Things to do in Branson, Missouri

Find the best things to do in Branson, Missouri. From entertainment and fine dining, to family attractions and cozy accommodations, Branson has it all!

Aug 04 2023 at 10 a.m.

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When you think “Fall Time,” think Branson, Missouri! It’s the perfect time to check out all of the attractions, shows, adventures and fun Branson has to offer. See everything that’s going on in this guide.

Places to Stay in Branson, Missouri

Enjoy the lake at Mill Creek Resort.
Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Resort.Enjoy the lake at Mill Creek Resort.

Mill Creek Resort on Table Rock Lake

Make the most of autumn’s cozy and crisp days with a relaxing, memory-filled stay at Mill Creek Resort. Imagine opening the cottage doors and being steps away from the lapping water of Table Rock Lake. Located in Lampe, Missouri, a quick 35-minute drive from bustling Branson, Mill Creek Resort is an incredible and quiet gem where the entire group can enjoy everything from lily pad waters to fire pits, kayaks, paddle boards, paddle boats, fishing, swimming and even a pool.

What Grown-Ups Love

All the free amenities offered and the quiet family-friendly separate units are just close enough to feel connected to your other family members in their cabin or cottage.

What Kids Love

Swimming all day in the lake or the pool and enjoying sunset s’mores on the firepit.

Must See

Dogwood Canyon and Persimmon Hill Blueberry Farm are just 15 minutes away.

Staff Picks

I just recently saw this resort on the lake and it is in a beautiful, calm cove.

Janelle Haik

Dining in Branson, Missouri

Level 2 Steakhouse
Photo by Brandon Alms.Steaks are Level 2 Steakhouse's speciality. Purchase Photo

Level 2 Steakhouse

At Level 2 Steakhouse in the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, enjoy Kansas City 28-day aged Certified Hereford Beef and the freshest seafood in the Midwest, sourced from around the world. Beef is prepared in a 1600-degree radiant oven, sealing in the juices and creating the perfect steak. Visit Level 2 Steakhouse and try out their amazing menu! Be sure to reserve your table ahead.


I love their calamari, it is the best around.

Ammie Scott-Motes

The Chef's dinner is their hidden gem!

Janelle Haik

Pier 28 Pizza & Grill in Branson, MO
Photo courtesy of Pier 28 Pizza.Enjoy the food and views at Pier 28 Pizza & Grill.

Pier 28 Pizza and Grill

Pier 28 Pizza and Grill is Table Rock Lake’s most fun and tastiest boat-up restaurant! This friendly, laid-back restaurant combines old favorites with new lake-loving menu items, including the Original Big Buoy’s Pork Tenderloin Sandwich.

Know before you go

Located at Port of Kimberling Marina & Resort, Pier 28 Pizza & Grill is in the same cove as What’s Up Dock, near the Kimberling City Bridge. For customers who want to maximize their time on the water, to-go ordering is available on the website.

By boat or by car

With 30 courtesy boat slips at the same dock as the restaurant, no one needs to take a shuttle or climb a hill. There’s ample car parking, too! By car, access Pier 28 Pizza & Grill through the Port of Kimberling Resort.

Special events

Come on in and enjoy live music most evenings! Check out for the updated schedule.

Staff Picks

The view and the pizza.

Ammie Scott-Motes

Love dining at Pier 28, mostly because I love to sit outside and be on the water!

Jami Wightman

Things to Do in Branson, Missouri

Adventure Cave Tours
Photo courtesy of Adventure Cave Tours.Adventure Cave Tours is the adventure you've been waiting for!

Adventure Cave Tours

At Adventure Cave Tours, guests receive a unique caving experience molded for any level of adventure. Get ready to explore up close natural wonders that are both fun and interactive. Start the tour off by talking with experts and adjusting the tour based on everyone’s skill level. This is the perfect getaway with family, friends or coworkers.

Ready, Set, GO...

Off-road in a one-of-a-kind custom built Jeep Gladiator that seats 13. Trail throughout the 480 acres of beautiful Ozark mountains where guides will explain in-depth all the wonders of wildlife and natural habitat that make this an unforgettable trip. With 10 different caves, the guides will pick the very best options for an exciting expedition.

Words of Advice

Encounter cool water and muddy passages during this adventure, so bring a complete change of clothes and shoes. Helmets and lights are provided. Snacks and drinks are included free of charge. Go-pros are permitted if they are hands free.

This is an adventure everyone has been waiting for! Limited seats and tours are available so advance reservations are required. Book the adventure at

Staff Picks

No matter which tour you go on, you get to experience multiple caves, plus go on an off road adventure.

