Family Friendly Itinerary for 3 Full Days in Branson, MO

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Disclaimer: Our family received complimentary passes for Fritz’s Adventure, Samson, The Amazing Pets Show, and The Titanic Museum in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are my own and that of my family.

Family Friendly Itinerary for 3 Full Days in Branson, MO 


In 2017, our family started a new tradition of taking a long weekend mini-vacay before school starts to just spend time as a family. Last year, we went to St. Louis, MO and this year, we decided on Branson, Missouri. Branson is approximately 6.5 hours from our home in Central Illinois, and the perfect distance for a trip like this. We had been hearing a lot about Branson from friends with kids that have been visiting there so we knew we wanted to check it out.

After doing a little research, we found that there are SO many things to do that it was hard to pick and choose for our first trip! If you are planning a trip, hopefully this post is helpful for you as I detail our family friendly itinerary for a 3 full days in Branson! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of our adventures while we were on our trip this year, but all the details are below including a coupon code for Fritz’s Adventure and some exciting news from Sight and Sound Theatres. It was the perfect way to end summer, and we can’t wait for our next trip!

Day 1

We spent most of the day today at Fritz’s Adventure! Our friends told us about Fritz’s a few months ago, and we are SO glad we were able to spend some time here. The whole family had a blast!

Fritz’s Adventure is a dynamic family attraction that brings the excitement and challenges of outdoor adventure into a multi-dimensional indoor environment. Experience 80,000 square feet of hands-on climbing, tunneling, sliding, and zip-lining thrills. Fritz’s Adventure features daunting utility poles to climb, bridges suspended stories above, towering rock climbing walls and giant boulders, three impressive warped walls, a massive ropes course, urban brick buildings for scaling, a life-size water tower, multiple slides, tunnels and tubes to burrow in, and an air-worthy airplane to explore.

We got there when they opened at 10am and didn’t leave until around 4pm! Once you enter the building and get your wristband, you are welcome to leave and come back during the day. If you stay through lunch (or dinner) time like we did, they have a restaurant on site with great food options at reasonable prices. Of course, my boys didn’t really want to stop to eat even though we made them. Next time, I would just order two meals for four of us to split – they are nice sized portions!

Throughout our six hours at Fritz’s, we were able to do the ropes course three times (25 minutes each round), Downtown Fritz (climbing wall), tunnels, giant slides, suspended bridges, lazer room and warped walls! Are you an American Ninja Warrior fan?? At Fritz’s, you can climb the warped wall just like they do! There are three walls with the tallest being 14′ 6″ – the same height they use on the show! My husband and I both made it up the 12′ wall which I was super happy about.

Unfortunately, there are a few height requirements for things like the full ropes course and climbing wall so my youngest son wasn’t able to do everything. Even so, he still had a blast and wasn’t totally ready to leave! I’m sure he’ll be tall enough on next trip so we are going to have to be sure to plan a full day here!!

And, because Fritz’s Adventure is SO awesome, they are giving you a discount code you can use to buy your admission tickets online!! Head over to www.fritzsadventure.com, select your tickets and enter promo code BecomeAFritzQueen at check out to save 15% off general admission! The promo code is valid through September 9 and valid online only. Tickets are good through December 31, 2018!

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Since we had a little time before dinner, we headed over to The Titanic Museum. My oldest son (8) had recently read I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 so I knew he was going to love the museum. When you enter the museum, each person is given a Boarding Pass of a real person who was on board the ship with a little bit of information about them. Throughout the museum, you can see where this person would have slept and eaten and you learn a little more about them. At the end of the self-guided tour, you find out if he/she perished or survived. If they survived, you even learn what happened to them after The Titanic!

Our whole family enjoyed the tour which took us approximately two hours. In my opinion, if you have younger children (under 8), you may consider waiting a while to visit. My youngest son was 6 years old and while he did enjoy the tour, I think he would have gotten a little more out of it if he were just a bit older.

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Day 2

Our second full day in Branson was a little more low-key. We had tickets for the 10am showing of the Amazing Pets Show at Grand Country Resort. The show was approximately 90 minutes long, and my boys loved it!

The host did a great job interacting with the audience and keeping us entertained during set changes. The show included birds, dogs and cats doing tricks.

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After grabbing some lunch and playing games back in our room, we went to the Sight and Sound Theatres to see the production of Samson. I learned about Sight and Sound Theatres a couple years ago when we went to Pennsylvania. We couldn’t work it out on that trip, so I was really excited to be able to go on this one.

The show is approximately 2.5 hours long with a 15 minute intermission and brings “The Bible to Life” on stage with real animals. Our family loved everything about our experience at Sight and Sound Theatres. If you are a mom to young boys, you know how much energy they have! My boys sat through this production and did not move. It is SO well done and kept their attention (and ours) the entire time. They had actually heard the story of Samson just a few weeks ago in church so this was perfect timing, too!

I snapped this pic of the theatre before the show started so you could see what it looks like. Every piece on that stage moved including some pieces around the outside walls. The technical aspects of this production were amazing! We cannot wait to see their next show! If you are in the Lancaster, PA area, you can see Jesus through October 2019. Samson will be in Branson, MO through October 2019.

Can’t make it to Branson or Lancaster? For just two days – September 13 and 15, you can visit select movie theaters around the country to see the Sight and Sound Theatres production of Moses! Go HERE to see a trailer and get your tickets today!

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Day 3

This was our final full day in Branson and we spent it relaxing! After breakfast, we headed over to Moonshine Beach at Table Rock Lake. This is the perfect place for a relaxing day. In addition to the beach, there is a playground and quite a few covered tables near charcoal grills as well as a large pavillion with tables and a large grill. This beach also has showers and bathrooms. The beach is a little rocky so I would definitely recommend water shoes. My kids didn’t seem to mind, but it hurt my feet. Please know that there is a $5 entry fee, but it was definitely worth it!

We spent about three hours at Moonshine Beach, had a picnic lunch and then headed across the dam and walked the Table Rock Lakeshore Trail. This trail goes from the visitor center to the marina and is 2.25 miles each way. It’s a paved trail and also goes past the Showboat Branson Belle.

After walking the trail, we headed back to our hotel, hit the pool, grilled out for dinner and had Andy’s Frozen Custard for dessert. If you haven’t tried Andy’s and you are a custard fan, this is DELICIOUS!

We did a lot in our 3.5 days in Branson, but we also had some nice downtime! We loved it so much, we have actually already booked a long weekend to come back in January. Watch for my post after that trip and let us know what you love to do in Branson!

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