This post brought to you by Missouri Division of Tourism. All opinions are 100% mine.
There’s something about April that makes me start dreaming of a family summer vacation. Maybe it’s the anticipation of a tax refund, or the warmer weather that puts me in planning mode, whatever it is, has me researching locations for a family trip.
Requirements: location must be within a reasonable driving distance of Houston (under 12 hours); have a wide range of activities that are suitable for the whole family; great food; and affordable, i.e. we don’t have to mortgage the house to finance our adventure!
It seems the ideal spot might be Branson, Missouri. Only a ten hour drive from home, and more things to do than we can possibly pack into four days. My husband will be thrilled to spend time in the Ozark Mountains, and I know he’s dying to ride Outlaw Run, the world’s second fastest wood coaster in the world! I can enjoy the watepark, and maybe take the kids fishing for the first time. Our daughter has been begging us to go camping, and with lots of cabins available to rent, we can make her wish come true!
Since Missouri is known as “The Show Me State”, let me show you my vacation game plan:
Thursday: Drive to Branson and check into our cabin at Table Rock (only 10 minutes from Silver Dollar City)
Friday: Load up the kids and head to Silver Dollar City, spend the day riding rides and enjoying the shows. I wonder how many times hubby will ride the new, one of a kind wooden coaster Outlaw Run?
Grab dinner at the White River Fish House, the kids will get a kick out of eating on a floating barge while looking out at the river
Return to the cabin and make some s’mores by the fire
Saturday: Catch some rays and ride the waves at Whitewater (a waterpark in Missouri, who knew?)
Dinner and a show on the Showboat Branson Belle
Sunday: Explore the over 800 miles of shoreline at Table Rock Lake, maybe check out Table Rock State Park for some hiking, rent a boat and take the kids fishing and go exploring on a bike trail, enjoy our first picnic lunch
Like I said, there’s so much to see and do that there’s no way we’ll get to everything, but I think we’ll have plenty of quality family time between fun at Silver Dollar City, and exploring the great outdoors! While planning our trip I learned so much about Missouri, and even though I’ve been to St. Louis and Kansas City (no idea Travel + Leisure named KC 10th best city for pizza), there are so many things I still want to see, eat and experience!
Don’t tell the hubby, but I’m thinking a girlfriend trip to check out the wineries (there are over 100 wineries in MO) and breweries might be in my future. If you’ve been to Missouri, especially Branson, and know of something we MUST see or do, please let me know! Want to plan your own vacation to Missouri? Make sure you like VisitMO on Facebook to learn about the latest festivals and events, and follow VisitMO on Twitter.