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. Meanwhile, a 250-foot lazy river meanders through a simulated Ozark riverbank, and two tube slides twist and wind around the interactive tree house. There are countless playplaces and relaxing nooks at the Grand Country Inn's 20,000-square-foot indoor water park, Splash Country, and the water park is the centerpiece of the many family-friendly activities at the sprawling hotel, which hosts a theme park’s worth of games and entertainment.
At the hotel's Fun Spot, guests can jolt each other with 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 to simulate atomic collisions. Once families are tuckered out, they can enjoy a quiet night’s rest on a king-size bed and pullout couch or two queen-size beds. A smorgasbord of comfort fare covers the tables at The Grand Country Buffet. Three times daily, diners can load up plates with everything from eggs and bacon at breakfast to slow-roasted ham, fresh baked breads, and desserts at suppertime. The onsite Papa Grand's pizzeria composes a full salad bar and a pizza bar with 12 varieties, including three dessert pizzas.
Branson, Missouri: Theme Parks and Music Halls in the Heart of the Ozarks
Grand Country Inn resides in the Theatre District of Branson, a city that glitters and gleams in the heart of the Ozark plateau like a smaller, G-rated version of Las Vegas. This 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. Musicians at the Grand Jubilee perform a wide range of crowd-pleasing tunes; one quartet croons everything from the Oak Ridge Boys to The Eagles to Yo-Yo Ma’s voicemail message.
For a departure from Branson's bustling strip, the Ozarks are a scenic natural escape rife with snaking rivers, lush forests, and limestone cliffs. Table Rock State Park, with its serene lake as a centerpiece, resides about 15 minutes south of the inn. It’s a prime example of the native terrain and a fine destination for hiking, mountain biking, boating, or fishing.