Day 5 of our trip was our second full day in Branson. The all inclusive package we'd reserved included two day passes to Silver Dollar City and we decided to check that out instead of catching another show. We were a little worried about the weather, but decided to just take a chance and head out there after our buffet breakfast.
Of course, as we pull into the parking lot, it starts raining. You aren't allowed to park where you want at Silver Dollar City. The parking lots you can walk from are reserved for season pass holders and handicapped visitors. The other parking lots are too far away to walk, you have to wait for a tram. And there isn't really covered waiting space (there's a very very tiny covered bus stop, but it wouldn't come close to holding everyone). We decided to bring the umbrella and make the best of it anyway. Thankfully by the time the tram got to the gates, it had just about stopped. The rest of the morning was muggy, but we didn't get drenched.
The girls aren't interested in big rides and neither is my mom, but I had heard Silver Dollar City had a lot of craftsman demonstrations, so I figured we'd find plenty to do for a couple of hours and we really only wanted to spend the morning out there anyway.
My main complaints were that you had to both enter and exit through a large gift shop and the parking was a bit ridiculous. Besides that, it reminded me a lot of Astroworld in Houston during the late 80's/early 90's. We started out watching a glass blowing demonstration
There was still another mini golf course we hadn't played, so after cleaning up and changing clothes and hitting the buffet for another fabulous dinner, we made our way to the indoor black light golf course.
This was a fun course, but it was raining outside, so it was pretty crowded with a lot of families looking for indoor activities. About 9pm on the fifth night in a row of being up past bedtime is not really the ideal time to work with kids on their patience.
Back at the hotel room it was time to start collecting our things together, the next day was the start of our drive home!