Insider's Guide to WonderWorks Branson

May 6, 2022

Lie on a bed of nails, defy zero gravity, and feel the vice grip of a hurricane’s torrential winds – all this and more await you at this upside-down house of fun.

WonderWorks Branson has 48,000 square feet of “edutainment,” and it’s waiting for you to explore! This enchanting destination sparks the imagination and challenges the mind with more than 100 hands-on interactive exhibits. It’s pure escapism for the whole family and one of the top things to do in Branson. 

Best known as the “amusement park for the mind,” the family-friendly attraction is a spectacle with four stories of STEAM-focused (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) displays that will entertain, educate, and inspire little brains. 

Located on Country Avenue in Branson’s Entertainment District, WonderWorks amazements know no bounds, and there is something for everyone. The multi-story marvel museum leaves guests dizzy with excitement. Let your sixth senses run wild and prepare to be challenged – physically, mentally, and playfully in this wacky pleasure palace.

Follow along as we dive into this bewitching institution and uncover everything you’ll need to know before you go. 

photo credit: The Best Of Branson via Facebook

The Backstory of WonderWorks’ Professor Wonder and his Upside-Down Laboratory

What is this weird funhouse, and why is it flipped wrong side up? Imagine a mad scientist conjuring tornadoes in his top-secret lab in the Bermuda Triangle.

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Professor Wonder discovered what most people already know—you can’t control the weather. His swirling vortex swept the building topsy-turvey until it plopped down in the heart of Missouri. Upon arrival, guests enter through the Immersion Tunnel that sets things right side up, and that’s when the magic begins. 

front entrance of WonderWorks in Branson, Missouri, USAAll-Access WonderWorks Branson Ticket

Once inside, you will want to do every wild thing available. And when you purchase your WonderWorks’ All-Access Ticket through Tripster, you’ll receive the best online rates.

The All-Access pass doesn't cost much more than the regular ticket and includes all WonderWorks’ exhibits, 4D XD Motion Theater, laser tag, and more! Totally worth it! Your ticket is valid anytime within a year of purchase. 

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Book your tickets early to avoid long lines and extra fees. After securing your tickets from Tripster, you’ll receive an email confirmation. You can either show this from your phone when you arrive or simply print the tickets to bring to the door. 

What to Know Before You Go

Here are some quick tips to help make the most of your Wonderworks adventure:

  • Closed-toed shoes are required for many WonderWorks activities and rides. 
  • Plan to spend three to four hours at the museum. 
  • Keep your ticket! Guests can leave and come back later. 
  • Photography is allowed and encouraged. Post your pics to your Instagram story!
  • Elevators are available for wheelchairs and strollers. 
  • Some rides and attractions have flashing lights and motion, which may not be suitable if you have heart problems, diabetes, vertigo, seizures, or light/motion sensitivity. 

photo credit: WonderWorks Branson via Facebook

Height and Weight Requirements

Wonder Coaster – Riders must be at least 42″ (3’6″) with an adult or 48″ (4′) to participate alone. This ride holds two people, and the total combined weight cannot exceed 500 lbs. Max weight of a rider is 250 lbs. 

360 Bikes – Riders must be at least 52″ tall (4’4″). Max weight of a rider is 250 lbs. This ride holds two people, and the total combined weight cannot exceed 330 lbs. Closed-toed shoes are required. No skirts or dresses are permitted. 

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Clip ‘n Climb: Participants must be at least 42” tall (3’6″) and weigh less than 300 lbs.

XD Theater – You must be at least 40″ tall (3’4″) to participate. 

Astronaut Training Gyro: Must be at least 54” tall (4’6″) and weight less than 225 lbs. WonderWorks advises not to ride the gyro if anyone has any pre-existing medical conditions.

Why Should You Go?

Branson’s newest Country Ave attraction offers exhilarating rides, games, science exhibits, and eye-popping art! In addition, the WonderWorks Art Gallery features “Ozart,” a collection of young artists from Missouri and Arkansas.  

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You can visit a bubble laboratory, explore the magnitude of the cosmos, and learn how cold the sub-thermal waters felt for the Titanic passengers. The Branson museum has a special partnership with Webster’s Dictionary and the United States military. 

