Dating back to 1960, Silver Dollar City is one of the oldest attractions in Branson, Mo.
Although it has grown into a full-fledged modern theme park, Branson still has some of its historic flair, with potters, blacksmiths, bakers and other master craftsmen practicing their arts daily. For the hale and hearty, the natural wonders of Marvel Cave are still worth the 600 or so steps you have to take to venture in is depths during one of the hourlong guided tours. Watching my 2 1/2-year-old daughter Brenna thrill at spotting a couple of tiny hibernating bats made the ache in my lower back from carrying her through the vast cave worth it.
Brenna also adored the park’s carousel and train, while my 6-year-old son, Gabe, loved the Fire in the Hole classic roller coaster and the Grandfather’s Mansion funhouse.
For my husband, Patrick, my 18-year-old son, Chris, and myself, the highlight of Silver Dollar City was definitely the theme park’s new record-setting Outlaw Run, which boasts a 162-foot nearly vertical drop, the steepest drop on a wooden roller coaster, as well as the first and only double barrel roll on a wood coaster. Hitting 68 mph at its fastest, it’s a speedy and spine-tingling ride worth waiting a few hours to take.
Check out this video of Chris and me riding the Outlaw Run, with a special intro co-starring my excellent colleague, The Oklahoman‘s Mood/Fashion Editor Heather Warlick.
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