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Old 09-10-2016, 06:44 AM   #1
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Keeping the Kids active

I am wondering what your favorite playground/park in the Branson area is? I am looking for a big kid park (not toddler size activities but for a 6,7 and possibly 12 year old if it's "cool" enough). We will be in Branson awhile and want to know where is a good spot just to hang out and have the kids use some of that energy. The place we are staying at has a small playground but I was wondering if there is something more challenging. My children do not like Rock Walls (so the new place on the strip is out). Thanks!
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Old 09-10-2016, 09:18 AM   #2
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here's a link to the Branson Parks department that might help

http://www.bransonparksandrecreation.com/index.php
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Old 09-10-2016, 10:18 PM   #3
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While not exercise, or necessarily burning off energy, a visit to Shepherd of the Hills fish hatchery is usually a lot of fun for kids. No cost other than a few quarters to buy fish food from the "gumball" machines. Kids aways enjoy watching thousands of trout going crazy when you throw food in the water.
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Old 09-11-2016, 08:15 AM   #4
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Lots of great trails and sights around Branson https://www.branson.com/info/trails. Beautiful scenery and photo opportunities. Dogwood canyon is also a wonderful place. There are costs to get in and for the activities within.
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Old 09-11-2016, 01:55 PM   #5
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My children do not like Rock Walls (so the new place on the strip is out). Thanks!
I assume you are talking about Fritz's Adventure Park. It is going to be much more than just a Rock Wall. It could be an excellent option if the weather is either too rainy or cold for enjoying a "regular" park.

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Old 09-14-2016, 08:17 PM   #6
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My family has enjoyed the following free parks and trails in Branson:

Waterfall Trail
http://www.bransonparksandrecreation.com/page.php?id=53

Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area
http://www.bransonparksandrecreation.com/park.php?id=9

Stockstill Park
http://www.bransonparksandrecreation.com/park.php?id=14
(playgrounds, creek, walking trails, geocaching, ball fields, tennis courts, skateboard park)

Murphy Park
http://www.bransonparksandrecreation.com/park.php?id=10
**Primarily for younger kids--giant castle playground/also basketball court

Sunset Park (when it's mowed and not too wet)
http://www.bransonparksandrecreation.com/park.php?id=15
**Disc Golf Course located here if you like that.
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The Ruth and Paul Henning Lookout has a rustic but nice trail, with a great view. For relaxing walk, try the sidewalk along the lake at the landing, and watch the water/fire show at the Landing,. Lakeside Wilderness Area has a variety of hiking experiences available. The Dewey Short area has a short hike and a visitor center that is a neat museum enjoyable for all ages and there is area to run and play. The Fish hatchery has already been mentioned, but it is a favorite of ours, and near Dewey Short.
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We wear out the grandkids at Stockstill Park on a regular basis. Two separate playgrounds, a creek, and lots of open space if they bring a soccer ball or a baseball and gloves. When the weather's right, there's even sufficient room for kite flying. Pavilion is nice if you bring a picnic lunch, too.
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:20 PM   #9
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Thank you all so much, great ideas and info!
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:56 PM   #10
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Not sure it would peek the younger kids interest, but maybe trying to have them to play pokemon go while your out and about will encourage walking and give them a familiar franchise to play with while they're in said parks, or other areas.
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