3 Days in Branson This Fall

October 4, 2021

Steam trains, mountain coasters, and pumpkin fests make the heart of the Ozark Mountains the ideal location for a fall family getaway.

Discover where to go, what to eat, where to relax, where to scream, in our 3-day guides to Branson, Missouri.

Pick your itinerary and start packing!

Serene or Spooky?

Need some time to relax in nature and step away from the computer? Or are you craving a heart-throbbing spooky weekend?

Whether you want a Leisurely Weekend Getaway, Moderately-Paced Itinerary, or an Action-Packed Adventure, we've got your 3-day Branson fall trip covered!

Dogwood Canyon Adventure Park Entrance in Autumn

Leisurely Getaway Weekend

Where to Sleep: Grand Country Resort

With clean bright rooms, bunk beds, a breakfast buffet, indoor water park, Go Carts, mini-golf, laser tag, and a music hall, Grand Country Resort was built to be heaven on earth for children.

Warning: You will possibly have to drag the kiddos out of this hotel when it’s time to leave.

Day One

Where to Go: Shepherd of the Hills

Drive 10 minutes from your hotel to Shepherd of the Hills. Take a historic farm tour in an open-air tram and learn about the Shepherd of the Hills novel and the landscape that inspired it. After the tour, check out the activities in Pete’s Playland—mini-golf, petting zoo, mining trough, treehouses, obstacle courses, and more.  For extra Fall Fun, visit during the Pumpkin Fest (Friday-Sunday between September 24 and October 26) or Fall Craft Fair (September 10-11).

Where to Eat: Shepherd’s Mill Restaurant

Shepherd's Mill Restaurant has home-cooked, family-friendly dining in a warm and rustic setting.

Where to Take Instagram-Worthy Photos: Inspiration Tower

Climb to the top of the Inspiration Tower for beautiful views and great family photos with 90 miles worth of panoramic fall foliage backdrop.

Day Two

Where to Go: Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

If you don’t mind a 30-minute drive, head to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. If you do mind it, go instead to the Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area, a beautiful place for a picnic that’s just a couple of minutes from your hotel.

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At Dogwood, explore ancient burial caves, hike around waterfalls and trout streams, go horseback riding, or have a picnic under the trees. With 10,000 acres of Ozark Mountain landscape, this park offers endless opportunities to relax in nature while letting kids work out their energy!

Where to Eat: The Mill & Canyon Grill Restaurant

The Mill and Canyon Grill is located inside of the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Beautiful views and bison burgers.

Day Three

Where to Go: Titanic Museum™

The Titanic Museum™ is a fascinating experience featuring hundreds of Titanic artifacts, reconstructions, stories, hands-on exhibits, and a chance to experience the Titanic tragedy through the perspective of a specific passenger assigned to you with your “boarding pass.”

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Just hand your little one an audio device, and they’ll be just as absorbed in the experience as you!  

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Where to Go: Silver Dollar City®

Silver Dollar City® is a beautiful theme park nestled in the Ozark Mountains. Ride the steam train around this historic-themed amusement park nestled within thousands of Ozark oak and maple trees.

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Fireman’s Landing offers plenty of rides and play areas for children as young as 3. With shops, restaurants, live shows, and demonstrations of America’s heritage crafts by resident artisans, there’s plenty more to experience even after the little ones hop back into their strollers. 

Moderately-Paced Itinerary

Where to Sleep: Grand Country Resort

With clean bright rooms, bunk beds, a breakfast buffet, indoor water park, Go Carts, mini-golf, laser tag, and a music hall, Grand Country Resort was built to be heaven on earth for children.

Warning: You will possibly have to drag the kiddos out of this hotel when it’s time to leave.

Day One

Where to Go: Shepherd of the Hills

Drive 10 minutes from your hotel to Shepherd of the Hills. Take a historic farm tour in an open-air tram and learn about the Shepherd of the Hills novel and the landscape that inspired it. After the tour, check out the activities in Pete’s Playland—mini-golf, petting zoo, mining trough, treehouses, obstacle courses, and more. 

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For extra Fall Fun, visit during the Pumpkin Fest (Friday-Sunday between September 24 and October 26) or Fall Craft Fair (September 10-11).

Where to Eat: Shepherd’s Mill Restaurant

Shepherd's Mill Restaurant has home-cooked, family-friendly dining in a warm and rustic setting.

