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Your Guide to Branson

Summer is the perfect time to check out all of the attractions, shows, adventures and fun Branson has to offer. Your summer memories are just waiting to be made!

Jun 01 2019 at 8 a.m.

The Branson Ferris Wheel on the Branson, MO skyline
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Nothing says summer like a trip to Branson! Do you like getting your feet in the water? How about dangling from a roller coaster? Prefer putting your feet up and relaxing with beautiful scenery? Or getting your steps in, touring the shops, shows, restaurants and all there is to experience? Branson has it all, and your summer memories are just waiting to be made here!

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

Attractions

Time Traveler Roller Coaster Silver Dollar City Branson MO
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Silver Dollar City

Kids are the focus of Silver Dollar City’s Star-Spangled Summer, running June 8 through July 21, with all-new, kid-focused live entertainment taking the stages of the 1880s-style theme park in support of The Year of Shows & Festivals. Imagination comes to life on stage in the Broadway-style, original production Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure. Created exclusively for Silver Dollar City, this magical journey of discovery follows a young Ozarkian boy in the 1880s, featuring a colorful cast, flying characters and state-of-the-art sets and special effects. 

Astounding audiences of all ages, Kid Magic presents the world’s youngest professional magician and illusionist Kadan Bart Rockett and his sister, Brooklyn. This youthful duo—straight from “America’s Got Talent”—performs larger-than-life illusions that perplex children and adults alike. 

Joining iconic clogging with the likes of stomp, tap and other varieties of dance disciplines is the all-new Dance Explosion. This original dance production spotlights a variety of live-performance troupes in Dockside Theater all summer long. 

But the family fun doesn’t end there, as other new live summer performances include an award-winning comedian and juggler, bluegrass band Southern Raised and all-new Saloon and Echo Hallow shows. Plus, with over 40 family-friendly rides and attractions, including the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning coaster, Time Traveler, there’s more than enough to do this summer at the internationally awarded theme park.

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

National Tiger Sanctuary, southwest Missouri
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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
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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
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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. 

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 summer, a romantic getaway, wedding or other special event.

The Keeter Center
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The Keeter Center

This summer, plan a “417 Road Trip” to The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks where you will find students working for their education while operating one of the nation’s top small hotels. Located on the tranquil campus of College of the Ozarks, the hotel offers many options for visitors. Whether it’s student-made confections from the bakery or a visit to the college creamery after a relaxed lunch, your family is sure to be delighted.

If your plans include overnight accommodations, The Keeter Center’s award-winning hospitality and newly renovated suites will turn a weekend getaway into a lasting memory worth repeating. Each suite includes spacious accommodations that provide picturesque views of the scenic rolling hills. The plush linens and soft robes, along with the signature turn-down service with fresh baked cookies and milk, will provide a relaxing home away from home experience.

During your visit to this historic work-study college, you will find plenty to explore as you visit the many student-craft locations. Students make a variety of products including fruit spreads, Edwards Mill baking mixes, handwoven baskets, candles, and stained glass keepsakes. While on campus, visit the Ralph Foster Museum, which offers an eclectic collection of Ozarks history.

Visitor Tip: Children and parents alike will enjoy watching the cows being milked at the campus dairy, with milkings at 5:00 am and 5:00 pm daily.

Special Summer Events: Register for youth etiquette classes, adult culinary cooking classes, and afternoon tea at The Keeter Center. Visit keetercenter.edu for more information.


Entertainment

Andy B's Bowl Social, Branson, MO
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Andy B's Bowl Social

Think you know Andy B’s? Think again! Take a new pass at family fun at Andy B’s Bowl Social on the Branson Landing! At their new Branson location, they’re doing things differently. Enjoy a full-service restaurant with an all-new menu, indoor-outdoor bar, karaoke rooms, live music, escape rooms, a handful of social games and—of course—nine luxury bowling lanes. So make plans to head to Branson, live it up and let the games begin! Andy B’s Bowl Social on the Branson Landing has thought about the whole family and created a space that truly delivers something worth experiencing. You be the test!

Laser tag Branson Top Ops, Branson MO
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Branson Top Ops

Branson Top Ops is now open! This family-friendly patriotic-themed experience offers an interactive outdoor maze, indoor laser tag and more fun adventures for all ages. 

At Branson Top Ops, there are five missions, all housed under one roof. Bring your family to race against the clock, practice their aim, navigate through a life-size maze and dodge a massive field of laser beams. You’ll out-play, out-maneuver and out-shoot the competition! 

All first responders and military will be offered discounted admission. In addition, ten percent of all ticket proceeds will be donated to first responders—specifically to the local police, fire department and EMS—who put their lives on the line to make the Branson community a safer place to live, work and play. 

Your mission starts at Branson Top Ops, located at 2320 W. Hwy 76. 

Ripley's Believe It or Not Branson MO
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Ripley's Believe It or Not

No visit to Branson is complete without visiting Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, located just down the strip at 3326 W. Hwy 76. Ripley’s is celebrating 25 years of the weirdest stuff! If your family loves to explore the odd, get ready to discover the strange, the shocking and the beautiful right here in Branson. Ripley’s has eye-popping exhibits where you can pose with the Vampire Woman, lose yourself in a spinning vortex tunnel and even see a shrunken head! The array of weird will leave you spellbound. From a dozen galleries to hands-on interactives, you won’t believe your eyes or ears!

You’ve found your summer plans for family fun on West Highway 76 in Branson! Ask for the 417 Magazine discount for a great rate on a combo package.

The Track Family Fun Parks, Branson, MO
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The Track Family Fun Parks

The Track Family Fun Parks provide the fastest way for your family to have fun together in Branson—especially with the 2019 addition of a brand-new thrill ride, the Skyscraper! Secured on a base tower standing 80 feet tall, the windmill-style propeller arms of the Skyscraper extend to 160 feet long while riders experience speeds up to 60 miles per hour. With each revolution, thrill-seekers can take in the breathtaking Branson skyline—at least for a moment. Standing tall on that horizon is The Branson Ferris Wheel with its 16,000 color-changing LED lights. All of this is in addition to the 12 different go-kart tracks that offer family-style go-kart racing for every age level, bumper cars, arcades and the Skycoaster. The Track Family Fun Parks have something at every speed for every age! 

 Head over to bransontracks.com or call 417-334-1612 to learn more.