We had a blast exploring Branson this past weekend. Our original plan was to stay one night + attend the hot air balloon festival, but at the last minute it got canceled. I was so bummed, but we ended up having a blast anyways. We extended our stay an extra two nights and marked a ton of things off our list to do. Hope you enjoy our recap video! We can’t wait to go back! Below the video I’ll have a break down of what we did each day. Also, I got a huge response on instagram asking if going forward everyone would like me to break down how much we spent so they could see what all we got to do for how much. I understand some people are weird about sharing money, but I have no problem with it. My hope is sharing people will see that you can go and have a fun time no matter how much you spend. Pick one or two splurges you want to do on a trip and try to save money where you can.
Trip break down - *Please note, I'm not including gas getting there OR hotel expenses. Just because everyone could be traveling from a different location and you can spend as much or as little as you want on lodging. We normally love to find VRBO or AirBnB, but we went with a hotel this time just because we used points on the room. Also, Harvey being one years old means normally he’s free on excursions and Ezra being 3 means he’s a lower price than adults. Just to keep in mind.
LUNCH: $22 | http://www.neighborsmill.com
BUTTERFLY EXPERIENCE: $44 | http://www.thebutterflypalace.com (tickets are good for 72 hours though, so we went back one more time for free)
FERRIS WHEEL: $22 | https://bransontracks.com/rides/ferris-wheel/
GO CARTS: 1 ride for Zach + Ezra $11 | https://bransontracks.com/rides/classicgokarts/
DINNER: $63 | http://www.gettinbasted.com (get the nachos as an appetizer, so good! And my salad could feed an army, along with Zach’s choice!)
Day 1 total: $162
ZOO DAY: $109 | https://www.plzoo.com/branson/pricing/ ( We purchased the VIP tickets, I don’t recommend purchasing anything lower than the VIP. That’s how we were able to hold the kangaroo and ride the tram to feed camels, etc.) *This was one of our splurge items* and we spent almost all day here, SO WORTH IT!
LUNCH: Jimmy Johns(we needed something quick because of the zoo) $21
DINNER: $64 | https://www.cantinalaredo.com/location/branson-missouri/ (We only ate there so we could sit outside + watch the water show at Branson landing, which plays every hour)
TOY STORE: $84 | http://ridemakerz.com (Another splurge for the boys, they got to pick their own car + build it…another SO WORTH IT)
Day 2 total: $296
LUNCH: $50 | Cantina again, it’s always yummy + Ezra wanted to build another car when Granny came to town.
TRAIN RIDE: $75 | https://www.bransontrain.com (so fun, but IMO only worth it during the fall when the leaves are pretty. If you do this ask us about the best seats/car for the ride.)
ICE CREAM: $18 | https://www.kilwins.com This is our favorite ice cream place EVER
ARCADE: $10 | https://arcadecity.com such a cool place!
DINNER: $24 | We were super tired of fighting kids at restaurants so we chose Chick-fil-A + brought it to the hotel room.
Day 3 total: $177
On our way home we stopped in Springfield to check out a possible new project and ate at the best place for lunch.
PIZZA: $31 | https://thepitchpizza.com We highly recommend getting the flash fried Brussel sprouts as an appetizer!
And as always with any trip you could come here and spend way more or way less! This is just what we did just to give you an idea of what all we got to do. Since we stayed at a hotel we ate breakfast there every morning + got coffee from there so that was an area we were able to save money!
Let me know if you enjoyed this break down + if you want us to keep doing it for future trips