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Things to do in Branson

When you think “weekend getaway,” think Branson! It’s the perfect place to check out tons of attractions, shows, adventures and fun for the whole family.

Jun 01 2021 at 9 a.m.

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The Branson Ferris Wheel on the Branson, MO skyline
Photo courtesy The Track Family Fun Parks

From exceptional entertainment at Shepherd of the Hills, The Tracks Family Fun Parks and National Tiger Sanctuary to family attractions and shopping at the Branson Landing, the whole family is sure to be busy on a vacation in Branson! Take advantage of cozy accommodations available at Jax Creek at Table Rock Resorts and Table Rock Shore Resort. After a full day of fun, refuel and experience a bit of luxury when you dine at Level 2 Steakhouse. Branson has everything you need to check off your experience wishlist.

This is your guide to putting together your itinerary for when you visit Branson, Missouri. Start planning your next adventure now!

Things to Do in Branson

Light show over Lake Taneycomo at Branson Landing in Missouri
Photo courtesy Branson LandingBe sure to check out the $7.5 million attraction that features the merging of water, fire, lights and music at the heart of Branson Landing.

Branson Landing

100 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson | 417-239-3002
Branson Landing features a scenic board- walk along the 1.5-mile Taneycomo Lakefront.

Must see:

At the heart of the Landing is a vibrant Town Square terracing down to the $7.5 million spectacular water attraction that features the first-ever merging of water, fire, lights and music. The entire show is choreographed to light and music for a true one-of-a-kind experience.

Must shop:

Discover waterfront shopping at over 100 shops, live entertainment and exciting adventures!

Must eat:

Dine at one of 16 restaurants, like Jimmy Buffets Landshark Bar & Grill, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, Mellow Mushroom Pizza and Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar.

Kids will love:

All of the attractions, including the zipline across the lake, balloon ride and arcade!

Grown-ups will love:

Lake cruises and a convenient, luxury stay on-site at the Hilton Promenade Hotel.

Best selfie spot:

In front of the water fountains that shoot off 120-foot geysers with blasting fire cannons!

Shepherd of the Hills

5583 76 Country Blvd., Branson | 417-334-4191

The history of the hills:

They started in 1907 and helped pioneer the amazing history of Branson tourism! Shepherd of the Hills includes the longest- running show in Branson and the number one aerial adventure park in America, making this a true Branson experience.

For the kids:

The park’s farm and play area includes a petting zoo, mini golf, treehouse, slides and kids’ ninja course. A ropes course and zipline canopy tours are also offered.

Adults will enjoy:

Experience the interactive dinner shows and the historic outdoor drama. Or thrill your wild side with the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider, which launches you from 140 feet!

Tiger at National Tiger Sanctuary in Branson MO
Photo courtesy National Tiger SanctuaryYour visit to National Tiger Sanctuary in Branson helps to support a non-profit rescue organization that is dedicated to education, environmental preservation and exemplary animal care, providing a permanent home for exotic and domestic animals.

National Tiger Sanctuary

518 State Hwy. BB, Saddlebrooke | 417-587-3633
This exciting summer adventure brings more than just tigers before your eyes! Enjoy the thrill of lions, wolves, leopards, arctic foxes, mountain lions, lemurs and more.

Experience the Sanctuary:

The National Tiger Sanctuary offers multiple options for exciting tours. The Feeding Tour provides a fun, interactive experience while getting to see the big cats up close! Or choose the Behind the Scenes Tour and see twice as many animals and get to feed them yourself! Both riding and walking tours are available for your convenience.

Snap a pic:

Catch one of the animals in action or even grab a selfie with one of the furry friends!

The purpose:

Visiting the National Tiger Sanctuary is much more than just an exciting experience—every time you visit, you are helping support some- thing much bigger. This amazing non-profit rescue organization is dedicated to education, environmental preservation, exemplary animal care and providing a permanent home for exotic domestic animals.

The Track Family Fun Parks Branson MO
Photo courtesy The Track Family Fun ParksFrom three high-rise go-kart tracks to classic go-karts, laser tag, bumper boats and cars, The Skycoaster, The Skyscraper, The Branson Ferris Wheel and more, you’re sure to find something fun for all ages at The Track Family Fun Parks.

