For an hour or two:
Pack a picnic, some towels, swimwear and sunscreen and head to Jordan Valley Park, a green oasis located in downtown Springfield.
Enjoy the Sculpture Walk and view brilliant sculptures throughout the park. Unpack a picnic and let the kids play at the Springfield Wagon and The Rotary Club’s K-Man. Best of all, when you’re ready to beat that summer heat, splash in the Ozarks Fountain and Stream, running daily through mid-October. It’s a great place to enjoy a fun afternoon with the family. The park also has a shaded picnic area, an outdoor classroom, a rock-climbing area and multiple play areas that kids of any age can enjoy.
For a whole afternoon:
Book a night at Grand Country Inn and cure that summer craving all year round at Splash Country Resort, an indoor and outdoor waterpark located in Branson.
Float in Prospects Bend, soak in the Melting Pot Hot Tubs, show off your alley-oop at Drillers Cove and let your young’uns dive into Sandstone Springs. The waterslides, of course, are a hit for all ages. You can also ride through a light show in the new Highwall Heights. Then slide down Cross-Cut Falls just in time to get under Grands Fort’s tipping bucket.