12+ Theme Parks and attractions in Missouri for Kids


You will find tons of kid-friendly attractions and theme parks in Missouri. Indoor and outdoor activities are both available to accommodate whatever mood the kids are in. 


There are many opportunities for learning and engaging with nature. With plenty of amusement and water park options, the kids can let that energy out! Check out these 12+ places that Gowhee App families have suggested to start you off enjoying this fun-filled state.

The gondolas at grafton sky tour on of the theme parks in Missouri
Grafton Sky Tour Gondolas. Source: Gowhee App

1. Take it to new heights with the Grafton Sky Tour

Enjoy the views of the river from the cute gondolas. The Sky tour is great for smaller kids who want to enjoy safe thrill experiences. The winery on top is a treat for adults.


Key Information: Round Trip tickets are 10$ – There is a parking nearby and food at the top.


Good To Know: You can choose between the open chair type or the enclosed gondola to accommodate all ages.

2. Beat the Summer Heat at Oceans of Fun

Cool off in the summer at one of the most amazing water parks, Oceans of Fun! Their many slides and water rides are a surefire way to have some family fun. 

Key Information: $34.99 admission (online only) – free life jackets – water wheelchairs available for guest use.

Good To Know: Buy tickets online to save almost 50%.

3. Take a themed train ride through the mountains

The St Louis Iron Mountain Railway offers great train rides for all ages, on different themes throughout the year. Kids can choose if they want to enjoy a dinosaur or chocolate train ride and more. The train stops at an outlaw village and most rides include a mocked robbery to add some thrill. 

Key Information: Adults are $17 and kids $10. Snacks are available at some stops and bathrooms are on site.

Good To Know: The café on site has a great play area as well so you can make a day out of it.

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St Louis Iron Mountain Railway train
St Louis Iron Mountain Railway train ride. Source: Gowhee App

12+ Kid-Friendly Attractions & Theme Parks in Missouri

4. Play All Day at Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City is one of the most beloved amusement parks in Missouri. You can ride a thrilling mountain coaster through the Ozarks! In addition to its many rides, it features 100 resident craftsmen demonstrating some of the United States’ heritage crafts. It has some of the most unique shops in Missouri, award-winning restaurants, and daily live entertainment. 


Key Information: Admission is $79 for adults and $69 for kids under 12 – changing tables in every park restroom – five private nursing stations available.


Good To Know: Don’t miss the old-time candy-making demonstrations at Brown’s Candy Craftsmen- they give out samples to the audience! 

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5. Ride Roller Coasters at Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun is a classic Missouri fun park that caters to all ages– for big kids, there are many thrill rides, heart-pounding coasters, and for little kids, Planet Snoopy is home to fun, gentle rides just their size.

Key Information: $34.99 admission (online only) – food onsite – accessibility friendly.

Good To Know: Your admission also gets you into the adjacent waterpark, Oceans of Fun. There are also vacation packages available.


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6.See the Iconic Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch symbolizes the opening of the American West. It is a sign of the country’s expansion after the American Revolution. Take a tram ride to the tip-top for an amazing view.


Key Information: Basic admission is $3 – most of the park is wheelchair accessible – food onsite.


Good To Know: The trams up to the top of the Arch do not have room for strollers.

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Getaway Arch in St Louis Missouri

7. See Wild Animals Up Close on Big Joel’s Safari

Big Joel’s Safari lets you get close enough to touch and feed many of the resident animals. Kids can play with pygmy goats, alpacas, and over sixty more species at Big Joel’s.


Key Information: $12 for adults, $10 for kids – no food allowed in the park – may be challenging for strollers.


Good To Know: If you’re local, a season pass pays for itself after 2-3 visits.



8. Explore Secret Passages at City Museum

St. Louis’s City Museum is a hundred-year-old warehouse that artists have turned into a gigantic playground with miles of tunnels, slides, bridges, and castles. Even adults feel like kids again at the City Museum!


Key Information: $18 – food onsite – toddler-friendly play area on the 3rd floor.


Good To Know: To encourage exploration, there isn’t a site map for the City Museum, so ask staff members if you’re looking for something specific.

9. Go Spelunking in the Bridal Cave

The spectacular Bridal Cave is one of the most breathtaking caverns in the country and has incredible rock formations, tons of local history, and knowledgeable guides.


Key Information: Admission is $22 for adults and $11 for kids – tours last about an hour – not stroller-friendly


Good To Know: Keep an eye out in the “chapel” room of the cave– you might just see an actual wedding ceremony in progress!


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10.  Play Video Games & Win Prizes at Arcade City

Arcade City is a fun entertainment center in Branson that makes every kid feel like a winner. There are hundreds of games and thousands of fantastic prizes to win.


Key Information: Game cards start at $20 – changing tables in the restrooms.


Good To Know: Arcade City is part of the Branson Landing entertainment complex, so there’s plenty of dining options nearby. 

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11. Learn About Cultural Appreciation at The Peace Pavilion

The Peace Pavilion is a unique learning experience for kids. It features tons of interactive activities. Kids will develop an appreciation for themselves, their own emotions, and other people.


Key Information: FREE – best for kids in elementary school and older – food nearby.


Good To Know: Kids will adore the hands-on exhibits.



12. Pet Stingrays at the Kansas City Zoo

At the Kansas City Zoo, you can see hundreds of incredible animal species. Some of them you can even pet, like the stingrays! 


Key Information: $20 admission, $17 for kids under 12 – food onsite – bathrooms with changing tables onsite. 


Good To Know: The rays are very gentle, so this is a safe experience for all kids.

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