been a home-away-from-home with warm, comforting meals. Options like Grandma's Sampler, Momma's Pancake Breakfast, Old Timer's Breakfast and Grandpa's Country Fried Breakfast fill the menu. Don't forget to spend some time in the gift shop finding that perfect treasure for any loved one. Bring out the wild side of the family at Branson's Wild World, an incredible animal adventure like none you've ever experienced before. The animal adventure park and aquarium is home to over 180 animal species including fish, birds, creepy crawlers, mammals and reptiles. It's your chance to feed sharks, get up close and personal with wolves, and stare eye to eye with a crocodile, all without leaving the heart of Branson. For lunch and some shopping stop by the Branson Craft Mall. At 16,000 square feet, the mall is a one-stop shopping, dining and entertainment experience with vendors, artists, and crafters selling apparel, quilts, leather goods, jewelery, and more. Inside you will find the Pickin' Porch Grill where you can grab a bite to eat and on select days catch some live music as well. Tacos, catfish, salads, sandwiches, and burgers occupy the menu and help fill that void known as hunger. Your Branson trip has likely minimized your little ones screen time and video game playing, but throw that out the window with a trip to the happiest arcade on earth. Arcade City at Branson Landing has games and prizes for the entire family. Grab a $25, $80 or $160 play card and don't forget to check out the Mirror Maize as well. Take a stroll down the Landing to Mellow Mushroom Pizzeria for an out of this world experience. They serve the best pizza in the universe with hand-tossed, stone-baked, always fresh ingredient pies. While kids chow down on the pizza, parents can enjoy a selection of 24 draft beers and handcrafted cocktails. Incredible music, amazing special effects, and one talented family will fill your evening  as you experience one of the best shows in Branson. The Haygoods put on a show like no other in Branson. Where else can you see upside down guitar players, triple laser systems, massive pyrotechnics, fire effects, and a guitar playing robot? You will hear the talented family perform hits from the 60's through today on over 20 different instruments. After the show your family will have the opportunity to meet the Haygoods, take pictures and even get autographs. 


Day 7:

Your last day on vacation starts off at Branson's oldest restaurant, the historic Branson Cafe. The cafe has been serving up good eats for the whole family since 1910. Try the Hillbilly Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Skillet or Biscuits and Gravy to energize for a day in the sun. Hope you still have some sunscreen left, as a water adventure awaits. Two million gallons of fun and 13 acres of water rides, slides and waves await you at White Water. The water park has something for everyone in the family as you can enjoy high tide at the 500,000-gallon Surf's Up Wave Pool or simply float your cares away on the Aloha River. For little ones, Coconut Cove is the perfect place to splash the day away. The park also has multiple dining options to keep the family fueled during lunch for more water fun. You've spent an entire week in Branson, and you've probably driven by the world's largest fork and meatball more than a few times. Now is your chance to walk through it for a great Italian family meal. Kids will love the Pasghetti & Meatball, Bambino Lasagna or Buttered Noodles, all while enjoying themed dining rooms throughout the restaurant. After filling up, the kids can check out the Ferris Wheel located in the restaurant, as well as the game room. Back in 1967, the Presleys built the first live music theatre in Branson. Today, Presleys' Country Jubilee is a Branson Landmark where families are entertained with a one-of-a-kind mix of country, gospel, bluegrass and hilarious comedy. The smiles, applause, and laughs from the crowd increase by the minute as you enjoy your last night and show in Branson. 


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