Looking for something to do when visiting Missouri? Don’t worry, you have tons of awesome options! Speaking for ourselves, one of the very best things to do in Missouri is visit the many amazing Missouri amusement parks.
That’s right, Missouri is an excellent place to do some amusement park hopping. In fact, there are so many of these parks scattered around the state that you might find yourself needing to take multiple trips in order to see them all.
Not sure where to begin planning your trip to see amusement parks in Missouri? That’s where this article comes into play.
Missouri Amusement Parks
As mentioned before, there are tons of great Missouri amusement parks. This is something many visitors find overwhelming. After all, how are you supposed to pick the best park with so many to choose from?
Not to worry! Below, we’ve listed the top 9 amusement parks in Missouri. Pick and choose from this list and you really can’t go wrong:
- Worlds of Fun
- Six Flags St. Louis and Hurricane Harbor
- Silver Dollar City and White Water
- Bigfoot Fun Park
- Branson Mountain Adventure Park
- Farmington Water Park
- Jolly Mon Indoor Waterpark
- Castle Rock Resort and Waterpark
- The Water Zone at Mark Twain Lake
Now that you know which Missouri amusement parks are the best, let’s use the next parts of this article to help you plan the perfect theme park getaway!
Worlds of Fun
The largest amusement park in the midwest, Worlds of Fun is a must-see if you’ll be in the Kansas City area (and you absolutely should visit the Kansas City area). This park is enormous—meaning there is enough fun to fill a couple of days—and the variety of attractions ensures people of all ages can have fun while visiting.
Some favorite attractions at Worlds of Fun include the Boomerang and Mamba roller coasters. Families love the Scrambler and Skyliner. Meanwhile, young children will appreciate the many Peanuts-themed rides such as Sally’s Swing Set and the Kite-Eating Tree.
The Worlds of Fun property also includes a water park. This watery-fun spot includes such attractions as the Typhoon and Aruba Tuba water slides. The wave pool offers a fun time when you aren’t on the slide, and little ones will enjoy the Captain Kidd’s water play area.
RV Camping Near Worlds of Fun
Clearly, you will need some place to rest between fun days at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun. This is where the onsite RV park comes into play. The is is easily the best place to rest, relax, and gear up for more fun after a day at the theme park.
Worlds of Fun Village — The Worlds of Fun RV park is known as World of Fun Village. This campground includes a swimming pool and hot tub, as well as a fully stocked camp store. Of course, the full-hookup sites are pretty nice as well!
Planning Your Visit to Worlds of Fun
Tickets to Worlds of Fun start at just $39.99 for a single day. Two-day tickets are available for $69.99 a person, and season passes are a good option for those who want to visit more than twice. There are discounts available for some individuals, including members of the military.
No food is allowed to be brought into the park. However, there are plenty of food options available for guests inside of both parks.
Six Flags St. Louis and Hurricane Harbor
Six Flags parks are some of the most well known theme parks in the country. This is for good reason. These parks are tons of fun and offer something for everyone in the family. Six Flags St. Louis and its water park Hurricane Harbor are no exception.
Some of the best rides in Six Flags St. Louis are Batman the Ride, the Boomerang roller coaster, and the new Catwoman Whip. Younger riders will love the many Looney Tunes-themed options such as the Foghorn Leghorn National Park Railway and Elmer Fudd Weather Balloons. Many family rides are also available.
As far as Hurricane Harbor goes, you can expect lots of splashing and smiling when you visit. Hurricane Bay is a large wave pool that is tons of fun for everyone, and Gulley Washer Creek is a great spot for floating and relaxing. Kids love the Pirate Ship Slides, and thrill seekers will appreciate the Typhoon Twister.
RV Camping Near Six Flags St. Louis and Hurricane Harbor
Wondering where to stay while you play? RV camping is always the best way to go, and St. Louis has plenty of awesome RV parks. One of our favorite places to park an RV in the St. Louis area is listed below.
DraftKings at Casino Queens RV Park — This park is located in east St. Louis, just minutes away from all the city has to offer. The sites are level and well kept, and full hookups are available. A laundry room makes washing your clothes a cinch, and the pavilion in the middle of the park is a great place to hang out and grill some food.
