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Your Guide to Branson

Take a trip down to Branson this fall for some quality time and adventure. There's plenty to enjoy in the cooling temperatures.

Sep 01 2019 at 9 a.m.

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

Fall is the season for cooler temperatures, changing leaves and everything pumpkin-spice. It’s also the season to visit Branson! Bring the entire family for festive fun, or come with your sweetheart for a romantic fall getaway. Browse our Branson Guide for these unforgettable fall experiences in Branson.

Are you ready? Use this guide to the best things to do in Branson to start planning your next adventure now.

Attractions

Pumpkin Nights Silver Dollar City Branson MO
Photo courtesy Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City

Marking the biggest fall in the 1880s-style theme park’s nearly six-decade history, Silver Dollar City’s Harvest Festival lights up the autumn sky with the all-new Pumpkin Nights, transforming The City into a glowing-orange wonderland with thousands of carved pumpkins lining the park’s streets.

The all-new “Pumpkin Pathway,” “Pumpkin Plaza” and “Woodland Hike” areas are the focal points for this new no-scare event, featuring larger-than-life icons like giant scarecrows, cats, owls and other fall-time characters shining in the dark.

A master pumpkin carver transforms pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors into artful-masterpieces, while vibrant pumpkin characters roam The City streets with friendly greetings and photo opportunities. Food at the park also adopts a fall look and palette, with pumpkin-flavored churros and ice cream, glow-in-the-dark beverages, whoopie pumpkin pies and classic fall-time favorites like caramel apples and cider.

During the daytime, Craft Days debuts a pulse-raising, French-Canadian production show – an acrobatic musical with singing and dancing lumberjacks in a high-energy, internationally-acclaimed stage show. Also by day, in a setting filled with colorful pumpkins, Silver Dollar City Craftsmen welcome visiting artisans, with select new crafters each week in The City streets, and the all new “Makers’ Market.”

The park will stay open until 9 p.m. each day for Pumpkin Nights, and even later on Fridays and Saturdays until 10 p.m., with almost all of the park’s 40 rides and attractions open, perfect for the new dance parties, face painting and live entertainment happening in “Pumpkin Plaza.”

Information at silverdollarcity.com or at 800-831-4FUN(386). 

National Tiger Sanctuary, southwest Missouri
Photo courtesy National Tiger Sanctuary

National Tiger Sanctuary

Lions and tigers and…wolves? Yes, the National Tiger Sanctuary is home to more than just big cats! Even if you’ve visited before, you’ll want to come back this year to meet the wolves—the newest residents of the sanctuary that is also home to leopards, Arctic foxes, mountain lions, lemurs, lions and, of course, tigers.

National Tiger Sanctuary is a non-profit rescue organization that provides a permanent home for exotic and domestic animals. Their diverse learning campus is dedicated to education, preservation of the environment and exemplary animal care. Guided tours are available Wednesday through Sunday year-round. Meet the sanctuary’s animal residents up close and personal in a safe environment, and see big cats and other exotic animals like you’ve never seen them before. Riding and walking tour options are available and can offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the animals, watch them eat and even feed them yourself!

Lights and fountains show overlooking the water at Branson Landing, Branson, MO
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Branson Landing

Branson Landing features a scenic boardwalk along the 1.5-mile Taneycomo Lakefront. 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, light and music. Visitors are amazed by the dazzling interplay of water fountains shooting 120-foot geysers and blasting fire cannons. The entire show is choreographed to light and music for a true one-of-a-kind experience. Voted Best Free Attraction for 2018! Discover waterfront shopping, dining, live entertainment and exciting adventures with over 100 shops, restaurants, attractions, the Hilton Promenade Hotel, a zipline, arcade, balloon ride, bowling, lake cruises and so much more! View the sales, specials and complete Branson Landing events schedule online at bransonlanding.com!


Dining

Level 2 Steakhouse meal
Photo courtesy Level 2 Steakhouse

Level 2 Steakhouse

Join Level 2 Steakhouse in the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel and dine a level above the rest. They pride themselves on having the highest quality meat and ingredients from their 28-day aged corn-fed Midwest Beef, highest quality and responsibly harvested seafood, heritage Missouri pork, locally grown produce and signature house-made desserts. Their 1600° Infrared Oven quickly sears the outside of their steaks, producing very tender and juicy steaks. 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. They also offer complimentary valet parking! For reservations call 417-243-3433 or visit Level2Steakhouse.com.


Accommodations

Chateau on the Lake, Branson, MO
Photo courtesy Chateau on the Lake

Chateau on the Lake

Welcome to Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center, Branson’s only AAA Four Diamond Resort. At Chateau on the Lake, upscale resort amenities, elegant lake views and friendly Midwestern hospitality converge in an idyllic Ozark Mountain oasis for your getaway. 

Just minutes from Branson’s entertainment district on 76 Country Boulevard, Chateau on the Lake is the perfect retreat to experience Table Rock Lake, Silver Dollar City and Branson’s many live shows and attractions. Resort amenities include a full-service marina, spa, indoor and outdoor pools, a supervised kids’ club, a movie theater, tennis courts, nature trails and more than 50,000 square feet of event space. And the resort’s award-winning onsite dining options—including local favorite Chateau Grille—are truly a destination unto themselves. 

At Chateau on the Lake, you will discover everything you need to create a spectacular family vacation this fall, a romantic getaway, wedding or other special event.


Entertainment

The Oak Ridge Boys, Branson, MO
Photo courtesy The Mansion Theatre

The Mansion Theatre

Do you love live music? The Mansion Theatre in Branson is southwest Missouri’s premium concert venue! You can visit themansiontheatre.com to see their full lineup of concerts and events and to plan your visit. What sets The Mansion Theatre apart from the other options in Branson? The Mansion Theatre is the perfect setting for concert goers who appreciate a quality venue. They’re not only a great spot for entertainment, but also rent out their space for events and festivals. The Mansion Theatre is the largest indoor music venue in the Branson area with 3,000 seats in a state of the art facility. But the biggest thing that sets them apart is that they focus on only hosting nationally-known entertainers! You’ll recognize the names of their guests, like The Oak Ridge Boys, Neal McCoy, The Bellamy Brothers and so many more. Their tickets are affordable for such an unforgettable experience, but of course their most popular shows sell out quickly, so reserve your spot soon to not only get a seat, but the best seat! The Mansion Theatre provides “the best entertainment Branson has to offer!”

The Branson Ferris Wheel at night at The Track Family Fun Parks, Branson, MO
Photo courtesy The Track Family Fun Parks

The Track Family Fun Parks

For over 30 years, The Track Family Fun Parks has been creating unforgettable moments for families! With 12 go-kart tracks and various kiddie rides, to the newest thrill ride, Skyscraper, there is something fun for the whole family! At three locations all located on Hwy 76, you’ll find three unique high-rise go-kart tracks, classic go-karts, laser tag, bumper boats/cars, batting cages, mini golf, arcades and so much more! And towering over the Branson skyline is the Branson Ferris Wheel, formerly the iconic Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in Chicago! Ridden by nearly 17 million people, the wheel stands 150 feet tall and holds 240 passengers in 40 gondolas! And every hour on the hour, it lights up the sky with 16,000 color changing LED lights in “Electrify—A Music and Light Spectacular!”

 Visit bransontracks.com to learn more!