Silver Dollar City is celebrating its 50th year of operation in 2010 by offering free admission to the attraction for anyone who is celebrating his/her 50th birthday or wedding anniversary in 2010. If you were born or married in 1960, you can show photo identification along with your marriage license to prove your wedding date or your driver’s license to prove your birth date, and enjoy all the attractions of the park as often as you like during the year at no charge.
Even if you were not married or born in 1960, you can enter their sweepstakes and have a chance to win over $50,000 in prizes. Click on SilverDollarCity50.com and share the memories that you have of the park to enter the contest. At that site, you can also learn about special events that are scheduled as part of the 50th anniversary celebration.
Hugo and Mary Herschend from Chicago loved nature, so in 1950, they leased Marvel Cave near Branson, Missouri, and started a business conducting tours through the cave in the summertime. Within ten years, Hugo had passed away, and because the cave tours were so popular that people were waiting in long lines to enter, Mary and her two sons, Jack and Pete, devised a way to entertain the tourists as they waited. The Herschends and 17 employees opened a small village with an 1880s theme near the cave, and it soon became even more popular than Marvel Cave. Native craftsmen who demonstrated traditional Ozark crafts were a part of the attraction for the tourists.
From that small beginning, the Herschend Family Entertainment foundation was formed, with a mission to create memories worth repeating, and now includes 24 themed entertainment facilities in 9 states. HFE is owned and operated by the Herschend family but employs an outside board of directors.
In the beginning, the park used silver dollars as change when visitors paid for their admission, so it was called Silver Dollar City, and the word of mouth advertising created when those visitors returned home with the silver dollars was very effective.
Over two million people visit Silver Dollar City every year, and many of them schedule their vacations during one of the six world class festivals that the park hosts between April and December. The theme park is spread over 55 acres and has 1500 employees, 60 shops, 12 restaurants, 12 entertainment stages and 22 rides. 100 of the employees are skilled craftsmen who demonstrate crafts like glass blowing, weaving, candle making, blacksmithing, wood carving and soap making for visitors.
Silver Dollar City is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world and is well know for providing wholesome family entertainment to millions of people.
Various types of coupons are available to help vacationers save money. There are percentages off, dollars off, buy one, get one free deals and packages that include lodging with the tickets.
Branson tourism websites provide many different coupon and savings packages for Silver Dollar City tickets along with tickets for other Branson area attractions.
Some online sites like http://www.bransonsavings.com/free-branson-coupons.asp require your e-mail address so that their sponsors can notify you about special deals. After you provide the information, you will have access to their free coupon pages where you can print the coupons of your choice.
At Silver Dollar City’s main website, http://www.silverdollarcity.com/, click on the Special Offers and Packages tab, or go directly to http://www.bransonsilverdollarcity.com/offers-packages/, to find a list of special deals from which to choose.
You can purchase tickets online before July 23, and get a free kid’s breakfast and dinner. Another offer on their website is a special 3 day, 2 night getaway package at certain Branson hotels. They also have various other seasonal packages available to help you stretch your vacation dollars.
At silverdollarcity.reservedirect.com/sdc_packages.asp, you will find two-day tickets to Silver Dollar City with options including tickets to The Showboat Branson Belle, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Ride the Ducks.
· Splash and Play Package: ticket for Silver Dollar City, ticket for White Water and lodging of your choice, starting at $128.00 per person
· 2 Days of Play Package: 2-day ticket for Silver Dollar City and lodging of your choice, starting at $85.50 per person
· Cruise and Play: 2 days at Silver Dollar City, The Showboat Branson Belle and lodging of your choice, starting at $141.50 per person
· Stomp and Play: 2 days at Silver Dollar City, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and lodging of your choice, beginning at $127.50 per person
· Quack & Play: 2 days at Silver Dollar City, Ride the Ducks and lodging of your choice, beginning at $150.00 per person
· Cruise, Quack & Play: 2 days at Silver Dollar City, Showboat Branson Belle, Ride the Ducks and 2 nights lodging, beginning at $193.50 per person
· Cruise, Stomp & Play: 2 days at Silver Dollar City, Showboat Branson Belle, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and 2 nights lodging of your choice, starting at $215.99 per person
At http://www.explorebranson.com/specialoffers/offer.php?id=321, you can get the Silver Dollar City Package, which includes 2 adults for 2 nights in a 2 bedroom condo at Village At Indian Point Resort & Conference Center, 2 adult Silver Dollar City tickets for 2 days out of 3, Branson VIP coupon book (a $29.95 value), and a bag of ‘Village Blend’ coffee, starting at $349.99.
At http://www.explorebranson.com/specialoffers/offer.php?id=313, you will find lodging packages starting at $79.00, and all the packages give you a two day ticket at Silver Dollar City for the one day admission price.
http://silverdollarcity.reservedirect.com/vacation_packages.asp?pid=290 offers a Splash & Play deal at Silver Dollar City and White Water, Branson’s premier water park, with a third day free. You can visit both parks during a 3-day period as often as you like, and the deal includes your choice of lodging. With this ticket, you can pay the child’s price and get an adult ticket for the Showboat Branson Belle cruise, and save from $3 to $5 for a Ride the Ducks ticket or a ticket to Dixie Stampede. If you choose this savings package, you can download more than $250 in coupons and discounts when you complete your order.
Silver Dollar City provides discount tickets for banks, credit unions, grocery stores and companies that have a large number of employees to sell to their customers and employees. When people buy the tickets, they usually receive a coupon booklet containing discount coupons for other Branson area businesses as well.
Rides like The Giant Swing, WildFire, Thunderation, The Lost River of the Ozarks, PowderKeg and Fire in the Hole provide plenty of excitement, and the younger children will enjoy 10 anxiety free family rides at The Grand Exposition. The World’s Largest Treehouse at Geyser Gulch will be a favorite with the youngsters as well. There are magic shows, stunt dogs, contests, interactive fun, musical shows, demonstrations, restaurants, shops and more.
The newest ride, Tom and Huck’s RiverBlast, cost 7 million dollars and provides passengers with a wet and wild adventure. Participants on each of the 8 river rafts will be surrounded by rivals armed with water as they explore the 560 foot river channel with 80 water blasting guns and 150 targets.
Silver Dollar City strives to bring families closer together with shared experiences. They endeavor to serve others with respect and kindness and keep Christian values and ethics in mind. When Silver Dollar City is in your vacation plans, you will be making fond memories that you will treasure for a lifetime.