Our beautiful park (lovingly know as “The City”) is NOT your average park…it is filled with adventures that our founders believed were best experienced as “surprises”. You’ll notice when you arrive that there are trees and lush landscaping everywhere that add to The City’s charm, but all that “nature” coupled with our winding and meandering pathways can sometimes make rides and attractions seem hidden to first time visitors until you get more familiar with the park. So, get ready to embrace your inner explorer and keep these tips for wayfinding in mind…
The park is really just 1 BIG CIRCLE with many little trails coming off it. The circle starts at the TOP of the park on The City’s Square and is completed at the BOTTOM of the park in the Rivertown Area.
From the TOP of the park on The City’s Square be sure to head LEFT, this will take you DOWN Hill Street (that’s right…if you don’t want to come up the biggest hill in the park we suggest you go left first). On Hill Street you will find most of our
Looking for the other record-breaking biggie, Time Traveler? don’t worry, either just keep going around the circle and look for the Christmas Shop or Glass Blowing Shop or backtrack to the TOP of the park, past the Blacksmith and over the truss bridge and then you’ve arrived for to start time traveling.
If from the TOP of the park on The City’s Square go RIGHT first, this is Valley Road and is the fastest path to our 3 kid friendly areas, plus Thunderation and Time Traveler.
Back on Valley Road round the corner and GO PAST the Tater Twist stand, walk across the railroad tracks and round the next corner where you’ll find Fireman’s Landing on the right. Here you’ll discover 10 family adventures including the climate-controlled Fire Station No. 3 with multi-level interactive play and air guns for visitors to practice fighting fires with foam! There’s also the FireHouse Splash Yard and more to keep the family busy.
Follow Valley Road and turn left at the Christmas Shop to find Half Dollar Holler’s play area for littles or the Frisco Steam Train that the whole family will enjoy.
Take Valley Road all the way to the Tater Twist stand and KEEP GOING STRAIGHT…all the way to the very end, where you’ll find The Grand Exposition filled with 10 more family friendly rides like the tea cups, elephants, swings, mighty galleon, lady bugs and more. Here’s where most little ones take their first coaster ride aboard the mini-coaster—The Grand Exposition Coaster!
Tip: If it is your child’s first ever official coaster ride on either the little coaster or one of our bigger giants…let our ride attendants know so we can celebrate with you by presenting your child with a ribbon to commemorate this special first!
No matter the age, sprinkled throughout The City there’s something for all speeds and thrill levels to be able to enjoy together.
Starting at the TOP of the park head RIGHT down Valley Road, cross the truss bridge and take the first left by the Christmas Shop where just behind it is the Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train’s Depot.
Tip: This is a don’t-miss ride on a genuine steam train that just might include a fun surprise half way through the trip around the rails. Hold on to your valuables!
And, right next to the Train Depot is the Flooded Mine…this old-fashioned float trip has guns aboard that allow families to have a friendly competition as they target practice along the trek.
At the BOTTOM of the park is the Rivertown Area where the family-raft ride Mystic River Falls resides with a nearly half-mile river journey complete with an epic splashdown finale…sure to cool off everyone in your party. And, just up the road is RiverBlast where your family can take aim at passersby along the shore for some good ole’, water-blastin’ fun!
There’s all sorts of super cool photo spots all over The City that will make your followers envious, but more importantly will create memories you can keep for a lifetime! They are tucked all over the park but if you can’t find these ask a City Citizen to direct you to the following that are favorites…
1) The Log & Ax at The City’s Entrance (of course you have to get a photo here, everybody does!)
2) The Silver Dollar City Stagecoach (on the porch of the Ashley’s Tintype Photography)
3) Pumpkin Tree on The Square
4) The Coffin In Midtown (next to the exit of Grandfather’s Mansion
5) WildFire’s Viewing Deck (you don’t have to ride but you can get a super cool shot that looks like you did!)
6) The Stocks At The Flooded Mine’s Entrance (both fun to take and fun to pose with others)
7) Giant Pumpkin Greeter at Red Gold Heritage Hall
8) Peter & Penelope's Photo Hut on the Pumpkin Plaza
9) Anywhere Inside The Cave (you heard right…take a cave tour, you won’t regret it. There’s a reason it’s a register natural landmark!)
10) The Jailhouse In Midtown (don’t worry about the inmate snoozing inside, he won’t mind if you squeeze in for a photo behind the bars!)
11) With Our Zany Citizens…yes, they’d love to take a photo with you—just ask!
Tip: Battery running low after all the photo taking, never fear—OZARK VOLTAGE TREES (aka Charging Stations) are located throughout the park. Look for the “tree stumps” or ask a City Citizen to direct you to the closest one!
We’ve heard it before from newbies, I had no idea about…
It’s not just a name we gave ourselves…it truly is an earned accolade from the U.S. House Of Representatives because we are a genuine crafts colony over 100 strong dedicated to the preservation of our nation’s heritage crafts! Craftsmanship is what sets us apart and makes us special…you won’t find this level of devotion at any other theme park in the world. In fact, we take our LOVE of demonstrating to a whole other level…true master artisans can be found throughout our City.
Be sure to check out the demonstrating schedule in the pathfinder or posted in shops where demos can be found daily…there are too many to list them all here, but THE TOP 5 guest favorites that you have to see are: Hazel’s Blown Glass, Brown’s Candy, Wilderness Road Blacksmith, Hillcreek Pottery & Clara Belle’s Cinnamon Bread.
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