Massive Indoor Water Park Near Branson Strip
Every eight minutes, the 1,000-gallon bucket atop the three-level tree house tips over, dumping a gush of water on the swimmers gathered below. Two tube slides twist and wind around the interactive tree house, just one area at the Grand Country Inn's 20,000-square-foot indoor water park, Splash Country. The aquatic arena also hosts a toddler pool, a basketball play pool, a tree-house spray ground, hot tubs, and a 250-foot lazy river that meanders through a simulated Ozark riverbank.
At the hotel's Fun Spot, guests can collide in bumper cars, practice putts on a 3D black light mini-golf course, and slink through a laser maze. The entertainment emporium also touts mini bowling, arcade games, and a multilevel play area filled with thousands of soft foam balls. After a day of activity, a king-size bed and pullout couch or two queen-size beds make for a quiet night's rest in cozy quarters.
The Grand Country Buffet sate appetites thrice daily with a smorgasbord of comfort fare, from breakfast eggs and bacon to suppertime slow-roasted ham, fresh baked breads, and desserts. The on-site Papa Grand's pizzeria composes a full salad bar and a pizza bar with 12 varieties, including three dessert pizzas.
Branson, Missouri: Family-Friendly Entertainment in the Heart of the Ozarks
A smaller, G-rated version of Las Vegas, Branson glitters and gleams at the southern border of the Show Me State in the heart of Arkansas's Ozark plateau. Next year marks the 100-year anniversary of Branson's official incorporation as a town, when it first began laying its foundation as a resort destination. Today, Branson attracts millions of visitors with more than 40 stages and a rotating roster of shows, ranging from hillbilly comedies to circus acrobatics to magic shows.
Guests at the Grand Country Inn can settle into their seats in the Grand Country Music Hall—located a few steps away from the resort—to watch the kid-friendly The Amazing Pets Show, in which trained dogs and cats perform stunts and exotic birds make a fly-by appearance. The Grand Jubilee show will appeal to all audiences, as a quartet croons country and rock classics, from the Oak Ridge Boys to The Eagles. For a departure from Branson's bustling strip, the Ozarks are a natural scenic escape. Hikes ascend limestone cliffs and trek through lush forests alongside snaking rivers.