Branson is known for its award-winning shows throughout the years, which you should see, but that’s not all there is to do in this midwest destination city. Situated in the scenic Ozarks, Branson is surrounded by beautiful Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo that provide endless outdoor entertainment. Also, with Silver Dollar City, multiple theme park attractions around the city, and downtown shopping, there is something for everyone. Read below to see the best Branson attractions.
1. Silver Dollar City
Step back in time at Silver Dollar City, Branson’s award-winning theme park! This 19th-century themed attraction park showcases more than 40 rides and attractions, 60 shops, and eighteen restaurants.
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Experience thrills on rides such as Time Traveler, the world’s fastest, steepest, and tallest spinning coaster, or Outlaw Run, the world’s only looping wooden roller coaster. Moreover, the park features 40 live shows each day and presents ten acclaimed festivals and special events throughout the year. Even better, more than 100 resident craftsmen and artisans exhibit their unique artistry in the park to deliver prime entertainment. Fun for the entire family. You definitely need to check out Silver Dollar City during your stay!
2. See an Acclaimed Show
Each year, Branson sees millions of people flock to its hills to see the city’s caliber of live shows. Country music performances, tribute shows, theatrical performances, and dinner shows line the city and entertain guests of all ages. A few notable acts include Grand Jubilee, Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner, and Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama.
3. Visit the Branson Landing
Located conveniently on Lake Taneycomo adjacent to Historic Downtown Branson, Branson Landing welcomes families to shop, dine, indulge in farmer’s markets, and experience live performances and concerts. The Landing features a picturesque boardwalk stretching along the 1.5 mile Taneycomo Lakefront with dazzling daily fountain displays. Feel amazed by the merging of light, water, fire, and music as the fountains shoot 120-foot geysers. Guests can enjoy fountain performances at noon daily. In addition, the Landing hosts a Summer Concert Series and special events throughout the year. Shop, dine and then relax with a free spectacular show.
4. Make a Splash at Table Rock Lake
Bring the family out to the beautiful, clear waters of Table Rock Lake! With around 800 miles of shoreline along the lake and 43,000 acres of surface area, visitors can participate in an abundance of water sports, fishing, or relaxing. Extending 79 miles upstream down the White River, the lake was created by the damming of the river over 50 years ago. Families can rent boats, paddleboard, water ski, fish, and more! We recommend picking up your own copy of the Table Rock Lake Map to navigate the area at the Chamber’s Welcome Center or at local marinas.
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5. Zipline through the Trees
Multiple companies offer the chance to fly through the stunning treetops with views of the Ozark Mountains. You can choose various adventures such as fast-paced rides, a half-day expedition through the forest, or an easygoing joyride. We recommend zipline tours like Zipline Canopy Tour at The Shepherd of the Hills, Adventure Ziplines of Branson, and Shepherd of the Hills Vigilante ZipRider.
6. Golf & Mini-Golf
Because of its rolling, lush hills, beautiful views, and well-kept grounds, Branson boasts a big golf community. Just ask my grandfather and his friends who play every week. With nine courses to compete against your buddies, you’re bound to have a good time. If you’re up for a friendly game of putt-putt, Branson also hosts a variety of mini-golf courses such as Shoot for the Stars and Pirate’s Cove.
7. Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure
Fun for guests of all ages, the Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure offers tropical-themed entertainment. Visitors can walk through a rainforest discovery center, butterfly aviary, and mirror maze, which are especially great for kids. With more than 1,000 colorful butterflies to feed and admire as well as exotic live reptiles and amphibians, this attraction is one of the best things to do in Branson. For the best views of butterflies, go early and wear brighter colors to attract them to you. Staff will provide nectar so you can feed them. Also, note that butterflies are released daily at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.
For more fun, families can view tropical amphibians reptiles from rainforests around the world and journey through the Emerald Forest Mirror Maze. Get lost in the maze and see surprising sights, or learn about monarch migration during the center’s 45-minute documentary. The center also features the Banyan Bungee Adventure Maze, perfect for little ones to explore.
8. Promised Land Zoo
This top-rated wildlife park and animal attraction provides a personalized experience for guests of all ages. Family-owned Promised Land Zoo features live shows, a foot safari, numerous exhibits of rare and endangered animals from all over the world, and bottle-feeding experiences. At this outdoor zoo, guests can see animals such as kangaroos, zebras, big cars, lemurs, and antelopes. Note that animal encounters rewire an additional fee. Additionally, if you prefer the VIP experience, you can also encounter more animals to hold and take pictures with as well as ride the interactive tram tour through animal habitats.
9. National Tiger Sanctuary
The National Tiger Sanctuary rescues big cats such as tigers, panthers, and lions from abusive theatrical acts and other problematic situations. Bringing awareness to endangered species, this non-profit educational campus enables guests to learn about and enjoy the majesty of several big cats as well as other exotic animals. Located 20 miles north of Branson in Chestnutridge, Missouri, the sanctuary offers several types of tours: Awareness Tour, the Feeding Tour, the Behind-the-Scenes Tour, and the You Feed Tour. You can view cats from three feet away, although there is always a barrier between staff and visitors and the big cats for everyone’s safety.
10. The Runaway Mountain Coaster
The only alpine mountain coaster in Branson and the Ozarks, the Runaway Branson Mountain Coaster brings thrills to kids and adults alike. Race through the Ozark hills and trees and soar high over creek beds as you control the speed. You can have a relaxing experience or thrill ride depending on your preference. Regardless of the speed, you’ll experience the best ups, downs, turns, and dips that will keep you coming back for more. Create life-long memories with your family as you take advantage of one of the best things to do in Branson.
11. Fritz’s Adventure
When the weather feels extreme, head to Fritz’s Adventure to blow off some steam. This multi-dimensional indoor space offers 80,000 square feet of thrills. Zip-line through the facility, rock climb, tunnel, slide, walk across burgess and ropes, and much more! Plan to spend at least a few hours with family and friends to experience all of the facility’s elements. There’s even an airplane to explore. No matter the age, you’re bound to have plenty of good times and get in a good workout while testing your agility. In addition, the facility features a restaurant with healthy menu choices so you can sit and relax after a day of adventure.