Things to Do in Missouri
Based on the popular brick toys, LEGOLAND Kansas City is a colorful world of play and discovery for children. Interactive experiences encourage creativity through 4D cinema, master classes on LEGO building, play areas, and an exciting laser ride. Special to this Legoland location is an exhibit featuring the buildings of Kansas City made entirely of LEGOs (MINILAND.) There are also several rooms built for celebrating special occasions, making it a popular spot for birthdays and other parties.
Walking throughout, it’s almost as if someone has taken the toys so many of us know and love and created a life-size playground with them. Many of the exhibits focus on a theme from the toys, whether ninja training or acting as Merlin’s apprentice. Children can also learn how LEGOS are made in the factory tour. Though the discovery center is especially suited for fans of the LEGOs toys, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Dutton Family Theater is home to nightly shows featuring three generation of Dutton family performers. As finalists in the popular television show America’s Got Talent, they showcased their musical talents on stage ranging from rock and roll to Opera to Country and Bluegrass. Consisting of the mother, father, and seven children, combined the family has over 31 years of gracing the stage. Multitalented family members play instruments ranging from harmonica and fiddle to violin, piano, bass, cello, banjo, keyboard and drums. Family members have frequently won international competitions for their musical talents.
It was after touring the globe that the Dutton Family began to put on on this entertaining show, and it has been received with rave reviews. Together the family members bring a level of professionalism, talent, and camaraderie to the stage. Their two-hour shows feature a variety of music, dance, and comedy with a masterful range that suits the entire family.
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Featuring a lively boardwalk along the shores of Lake Taneycomo, Branson Landing is the only lifestyle retail, entertainment and waterfront entertainment district in the region. At its heart is a town square that terraces down to a unique water attraction that mixes water, fire, lights and music. The spectacular show features 120 foot high water geysers and booming fire cannons, choreographed to music and light.
Covering 95 acres, Branson Landing attracts more than 4 million visitors annually. It boasts a 450,000 square foot retail complex anchored by Bass Pro Shop and Belk Department Store and features both casual and fine dining options along the waterfront. A 1500 seat amphitheater often hosts concerts while the Town Square is home to a variety of other special events throughout the year. Branson Landing is also the jumping off point for scenic cruises and sightseeing tours around Lake Taneycomo, including a “Riding the Ducks”.
Downtown Branson, Missouri is the historic heart of the city and truly a destination in its own right. Streets lined with brick façades and Victorian lampposts provide a constant reminder of the city’s 125-year history. This is where you will find Branson’s first theater, its oldest commercial building and the spot of Branson’s first show, the Baldknobbers Jamboree. With more than 130 unique shops, galleries, theaters and restaurants, Downtown Branson will keep you busy for at least a day.
A variety of unique “mom and pop” shops are scattered among the flea markets and fine arts shops, including Dick’s Old-time Five & Dime, one of the most popular downtown attractions. Locals sometimes say if you can find something at Dick’s, you don’t need it. If you need a break from shopping, stop by the Branson Centennial Museum to learn more about the city’s storied past or catch a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway, which departs from the Depot on Main Street.
The Promised Land Zoo is one of Missouri’s largest animal parks. Though it is one of the state’s biggest attractions, it continues to be family owned and operated. Located in Branson, the park offers closer encounters with the animals than in other zoos. Many of the species are rare and endangered, though protected and trained by professionals for live animal shows, safaris on foot, and feedings.
Animals that call the zoo home range from monkeys and birds to big cats, reptiles, kangaroos, and camels. There is also an area called Parakeet Paradise for interaction with dozens of parakeets, as well as a petting zoo that’s fun for smaller children. The team at the Promised Land Zoo is committed to giving the best possible care and protection of the animals, making the interactive experience safe and comfortable for visitors. For many, the best moments are seasonal — when baby animals are able to come out and play.
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