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Silver Dollar City

Robert Niles

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Published: August 13, 2014

Silver Dollar City is located outside Branson, Missouri and is operated by Herschend Family Entertainment, which also operates Dollywood in Tennessee (in fact, Dollywood used to be branded a "Silver Dollar City" park) and Wild Adventures in Georgia. The park is meticulously maintained, well-themed, and filled to the brim with "cast members" playing their part in an attempt to provide as immersive of a theme park experience as you can get west of Florida, or east of California.

Directions: Check the park's website for maps and directions.

History: SDC's history can be traced all the way back to the 1500s, when Native Americans discovered (what eventually became) the Marvel Cave directly beneath where the park now resides. By the late 1940s, Marvel Cave was drawing over 5,000 visitors a year. In the late 40s, the Herschends bought Marvel Cave and added a custom-designed train to carry folks back to the surface and were further inspired to create an authentic replica of an old time Ozark Mountain community. By the end of 1960, Silver Dollar City was born.

Hours: Silver Dollar City opens for the season in mid-March, operating through Dec. 30. It is also closed many Mondays and Tuesdays during the school year. Check the park's website for specific operating hours.

Reservations: In addition to single day passes and annual passes, Silver Dollar City offers express passes for both shows and rides. The Show Lover's Pass provides priority front row seating to participating shows, the Trailblazer Pass provides front of line access for up to eight rides, and the the Trailblazer SUPER Pass provides unlimited front of line access to all eligible rides. Check the links included for details and pricing.

Tickets: Buy in advance online at the Silver Dollar City website.

Touring Strategy: The best bet is to plan a two day trip and use one day for rides, and one day for shows, demonstrations, shopping, and the Marvel Cave tour. However, for single day excursions, check out this touring plan discussion thread. For additional info on touring the park, check out this 2012 trip report.

News: New for 2015 is Fireman's Landing, featuring an eight-story drop ride, FireFall, as well as a variety of flat rides and children's play areas.

Fireman's Landing
Fire Spotter
Fire Wagon Frenzy
Station No. 3 Firehouse Play Place
Fireman's Flyer
Up the Ladder
The Roundaboat
Firehouse Splash Yard
Homestead Ridge
McHaffie's Homestead9
Hugo's Hill Street
Silver Dollar Saloon9
Opera House Theater9
American Plunge834
Main Street
Marvel Cave10
Gazebo Stage8
Grandfather's Mansion8
Swinging Bridge6
Geyser Gulch9
Lost River of the Ozarks936
Dockside Theater8
Tom & Huck's River Blast8
Boatworks Theater7
Riverfront Playhouse6
The Grand Exposition
Electro Spin948
Magnificent Wave Carousel948
Mighty Galleon836
Racing Regatta836
Royal Tea Party736
Red Gold Heritage Hall7
Happy Frogs6
The Grand Exposition Coaster536
Elephant March436
The Ladybugs336
Wings of Wonder2
Culinary & Craft School
Valley Road
Flooded Mine10
Echo Hollow Amphitheatre9
Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train9
Frisco Barn5
Half Dollar Holler3
Wilson's Farm
Outlaw Run948
The GIANT Swing948
High-Low Silos540

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Hugo's Hill Street
Wagon Works Grill9
Frank's Hot Dogs and Brats7
Lumbercamp Falls Skillet7
Lumbercamp Restaurant7
Main Street
Eva & Delilah's Bakery9
Hannah's Ice Cream Factory9
Molly's Mill Restaurant9
Reunion Hall8
Lucky Silver Mine Restaurant7
Mary's Springhouse8
Riverside Rib House8
Dockside Grill8
Elmer's Hot Dogs and Nachos
Tom Sawyer's Handmade Pretzels
The Grand Exposition
Lady Liberty Dining Pavilion7
Valley Road
Buckshot Annie's Skillet Cookery9
Hatfield's Tater Patch8
Annie's Shack8
Wilson's Farm
Crossroads Pizza7

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