Wow what a week! The Braley’s headed to southern Missouri for some fun-filled family time!!
One of our favorite places to enjoy time together is Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Silver Dollar City is a theme park set back in time in the 1880’s. There are rides, great shows and many craft and country skills for your family to enjoy. Did I mention the food? Fresh kettle korn made in a huge black skillet, an old-fashioned taffy shop and my favorite the Brown’s Candy store where you can grab samples of freshly made peanut brittle and other goodies. Breakfast is served daily at Molly’s Mill Restaurant. We love eating at the Lumbercamp Falls where they cook up a medley of sausage, chicken and veggies for a hearty lunch. Check out all the food choices at www.silverdollarcity.com.
There are 4 festivals the City sponsors each year. We really enjoy the spring BBQ and Bluegrass festival that occurs in May. This year we went to the National Harvest Festival and Salute to the American Cowboy. Silver Dollar City hosts over 100 expert craftsmen and women during the months of September and October. Some of the master craftsmen include silversmiths, wood carvers, bakers and candy makers, potters, and blacksmith, to name a few. This festival provides a great place to learn about country skill from the past. All of the craftsmen at Silver Dollar City are very helpful and will gladly answer questions. Make sure you pick up a keepsake from one of these wonderful artisans.
Western music was everywhere this week. There were singing cowboys, fiddle groups and even some stunt shows that made us all hoot and holler. My favorite group was Riders in the Sky. They are a western singing quartet that has been around for 30 years. They tell corny jokes and sing western classics. Check them out at www.ridersinthesky.com.
Not everyone in our family likes to ride roller coasters and round tea cups that make you dizzy just watching the kids ride them, but at Silver Dollar City there is something for everyone. Half-Dollar-Holler is a play area for children ages 3-8. They can climb and jump on nets and then slow down and ride a vintage carousel. Fire in the Hole is a great inside roller coaster for the whole family to enjoy. Our girls enjoyed getting soaked on the American Plunge and Lost River of the Ozarks. Larry and I stayed dry at Geyser Gulch with Gideon and Theo. They shot soft balls through air guns at one another and water guns that were in several strategic places for the unsuspecting bystander. If that is not enough excitement, hop aboard the train and prepare for a robbery that will leave you laughing.
Our family recommends this memory making vacation spot to be enjoyed by all ages. We hope to return in November or December for the Christmas festival and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas amidst millions of dazzling lights.
Have you ever been to Silver Dollar City? If so, what’s your favorite activity?