Planning Your Visit to Six Flags St. Louis and Hurricane Harbor
Day passes to Six Flags St. Louis start at around $40 when bought online. Special deals are almost always available, and season passes are an option for those who will visit multiple times in a single year.
Parking at these parks is $30 per day and is included with season passes, but not day tickets. Outside food is not allowed in the park, so plan on buying food from one of the many eateries inside of the parks. Meal passes can be bought in advance for this purpose.
Silver Dollar City and White Water
Step back in time and have an awesome experience at Silver Dollar City. This Wild West-themed amusement park is a totally fun way to spend a day with friends or family, and you’re sure to find something you love here, no matter what sorts of attractions you prefer.
Favorite rides at Silver Dollar City include the American Plunge log flume, the Mystic River Falls river raft ride, the Fire-in-the-Hole family coaster, the WildFire Steele coaster, and the Outlaw Run wooden coaster. Kids love the many different kiddie rides in the park, and families enjoy checking out the entertainment schedule and exploring Marvel Cave together.
Want some water fun to make your visit even better? Make sure to visit White Water, Silver Dollar City’s water park. This watery fun zone features a number of great slides as well as a wave pool and lazy river. Kids love the Coconut Cover water play area, as well as Splashaway Cay.
RV Camping Near Silver Dollar City and White Water
Another great thing about Silver Dollar City? This amusement park has its own RV campground! That’s right, you can stay right by the action, making it easy to jump into the fun as soon as you rise and shine each morning.
Silver Dollar City RV Camping — This awesome little campground is a lovely place to call home for a bit. It’s nicely shaded and has both 50-amp and 30-amp sites. Some are pull-through, some are back-in, and all are level gravel pads. Amenities include a playground, laundry room, clean bathhouses, a pool, and a shuttle to the parks.
Planning Your Visit to Silver Dollar City and White Water
Admission to Silver Dollar City starts at $70 per day. Meanwhile, tickets to White Water start at just $48. Special deals are often offered online, and some individuals are always eligible for discounted tickets. If you want to visit both parks, you can save with a combo ticket, and those who plan to visit often can buy a season pass.
You must pay for parking at Silver Dollar City and can choose to pay in advance. Front of line passes, meal deals, and a number of other add-ons are also available.
Bigfoot Fun Park
A different sort of amusement park, Bigfoot Fun Park in Branson has tons of ways to have fun as a family. Whether you prefer thrill rides, play areas, mini golf, or arcade games, you’re going to have a blast exploring this amazing place.
Let’s start with the rides. There are a number of ride-on attractions at this little park, and every single one of them is worth trying out. The Big Foot Gravity Bomb and Bigfoot Super Sling are both incredibly thrilling options that are perfect for adrenaline junkies.
The play area is another awesome feature of this park. Here you can navigate a maze, crawl through tunnels, climb up nets, swing on ropes, and more. At the end of the obstacle course, you have the option to jump from a 10-foot tower onto a giant airbag.
This park also offers an awesome adventure mini golf course that might just be the best course in the state, as well as an excellent arcade and an 8Di interactive action cinema experience.
RV Camping Near Bigfoot Fun Park
Clearly, Bigfoot Fun Park offers a lot to see and do. In fact, you might even find you need more than one day to fit it all in and you’ll definitely need multiple days to explore Branson. This is why we recommend you bring your RV.
Branson Lakeside RV Park — This is a pretty little campground located right in the middle of the city, making it easy to access all of the area attractions. Full-hookup sites ensure you’re comfortable, and the lake offers plenty of fun recreation opportunities.
Planning Your Visit to Bigfoot Fun Park
The cost to visit this park depends entirely on what you want to do while you’re there. Most activities start at $7–$13 and booking in advance online is recommended, especially if you’ll be visiting during a busy time. Want a free activity while you’re there? Be sure to visit between 7:30pm and 10:30pm and catch the free light show!
Branson Mountain Adventure Park
Yet another Branson amusement park, Branson Adventure Park is an attraction you won’t soon forget. The unique rides found here are absolutely fantastic and perfect for the adventure seekers out there.