Elizabeth VanFosson

Branson CVB
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Branson CVB

Make your vacation unforgettable with a trip to the best vacation destination in the Midwest.

Go Explore

The rolling hills, gorgeous foliage and ample hiking trails of Branson are perfect for exploring as a family. Enjoy time outdoors at a fall festival, on a beautiful boat or simply taking in all the colors of fall at one of our scenic overlooks.

The Fall Festivals Are Back

See larger-than-life pumpkin carvings at Silver Dollar City’s Harvest festival. Take a trip on a family hayride at the Shepherd of the Hills Pumpkin Fest. Shop for unique gifts and handmade crafts in Historic Downtown Branson.

Be Entertained

Round out your full days of exploring the town with an exciting show! Branson offers live shows that appeal to every type of audience, bringing entertainment the whole family will love.

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A wide selection of golf courses with beautiful views of the Ozark Mountains.

Ammie Scott-Motes

Branson Hills Golf Club in Branson, MO
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Branson Hills Golf Club

Branson Hills Golf Club is a masterful design carved through the Ozark Mountains with natural rock outcroppings, waterfalls, creeks and an abundance of wildlife. Enjoy lunch at Magnolia Grille, which is open to the public. Branson Hills Golf Club has been named Golf Channel’s 2021 Golf Advisor Golfer’s Choice, #1 Best Golf Course to play in Missouri, and 36th Best Course in the Nation, and Golfweek named it #1 Course in Missouri 2012-2018! Enjoy the rate offered to local residents.


An award-winning golf course with beautiful scenery.

Ammie Scott-Motes

Branson Landing, Branson, MO
Photo courtesy of Branson Landing.Shop the day away at the Branson Landing.

Branson Landing

Shop, dine and play at Branson Landing, where a beautiful open-air, waterfront setting is home to over 100 shops, attractions, restaurants, two Hilton hotels and a $7.5 million water and fire spectacular synchronized to light, fire and music. Don’t miss the Summer Concert Series in front of this incredible water attraction! Visit for concert details and see what’s new and coming soon at Branson Landing!

Staff Picks

Shopping and eating, there is no better way to spend a day in Branson.

Ammie Scott-Motes

I love that you can make a whole day at the Branson Landing.

Megan Johnson

Butterfly Palace, Branson, MO.
Photo courtesy of The Butterfly Palace.The Butterfly Palace is home to over 1,000 butterflies.

The Butterfly Palace

At The Butterfly Palace, visitors discover over 1,000 live exotic butterflies from their native countries! This one-of-a-kind, interactive experience is great for all ages.

The Whole Family Will Love

Feed the butterflies with a nectar-filled flower! Release a butterfly for its very first flight. Pet a lizard during the critter encounter. Surrounded by beautiful live plants and peaceful live music, families will relish the serenity of the garden. Photo ops abound!

Know Before You Go

The Butterfly Palace is open year-round, and wristbands are good for three days. The aviary is always warm and humid inside, and butterflies love bright colors, so dress accordingly!

Everyone’s Talking About

The Butterfly Palace is part of a much bigger story. The business imports butterflies from farms located in rainforests from Costa Rica to Australia. In turn, these farms are provided with a sustainable income that helps the farmers create preserves to protect the rainforest rather than destroy it. Visitors to The Butterfly Palace are helping to keep this industry alive and, in a very real way, helping to save the rainforest.

Staff Picks

You have to go to understand the magic of being surrounded by butterflies

Ammie Scott-Motes

Ozark Mountain Daredevils at The Mansion Theatre.
Photo courtesy of The Mansion Theatre.The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, one night only at The Mansion Theatre!

The Mansion Theatre

The Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts has announced an exciting collaboration between the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. On Saturday, August 19, 2023, at 7:30 p.m., the Ozark Mountain Daredevils will be joined on The Mansion’s stage by members of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for a unique concert experience. Tickets are on sale now and are available online at, by calling 417- 335-2000, or in-person at The Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts box office (Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Come hear the music

This 3,000-seat state-of-the-art venue is home to the legendary Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune, The Bellamy Brothers, The Gatlin Brothers, Gene Watson and Daniel O’Donnell. In addition to their nationally known artists, The Mansion Theatre is host to various music festivals and events throughout the year. Concert and event dates are detailed on their website at

Learn more

The Mansion Theatre is a division of Mansion Entertainment Group and the proud Grand Finale sponsor of the 2024 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Other divisions of the company include Mansion Animation, Mansion Film and Television, Mansion Sound and Mansion Studios. Their objective is to be the heart and soul of family entertainment and to provide immersive generational experiences for the entire family to enjoy!

