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What to do At Silver Dollar City
I wouldn’t call myself a Silver Dollar City expert, but we have been season pass holders many times and typically visit the park a few times a year. So, I do know a lot about the park!
I’ve been visiting Silver Dollar City since I was a kid. They have made a lot of changes, but the primary park has stayed the same. If you’re wondering what to do at Silver Dollar City, keep reading!
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What is there to do at Silver Dollar City?
There are so many things to do at Silver Dollar City. From rides to shows to crafts and more. There truly is something for everyone.
My first tip for Silver Dollar City it worse is to download the app. The app will save you quite a bit of time. There is a map within the app that you can also make your way to rides and attractions.
The app also alerts you if the park will be extending its hours, which happens pretty often in the summer. The app also includes the basics like park hours showtimes and where to find your favorite rides, shows, and restaurants.
Why buy a Silver Dollar City season pass
Unlike Universal Studios or Disney World, the Silver Dollar City season pass pays for itself very quickly. If you plan to go to Silver Dollar City more than once, it is worth it to buy a season pass. The season pass is currently $115 for adults and $105 for children, and a day pass is $71 for adults and $61 for children.
A season pass will also get you discounts to places like White Water and the Showboat Branson Belle. If you buy your season pass early enough, you will also receive guest passes to use throughout the year.
Silver Dollar City offers rides for the tiniest of babies up to the biggest thrill-seekers. There are rides for every age and level of adventure. SDC currently has four larger roller coasters and a few smaller ones.
The Time Traveler roller coaster was added in 2018 and has attracted amusement park lovers from all over the country. Time Traveler is a unique ride; you won’t find another ride like it. I was worried about it thinking I would get sick, but it doesn’t spin as much as you’d expect.
There are lots of rides for the younger kids, including two areas just for kids. If you’re not really into thrill rides, there are gentler rides like the train or the flooded mine.
Another highly-rated ride for thrillseekers is Outlaw Run. This unique wooden roller coaster goes upside down and is incredibly fast. Thrillseekers will not want to miss this one.
I’ve been to many theme parks and on many roller coasters, and Outlaw Run is one of my best. I will say that as many wooden roller coasters do, it has gotten a bit rough. Try to ride near the front for a smoother ride.
Although there are rides for kids throughout the park, my favorite kid’s areas are in Firemans Landing. There are several rides for smaller kids, as well as a drop for older kids and adults. There is also a splash pad for the hot days and a large indoor play area.
You might think that the show is at Silver Dollar City are for the older guess, but this isn’t always the case. SDC offers festivals and events throughout the year with shows to match.
Yes, they do have the Bluegrass shows, but you’ll also find comedy, animal shows, summer concerts, magic shows, fire shows, fireworks shows, and more. Check out the Shows and Entertainment page for current show schedules.
One thing that makes SDC unique is the crafters and their live performances. From glass blowing to woodworking, candle making, and many more, many of the craftsmen provide live demonstrations throughout the day.
If you’re up for something a little more strenuous, hiking through marvel cave is a great experience. I would not recommend the cave for tiny children, or those who can’t walk long distances or climb stairs. Children over five should be just fine. The cave is near the entrance, and tour times are posted daily.
If you’ve ever eaten amusement park food, the chances are that it wasn’t terrific. Fortunately, this isn’t the case. Overall the pricing is not bad for theme park food. If you’re looking for healthy eating, well, you might not have much luck. The good part about that is that you are allowed to bring in your own food.
If you have visited other amusement parks, you know how rare this is. You can bring your own cooler’s, and there are many places for picnics if you’re looking for something healthier or have food allergies.
If you want to try some of the food at Silver Dollar City, there are many great options. You can also bring in your own water and beverages, so there is no need to purchase expensive drinks and less you want to.
We always buy the souvenir mugs and use them throughout the year, but if you’re visiting for one day, it may make more sense to bring your own drinks.
When is the best time to visit Silver Dollar City?
The best time to visit Silver Dollar City is at Christmas! The Holiday Season is special at Silver Dollar City with over 6.5 million lights, Christmas shows, a Christmas parade, and lots of holiday shopping.
And yes, weather permitting, most of the rides remain open. Check out the Old Time Christmas page for more information.
Bonus! You can propose at Silver Dollar City
If you’re looking for the best place to propose in Branson, it just might be Silver Dollar City. You can see more of Taylor and Morgan’s Silver Dollar City Proposal here.
I hope you have a great time at Silver Dollar City!
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