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Branson, Missouri is a very popular place to vacation when you live in Kansas. It is about 5 hours from where we live and we usually go there about once a year. There are lots of things to do in the Branson area and the Ozark Mountains are beautiful! We took a family road trip to Branson this summer and found a couple of new favorites!! I love it when you have been to a vacation spot many times and keep finding new things to do!! Find out about our Branson family road trip must do's!!
Branson Family Road trip Must Do List
Dixie Stampede is a New Family Favorite
Despite having been to Branson so many times we had never gone to the Dixie Stampede. It is a show we have always thought of seeing, but had never gotten around to it until this trip! I can honestly say that we LOVED it! My three-year-old is still asking when we are going to go see the horses again, LOL!
When you arrive at Dixie Stampede you can spend some time outside in the stable area looking at the horses. It is fun to read about each horse in the show.
Once inside you go into a “pre show” area where you can buy snacks and drinks and there is a fun pre show. The night we were there they had a juggler performing. You may be thinking…juggler…big deal…you would be WRONG! This juggler was AMAZING and it was a really fun pre show!
Dixie Stampede Has Really Good Food
Once you go into the main event area you will be seated and the show and meal will begin. I will warn you that this is a utensil free meal….eating with your hands. I did find out later that some guests got silverware…so I think you can request it! 🙂 They will be bringing you a TON of food and I was shocked by how tasty it was. You get course after course of food….and it is the same amount for adults and children.
Dixie Stampede Puts on a Really Great Show
I enjoyed the Dixie Stampede show so much. It was entertaining and beautiful…great effects and music. There were lots of animals in the show and the kids loved that part. This show kept my three-year-old's attention the whole time….that is impressive!
We had an especially great time during the show because my husband was picked to go down on the floor and participate in a game! It made our visit to Dixie Stampede really special!
We had so much fun at Dixie Stampede and plan to go again on a future visit to Branson! Plus it is owned by Dolly Parton…who doesn't love Dolly??
Pasghettis is a New Favorite Dining Location
I can honestly say that one of my favorite parts of vacation is EATING OUT! I love to eat out anytime…but it is even more fun on vacation when I can go to places I have never been to before. To start off with Pasghettis has a giant fork and meatball out front that makes a really fun photo opp!
The ironic thing is that we have driven past Pasghettis many times, but didn't try it until this recent trip. It is going to be a place we eat EVERY time we go to Branson now! I LOVE restaurants that have a really great atmosphere and this place fits the bill. I absolutely adored the themed dining rooms. They even had a life-size trolley car you could be seated in for dinner. The food was excellent and I may have eaten my weight in bread sticks, LOL!
My kids loved the kids game area with the ride on kiddie ferris wheel!
Pre Family Road Trip Must Do
We put a lot of miles on our vehicles and I like to run by Walmart before going out-of-state and get my oil changed! It is super convenient for me to drop my vehicle off for an oil change while I shop for our SNACKS for the road!
I love that Walmart's Automotive Care Center offers Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil for my vehicle! I don't know a lot about motors…but do know that this oil cleans out that yucky sludge and keeps my engine running cleaner!
I love being able to multitask before a road trip by getting the oil changed while I buy snacks! I also love that the Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® is on Rollback from $39.88 to $35.88 to $35.88 until September 28. Saving money before vacation is always a nice perk!
Have you been to Branson? If so….what are your favorite places to visit? What is on your family road trip must do list? Be sure to check out your local Walmart Automotive Care Center for a great deal on an oil change!