The Ozarks are an enchanting place to visit during the fall season. One of the attractions where fall shines in Branson is Silver Dollar City. The 1880s theme park fully embraces autumn with themed displays, delicious foods, and even a special festival celebrating Americana. With this in mind, here are five things to do at Silver Dollar City this fall you’re sure to love.
8 Top Things to Do at Silver Dollar City this Fall
1) Attend Fall Festival Events
The National Harvest Festival (also known as the National Crafts & Cowboy Festival) is a salute to the American West. The most exciting part of the festival is the Western Stunt Show, featuring professional stuntmen and women performing amazing feats. Watch 3-story falls, rapid-slide rappels, and good old fashion street fights bring back the wild in Wild West. To complete the cowboy experience, visit Buck Taylor’s Cowboy Emporium during your Silver Dollar City visit.
During the Harvest Festival, make sure to stay through the evening to have a blast at Pumpkin Nights! Thousands of pumpkins illuminate the park to give families the perfect fall feeling. This attraction showcases brand new characters as well as novel seasonal activities and treats like glow-in-the-dark drinks. Kids can do a meet and greet with Penelope and Peter Pumpkin with plenty of photo opportunities for families. In addition, guests can feel amazed by artist Barry Brown’s unique pumpkin-carving abilities and much more.
2) Watch Craftsmen at Work
Silver Dollar City is known for its talented craftsmen who operate in the park, creating everything from glassworks to knives to jewelry. During the National Crafts & Cowboy Festival, over 125 craftsmen visit the park adding to the amount of talent available. Visiting craftsmen include Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artists and the Table Rock Art Guild. Take time to browse the vast selection of artwork and crafts. You’re bound to find something you love to take home!
3) Ride the Frisco Line
The Park operates the Frisco Silver Dollar Line throughout the year. But, it’s especially enjoyable during autumn. Take a leisurely 20-minute steam train ride through the beautiful Ozark countryside surrounding Silver Dollar City and get a glimpse of Ozark Mountain fall foliage. Charge your phone or bring an extra camera on this train ride. The array of colors on the Ozark Mountains make for picture-perfect photo opportunities along the way.
4) Fill up on Fall Treats
One of the best treats to fill up on during fall at Silver Dollar City Branson is an apple dumpling. Surrounded by mounds of cinnamon ice cream, the dumpling hits the spot between sweet, warm and cold, all in one bite. When the weather is a bit nippier, nothing goes better together than hot cocoa and funnel cake. Of course, if treats aren’t your thing, there are plenty of places to eat at Silver Dollar City sure to satisfy. We can all agree that chowing down on sweet treats and savory meals are some of the best things to do at Silver Dollar City this fall.
5) Ride Wildfire
Wildfire, one of Silver Dollar City’s premier roller coasters, offers the best views of the surrounding area. Keep your eyes open (if you can!) and take in the colors of the season as you loop through the racing course. And, if you’re up for the challenge, go for a ride on the brand-new coaster, Time Traveler. Although, you might not be able to keep your eyes open long enough to see the Ozark Mountains fall foliage!
6. Country Music Days
Country Music Days features thirteen days of back-to-back premium country music along with Saturday evening celebrity concerts at the Echo Hollow® Amphitheatre. Guests can also delight in traditional Southern favorites on the porch while watching performances.
7. Marvel Cave
Marvel Cave is considered Silver Dollar City’s original attraction. First discovered by the Osage tribe in 1500, this limestone cave was then explored by geologists and Union Civil War soldiers. After miner William Lynch purchased the cave, he opened it to the public as an attraction before eventually selling it the Herschend family. Guests can visit the beautiful cave within the Silver Dollar City park for no extra cost. However, for an extra fee, visitors can take the Lantern Light Tour with costumed narrators guiding you through the caves’ extra rooms.
8. The Southern Gospel Picnic
The Southern Gospel Picnic brings more than 70 top-rated gospel performers and groups such as The Collingsworth Family and The Isaacs. This twelve-day event features a fantastic concert line up paired with traditional Southern fare like Southern-style fried chicken and vegetable pie at The House of Chicken & Fixin’s.
Experience Non-Stop Autumn Fun at Silver Dollar City
For eye-popping fall foliage, various types of arts & crafts, and engaging fall festivals, a trip to Silver Dollar City is a must. Purchase one or two-day Silver Dollar City tickets and explore all the Branson theme park has to offer with your family this fall.
And, to ensure you have the best autumn day ever at Silver Dollar City, use these tips!
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