Family fun vacation opportunities in Missouri include excursions in and around Branson, Legoland Discovery Center in Kansas City and the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis. Hotels and campgrounds are typically located near these vacation hot spots.
Branson, Missouri, is best known for its country western entertainment. Tourists should consider Branson's Ride the Ducks adventure, in which they ride an amphibious World War II vehicle along the back roads of the Ozarks and into a nearby lake. Also located in Branson is the Rainforest Adventure and Butterfly Palace, where families can walk among tropical butterflies. The Rainforest Critter Center and Banyan Tree Bungee Adventure are also available. Silver Dollar City, an 1880s-themed amusement park, is a popular attraction in Branson along with the Splash Country Indoor Water Park.
The Legoland Discovery Center in Kansas City features exhibits made of Lego blocks, including a re-creation of Kansas City's top attraction in the Miniland exhibit. Activities include learning tips on building with Legos, visiting a 4D cinema and taking the Kingdom Quest and Merlin's Apprentice rides.
The Saint Louis Zoo began with the 1904 World's Fair Flight Cage exhibit, but was formally opened in 1910. The Flight Cage is still there, but the zoo now includes multiple zones, such as the Discovery Corner. Exhibits include the Emerson Children's Zoo, the Living World and the Monsanto Insectarium. Other activities include the Zooline Railroad, the Sea Lion Show and the Conservation Carousel.