Top 10 Things to do in Ridgedale, United States

March 2, 2018 Mollie Coke

Discover the best top things to do in Ridgedale, United States including Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, 165 Scenic Overlook, College of the Ozarks, Robertson Orchards & Farm Market, Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave, Ralph Foster Museum, White River Kayaking & Outdoors, Lost Canyon Nature Trail - Top of the Rock, Greenhouses, College of the Ozarks, The Haygoods.
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1. Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum

150 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, MO 65739 +1 800-225-6343
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5 based on 184 reviews

Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum

We are proud to present the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, built by Johnny Morris, to share the rich history of the Ozarks and the animals and people who came before us. Featured items in the museum include a woolly mammoth, a saber toothed cat, giant ground sloth skeletons and prehistoric cave bears. Through artifacts, images, text and video you’ll learn about the Ozarks and the people and animals that lived here over 12,000 years ago up through the Civil War era. Nowhere else can outdoor enthusiasts, families and history buffs experience, in chronological order, the history of the Ozarks documented so thoroughly.

Reviewed By CatsRFun

This is a very extensive walk-through museum with much history on our country's Indian heritage. It also included displays of mainly prehistoric animals. In comparison, a rather brief display of our country's presidents and the Civil War were included. We were there over two hours and were fairly exhausted before getting to the end. It would be nice to have more places to sit and rest throughout the museum.

2. 165 Scenic Overlook

7990 Historic State Highway 165, Hollister, Branson, MO 65672-4980
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4.5 based on 338 reviews

165 Scenic Overlook

Reviewed By GMSLCS - Houston, Texas

This is an excellent drive late October. The color changes are absolutely phenomenal. Although locals hate us tourist that drive slow, make sure you have plenty of film.

3. College of the Ozarks

1 Opportunity Ave, Point Lookout, Branson, MO 65726-9300 +1 417-334-6411
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5 based on 2 reviews

College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks, known as "Hard Work U," is more than a college. It's a destination with tons of family-friendly activities, including two museums, an old-fashioned grist mill, fruitcake and jelly kitchen, stained glass studio, and exquisite 4-star dining at Dobyns Dining Room in The Keeter Center. It's a great way to spend a day while you are in the Branson area. The only thing that requires admission is the Ralph Foster Museum ($6 Adults, $5 Seniors, and Free to all 18 and under). Dobyns Dining Room offers a farm to table experience without breaking the bank. Come learn why this unique college is nationally known.

Reviewed By duhkluck - Pittsburg, California

Nice campus to visit while in Branson. Get some student made ice cream or other gifts that are available in the store in front of the campus.

4. Robertson Orchards & Farm Market

11681 Highway 14 East, Omaha, AR 72662 +1 870-426-3400
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3 based on 1 reviews

Robertson Orchards & Farm Market

Reviewed By SoCalOregonian - Murrieta, California

Located about 5 miles off Hwy 65, this market looks to be recently remodeled. There is a large selection of honey, jams, jellies and preserves, along with a vast assortment of dried and candied fruit. There is also a whole section dedicated to pickled items. We purchased a few jams and jellies. Gal behind the counter was very nice and personable. There are also restroom facilities available.

5. Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave

612 Devils Pool Rd, Ridgedale, MO 65739-9730 +1 800-225-6343
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4.5 based on 307 reviews

Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave

Reviewed By John K - Saint Louis, Missouri

I didn't know what to expect on this golf cart trip through the wilderness (paved route), but the waterfalls, views, and cave excursion were neat, neat, neat! A truly unexpected pleasure.

6. Ralph Foster Museum

1 Cultural Court, Point Lookout, Branson, MO 65726 +1 417-334-6411
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4.5 based on 339 reviews

Ralph Foster Museum

The Ralph Foster Museum contains a vast collection of artifacts with special emphasis on the history and culture of the Ozark Mountain Region. Originally housed in Abernathy Hall, a boy's dorm on the campus of College of the Ozarks, the building has been transformed into three floors of exhibits where visitors will find many items of interest, such as antiques, dolls, clocks, music items, a large firearms collection, natural history, and textiles, in addition to the Beverly Hillbillies truck that was used in the television series.

Reviewed By Daniel M - Corning

The Ralph Foster Museum is located on the beautiful campus of the College of the Ozarks near Branson, MO. It is easy to drive to and the security person at the gate gave me directions. The museum was only $6 and covers three floors. The...MoreThank you for visiting!