The main attraction at this park is the incredible mountain coaster. This thrill ride zips down the mountain at incredible speed. You can choose to ride alone or with a passenger, but either way you’re going to have an amazing time.
Other adventures at Branson Mountain Adventure Park include a super cool (and slightly terrifying) ziplining experience, as well as a chance to mine for gems.
RV Camping Near Branson Mountain Adventure Park
Once again, we highly recommend staying in an RV during your Branson getaway. You could choose one of the aforementioned Branson campgrounds, but if they don’t work for you, there are plenty of other options. The RV park below is a great pick!
America’s Best Campground — This is another Branson campground that is located very near all the fun. It’s well shaded, offers full-hookup sites, and has a variety of amenities such as a pool and hot tub. Best of all, the employees here are amazing and happy to help in any way they can.
Planning Your Visit to Branson Mountain Adventure Park
Each attraction at this park has its own admission fee. The cost to ride the mountain coaster is $18 for the first person and $10 for a passenger. After the first ride, you pay only $12 to ride again as a driver. Gem mining costs between $12 and $30, and the zipline is $35. Combo tickets are available for those looking to save a few bucks.
Keep in mind that both the zipline and the mountain coaster have height requirements, and the rides do close if there is inclement weather in the area.
Farmington Water Park
Prefer water park fun over traditional amusement park fun and want to skip the dry rides altogether? Farmington Water Park in Farmington, MO is the place for you.
A city-owned park, Farmington Water Park is not the biggest waterpark in the world. That said, it is packed to the gills (see what we did there?) with fun stuff to do. The park boasts large body slides as well as smaller slides for young children. Kids love the climbing structure and play area with a dump bucket, and parents appreciate the shaded seating. Of course, everyone appreciates a float in the lazy river on a hot day!
This park often offers special events such as evening swims, movies in the park, and even a day to swim with your dog. These events make a day at the water park even more fun, so be sure to look for them during your time in the area.
RV Camping Near Farmington Water Park
Not sure where to stay while in Farmington? Why not take your RV and set up camp in one of the lovely campgrounds in the area? This will allow you to rent in comfort after a day at the water park while also enjoying camping activities.
St. Joe State Park — This state park is an excellent place to camp while in Farmington. The park offers fresh water, a dump station, and electric hookups. It’s a beautiful, shaded place and there are plenty of hiking trails onsite for those who like to get outside and explore.
Planning Your Visit to Farmington Water Park
The cost to visit Farmington Water Park is $7.50 for kids aged 11 and younger, $8.50 for those 12 and older, and $7.50 for seniors. Special group pricing is available, and birthday party packages are an option. Additionally, many special events offer discounted pricing.
Outside food is not allowed in Farmington Water Park, but there is a well-stocked concession stand onsite keeping everyone well fed while they play.
Jolly Mon Indoor Waterpark
Another great place to get in some water park fun is the Jolly Mon Indoor Water Park. This park is located inside of the Margaritaville Lake Resort in Osage Beach, and because it’s indoors, it can be enjoyed all year long. This is excellent news for those visiting during the cooler months, as it means they can enjoy some splashing even when the weather is less than ideal.
The centerpiece of Jolly Mon is the three-story wilderness-themed treehouse. This awesome water play structure features water slides, bridges, water sprayers, tunnels, and best of all, a 600-gallon dump bucket.
Of course, the playground is far from the only thing in this awesome little water park. You’ll also find a huge 21-seat whirlpool, a lovely lazy river, and an activity pool with water basketball and other games.
RV Camping Near Jolly Mon Indoor Waterpark
You could stay at the waterpark resort if you wanted to. That said, we much prefer the privacy and comfort offered by an RV. Therefore, we recommend skipping the hotel room and taking a trailer or motorhome instead.
Osage Beach RV Park — As far as RV parking goes, we highly recommend booking Osage Beach RV Park. This campground is clean and well kept. It offers full-hookup sites, a swimming pool, clean bathhouses, and some of the friendliest staff around. Yep, this is definitely the place to stay when visiting Osage Beach.
