Top of the Rock Golf Cart Tour

top of the rock branson, mo, golf cart tour through the ozark mountains
Top of the Rock Branson, MO

Last spring we visited Branson, MO with some friends and took the Top of the Rock golf cart tour. It was magnificent! Here’s a little video that I put together with some of the images and video.

Top of the Rock, Branson, MO

Top of the Rock Golf Cart Tour

This was our first Top of the Rock golf cart tour and we were thoroughly satisfied. The area is just beautiful and the people were very nice and helpful.

The tour we took was the Cave Trail and Museum. The tickets were in the range of $31.75 to $44.00. Check their calendar if you are booking tickets, there are some price increases on the weekends around June and July.

The ticket included a shuttle to the museum after the tour and the entry fee there. I’ll do another post on the museum because I took tons of pics and it was absolutely awesome.

The shuttle also takes you back down to the parking lot afterward. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes until the last car is gone from the parking lot the driver told us. Don’t forget to tip the driver on your way back))

Golf Cart Tour Requirements & Tips

  • You have to be 18 to drive the cart.
  • Insurance was available for $8.00 (we omitted this)
  • The person driving the cart has a short form that has to be completed. They will text the form to you.
  • Two-seaters and carts with back seats are available. You choose the type you want. The cart with the back seat is great for families.
  • The windshield was down on our cart, I suppose you could put it up if you wish.
  • The top was also open, but you could put it on if desired.
  • The cart doesn’t run fast! Safety first.
  • Occasionally water will drop on your head or you might get a light spray.
  • The dark caves have some light.
  • A phone number is on the dash of the cart if you run into any trouble.
  • There is a drive-thru place to get something to drink and a snack in one of the caves.
  • There are no human guides along the way. You are on your own.
  • There are places to park the cart if you want to get out for pics or just to walk around.
  • Keep off the rock signs were posted here and there, but they didn’t clutter up the sites.
  • The bear cave….there is no bear))) But it sure sounds like it!
  • Depending on the time of the year, take a sweater. It was a little windy and overcast on our trip.
  • The tour can take anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours. You can take your time, there are no constraints.
  • There are no restrooms on the trail…..just saying, take care of business before you leave.


The Osage is the only restaurant at the Top of the Rock, however, it was closed on our visit for a private wedding. The Osage is known for its fine food. Hopefully, next time we will be able to eat there, I sure hope so))

Be sure to check their schedule before you go in case dining there is on your list. They open at 4:00 pm except on Sundays when they open at 10:00 am. It’s an expensive restaurant I’m told.

Update 10/22/23

When I make a mistake or make an incorrect statement, I will be the first to admit it))) According to a recent viewer, I was wrong about there only being one restaurant at the Top of the Rock. I’m sorry, we only saw one from our golf cart tour but apparently, there are two other places to eat. We will be sure to look the next time we go back and hopefully get a chance to try one out. And as always, I appreciate reader input))

Speaking of a wedding, the Chapel of the Ozarks was breathtaking.

chapel of the ozarks in branson, mo
Chapel of the Ozarks

Now would that not be the venue for a fairytale wedding! It looked like something out of The Sound of Music!

Even though we didn’t get to eat in the restaurant, there was a golf pro shop that my husband really enjoyed. I imagine the next time we go, we will be allotting time for 18 holes)))

Wrapping it Up

After our Top of the Rock golf cart tour, we shuttled up to the museum. On the way back, we realized my husband had left his jacket in the golf cart. We figured you could say goodbye to that jacket. But, we went back over to the area, and sure enough, they had his jacket and we were able to pick it up. Nice folks, everyone we encountered.

If you want to learn more about Branson, MO, I’ll be doing more posts. We had so much fun, and there was so much to do! Out of a four-night trip we only had “downtime” of about three hours…..and it worked out perfectly for much-needed rest!

I’ll be writing about the Jesus production at the Sight and Sound Theater, some of the shows, and even a train ride through the Ozarks! And the food….oh my goodness, they have sweet tea and biscuits))))

The Cakes N Creams 50s Diner was one of our favorite places to hang out))

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  1. We will be coming in two weeks do I need to purchase tickets on advance or get them when we get there ?

      1. You just pay the fee and drive the golf cart yourself. They have 2-seaters and 4-seaters. You follow the trail and go at your own pace, stopping places and staying as long as you wish. We really enjoyed it and will do it again for sure))

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