Visit Nine Of Southwestern Missouri’s Family-Friendly Hidden Gems

If you are looking for a new and different destination with a variety of great attractions for your next vacation, southwestern Missouri is home to many beautiful sights and fun activities. Whether you want an adventure in the great outdoors, or you’re more into creature comforts in luxurious resorts, there is something for everyone to do in southwestern Missouri.

Check out some of the possibilities for your next adventure in the hidden gems of southwest Missouri that best suit your travel needs:

Outdoor Activities In Southwestern Missouri

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in southwestern Missouri

Southwestern Missouri offers a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. | Photo courtesy of the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Located in Lampe, there are a plethora of fun activities to check out in this beautiful Ozark park. You can explore this park via guided tours – whether it’s on horseback, foot, bicycle, or even on a Segway.

Or you can explore on your own and even try out the trout fishing this park has to offer. Either way, you’ll see a wide variety of wildlife. Open year-round, this scenic location has activities available for outdoor-lovers of all ages.

Float Trips at River of Life Farm

The North Fork of Missouri’s White River is a wonderful spot to cool off in the summer with a nice floating adventure. The River of Life Farm offers canoe, kayak, and raft rentals for floaters to enjoy. Additionally, a shuttle service is offered to make your float trip easy and convenient.

Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

For a more extended outdoor adventure, southwestern Missouri has many options available. The Shawnee Trail Conservation Area, for example, is a scenic grassland area with great hiking trails, fishing areas, and more. Additionally, it has a designated camping area.

Attractions In Southwestern Missouri

Silver Dollar City, an amusement park in Branson, Missouri

Attractions in southwestern Missouri are very family friendly. One popular attraction is the amusement park Silver Dollar City. | Photo courtesy of the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Silver Dollar City

This theme park in Branson provides all sorts of fun for people of all ages. You can enjoy its classic rides, water-park rides, but there are also many restaurants and shops to check out as well. Also important to experience is Silver Dollar City’s live shows as well as a wide array of craftspeople and artisans on site with their work.

Titanic Museum

You might not expect a museum dedicated to the most famous shipwreck in history to be located in a land-locked area like Branson, Missouri. But that’s exactly what you’ll find! Detailed, real-life stories of passengers and crew from the ill-fated Titanic voyage are on display. As you explore the interactive museum, you are able to walk through rooms and hallways that authentically replicate the ship itself.

Titantic Museum in Branson, Museum

Among the family-friendly attractions of southwestern Missouri is the Titanic Museum in Branson. | Photo courtesy of Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Lodging In Southwestern Missouri

Sky Harbor Resort

If you are looking for a calm, relaxing getaway in upscale accommodations, this resort will provide you a beautiful mountain haven in the scenic Ozarks. Sky Harbor Resort is on a lakefront location and is nearby to many activities and attractions. You have options between several room types and sizes, some equipped with beautifully decorated dining areas and full kitchens.

Welk Resort

For a resort experience closer to entertainment, shopping, and dining, the Welk Resort is located in Branson. This high-end resort has many on-site attractions such as a water park, mini-golf, a theater, and more.

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For Families Traveling With Kids

Balknobbers' Jamboree Show in Branson, Missouri

Kids will love all there is to do in Branson and southwestern Missouri. Among the many entertainment options is the family-friendly Balknobbers’ Jamboree Show. | Photo courtesy of the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Baldknobbers’ Jamboree Show

There are tons of live, family-friendly entertainment to be found in Branson. The Baldknobbers’ Jamboree Show is one such show. This theater was started by the Mabe brothers in 1959 and is filled with family musical and comedy entertainment, still run by the same family to this very day. The theater runs seasonally, so if you are visiting when there is a show, make sure to check it out!

Fantastic Caverns

For a more outdoor-oriented activity you can enjoy with the kids, check out Fantastic Caverns near Springfield. You’ll explore a winding path of rich, natural beauty of underground rivers and caves. This is even great for families of small children as all tours are done riding on trams – no hiking is required.

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No matter what type of getaway you’re looking for — whether you want to rough it in the great outdoors or be pampered in a luxurious resort, or you want to have an activity-filled family adventure  — there is no shortage of hidden gems to explore in southwestern Missouri.

British Solomon is a contributing writer and media specialist for Sky Harbor Resort. She regularly produces content for a variety of travel and lifestyle blogs. Photos in this post are courtesy of the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Whether you like the outdoors, family-friendly attractions, musical shows, or relaxing at luxury resorts, there is something for everyone in southwestern Missouri. Here are 9 hidden gems you need to check out during your visit!

Which of these hidden gems would you like to visit in southwestern Missouri?