Spring has finally arrived, and with it, one of the Show-Me State’s most popular tourist destinations — Branson, Missouri — is offering visitors new attractions, rides, shows and more.
One of the most highly anticipated newcomers is the Time Traveler roller coaster at the Silver Dollar City theme park, located just outside of Branson. Billed as one of “a new generation of thrill coasters for families” the $26 million ride is currently the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest complete-circuit spinning roller coasters.
Reaching a top speed of more than 50 miles per hour, the Time Traveler features a 10-story, 90-degree drop straight down and three inversions, including a dive loop, a vertical loop and a zero-G roll.
Silver Dollar City has introduced several new rides and attractions over the past few years, but the Time Traveler is the first wooden roller coaster to make its debut since the park opened the Outlaw Run in 2013. That coaster earned several awards, including a place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the world’s steepest wooden coaster in 2015.
“Today, several years later, Outlaw Run still carries high prestige globally, and now Time Traveler will build upon that record-breaking tradition,” said Brad Thomas, president of Silver Dollar City Attractions.
Silver Dollar City opened it’s 2018 season March 14 and will remain open through Dec. 31. More information about the park can be found on its website at www.silverdollarcity.com.
Other new Branson attractions include:
— “Sampson,” a 2-hour, 20-minute musical extravaganza based on the biblical story, made its debut March 3 at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Branson. From the same company that produced “Joseph” and “Noah,” the latest production features multi-story sets, numerous special effects and a world-class cast of performers. Check it out at https://sight-sound.com/shows/branson/samson/2018.
— The Branson Mountain Adventure Park is making its debut this year in Branson, featuring what it calls a “mountain coaster” called The Runaway. The park’s rides and attractions are designed to provide minimal environmental impact and maximize the natural elevation of the terrain throughout its 80 acres of hillsides and forest lands. Starting with the coaster, the park plans to add zip lines, zip coasters, rope courses and more. More information can be found on its website at https://bransonalpinemountaincoaster.com/branson-mountain-adventure-park/
- The Branson Coaster is billed as “North America’s first double-Alpine coaster ride.” The attraction promises riders “two heart-racing drops and curves” along with music they can sing along with as they control their own cart down a 1,000-foot descent.
For more details, visit thebransoncoaster.com.
- America’s Fun Park is set to open in May, with carnival games, rides, a food court and more. Watch for updates on the park’s website at https://www.americasfunpark.com.
- The Showboat Branson Belle is debuting a new variety show, “Country on the Lake,” which features up-and-coming singers, dancers and a live band. The paddle-wheel boat provides visitors with a unique experience with entertainment and dinner cruises along Table Rock Lake.
Learn more at https://www.silverdollarcity.com/showboat-branson.
- Bluegrass Remedy featuring Kari Garrison is a new morning show series that began at the Jim Stafford Theatre in Branson. A two-time winner of Branson’s Female Vocalist of the year, Garrison helps Branson wake up with 10 a.m. shows Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For details, call the theater box office at 417.330.8080 or visit https://www.explorebranson.com/branson-show/bluegrass-remedy.
- Jet Boat Adventures is making its debut this year with guided tours on large jet boats. Starting at Branson Landing, each hour-long tour takes participants along Lake Taneycomo and up and down other important waterways in the Ozarks region. Schedules, pricing and other information is available at https://bransonjetboats.com.
These are just a few of the many attractions, shows and events happening in Branson this year. For more information, or trip ideas, visit the official tourism website for Branson at www.explorebranson.com, or explore the Missouri Division of Tourism site at VisitMo.com.