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I have our #1 Branson family attraction for last! Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri is theme park that officially opened in 1960 to a 1880 theme. Silver Dollar City offers guest down home charm, patriotic celebrations and an opportunity to revisit the days of yesteryear. The Silver Dollar City theme park is built on the site of Marvel Cave. Marvel Cave is one of Ozarks oldest attraction. Today we will take you on a short journey to showcase Silver Dollar City and why it is one of America’s most successful theme parks.
Dining at Silver Dollar City
The food at Silver Dollar City is an experience on its own. Not one member of your family will be “starving” at Silver Dollar City. The theme park is known for its harvest skillets and succotash. Imagine smoked sausage, seasoned onions, peppers, sweet potatoes and more made fresh to order. Did you know the park serves more than 100,00 pounds of succotash each year?
If you have a sweet tooth you can enjoy Eva & Delilah’s Gourmet Bakery like my family did. Sweet cinnamon rolls, fruit fruit turnovers, pecan sticky buns and other pastries are waiting for you. You can also watch as fresh pastries are made daily. We got a glimpse of a Silver Dollar City making cinnamon rolls and had to try a fresh pastry for myself.
American Craftsmanship and Hospitality
Having older school aged children, theme parks can be overly commercialized and be confusing for our family values. At Silver Dollar City hospitality and charm is something that go hand in hand. From family friendly festivals like the Southern Gospel Picnic (August 22nd through September 1st) where top Southern Gospel artist perform and delicious picnic style foods are served or the upcoming National Harvest Cowboy Festival (September 12th through October 25th) where America’s finest craftsman come to salute the western frontier with a Wild West Show, Western Barn Dance and over 125 visiting craftsman around the country return to Silver Dollar City to demonstrate their art. These type of festivals I want my children being introduced to and giving them a wholesome experience that is interesting and fun.
Thrill Rides at Silver Dollar City
Don’t let Silver Dollar City fool you, although it has the park has a 1880 theme it is also one of America’s most thrilling theme park. Silver Dollar City is home to 30 different thrill rides and attractions including Marvel Cave which is registered as a National Natural Landmark and open for tours by lantern daily. Also Silver Dollar City is home to Frisco, the Silver Dollar Line Steam Train. The train ride through the theme park and offers guest a interactive train robber experience. Don’t worry, your valuables are safe. These train robbers aren’t the smart bunch out there.
Speaking of experience, you have experience Outlaw Run! Outlaw Run is Silver Dollar City’s New Thrillride. The first of its kind, Outlaw Run is the world’s most daring wood roller coaster. The 10 million dollar thrill ride sends brave souls through the Ozark Mountains in the world’s first and only double barrel roll, twists upside down 3times and drops 162 feet at 81 degrees. Are you still with me?
One thing I noticed is that although my family and I visited on a Saturday in July, the crowds were very minimal. We waited in line for a very short time to experience each roller coaster. In between each thrill ride, we were able to stop at other attractions and enjoy them as well.
I could go on and on about our experience at Silver Dollar City but ultimately it is a theme park your family needs to experience. Our family is considering visiting again during the upcoming “Silver Dollar City’s An Old Christmas Festival” which features two original productions: It’s a Wonderful Life and A Dicken’s Christmas Carol. The festival starts November 2nd and runs through December 30th at Branson. My children will enjoy the 5 story Christmas special effects Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Parade. I’ll enjoy the old time Christmas celebration and maybe even a gingerbread cookie or two!