Disclaimer: Some of the places we visited were comped for our review.
What is Barkcations: Barkcations is a mix between traveling with your dog while still enjoying your normal vacation plans.
Branson is such an amazing place to visit with your family but did you know that it is also dog friendly? We have taken many family trips to Branson but we hated leaving our fur babies at home. Now that we have started Barkcations, we are planning most of our trips around dog friendly locations. Below we’ve outlined the trip we took and all of the dog friendly activities in case you were thinking about planning your own trip.
Where to Stay :
One of things I find most difficult when taking a Barkcation is finding the prefect dog friendly place to stay. Will the dogs bother neighbors next door, will there be plenty of potty spots and how high are the pet deposit fees. When planning our Branson trip I literally stumbled upon a gem of a place called Memory Maker Cabins.
The cabin was gorgeous and had plenty of room for our family of 5 and 2 dogs. In one of the rooms was a full sized bunkbed. The girls had the fun of sleeping on a bunk bed that wasn’t your traditional twin size and slept comfortably. Ryan had his own room for the first time and Daniel and I had our own room. I loved the humongous tub in our bathroom. We had planned long walking days on some of the days so it was nice to come home and soak in a hot tub.
The cabin had a nice sized living room and kitchen where we saved money by cooking some of our meals. There was a huge deck in the back that led down to a play park and some walking trails. We loved all the old wagons and the rustic feel of this cabin.
As you can see the dogs loved the area. Boomer and Chloe both loved the long walks on the trails and we didn’t have to worry about bothering any of our neighbors. If you have small children the playground is located right behind our cabin which is very convenient. We stayed at Cedar Cove Cabin at MemoryMakerCabins.com
What to Do:
Top of the Rock Cave – The Top of the Rock Cave was actually an unplanned stop for us, we didn’t find out about it until we passed by it on our way to our cabin. This is one to put on your must see list. Hop aboard an electric cart for an exhilarating two-and-a-half mile nature trail journey, which overlooks Table Rock Lake.
You will be surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Ozarks with natural rock formations and waterfalls. Not to mention Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Cave which is a jaw dropping four stories.
Arnie’s Barn at Top of the Rock – While you are visiting Top of the Rock make time to have lunch at Arnie’s Barn located inside the facilities. Named in honor of Arnold Palmer, Arnie’s Barn offers stunning views of the Top of the Rock golf course and a truly unique collection of golf memorabilia.
Silver Dollar City – Silver Dollar City has something for everyone. You can watch a blacksmith work, a glass blower make beautiful pieces of art and get your very own handmade basket. There are tons of shops and great places to eat.
I recommend going when they open because traffic backs up big time. Once your inside though it’s not that big of a deal. The food there is amazing so make sure you leave plenty of room for some old fashion down home cooking. I also recommend hitting the bakery on the way out and taking home some cinnamon rolls.
Most Popular Rides:
- The Powder Keg -This is one Scary roller coaster.
- Outlaw Run
- Wild Fire
Click here for more info about Silver Dollar City.
Showboat Branson Belle – America’s most entertaining dinner cruise, the 700-seat Showboat Branson Belle, presents the new noon show, Country On The Lake. Country On The Lake, presented on most noon and Sunday cruises, is designed as a “Party on the Lake” concert cruise, featuring multi-talented rising country stars performing #1 hits from yesterday’s classic rock to country favorites of today, backed by a live band.
The show includes hits celebrating lake summer fun by stars such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Big Town,
and Craig Morgan, plus some of classic country’s most memorable songs from artists including Reba
McEntire, Garth Brooks and Brooks & Dunn.
Each cruise includes the lake cruise on Table Rock Lake, the show and a 3-course meal. Get Tickets Here.
Photo credit: Branson Tracks
The Track Family Fun Park and Ferris Wheel –
Looking for Branson attractions? The Track Family Fun Parks provide the fastest way for your family to have fun together in Branson, MO. High-rise and classic go-kart tracks for all ages, laser tag, laser maze challenge, bumper boats/cars, kids’ rides, mini golf, indoor glow golf, arcades and more – all with no gate admission charge! We had so much fun here. I can’t tell you how many times we rode the go carts. My family is very competitive so everyone one kept wanting to ride again to see if we they could out do each other. I loved the corkscrew part of the track.
Moses Sight and Sound Theatres –
One of our favorite things to do year after year is the Sight and Sound Theatres. Experience the Bible’s most epic stories as they come to life on a panoramic stage! Sight & Sound Theatres offers unforgettable and uplifting shows. This year we saw Moses and Sight and Sound really puts on a big production like I have never seen before. Sight & Sound’s unique theater experience begins with a 2,000 seat auditorium, a 300-ft stage that surrounds the audience on three sides, state-of-the-art technology and live animals. The entire room is the stage with animals passing by you and you feel like you are a part of the show.
Check out their website for a complete listing of shows and tickets.
Promise Land Zoo – Looking for things to do in Branson MO? Experience the Promised Land Zoo adventure where your animal encounter is up close, personal, and fun. While the Branson Music Shows keep your toes tapping and hands clapping, our unique animals put on a show of their own that will make your heart dance!
With over 75 acres of driving and walking trails showcasing our furry and feathered friends in a natural setting the Promised Land Zoo is one of the top ten things to do in Branson. This is another one of those top of the list things we will add to our must do the next time we visit Branson, I have never gotten up close and personal to so many animals in my life! It’s Ranked as a Top 25 Zoo in the United States.
Dixie Stampede – If you love dinner show’s then you will love Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Dolly Parton’s Stampede is an extraordinary dinner show with thirty-two magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch riders. They will thrill you with daring feats of trick riding and competition, pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry.
You will enjoy a barrel full of music, dancing, special effects and family friendly comedy along the way. Celebrate as the North and South join together in a patriotic salute of Red, White and Blue featuring COLOR ME AMERICA, written and recorded by Dolly herself. The Patriotic Grand Finale soars with flying Doves of Peace, luminous costumes and fireworks, reminding you of the pride and spirit of America. I love that they get the whole crowd involved as you cheer for your team to win.
The Haygoods – You definitely don’t want to leave Branson without seeing The Haygoods. The Haygoods bring the house down night after night with incredibly tight harmonies, innovative, energetic choreography, incredible special effects and amazing performances on over 20 different instruments! With over 6 million people taking part in the Haygood experience, you’d better believe that there’s more to this group than buzz! This brother and sister group is extremely talented and fun for the whole family. get your tickets here.
Barkcations Dog Friendly Places:
- Danna’s BBQ & Burger Shop
- Draft’s Sports Bar and Grill
- Table Rock State Park
- National Tiger Sancturary
- Busters Old Time Photos
Check our our Branson Vacation Tips post as well.
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