Branson is for the whole family

Between the attractions, the shows and the natural wonders, children of all ages — and their parents — can find fun in the Missouri tourist town.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: May 10, 2013 at 4:32 pm •  Published: May 12, 2013

No doubt about it, there's no place like Branson.

Where else can you find an enormous mock-up of the Titanic down the street from a towering model of King Kong? Or a showboat where the headliner is a musician/aerialist who dons a sequined leotard, hoists herself high above the stage and plays the violin upside down? Or a theme park that was built atop one of the state's deepest caves but now features a record-setting 16-story roller coaster?

If you happen to have three children whose wide-ranging ages make it difficult to do much together beyond watching “SpongeBob SquarePants,” Branson, for all its quirks, just might be an ideal road-trip destination. After all, there's entertainment everywhere: Even our hotel, the Welk Resort Branson, offers 24/7 self-serve mini golf, an indoor/outdoor water park and “The Price is Right Live!” in its on-site theater.

My husband, Patrick, took our trio — Chris, 18; Gabe, 6; and Brenna, 2½ — on a nine-day Branson adventure this spring, and between the attractions, the shows and the natural wonders, we were able to find plenty to do to please the whole family.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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