Hotel at a Glance: Wyndham Branson at The Meadows
Branson is tailor-made for family vacations: its streets are lined with theaters, shops, and theme parks. All of these are just a short drive from the Wyndham Branson at The Meadows, which itself is designed with families in mind. Its one- and two-bedroom condos are roomy and feature all the comforts of home. And there's plenty for kids to do onsite, including shuffleboard, swimming, and planned activities.
- In-room amenities: washer and dryer and a kitchen or kitchenette; two-bedroom condos also have a dining area
- Arts and crafts: The daily activities program provides opportunities to play games, make sand art, or tie-dye a T-shirt.
- Are you not entertained?: There's a game room with pool and ping-pong, as well as murder-mystery dinners and other onsite events.
- Distance from Branson's 76 Strip: 4 miles
Branson, Missouri: Family-Friendly Theaters and Concert Halls in the Ozarks
If you take a drive through the Ozarks in Missouri, it might seem like an unlikely place to find glittering lights and stage shows—for the most part, it's a rolling plateau of wooded hills, snaking rivers, and limestone bluffs. But follow down Route 76 and you'll find Branson, which looks like a miniature, more family-friendly version of Las Vegas.
Dozens of stages and music halls line Branson's main strip, some of which are owned by stars such as Dolly Parton. On any given night you can watch anything from country music performances to circus acrobatics to magic shows.
If you're traveling with kids, Silver Dollar City is a safe bet; it's located about 5 miles west of the strip. Here you can hop on a mine-car roller coaster, take a tour by lantern through limestone caverns, or watch as blacksmiths hand-forge mailboxes for the mayor's private collection.
If you want to duck away from the lights, it's worth it to explore the surrounding countryside. Within about 30 miles of each other are two large lakes—Table Rock and Taneycomo. Each is stocked with trout and has boats available for rent. Or head to Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area, where you can bike or hike along Roark Creek and through dense oak forests. Paul Henning, who was inspired to create the Beverly Hillbillies after a Boy Scout trip to the Ozarks, donated the 1,534-acre reserve.