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With Branson, Missouri becoming an increasingly popular travel spot, Silver Dollar City seems to be at the forefront of more and more conversations when planning the next family vacation. But, Silver Dollar City is not a new attraction. It's actually been around for over half a century, firmly cementing it's place as a mainstay of the Midwest. Here's everything you need to know about your next vacation destination.

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One of the Best in the World

Named one of the Top Theme Parks in the World by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, Silver Dollar City has been a major attraction since the '60s. As such, you can expect performers reenacting old-timey crafts like butter churning, blacksmithing, cooking classes, and countless other artistries. But the shows and demonstrations are just part of the fun. Of course, the kids will be drawn to the 40+ rides and rollercoasters. Pro Tip: time your visit around one of the many seasonal festivals (Christmas is especially memorable at the park).

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Experience Living History

You're not only seeking thrills while in Silver Dollar City, but you're engaging with living history while you do it for some education outside the classroom. The theme park employees truly commit to their role of 1800s citizens and are completely in character whether their craft be pottery, metalworking, or simply storytelling. To set the scene even further, throughout the park, there are historical buildings dating back to the 1800s, like McHaffie's Homestead, a real log cabin complete with barn and train.

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Marvel at Marvel Cave

For one of the premier attractions of Silver Dollar City, you may need to look underground. In 1960, when the Herschend family leased the cave as a draw to the Ozarks, they smartly built Silver Dollar City surrounding the entrance. With your admission to Silver Dollar City, you can also explore the cave for free, making it a great two-for-one deal. There are guided tours approximately every half hour, but be prepared for strenuous activity as you will be walking nearly 600 stairs within 60 minutes. The Cathedral Room is the largest cave entrance in the United States and for those able in body and mind, you will also have the option to participate in one of the guided lantern tours.