Top Attractions in Ozark Mountains

From live entertainment and stunning natural beauty to historic downtown districts, there is always something to see and do in the Ozark Mountains.

1. 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. 

2. 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.

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3. 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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4. Downtown Eureka Springs

Navigating Downtown Eureka Springs is a must if you’re visiting the area. Victorian homes, spas, independent stores, springs, boutique restaurants, historic hotels, and beautiful natural areas line the area, perfect for a relaxing trip. Shop, dine outdoors, explore local history, visit art galleries on Spring Street, and much more. Further, there are 21 bars in the downtown district if you’re looking for a lively nightlife scene. 

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5. Thorncrown Chapel

Located on Highway 62 West just outside of Eureka Springs, Thorncrown Chapel stands as a breathtakingly unique wooden and glass chapel. Resting on top of 100 tons of native stone and colored flagstone, the structure seems to blend into its beautiful forested surroundings and has won numerous architectural awards for its lovely, modern design.

6. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks outside of Fayetteville attracts more than 80,000 visitors a year with its captivating themed gardens and native butterfly house. The 44-acre site includes twelve themed gardens, the region’s only native butterfly house, an education cottage, and more.

7. Dickson Street Entertainment District

Dickson Street’s Entertainment District in the heart of Fayetteville is home to unique bars, restaurants, galleries, boutique stores, bookshops, and beyond. Adjacent to the University of Arkansas, this upbeat downtown district is fun for solo travelers, couples, friends, and families alike. Find your next read at Dickson Street Bookshop, stroll through the Downtown Square Gardens, listen to live music at George’s Majestic Lounge, or play a round of pool at one of the street’s numerous bars.

8. Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium 

Located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium fascinates visitors each year with educational, immersive marine life exhibits. Stretching 350,000 square feet with over 1.5 miles of trails, the renowned aquarium seeks to educate visitors on conservation practices as they stroll through fully themed areas. Stroll through Polar Exhibition and Penguin Cove, Great African Hall, National Parks, and beyond in the Wildlife Galleries, or see live animals from around the world in recreated habitats in the Aquarium Adventure section.

9. Fantastic Caverns 

Considered America’s Ride-Thru Cave, Fantastic Caverns just north of Springfield, Missouri is a unique, family-friendly destination beneath the Ozark hills. Offering a completely ride-through cave experience, propane-powered Jeep-drawn trams tour the path left behind by an ancient underground river. Guests can receive up-close looks at stunning cave formations such as giant columns, flowstones, tiny cave pearls, fragile soda straws glistening with minerals, and more with an expert guide narrating along the way. Accessible for all with no walking involved, this is a convenient tour for everyone.

10. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Featuring a world-renowned collection of American Art, breathtaking architecture, a library with over 50,000 volumes of art reference material, restaurant spaces, and more, Crystal Bridges of Museum Art in Bentonville, Arkansas is a top destination in the Ozarks. Taking its name from a nearby natural spring and a glass-enclosed bridge designed by internationally acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, admission to the museum and its surrounding trails are always free to the public. Furthermore, guests can also enjoy a library with over 50,000 volumes of art reference material, educational programs, and beyond.

11. The Walmart Museum 

The Walmart Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas honors the legacy of the Walmart Corporation that began with the Walton family’s Walton’s 5&10 store. Visitors can view Sam Walton’s original store filled with vintage products, his office, as well as personal memorabilia and facts about Walmart’s growth over the years. Guests can also enjoy a scoop of ice cream, a favorite treat of Sam Walton’s, at The Spark Café Soda Fountain.

12. Fairfield Bay 

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, Fairfield Bay displays incredible scenery of the Ozark Mountains and the north shores of Greers Ferry Lake. Offering more than 20 miles of hiking and biking trails, two 18-hole championship golf courses, more than 90 miles of UTV trails, and historic Sugar Loaf Mountain Island and Indian Rock House Cave, visitors have miles of natural beauty to explore. A perfect respite area, visitors can engage in outdoor activities all day and then relax in one of numerous hotels, cabins, bed and breakfasts, or other upstanding accommodations. 

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