The Track Family Fun Parks

3345 76 Country Blvd., Branson | 417-334-1612
The Track Family Fun Parks features three locations in Branson, where creating unforgettable moments for families has been the mission since 1981. These three locations feature 12 go-kart tracks, bumper boats/ cars, laser tag, mini golf, arcade games, kids’ rides, Skycoaster & Skyscraper thrill rides and the Branson Ferris Wheel. It’s fun for the whole family!

Families will love:

Get the best value by purchasing an unlimited park pass, with options for unlimited rides for two hours, one day or all year. Purchase passes online at bransontracks.com to receive this online-only discount.

Celebrate together:

The Track Family Fun Parks is excited to be celebrating an unforgettable 40 years in business! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram (@bransontracks) to stay updated on specials and events in celebration of this milestone


Where to Stay in Branson

Jax Creek at Table Rock Resorts Branson, MO
Photo courtesy Jax Creek at Table Rock ResortsEnjoy proximity to Branson’s Table Rock Lake with plenty of luxury amenities.

Jax Creek at Table Rock Resorts

71 Dogwood Park Trail, Branson | 417-739-3777
Everyone needs a getaway place! With stunning waterfront views, 88 boat slips and luxury accommodations, Jax Creek at Table Rock Resorts is the perfect escape for families looking for a weekend stay, lake home or investment property.

Know before you go:

At Jax Creek, you can stay for a night or buy for a lifetime! You’ll be just steps from the water’s edge and minutes from Silver Dollar City.

New this year:

Waterfront lots available for sale!

Kids will love:

The new zero-entry saltwater pool, free kayak rentals and swimming platforms.

Best selfie spot:

On the lake! Jax Creek has five boat docks with fishing and swimming platforms to take in the picturesque sunset and snap that priceless shot.

Outdoor fireplace at Table Rock Shore Resort in Branson MO
Photo courtesy Table Rock Shore ResortEnjoy a cozy stay at Table Rock Shore Resort in Branson this year!

Table Rock Shore Resort

Carefree Ln., Kimberling City | 417-501-0077
Book early for your time at Table Rock Shore Resort, because this new, luxury lakeside getaway fills up far in advance! And, yes! You can bring your boat or rent from the nearby marina!

Must do:

Enjoy everything the Ozarks has to offer, just outside of your cabin door. Take in the incredible views of the lake, cast your rod to catch the big one, or jump in! They have a swim deck, splash pad, launch ramp and covered boat dock for guests.

Grown-ups will love:

After a day on the lake, lounge or play in their tiered, crystal clear saltwater pools. Relax and enjoy the sounds of the waterfall cascading into the pools. Wind down in one of two heated whirlpools and watch the little ones frolicking in the splash pad.

Kids will love:

The splash pad and zero entry pool.

Stretch out:

Enjoy super spacious, luxury accommodations for the entire crew. Table Rock Shore Resort’s cabins are fully stocked with modern, farmhouse charm and incredible scenic views. All of their cabins include plenty of space and fully appointed kitchens, ready to cook up your favorite foods and drinks.

Must eat:

The s’mores gift basket in every cabin.


Where to Eat in Branson

Dessert at Level 2 Steakhouse Branson MO
Photo courtesy Level 2 SteakhouseSave room for one of Level 2's signature house-made desserts.

Level 2 Steakhouse

200 E. Main St., Branson417-243-3433
There’s complimentary valet parking, which is a huge plus for any Branson destination!

Grown-ups will love:

Level 2 Steakhouse offers 5 distinctive steak knives to choose from while dining there. Join the Kut Klub and have an engraved steak knife all your own.

Must eat:

Clearly, you must try their delicious Wagyu from local Show Me Wagyu Cattle Company. They also pride themselves on having responsibly harvested seafood, heritage Missouri pork, locally grown produce and signature house-made desserts.

Must see:

Their 1600° Infrared Oven quickly sears the outside of their steaks, producing very tender and juicy steaks.

Don’t forget:

They also offer amazing chicken, seafood and pasta dishes like Wasabi Sesame Seed Encrusted Ahi Tuna, Seafood Arrabbiata and Southern Fried Airline Chicken Breast.

Save your table:

For reservations call 417-243-3433 between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. or visit the website. Join Level 2 Steakhouse in the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel and dine a level above the rest.

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