WonderWorks Branson also offers special unique exhibits you can’t find anywhere else.  

photo credit: WonderWorks Branson via Facebook

The Branson Experience

The Springfield plateau, part of the sub-regions of the Ozarks, has an understated beauty that will leave you in awe. Watch a sunrise over the gorgeous Lake Taneycomo with brushstrokes of bruised gray and mauve clouds, and you’ll soon see why it’s one of Branson’s #1 recreational lakes and the lifeblood of the city.

In this exhibition, guests learn what makes the Ozarks a fantastic place to visit. This dynamic presentation showcases a local culture shaped by the indigenous Native American tribes, rich in fishing and music. 

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Route 66 

Route 66 is one of the country's first and most famous highways that ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California.

This engineering feat, also known as the Will Rogers Highway, supported the economy with businesses along the route. The Mother Road was recognized in pop culture with the hit song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66,” the Mother Road served as an escape route for migrates during the 1930s Dust Bowl.

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The exhibit features the “Father of Route 66,” Cyrus Avery, who helped name the iconic highway that paved the 2,448-mile Mainstreet of America. Learn everything there is to know about all the must-see road stop attractions like the first fast-food drive-through window at Red’s Giant Hamburg in Springfield and many more iconic stops along the way. 

Fun Fact: When the 1970s gas shortage hit town, Branson businessmen hoping to spur tourism came up with the slogan, “If you get here, we’ll get you back.” They offered to fill up visitors’ tanks for free!

American Pride

Dive into the rich tapestry of American heritage as this exhibit delves into our country’s ingenuity and innovation. In addition, children can explore American values like freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press—privileges not given to all. 

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This patriot exhibit also lets little sharpshooters pretend to be US Navy Seals. They must pass a PT test and learn the core values to become a US soldier. The display also highlights each military branch active in STEM Education, “engaging future generations to lead by example.” 

Here are just a fraction of this museum’s other featured attractions: 

  • Meteorology and More
  • Physical Physics
  • Lights, Sounds & Senses
  • Space Discovery
  • Elements, Earth & Life

photo credit: Annette Hill via Facebook

When to Go

WonderWorks Branson is open from 10 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 365 days a year. Check the website calendar when planning your visit. WonderWorks’ busiest times are mid-March through late April, typically spring break for most Midwesterners.

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Summer break and Christmas break are also jam-packed with tourists. Guests should expect longer wait times during its peak season and rainy days. 

Pro Tip: Guests can find plenty of parking at no charge in the WonderWorks Branson parking lot at the back of the building. 

WonderWorks Gift Shop

Most kids want to spend half the day in the gift shop, and WonderWorks is no exception. Save some time to peruse exciting games, books, and fun souvenirs.

Guests can find gift items that replicate their lab experiments. Merchandise includes t-shirts, mugs, hats, puzzles, and interactive toys for inquiring minds. 

photo credit: photo credit: WonderWorks Branson via Facebook

Route 66 Café 

WonderWorks does not allow outside food or beverages inside the museum, so you might want to come right after breakfast so little hunger pangs don’t disrupt your fun. For lunch, try the WonderWorks’ Route 66.

In addition to the New York-style pizza made from scratch, the café offers chicken tenders, sliders, cheese curds, nachos, soft pretzels, and house fries. For a little added dulce, the café serves funnel cakes, churros, cupcakes, and mini-melts ice cream for dessert.

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Adjacent to the restaurant is a separate banquet room for large parties. 

Fun Fact: Other WonderWorks locations beyond Branson include Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Panama City Beach, Florida, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Syracuse, New York, and Orlando, Florida. 

Branson Hotels and Lodgings

You'll want to lock in your accommodations before exhibit hopping, so check out Tripster’s area Hotels & Lodging. Tripster has the lowest online rates and hotel specials for your Branson stay.

Lighten your load as you search our accommodations to find the perfect getaway to rest your weary feet at the end of an action-packed day. 

photo credit: WonderWorks Branson via Facebook

Experience the Wonder of WonderWorks Branson!

Tripster has you covered! From tickets to hotels to vacation packages with other attractions. We offer one-stop solutions for your dream vacation.

Let us take away the stress, knowing you are guaranteed our best deals. 

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WonderWorks is bursting with invention and family fun. Each WonderWorks exhibit grows little minds and delights children of all ages. So don’t wait to explore the charm of this impressive destination. Book your All Acess Ticket with Tripster today!   

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Written By Erin

Erin Poche` is a Utah-based writer and editor for Tripster and contributing writer for BeyondType1. She also writes and edits for an indie publisher of fanta ...

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