7. White River Kayaking & Outdoors

187 1st St, Turkey Creek Junction Shopping Center, Hollister, Branson, MO 65672-5202
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5 based on 69 reviews

White River Kayaking & Outdoors

White River Kayaking and Outdoors offers kayak, canoe, paddleboard (SUP) and bike rentals in Hollister, Mo, just a mile away from downtown Branson! Whether a beginner or an expert, White River lakes make the perfect setting for kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing. View an assortment of wildlife or try catching a variety of fish. There is no better way to enjoy an adventure in the Ozark Mountains than by kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding or biking.

Reviewed By mglenn2986 - Hollister, Missouri

My husband & I had so much fun kayaking down Taneycomo. Relaxing and just the getaway we needed being locals here in town! The staff was super helpful and were able to answer all our questions. Looking forward to coming back on a day off and bringing our 2 year old!!

8. Lost Canyon Nature Trail - Top of the Rock

150 Top of the Rock Road, Top of the Rock Welcome Center, Ridgedale, MO 65379
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4.5 based on 454 reviews

Lost Canyon Nature Trail - Top of the Rock

Experience an unforgettable two-and-a-half mile ride in an electric cart along the Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Nature Trail. Johnny Morris spent hundreds of hours walking the land and painstakingly cutting a trail that would bring visitors into contact with dramatic features of nature such as stunning rock formations, beautiful views of Table Rock Lake and driving through the remarkable Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Cave. Waterfalls, natural rock formations and covered Amish bridges dot the trek. From the welcome center, with the beauty of the trail as a guide, guests are steeped in adventure and history all the way to the breathtaking summit. The first place you’ll stop as you meander along the nature trail is the awe-inspiring Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Cave. The centerpiece of the four-story cave are cascading waterfalls coupled with a cave bar serving up favorite beverages such as John L's Lemonade.

Reviewed By Jadecat - NW Arkansas

Very enjoyable excursion. You are given a golf cart to drive around a well paved, clearly marked trail. Allow an hour. How long it will take depends on how often you stop for pictures, to admire to scenery, etc. Golf carts are simple to handle. There is a cave bar where you can get a limited selection of beverages. It was closed for the season when we were there. You are given a map telling information about the flora and fauna you are seeing. It may not be exciting enough for adrenaline junkies but it is an excursion all ages and physical abilities could enjoy. Hint - dress appropriate for the weather, we were there on a cold day in January and were frozen by the time we were done!

9. Greenhouses, College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, Branson, MO 65726 +1 417-334-6411
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4.5 based on 85 reviews

Greenhouses, College of the Ozarks

Reviewed By mad_low - St. Louis, MO

HUGE orchid collection. Mostly cattleyas but also one greenhouse full of other varieties. Also, one of the most enormous staghorn ferns I've ever seen. Well worth a look.

10. The Haygoods

3216 West Highway 76, Clay Cooper Theatre, Branson, MO 65616 +1 417-339-4663
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5 based on 3 reviews

The Haygoods

26th SMASH HIT SEASON! Celebrating 25 Years of Legendary Family Entertainment! Experienced by over 6 Million People! World Class Production and Special Effects! 5 Brothers and 1 Sister performing on 20+ Instruments! BRANSON'S MOST POPULAR SHOW!! CALL EARLY! THE HAYGOODS SELL OUT FAST The Haygoods are Modern Family Entertainment at its BEST! This group of six siblings, (5 brothers and 1 sister), bring an all-new show to the Branson stage every year. Stunning visual effects and a state of the art stage presentation are the backdrop to an amazing array of musical styles, performed with more energy and excitement than anything you have ever experienced! The hits of today's Country, Rock, and Pop artists along with the music of the last 5 decades, are showcased in an electrifying ride of song, rhythm, and sound that you won't soon forget! Fans of all ages will LOVE The Haygoods and their music!

Reviewed By LmDalton - American Fork, Utah

The show was professional and polished—a little too polished. This family is definitely talented, and the music was fun and diverse. The light show was impressive, but I got the feeling that a lot of it was purposely distracting from the performers, who lacked energy—probably because they were lip syncing and not playing their instruments half the time.

The end of the show employed a blatant tactic to force a standing ovation, by paying tribute to US veterans with a few seconds of the National Anthem. It’s not necessary to stand for the anthem, but most people don’t know that, so people started standing up. Far be it from me to remain sitting when a Midwest crowd stands to show their patriotism. I didn’t want to be beaten up in the parking lot after being taken for a commie. So I gave a standing ovation along with the rest of the crowd. At least it got people moving out of the building faster.

We were entertained, and it wasn’t a waste of two hours, but we’ll probably pick something else next time.

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