Although many of Branson’s tourist destinations are currently closed for the winter, there is one attraction that offers visitors and locals the opportunity to experience indoor entertainment year-round.
WonderWorks Branson General Manager Brenda Dent shared some of the reasons why their attraction is a great addition to any visit to Branson this winter.
“We are inside. That’s a huge plus. We don’t mind the weather,” Dent said. “We are open 365 days a week and we are open even during winter hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 9 am. So we give you a long period of time throughout the day. Our ticket is an all-day ticket, so you can buy your ticket at 10 a.m. and get in, then maybe see a show in the afternoon, then come back to see us after the show. There are lots of opportunities.
Dent added, another benefit of visiting WonderWorks during the winter is the availability of attraction employees to spend more time with each guest.
“There are staff who can help you learn and touch and show you how things work if you don’t understand. Some things people will just pass because they don’t understand how it works, so we take the time to show them,” Dent said. “It’s the perfect time of year to come because we have a bit more one-on-one experience with them than in the summer when we’re extremely busy.”
Since opening its doors in 2020, WonderWorks Branson has continued to evolve, welcoming new exhibits and features. One of the exhibits featured last year includes a new earthquake exhibit called Good Vibrations, which highlights the Tuckaleechee Caverns, located in Townsend, Tennessee, and how they document seismic activity in the world.
Last year, WonderWorks also launched Sphere We Go, which focuses on the spheres that make up the Earth, including the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere/lithosphere, and biosphere. While touring the exhibit, WonderWorks guests will also learn about each of the Earth’s four layers, and how they interact with each other.
Dent also teased that they have a few new releases coming this year, which will be announced soon.
“We have a few things, which we’re not going to disclose, that are coming this summer and fall of this year,” Dent said. “Then we almost always open with a STEM career, which spins. Last year it was the astronauts. This year we will have a new one that we will add to that. We’re all about learning and having fun all rolled into one, so that’s great.
Dent explained that people who visit WonderWorks will benefit from a mix of education and entertainment.
“They call it Edu-entertainment. That’s the word they like to use. We are an indoor amusement park, based on science and education, so it’s all fun and learning all rolled into one. We also have something for everyone, from 2 to 102 years old, we have something for them,” Dent said. “One of the things I’m probably most proud of is that we were able to have Branson’s three attributes in our building. The family, the faith and the flag, all of which are very popular in Branson. It’s kind of our foundation. We were able to add more throughout the building, which was an honor for me to say. I’ve been in Branson since 1981 so I’ve seen things grow and develop and it was important to me and it’s here.
With over 100 interactive exhibits, WonderWorks also offers visitors a highly interactive experience.
“We have three floors, over 40,000 square feet of awesomeness, is what I call it,” Dent said. “Each floor there will be something to touch, feel, play and learn. On the first floor we have the XD theatre. This has several different rides that you can do. You can try our fitness area, with the 360 bikes. If you pedal fast enough, you can go all the way around, 360 degrees. There’s a lot of things like the Gear Wall for the little ones and we have Speed of Light. There’s so much to each floor.
WonderWorks Branson offers group activities, facility rentals, homeschool day events, birthday parties and more. They additionally offer group pricing opportunities for groups of 15 or more, including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Military Reunions, Tour Operators, Family Reunions, Student Groups, and more.
“If you have a birthday coming up, we have the perfect birthday party room,” Dent said. “We are starting to develop that. Our school trips are starting to return as schools start to travel which is great and exciting for us. It is usually Monday to Friday. We have a lot of college groups coming in, so things are going really well. We are very, very satisfied. We will continue to add. We have exciting things to come.
WonderWorks Branson also organizes sensory days for children and adults with special needs. The next sensory day will take place on Sunday, February 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents, guardians, family and children can come to WonderWorks for $10 during this event.
WonderWorks is located at 2835 W. 76 Country Blvd. in Branson.
For tickets and additional information, visit wonderworksonline.com/branson.