Hotel at a Glance: Castle Rock Resort & Waterpark
Zoom down three-story water slides and get drenched by 500-gallon tipping buckets at this family-friendly resort’s 30,000-square-foot indoor water park. The indoor water park is climate controlled all year round, inviting families to enjoy the water no matter the season. Once you towel off, you can head to any number of nearby entertainment options.
- Water park access: All option of this deal include access to the water park.
- Family package: This getaway’s 2-night option includes breakfast for four, frozen yogurt, IMAX tickets, and more.
- Grab a burger at the onsite Tower Grill. Pizza, fish and chips, and other quick bites round out the menu.
- Guest rooms feature flat-screen TVs and enough room to accommodate the whole family.
- 24-hour shopping: The on-site gift shop is open 24 hours for your shopping needs.
- Play games in the 24-hour arcade.
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. The popular theme park is built around Marvel Cave and modeled after an 18th-century frontier town. 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, there 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.