Staff Picks

The Mansion provides the perfect setting to see your favorite performers and productions. Oh, and don't forget the roasted pecans

Mariya Serykh

National Tiger Sanctuary
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National Tiger Sanctuary

Visiting the National Tiger Sanctuary is more than a thrill... it also helps to support their mission. They are a nonprofit rescue organization that is dedicated to education, environmental preservation and exemplary animal care, providing a permanent home for exotic and domestic animals. Both riding and walking tours are available.

Know Before You Go

They house more than tigers! See lions, wolves, leopards, ligers, mountain lions, lemurs and more!

Kids Will Love

The Feeding Tour, seeing big cats up close and crunching through bones.

Grown-Ups Will Love

The Behind the Scenes Tour, seeing twice as many animals and feeding the animals their favorite snack.

Best Selfie Spot

With a tiger standing up, stretched tall on the fence, will be an unforgettable photo.

Staff Picks

Arriving early is the key to see the Tigers most active, especially on a Wednesday.

Ammie Scott-Motes

Experience the perfect sunset with Pink Jeep Tours
Photo courtesy of Pink Jeep Tours.Experience the perfect sunset with Pink Jeep Tours

Pink Jeep Tours - Branson

Experience the magic and beauty of Branson and the Ozarks like never before from the comfort of one of Pink Jeep Tours’ famous customized Pink Jeep® Wranglers. Venture past lakeside landmarks and ascend off-road trails to the exclusive, private summit of Baird Mountain while their expert, local guides entertain you as they bring centuries of mountain history and culture to life. You may know Branson like the back of your hand, but you’ve never seen it like this before!

New This Year

Don’t miss the new 41-degree, jaw-dropping rock drop and extended quarry rock crawls! Pink Jeep Tours provides year-round, one-of-a-kind adventures with different daytime and sunset tour options available. For more information or to book your tour, visit or call 1-844-710-PINK today! Pink Jeep Tours is located at 3310 W. 76 Country Blvd., in Branson. It’s time to explore!

Staff Picks

A fun experience that ends with a breath-taking view.

Ammie Scott-Motes

Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO.
Photo courtesy of Silver Dollar City.Don't miss the Harvest Festival, only at Silver Dollar City.

Silver Dollar City

As the leaves of the Ozarks glow beautiful yellows, reds and ambers in autumn, so too does Silver Dollar City during the theme park’s Harvest Festival, September 14 through October 28. Harvest Festival features Pumpkins In The City, with tens of thousands of pumpkins glowing into the night, as well as daytime heritage crafts. No-scare family fun is around every corner! This year, the nighttime event grows even larger, as Valley Road is transformed with new façade and tree illuminations spanning from the top of The City to Echo Hollow, plus an all-new illuminated area hanging two stories above The City’s streets! Paired with thousands of radiating pumpkins and all- age dance parties in the Pumpkin Plaza, the 1880s theme park shines brighter than ever.

Daytime Festivities

Before the nighttime fun, The City features a Harvest Festival each day, with visiting craftsmen who demonstrate their own unique crafts from across the country, from gourd-making and jewelry-making to sorghum harvesting and artistic pumpkin carving. Meanwhile, cowboys return to the park’s Carousel Barn at the Cowboy Emporium, featuring Western-inspired craft disciplines and Yellowstone and Gunsmoke star Buck Taylor, showcasing his acclaimed artwork. Across the street, cowboy chefs Justin Jackson and Mark Day demonstrate their own cowboy recipes each day of the festival, with a chuckwagon cook-off to end each afternoon!

Fall Entertainment and Tastes

Guests are entertained throughout the day, with folk, country and bluegrass performances by Dawson Hollow, Lindley Creek, Eastern Heights, Arbour Season and many other acts throughout the festival’s run. No one goes hungry, with pumpkin and fall-inspired flavors and aromas drifting through the streets of The City. A Tasting Passport offers five samples of those special autumnal flavors throughout The City for the foodies-at-heart.

For hours, dates and more information on Harvest Festival, visit or call 417-338-7100.

Staff Picks

Funnel Cakes, Bluegrass music and exhilarating rides.

Ammie Scott-Motes

Our families go-tos: cinnamon bread, candle making, Fire in the Hole, the giant pirate ship and the taffy shop.

Megan Johnson