Top 8 Outdoor Adventures in the Ozarks

Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Branson is a city like no other. A combination of family activities and natural beauty make this a unique destination. We partnered with Explore Branson to visit some amazing family-friendly attractions. All opinions are our own.


Silver Dollar City

We had a blast at Silver Dollar City! It was our kids’ first visit and they loved it. This 1880s themed amusement park did not disappoint. You can expect a myriad of unique shopping and food along with record-breaking rides, such as:


Mystic River Falls ➤ The tallest drop on water raft ride in the Western Hemisphere

Time Traveler ➤ Record-breaking 3 inversions — the most ever on a spinning coaster

Outlaw Run ➤ One of the world’s fastest wooden roller coasters at 68 miles per hour

Tater Twist ➤ Fried theme park food at its finest!

Clara Belle’s Cinnamon Bread ➤ Across from Mystic River Falls and amazing!



Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park

Branson is full of adrenaline-fueling attractions, including Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park. We experienced the highest zipline in Missouri when we started 140 ft in the air from Inspiration Tower on the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider. We also rode the Copperhead Mountain Coaster which was a blast for all of us and is the longest downhill mountain coaster in the area. Check out all they have to offer here.



Top of the Rock

This is a spectacular view! Top of the Rock is the highest elevation in the county and offers views of the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake. There’s a restaurant here which requires reservations in advance as well as an amazing golf court tour reviewed below.

Top of the Rock


Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail

This is an exceptional trail at Top of the Rock where you get to drive a golf cart! What more could you want?! It’s 2.5 miles on a golf cart that features waterfalls, rock formations, views of the lake, and a cave. Check out the specific details here.



Dogwood Canyon

With 10,000 acres of nature and paved paths throughout, this family destination offers hiking, biking, wildlife tours, and fishing among the bluffs, waterfalls, and creek beds. We rented bicycles and cycled the 6-mile loop. There were many stops at waterfalls, streams, and for pedestrians. Check out their website and list of activities here.



Big Cedar Lodge

There's hundreds of hotels in Branson. We stayed a little outside of the city at a wilderness lodge on the lake and absolutely loved it. Check out our Guide to Big Cedar Lodge here.

Big Cedar Lodge


Table Rock Lake

With more than 800 miles of shoreline and 43,000 acres of surface area, there's plenty to do at the lake! Marinas offer boat, jet ski, and fishing rentals.



Branson Landing

This lively shopping, dining, and entertainment hub is a great place to spend the evening. The open-air, waterfront setting is home to over 100 shops and restaurants. It also offers amphicars, boat rentals, and a zipline.

Restaurant at Branson Landing

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