Things to do in Branson

Things to do in  Branson

It’s showtime

Dinner or a show? In Branson, you don’t have to choose. This Missouri city has long been a destination for the performance venues and dinner theaters that line 76 Country Boulevard. Today, over 100 shows are held in this so-called Las Vegas of the Ozarks, including everything from cover-band concerts and country music revues to family-friendly spectacles, acrobatic shows, and timeless favorites such as Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction. Beyond the pomp and glitz, other things to do in Branson include visiting Table Rock Lake, Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area, and Lake Taneycomo.

Top 15 attractions in Branson

Titanic Museum

Experience what it was like to be a passenger on the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic and learn about the tragedy at the Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri. Featuring an exterior built to half-scale, the museum is one of the largest tributes to the Titanic, and includes authentic replicas and more than 400 actual artifacts.More
Americana Theater

Americana Theater

Known for its stage shows and musical performances, the Americana Theater is a longstanding part of Branson's cultural landscape and has hosted shows since 1973. The theater offers a variety of acts at any given time, from country music and tribute shows to improv comedy performances.More

Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre

The Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre has been a landmark theater in Branson since the 1990s, when Mickey Gilley became one of the first country music stars to set up a theater residency in Branson. Guests visit the state-of-the-art theater to see a wide variety of shows, including music, comedy, and acrobatics.More
Sight and Sound Theatre

Sight and Sound Theatre

Sight and Sound Theatre is perhaps the grandest way to take in the Bible’s message. With fabulous costumes, million-dollar sets, and endless onstage action, it presents all the stories you know with a Hollywood flair. From the traditional Christmas show to the lesser-known tale of Queen Esther, Sight and Sound Theatre specializes, as its name says, in delighting your senses.More

Clay Cooper Theatre

One of the most popular music and entertainment centers in Branson, Missouri, the Clay Cooper Theatre has been thrilling visitors since it first opened in 2010. Hosting concerts, stand-up comedy, and variety shows, the performing arts theater promises family-friendly fun in the live entertainment capital of the world.More

Veterans Memorial Museum

A testament to the men and women who defended American freedom over the 20th century, the Branson Veterans Memorial Museumpresents memorabilia, art objects, and ephemera from decades of American military activity. Find 10 halls of exhibitions all under one roof, and learn about American wars from World War II to Korea to Vietnam.More

World's Largest Toy Museum Complex

American has a long history of "the world's largest" attractions, and the World's Largest Toy Museum Complex in Branson is an especially nostalgic one. Reminisce about your own childhood (or share it with your kids) at this family-friendly destination, where you find toys from decades past, from Barbie Dolls and steam trains to BB guns.More

Downtown Branson

Downtown Branson, Missouri is the historic heart of the city and truly a destination in its own right. Streets lined with brick façades and Victorian lampposts provide a constant reminder of the city’s 125-year history. This is where you will find Branson’s first theater, its oldest commercial building and the spot of Branson’s first show, the Baldknobbers Jamboree. With more than 130 unique shops, galleries, theaters and restaurants, Downtown Branson will keep you busy for at least a day.A variety of unique “mom and pop” shops are scattered among the flea markets and fine arts shops, including Dick’s Old-time Five & Dime, one of the most popular downtown attractions. Locals sometimes say if you can find something at Dick’s, you don’t need it. If you need a break from shopping, stop by the Branson Centennial Museum to learn more about the city’s storied past or catch a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway, which departs from the Depot on Main Street.Downtown Branson also hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, including Plumb Nellie Days, the Fiddle Festival, Autumn Daze, the Piccadilly Women’s Event and an annual Veteran’s Day Parade.More

Branson Landing

Featuring a lively boardwalk along the shores of Lake Taneycomo, Branson Landing is the only lifestyle retail, entertainment and waterfront entertainment district in the region. At its heart is a town square that terraces down to a unique water attraction that mixes water, fire, lights and music. The spectacular show features 120 foot high water geysers and booming fire cannons, choreographed to music and light.Covering 95 acres, Branson Landing attracts more than 4 million visitors annually. It boasts a 450,000 square foot retail complex anchored by Bass Pro Shop and Belk Department Store and features both casual and fine dining options along the waterfront. A 1500 seat amphitheater often hosts concerts while the Town Square is home to a variety of other special events throughout the year. Branson Landing is also the jumping off point for scenic cruises and sightseeing tours around Lake Taneycomo, including a “Riding the Ducks” adventure that takes you through downtown and into the lake.More
Dutton Family Theater

Dutton Family Theater

The Dutton Family Theater is home to nightly shows featuring three generation of Dutton family performers. As finalists in the popular television show America’s Got Talent, they showcased their musical talents on stage ranging from rock and roll to Opera to Country and Bluegrass. Consisting of the mother, father, and seven children, combined the family has over 31 years of gracing the stage. Multitalented family members play instruments ranging from harmonica and fiddle to violin, piano, bass, cello, banjo, keyboard and drums. Family members have frequently won international competitions for their musical talents.It was after touring the globe that the Dutton Family began to put on on this entertaining show, and it has been received with rave reviews. Together the family members bring a level of professionalism, talent, and camaraderie to the stage. Their two-hour shows feature a variety of music, dance, and comedy with a masterful range that suits the entire family. They perform over 300 shows a year at this location alone.More

