Silver Dollar City

#3 in Best Things To Do in Branson
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Key Info

399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy


Amusement Parks Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend


  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Silver Dollar City is a unique theme park in that it contains both thrilling rides and entertainment, and it embraces a down-home, late 19th-century vibe. Even while guests scream their heads off on the newest ride, they'll still feel like they've been transported to the 1880s. Attractions like the Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train, which travels through Ozarks country, and the signature Fire-In-The-Hole roller coaster, which mimics a coal mine caught ablaze, help foster the old-time feeling. A range of shops that carry homemade candies and handwoven rugs, among other eats and wares, also lend themselves to the homespun theme. Along with its rides and shops, Silver Dollar City is known for its shows, which range from bluegrass pickers and storytellers to gospel performers and musicals.

Although Silver Dollar City is family-friendly, some say that the park is best for kids who are 36 inches or taller since there's a height requirement for most rides. Recent travelers also mentioned the hills inside the park, recommending that future visitors be prepared to walk. Some also warned that the dining options could stand to improve. If you don't want to purchase snacks in the park, pack your own; Silver Dollar City allows visitors to bring in food and nonalcoholic beverages.

Silver Dollar City is located less than 10 miles west of Sight & Sound Theatres. It's open from mid-March to December. One-day general admission costs $68 for adults (ages 12 to 64), $58 for children (ages 4 to 11) and $66 for seniors (65 and older). Visitors can also buy discounted combination tickets to some of the city's other best things to do, such as White Water Branson. There are special events and festivals throughout the year, including the popular An Old Time Christmas and Country Music Weekend. Summertime and Saturdays in November and December are some of Silver Dollar City's busiest times, so travelers should plan accordingly. For more information, visit the Silver Dollar City website

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