Discover Branson History Tour in Branson, MO

VIP Tours of Branson3027 West Highway 76Branson, MO 65616
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Follow an engaging and local tour guide through Branson on this immersive tour experience through the Ozarks. From the history of Branson to the booming show business, you’ll learn all about the area on this small-group tour. Points of interest include Table Rock Dam, the historic town of Hollister, White River Valley, College of the Ozarks, and more. Tours available throughout the week.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • Tours meet for departure in the lobby of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater.
  • Transportation provided in a Mercedes Benz Sprinter coach.
  • Tours are approximately 3 hours long.
  • Available Monday through Friday at 9:00 am.
  • Appropriate for all ages.


from Discover Branson History Tour
Discover Branson is our “City Tour,” with a fun and knowledgeable LOCAL guide.

Starting at our tour office located directly across the street from the Hollywood Wax Museum, we will roll right down the famous “Hwy 76 Strip.” Then a drive past some of the most fun, surprising and beautiful sights around the area, such as Table Rock Dam and Lake, College of the Ozarks, historic downtown Branson and more. You’ll see everything from inside our custom Mercedes Benz Sprinter coach with high windows and a tall windshield for the best view.

Our tours are limited to 16 passengers, so you’ll get a personal experience filled with the sights and sounds of the “family friendliest” tourist mecca in the Midwest.

This tour will last approximately 3 hours.

Tour Includes:
  • Transportation on our 16 Passenger Mercedes Sprinter Coach
  • An Entertaining and Experienced Local Guide to recommend shows, food, shopping and more.
  • Drive down Country Music Blvd to see the theaters and hear the history of “The Branson Boom!”
  • Branson’s “Giant Things,” The Titanic and the new Branson Ferris Wheel.
  • History of Branson’s first tourist attraction, The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead.
  • See “Old Matt’s Cabin” built in 1884, on the National Registry of Historic Places.
  • College of the Ozarks – Tour the Keeter Center (Welcome Center) at “Hard Work U”.
  • Incredible Photo Ops including the Scenic Overlook of 350’ tall Table Rock Dam.
  • Historic Downing Street in Hollister, MO.
  • Historic Downtown Branson Main Street.
  • Other Theater, Shopping, and Attraction Locations.
  • Learn Your Way Around, and Through, the Famous Branson Traffic.
  • History of Branson and Local Attractions.
  • Receive a map of the area containing valuable coupons & special discounts for VIP Guests.
  • And More…

Tripster Customer Reviews

Carlene Ward
Willoughby, OH
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"All about Branson"
December 2018
Had a great time with our tour guide, Darrin. We always like to find out about the area history and must see sites when we visit other places and he covered everything.
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Tip: Try to take tour first day so you can go back to places that interest you.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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"Mom’s Monday!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 30, 2019
While on a large family reunion style vacation we left the men and children at home and joined Joe on the food and wine tour. It was all inclusive and made us feel pampered and spoiled. They think of everything to the smallest details. Joe was fun, informative, and professional. I would highly recommend VIP tours of Branson to any and everyone. Good wine, tasty food, AMAZING service. Just book a tour already! You won’t regret it!!
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Ruthanne J
"If you want to be in the know....don't miss this."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 07, 2019
Every time we travel we look for a tour of the area that will help get us oriented. So naturally we found VIP Tours of Branson. The van was comfortable and equiped with cell phone chargers and wifi. The guide was knowledgeable and obviously loved telling the stories. It was interesting to hear how Branson got it's name and see the grave of the namesake. THey even give you time at the most interesting college campus you will ever have the chance to visit. Great food in the campus five start resturant but you will have to return with a reservation. However, for your sweet tooth how about fresh homemade ice cream?? This is worth your time and money.
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"Highly Recommend"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2019
We went on the 3-hour Discover Branson Tour. Even though we’ve been to Branson many times, we still learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Joe was very informative and interesting. We highly recommend this tour.
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Lincoln, Nebraska
"A Must In Branson"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 28, 2019
If you are new to Branson or you’ve been there before, I highly recommend VIP Tours. It has become tradition for us to take Bob’s tours every year. We always do the Taste of Branson and it is perfect for 21 year olds all the way up to 78 or older! We also joined them this past year for a family tour where they took us to restaurants in Branson and even our teenagers had a blast. We always request Bob and enjoy his sense of humor and he always goes out of his way to make our tour special.
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"Excellent Tour Guides. The Lights? Not So Much"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 05, 2019
I have a mixed review for this tour. I want to point out that the tour guides were EXCELLENT. Funny, interactive, knowledgeable, and entertaining! The bus was comfortable enough but the views from the left side 3rd row of the bus were TERRIBLE. Don't sit there! The Branson hotel tour was nice. Cupcake was good. Hot chocolate was SO HOT that we had to let it cool for awhile before it was suitable for drinking. So, we opted for moscato/water and a hotel tour in the meantime. The hotel is BEAUTIFUL. But when we got back to our table to enjoy our hot chocolate, the server took them away without asking! Not nice, server guy! He gave me some more in a cup to take with me, though. Learning the town's history was great. The Shepard of the Hills lights tour was TERRIBLE. Displays were so old and dimly lit that I might as well have stayed home. No "wow factor" AT ALL. The second lights display (can't remember the name) was slightly better. The only "wow factor" came at the end, though. But no dice. I wouldn't do this tour again unless they offered MUCH better holiday lights shows.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Discover Branson History Tour

Are tours offered rain or shine? 

Where is the departure point located?
Tours depart from the lobby of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater located at 1600 W. Hwy 76, Branson, MO.

What should I wear for the tour?
It is recommended that guests wear weather-appropriate clothing, a light jacket, and comfortable walking shoes.

Does the tour include time to get photographs?
Yes. The tour includes plenty of photo opportunities.

Is this tour appropriate for children?