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Branson - Missouri

Las Vegas for kids - shows & theme parks

sunny 30 °C

This week we decided to head north to Missouri again to a place called Branson that was recommended by a few people as a heaven for kids ... and let me tell you that it was not an understatement... this place is like a Las Vegas for kids with theme parks all over the place, shows for all ages, and shops galore...

On the way there we went to the biggest hatchery in Missouri called Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery Conservation Centre. Located at the foot of Table Rock Dam they raise up to 2 million trout (rainbow and brown) a year and release them in the surrounding rivers every nights so people can enjoy a great fishing day. You can feed the fishes which the kids enjoyed and if you come at the right time you can see how they breed the fishes... They have also a mini museum which shows you all the venomous snakes and spiders in the area and also informs you how to live in harmony with the wildlife in you own house by creating houses for bats, taking the garbage in every night etc... very interesting place.

We stayed in a wicked hotel called Welk Resort which had an indoor swimming pool with slide, a game room and a crazy golf... that was really cool!

We went to Silver Dollar City one day and this place is a Hilly-billy town built like in the 1880's... very nicely nested in the trees and with shops, craftsmen working in front of your eyes (silversmith, glassblowing etc...) and then rides... and more rides....

The kids did a few just for kids ....and some were very cool .. one of them , the Flooded mine, you were in a boat with water cannons and you basically shoot at targets, obviously, .... but also all the passers-by... That was just wicked... we came out drenched but in stitches and went again for more... We did all the rides but the worst roller-coaster called Wildfire....

Our favourite roller-coaster was Thunderation... and we also like the steam train that takes you round the park and has a mini show with 2 hilly-billies... very funny.

And then we did some of the more sickening ones altogether.... and oh my god!!! do I hate those roller-coaster!!!. We went on one called Powderkeg.. and let me tell you I nearly passed out. I am not the best rider at the best of times but this one felt like you were in a rocket and the acceleration keeps you stuck on your seat... Well the kids did better than me and went for seconds with Frank ...!

Good day that was...

In the evening we went to Dolly Parton show called Dixie Stampede. It is with horses and kind of shows you the life it used to be back in the 1800's and the civil war... There are chicken, piglets and pony races which are very entertaining, a kind of hilly-billy clown also very funny, some lumberjack pole climbing and a great old fashion dinner where you eat with your hands a full size chicken each, corn and potatoes and soup and a nice dessert... Very good evening.. We could not take photos in the arena as the flash could disturb the horses!

Posted by ealonso 07:34 Archived in USA Tagged city silver stampede dixie branson missouri dollar

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