Where to Take Instagram-Worthy Photos: Inspiration Tower

Climb to the top of the Inspiration Tower for beautiful views and great family photos with 90 miles worth of panoramic fall foliage backdrop.

Day Two

Where to Go: Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

If you don’t mind a 30-minute drive, head to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. If you do mind it, go instead to the Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area, a beautiful place for a picnic that’s just a couple of minutes from your hotel.

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At Dogwood, explore ancient burial caves, hike around waterfalls and trout streams, go horseback riding, or have a picnic under the trees. With 10,000 acres of Ozark Mountain landscape, this park offers endless opportunities to relax in nature while letting kids work out their energy!

Where to Eat: The Mill & Canyon Grill Restaurant

The Mill and Canyon Grill is located inside of the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Beautiful views and bison burgers.

silver dollar city harvest decor

Day Three

Where to Go: Silver Dollar City®

Silver Dollar City® is a beautiful theme park nestled in the Ozark Mountains. Ride the steam train around this historic-themed amusement park nestled within thousands of Ozark oak and maple trees. Fireman’s Landing offers plenty of rides and play areas for children as young as three.

With shops, restaurants, live shows, and demonstrations of America’s heritage crafts by resident artisans, there’s plenty more to experience even after the little ones hop back into their strollers. 

Where to Eat: Dolly Parton’s Stampede®

Say goodbye to Branson with a big Southern dinner, music, and horse stunts at the “world’s most visited dinner attraction,” Dolly Parton's Stampede.

Action-Packed Adventure

Where to Sleep: Grand Country Resort

With clean bright rooms, bunk beds, a breakfast buffet, indoor water park, Go Carts, mini-golf, laser tag and a music hall, Grand Country Resort was built to be heaven on earth for children.

Warning: You will possibly have to drag the kiddos out of this hotel when it’s time to leave.

Day One

Where to Go: Silver Dollar City®

Silver Dollar City® is a beautiful theme park nestled in the Ozark Mountains. Start the day aboard a steam train circling this historic amusement park nestled within thousands of Ozark oaks and maples. If you’re still waking up after that, the Time Traveler will jolt you more awake than you’ve ever been.

Get launched, flipped, and spin through the sky on the world’s fastest, steepest, and tallest spinning coaster. After a morning of flying through the air, enjoy a slower pace as you explore the shops, restaurants, live shows, and American heritage crafts demonstrations by local artisans.

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You can also tour one of Missouri’s deepest caverns at the Marvel cave. If you’re in town the week of September 24th, bonus fun awaits at the Harvest Festival Feat. Crafts & Pumpkins In The City.

night view of the Fire and Ice show downtown at the Branson landing with boats parked on the water in front in Branson, Missouri, USA

Where to Take an Evening Stroll: Branson Landing

Get your culture fix and stroll down Branson’s Landing, get some ice cream or the pumpkin-flavored drink of the season, and do a little shopping. Stop at the Mirror Maize for a fun 15-minute challenge.

Day Two

Where to Go: The Copperhead Mountain Coaster

The Copperhead Mountain Coaster is a brand-new coaster located inside Shepherd’s Adventure Park. It’s Branson’s longest downhill mountain coaster and is a very fast way to see a lot of fall colors all at once. 

Where to Take an Afternoon Adventure: Zipline Canopy Tour

Take it to the next level and see fall colors from midair.  Zip through the Ozark trees with the Zipline Canopy Tour inside Shepherd’s Adventure Park.

Where to Eat: Shepherd’s Mill Restaurant

After a day of sliding down mountains and zipping trees, relax for a few and enjoy home-cooked Southern food in a warm and rustic setting at Shepherd's Mill Restaurant.

Day Three

Where to Go: Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area

This park is a beautiful place for a picnic that’s just a couple of minutes from your hotel. Take a morning hike and climb down the 315 stone steps that lead to Lake Taneycomo. Have a picnic breakfast under a waterfall and explore a cave.

Where to Get Instagram-Worthy Photos: Inspiration Tower

Climb back up those steps and head to the Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hill for beautiful views and great family photos with 90 miles worth of panoramic fall foliage backdrop.

Where to Eat: Dolly Parton’s Stampede®

Say goodbye to Branson with a big Southern dinner, music, and horse stunts at the “world’s most visited dinner attraction,” at Dolly Parton's Stampede.

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