Take a Trip Back Into Time With a Visit to Silver Dollar City
“I have been compensated for this post in the form of a product. All opinions are mine and mine alone. Silver Dollar City has sponsored this post”
When the school year ends, we always go on a short trip to spend some much-needed time together as a family. This year, we decided to take the kids to Branson and introduce them to Silver Dollar City. My last trip to the 1880s theme park was in 1999, so I was eager to visit again. I was delighted to find that while a few things have changed, the park still has that down-to-earth, late 19th-century atmosphere.
If have visited Silver Dollar City, you know just how memorable it is. If you haven’t had the pleasure, here is a brief overview…
Located in Branson, Missouri, Silver Dollar City is a 100-acre park with 12 stages, 40 rides and attractions, 60 shops, 18 restaurants, and many snack vendors. It is also home to 100 resident craftsman, including wood-carvers, potters, candle makers, and more. The park is open March through December and it hosts special festivals such as the upcoming Star-Spangled Summer festival. This festival brings families together with rides, shows, and games. This festival runs from June 9 – July 22, 2018. Visitors can also enjoy the other special events throughout the year, including the Summer Concert Series. This event takes place over the course of two weekends in June, and it features an amazing lineup of concerts.
The kids knew we were staying at a hotel with a water park inside, but they did not know we planned on visiting SDC. On the way to Branson, my son said he wished we could to the theme park, so I was even more excited to surprise him with it. On the second day of our trip, we led him to believe were we just checking out the area. He didn’t figure out we were actually going to Silver Dollar City until we were finding parking. Once he realized where we were, his face lit up. My little one is only 2, so she wasn’t really sure what was going on. Since parking the lots were beginning to fill up, I worried we would be waiting awhile for a shuttle to the gates. I was pleasantly surprised however, when we waited less than 5 minutes.
When you walk through the gates, you feel like you have traveled to a different era. Marvel Cave is a close second as far as favorites go. The theme park is built on the wet limestone cave and a tour is included with the purchase of a ticket. The tour takes around an hour and you will marvel at the beautiful alive and growing formations. After traveling 300 feet below the surface, you enter the Cathedral Room, the largest cave entrance room in the country. On your tour, you will learn about the history of the cave.
If I had to pick my favorite thing about Silver Dollar City, it would probably be the demonstrations given by the craftsman. They are located all over the park and it is an amazing experience watching them use their skills. You can see a glassblower create a work of art, a candy maker create a delicious treat, or a potter use clay to bring bowls and plates to life.
If you have an adventurous side, Silver Dollar City is definitely the place for you. There is a vast selection of rides for family members of all ages. The younger kids can go for a bouncing ride on Lucky’s Dizzy Dogs.
There are also special areas for the little ones such as Fireman’s Landing. My daughter absolutely loved the Firehouse Splash Yard and would have stayed there all day had we let her.
For guests 48″ and taller, Outlaw Run® will take you on an unforgettable ride. It is the world’s first and only double barrel roll on a wooden coaster. The ride sends you soaring through the Ozark Mountains at a top speed of 68 miles per hour. If the speed alone doesn’t scare you, wait until it twists you upside down three different times and drops 162-feet at 81 degrees. Outlaw Run ranks as #7 on the list of the World’s Top 50 Wood Coasters.
In 2018, Silver Dollar City debuted its newest ride, Time Traveler. The custom-designed ride is not for the faint of heart as it is the world’s steepest, fastest and tallest complete-circuit spinning coaster. With top speeds of 50.3 miles per hour and a 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop, this attraction definitely does not disappoint.
- Custom-designed for mountainous terrain with its tallest point at 100 feet
- The first and only ride with three inversions – a Dive Loop, a Vertical Loop and a Zero-G Roll
- First and only ride with a vertical loop – A 95-foot tall loop
- The first and only double launch – 0 to 47 mph in 3 seconds; 30 to 45 mph in 3.5 seconds
Other rides include PowderKeg, RiverBlast, Thunderation, and much more.
Of course, you can’t visit Silver Dollar City without trying some of the delicious food. There is so much to choose from including Chester’s Kettle Chops, Lucky Silver Mine Restaurant, and Riverside Ribhouse. If you have a sweet tooth, I would recommend stopping by Eva & Delilah’s Bakery or Fanny’s Famous Funnel Cakes.
If you are visiting Silver Dollar City with little ones, I recommend stopping by the Official Ride Measuring Station right away. Your child will be given a wristband, and you will add your phone number to it, which can help you connect should you get separated.
There is so much to see and do at the theme park. You can spend the entire day and still feel like you haven’t seen it all. We had a blast and my son went on his very first roller coaster ride. I couldn’t convince him to try Time Traveler, but on our next visit, I am determined to get him on it. Silver Dollar City is undoubtedly, a great place to take the family. I am already looking forward to our next visit.