College of the Ozarks

Discover the College of the Ozarks, a renowned private Christian institution near Branson, Missouri. Since its inception in 1906, this prestigious school is known for allowing students to receive a tuition-free education by working an on-campus job 15 hours a week. It embraces a unique approach to education that cultivates both academic and practical skills.More
Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City

As a theme park that seems to have frozen in time, the family friendly Silver Dollar City has dozens of rides, live shows, and festivals for visitors to choose from. There’s everything from steam trains to wooden roller coasters, alongside a massive natural cave and historic log cabins. The park is inspired by 19th century Ozark life, and the historic details come to life.The live shows also have range — visitors can see a Bluegrass concert, a horse show, theatrical dancing, and circus acrobatics in the same day. Other available activities include midwestern cooking classes, unique shopping and dining, and demonstrated crafts, along with seasonal celebrations such as the National Harvest and Cowboy Festival.Over 100 craftsmen on site preserve traditions such as glass blowing, candle making, candy making, ceramics, wood carving, and blacksmithing that all date back to the 1880s. With so many activity options, there truly is something for everyone at the park.More
Branson Famous Theatre

Branson Famous Theatre

Branson Famous Theatre is known for its diverse lineup of shows that range from musical groups to top-notch illusionists to comedy revues. This performance space just off of Branson’s famous Highway 76 generally hosts three different live acts at a time and offers multiple performances every week.More
Branson Scenic Railway

Branson Scenic Railway

The Branson Scenic Railway is a unique vintage-train experience that takes passengers through the Ozark foothills beginning at the historic 1906 depot in downtown Branson, Missouri. The narrated ride brings the area’s past to life, and also details local wildlife and the railroad’s role in the history of the Ozarks.More
Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure

Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure

Animal lovers shouldn't miss a visit to the family-friendly Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure, which brings tropical adventure to the hills of Missouri. Enter the aviary and walk among thousands of exotic butterflies, stop by the twisting mirror maze, and visit critters in the Living Rainforest Science Center.More
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All about Branson

When to visit

Branson offers something for everyone at any time of year. Spring brings mild conditions with average highs of 68°F (20°C) degrees in April and 75°F (23.9°C) in May, making it an ideal time to enjoy outdoor activities. Fall is similar, with the bonus of beautiful foliage to admire. Come summer, the city gets quite busy with families and people on vacation, but you can enjoy warmer temperatures. Otherwise, in the winter, Branson turns into a winter wonderland with no shortage of festive events.

Getting around

Most people explore Branson by car, either their own or a rental from the airport, as the public transport network is somewhat limited. However, you should certainly utilize the free downtown trolley, Sparky. Running through the historic area with 12 stops, including Main Street and Branson Landing, it’s a great way to explore the city on a budget and without worrying about navigating inner-city traffic.

Traveler tips

Bring your appetite to Branson: Beyond all the theaters, the city is a foodie haven. There’s a wide variety of restaurants offering everything from Southwest favorites to delicious barbecue and international cuisine. Combine live entertainment with dinner at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner, a famous 1950s-style diner with singing servers. For breakfast, try the home-cooked comfort food at Billy Gail’s and stop in at Grandma Ruth’s for a famous cinnamon roll.

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People Also Ask

Is there a lot to do in Branson, Missouri?

Yes, with theme parks, entertainment, and golf courses—there’s plenty to do in Branson. Downtown, you’ll find boutiques and restaurants, many of which offer scenic views of Lake Taneycomo. Those looking for thrills will find plenty at Silver Dollar City theme park, including shows that bring the Ozark Mountains to life.

What kind of entertainment do they have in Branson, Missouri?

You can find everything from live music shows to museum tours to outdoor adventures in Branson, but it’s most famous for hosting some of Nashville’s best singers and performers. For the theater enthusiast, there’s an array of performing arts on display year-round—whether it’s plays, musicals, or even magic acts.

How many attractions are in Branson?

There are more than 100 different attractions in the area, with new projects being added and existing entertainers modifying their shows regularly. Whether it’s touring Table Rock Lake or experiencing an entertaining show at Silver Dollar City, visitors can enjoy all that Branson offers.

What is the month to go to Branson, Missouri?

The best time to experience everything in Branson is summer. In June, July, and August, Missouri temperatures are warm, and there are many activities to enjoy. Visitors can take part in outdoor adventures at local attractions, such as Table Rock Lake and Silver Dollar City amusement park.

Is Branson, Missouri worth visiting?

Yes, Branson is an ideal destination for anyone in search of a vacation destination. Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in Missouri, Branson offers visitors an abundance of activities—from outdoor pursuits (fishing, boating, and horseback riding) to indoor attractions (theme parks and theaters with live shows).

What is Branson, MO known for?

Branson is well-known for its entertainment and outdoor recreation offerings. The Missouri city offers performances ranging from country music to magic shows to comedy skits in its dozens of live entertainment theaters. On top of that, there are several amusement attractions and lakes for boating or fishing.

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