Even though Branson is fantastic year-round, certain seasons are better than others when it comes to the weather, hotel prices, and attraction availability.
Congratulations! You’re planning a trip to Branson. But, now you probably have a few questions. For instance, when is the best time to visit Branson? That answer really depends on the activities, budget and type of trip you desire.
To determine when your family should visit Branson identify which travel factors matter most to your vacation.
With a location in Southwest Missouri, Branson features all four seasons. That means there are four distinct times of year to visit.
Branson really starts to bloom during spring, with the ideal spring months to visit being April and May. With temperatures in the lower to upper 70s, the weather is warm but not hot—perfect for outdoor activities!
Summer is the prime travel season for Branson, MO. Lasting from late May through August, this season features temperatures in the mid-80s to lower 90s. In a word, it can get hot! However, it’s also when all shows and attractions are in full swing. Plus, it’s a great time to enjoy the sun and fun available at Table Rock Lake.
September-October sees temperatures in the lower-mid 70s. As such, this season tends to attract crowds seeking all of Branson’s famous attractions but want to avoid the heat of summer. In addition, visiting during the fall means viewing the beautiful autumn foliage.
November-December is an ideal time to visit for several reasons. The first is the winter weather is relatively mild with average temperatures in the upper 40s. The second is the all-out extravaganza that is Ozark Mountain Christmas. Branson celebrates the holiday’s in style with shows, attractions and events all paying tribute to the reason for the season.
If crowds aren’t your thing, you’ll want to avoid the two busiest Branson travel seasons—summer and winter. Summer attracts large family crowds seeking summer vacations while winter brings in crowds who love the city’s Christmas celebrations.
Spring is the first season offering smaller crowds. With the Branson shows and attractions typically opening in early March, this season offers a full range of entertainment but with less hustle and bustle. Keep in mind, though, Branson does attract a family Spring Break crowd so there can be busy weeks during this season during late March to early April.
Similarly, fall is a less crowded time of year to visit the area. Families with kids have started school leaving the attractions open to those with more flexible schedules.
When it comes to the best time to visit Branson, you’re no doubt keeping budget in mind. Luckily, Branson is an affordable vacation destination year-round. Prices for attractions and hotels remain reasonable, especially when compared to other top family vacation spots. However, the absolute lowest prices occur during the winter season, specifically January-February. Hotel prices are slashed making a visit super cheap. There is a downside, though: Many of Branson’s entertainment options are shuttered during this time. Officially, it’s known as the “off season.” If you’re just looking for a relaxing getaway filled with good food and quality shopping, you can really make the most of a visit during this time.
Another way to save money, no matter what time of year you go, is to bundle your Branson attraction and show tickets with your hotel reservation with Reserve Direct. In addition to the already low ticket prices, you’ll receive extra savings on a hotel room! You can build your ideal vacation package and reap the rewards at the same time.
As previously mentioned, Branson entertainment options do have an “off season.” Typically, this takes place January-February. This is important to keep in mind when planning a trip as you don’t want to show up and have your favorite show on hiatus.
Most Branson shows reopen in early March, with full schedules through mid-December. Even though Branson is a major Christmas town, most shows close the closer it gets to the actual holiday. Alternatively, most Branson attractions remain open through the New Year.
If you’re looking for the best time to visit Branson for the most entertainment options, the answer is summer. This season generally sees all of the area's mainstays performing along with traveling productions and special performers making appearances. Similarly, the winter/Christmas season offers an entirely new variety of entertainment. Shows in the area, as well as attractions, transform during this time to offer completely new experiences.
The Absolute Best Time to Visit Branson
All this said, the absolute best time to visit Branson is during the summer. You’ll enjoy the full Branson experience, from theater entertainment to theme parks thrills and outdoor adventures.
Of course, vacation costs will be at their highest during this time of year. But, if you plan ahead and budget accordingly, you’ll be able to easily determine how much it’ll cost to go to Branson. Plus, it’s also easy to organize a Branson budget vacation.
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