So my family lives within a few hours drive of Branson Missouri, home to many fun things to see and do. One of our all time favorites throughout the years is to visit Silver Dollar City, an old time themed park. We love that is is a beautiful setting, it has lots of fun rides, and we love the shows and arts/crafts.
Now a friend once joked about it being called “Steal you dollar City” because it can be pricey. It is expensive as far as “things to do”, but even Ms Frugal here will tell you, for the value it is worth the money to go if your family enjoys theme parks like mine does.
I am going to go through why it’s a good value for us, and also how I make it an even better value:
1. Tickets- they are right at $60 each for adults and teens- If you happen to eat at McDonalds’ they are printing SDC coupons for $5 off each ticket up to 2 tickets. We grouped up and paid separately to save $25 on our groups tickets this way.
2. Get there when the gates open to extend your time in the park, also check for any dates with extended hours, they normally close at like 8, but we went on an open til midnight date- score! Now we took a little break- left and came back- just be sure you hold onto your tickets for re-admission. Plus as a bonus the rides are so much funner at dark!
3. Food- I always tote a beach bag with me- packed with frozen Gatorade and water- and snacks such as dried fruit and nuts. We snack throughout the morning, then maybe grab some food mid afternoon. The frozen bottles thaw throughout the day, staying nice and cold. We also have the hard plastic cups from Silver Dollar City from 11 years ago- we just wash and bring back in the tote bag. They cost around $12 to buy, but you can get refills of soda or the ever yummy “specialty drinks” such as frozen lemonade and slushies for just a few bucks. So keep those cups if you plan to return!
4. Shows- we always check to see what kind of great shows are being offered- and get in line early! The tickets for the park cover the shows too- so don’t miss out on those! This year was the Harlem Globetrotters. We have also seen Circus on Ice, BMX trick riding and my favorite- the Wallenda family (featuring Nick Wallenda who tightrope walked across Niagara Falls!)
5. Last is that the ticket price lasts all day- if you break it down hourly- even for just 8 hours that’s just around 8 bucks an hour for family fun and entertainment. Not too shabby! You can also upgrade to get season passes or to make it a 2 day pass for additional fees.
Now I did not get paid to write this article- my family has just been going here for many years and we enjoy it. I hope all have a wonderful fun filled summer!
Where are places you and your family love to go? I would love to hear from you!