Planning Your Visit to Jolly Mon Indoor Waterpark
The price for day passes to Jolly Mon is $25 per person per day. Those who don’t plan to stay can pay a small $5 spectator fee in order to hang out near the pools. Those aged 2 and under can enter for free.
Lockers are available for guest use, and a snack bar serves up a variety of treats to keep you going when the hunger sets in. Visiting during a birthday? Party rooms are also available for rent.
Castle Rock Resort and Waterpark
Looking for even more amusement park fun in Branson? Believe it or not, there is still more to be had. Castle Rock Resort and Waterpark is a fantastic Howard Johnson Hotel that features an awesome indoor water play space. Your family almost certainly won’t be able to get enough of this place!
The park features two large slides that are perfect for the thrill seekers out there. The kiddie play area offers little ones a chance to slide on smaller, animal-themed slides that are sure to delight them. Everyone loves the large dump buckets and waterfalls that live in the kiddie play area, and the water-spraying palm tree is a hit as well.
When the weather is nice, there is also a large outdoor area that offers even more fun. Be sure to leave yourself time to check this part out if you visit during the warmer months!
RV Camping Near Castle Rock Resort and Waterpark
This is yet another instance where we highly recommend skipping the stay at the water park hotel and choosing RV camping instead. So far we’ve mentioned three awesome Branson RV parks, but there are more. If you want another great option, check out the park mentioned below.
Musicland Kampground — We love this beautiful little family campground. Not only is it a friendly and welcoming place, it’s also right by all of the amazing attractions found in the city of Branson. The park offers full-hookup sites, a swimming pool, laundry facilities, clean restrooms, and excellent rates. What more could you want?
Planning Your Visit to Castle Rock Resort and Waterpark
Day passes are available for this park. Expect to pay $15 per person to enter for the day, but note that those aged 2 and under enter for free. Additionally, it is good to know that day passes can only be purchased the day of your visit, and sales are subject to availability.
Life jackets and towels are available for guest use. Outside food is not allowed, but there is an eatery onsite.
The Water Zone at Mark Twain Lake
Last but not least, we must tell you about The Water Zone at Mark Twain Lake. If you’re a camper (and we know you probably are a camper at heart), you’re going to love this Monroe City amusement park. You see, this park is located inside of a campground, meaning you can get your camping fix and your waterpark fix in one awesome spot!
The Water Zone features a large variety of fun attractions. The large water slides and space bowl provide tons of thrills and definitely keep the older kids and teens busy. Little swimmers love the kiddie pool, the folks who prefer a relaxing experience will love floating along the lazy river, and everyone will have a good time jumping waves in the wave pool.
In addition to the water park, this park also offers guests opportunities to play mini golf and take part in planned activities. This means you can easily spend an entire day at this attraction and never once feel bored.
RV Camping Near The Water Zone at Mark Twain Lake
As mentioned above, The Water Zone is located inside of a campground. Obviously, the best way to visit this water park is by staying in this campground. Pack up the RV, grab your swimsuits, and get ready to have an absolute blast!
Mark Twain Lake Jellystone Park — We love Jellystone Park campgrounds for their family-friendly atmospheres and fun family activities, Mark Twain Lake Jellystone Park is one of these great campgrounds! Here you’ll find clean, level campsites with full hookups, nice bathrooms, and the waterpark and mini golf mentioned above. There is also an onsite cafe, a camp store, a playground, and more.
Planning Your Visit to The Water Zone at Mark Twain Lake
General admission to The Water Zone and mini golf course is $34.99 for day guests. That said, those who are camping at Mark Twain Lake Jellystone Park receive complimentary admission to the water park, mini golf course, and all other attractions at the campground. There are also season passes available for those who wish to visit multiple days this summer but won’t be camping in the park.
As mentioned above, there is an onsite cafe if you happen to get hungry while playing. However, it’s just as easy to head back to your camper to make a quick snack.
As you can see, Missouri amusement parks are plentiful and each one is worth visiting. Want to find even more theme park fun in the state? Try searching “amusement parks near me” once you get settled into your Missouri campground to see what kinds of gems you can come up with.
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