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Things to do in Branson, Missouri

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 2022 at 8 a.m.

Top of the Rock in Branson MO
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When you think “Spring Break,” 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.

Things to Do in Branson

Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO
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Branson CVB

Make your summer unforgettable with a trip to the best vacation destination in the Midwest. The rolling hills, gorgeous forests and sprawling lakes of Branson are perfect for exploring as a family, and there’s something here that everyone will enjoy!

Kids Will Love

They’ll go wild feeling the wind in their hair on a roller coaster at Silver Dollar City, an 1880s-themed amusement park, or cooling off at White Water, a water park for all ages. And what kid wouldn’t love a spin on the go-kart tracks at The Track Family Fun Parks, and exploring the Titanic Museum, Hollywood Wax Museum and so much more!

Grown-Ups Will Love

Love the lake? Enjoy time on the water at Lake Taneycomo, Table Rock Lake or Bull Shoals Lake with boat rentals and fishing off the dock!

Must See

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

Photo courtesy The Keeter Center

The Keeter Center

1 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout, MO417-239-1900

Get ready for an experience beyond any other at The Keeter Center® at College of the Ozarks® just two miles from historic downtown Branson.

Kids Will Love

You scream, I scream, we ALL scream for ICE CREAM! Did you know that The Keeter Center uses fresh dairy from their campus dairy cows to make their delicious ice cream? College of the Ozarks® agriculture students milk over 60 cows at the Campus Dairy. Students pasteurize, bottle, and deliver milk to another group of hard-working students who turn the farm-fresh cream into homemade ice cream.

Bonus

When you stay overnight, the bell staff delivers freshly baked cookies and milk to your room during the renowned turn-down service.

Must Eat

Experience delectable lunch, dinner, or award-winning brunch at their farm to fork, fine dining restaurant. Guest favorites: Fried Green Tomatoes with pickled green tomatoes and student made jalapeño jelly; and the Meatloaf Mignon, a grilled bacon-wrapped meatloaf with house pepper jelly ketchup. “You won’t find a better place to eat in the area.”—Jimmy B., Tripadvisor

Must See

Visit their Gift Shop featuring an array of handcrafted student-made products such as homemade fruitcake and fruit spreads, pottery, milled grains, and famous Pear Honey Dressing. Don’t forget to visit Edwards Mill and General Store and the Stained Glass and Candle Shop, located on campus.

Grown-Ups Will Love

Enjoy in-room breakfast and the scenic views of the campus from your own private balcony when relaxing in on of the beautiful suites at the Lodge. For reservations, visit keetercenter.edu or call 417-239-1900.

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

Know Before You Go

Enjoy the thrill of lions, leopards, arctic foxes, mountain lions, lemurs and more this summer!

Experience the Sanctuary

The National Tiger Sanctuary offers multiple tour options. The Feeding Tour provides an interactive experience while getting to see the animals up close! The Behind the Scenes Tour offers twice as many animals and animals feeding. Both riding and walking tours are available.

The Purpose

Visiting the National Tiger Sanctuary is more than just an exciting experience—every time you visit, you are helping support something bigger. This non profit organization is dedicated to education, environmental preservation and providing a permanent home for exotic animals.

Rollercoaster at Silver Dollar City in Branson MO
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Silver Dollar City

399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy, Branson, MO417-336-7100

Kick off summer at Silver Dollar City!

The internationally awarded 1880s theme park hosts an incredible entertainment lineup with 10 world-class festivals and events. Explore record-breaking rides and attractions, award-winning home-style food and 60 unique shops alongside a demonstrating crafts colony 100 strong.

National Kids Fest | June 11 – July 24

Experience epic NEW in 2022 entertainment by the international king of the high wire, Nik Wallenda and family. Kids can explore the town of Chuggington with Chuggington’s Adventure Depot. Summer concerts include legendary names like The Ozark Mountain Daredevils and Newsboys. (Insider Tip: Multi-park/multi-day tickets allow flexibility. The SDC Campground offers free guest shuttles to the front gate.)

Moonlight Madness | July 23 –­ August 7

Soar into the night skies on thrilling roller coasters and enjoy nighttime fireworks. Guests embark into the darkness on Time Traveler and speed travel under the twinkling Ozark stars on Outlaw Run. For the not-so-daring riders, there’s a nightly dance party, The Grand Exposition with 10 family rides and Fireman’s Landing designed for littles. (Insider Tip: The SDC app is the best way to plan. Purchase Trailblazer passes for front-of-line access.)

Southern Gospel Picnic | August 25 – September 5

Stages parkwide radiate energy with sing-along performances with the nation’s most notable Southern Gospel groups throughout the day, plus nightly performances in Echo Hollow Amphitheater. Picnic food favorites include famous fried chicken, cinnamon bread and homemade ice cream. (Insider tip: Check performance schedule and activities list on the Silver Dollar City app.) For tickets and information visit SilverDollarCity.com.

Branson Landing in Branson Missouri

Branson Landing

The weekend getaway the whole family has been waiting for is just around the corner. Shop, Dine, Play & Stay at the Branson Landing located on the waterfront of beautiful Lake Taneycomo! This family-friendly beautiful location is the perfect spot to park the car, kick back and enjoy.

Things to Do

Stroll the promenade of over 100 local and national retail shops, restaurants and attractions including Bass Pro Shops, Belk Department Store, H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Build-A-Bear Workshop, just to name a few.

Where to Eat

After a fun day of shopping, find a new favorite cocktail, or mix up your own classic while you and your crew take in the sights of the Branson Landing at Andy B’s Tiki Bar. Relax at lunch or dinner along the boardwalk at one of the full-service restaurants including Ramata Italian, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, Cantina Laredo and many others.

Where to See

Grab a seat by the water where you will be dazzled by a $7.5 million water spectacular that synchronizes light, sound, music and fire. If you are feeling adventurous check out Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline!

Where to Stay

Rest and relax at one of Branson Landing’s two Hilton hotels on the property; the Hilton    Promenade is located on the Branson Landing promenade and the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel is adjacent to Branson Landing.

Welcome to Branson Landing where shopping, dining and entertainment take center stage!

Entertainment in Branson

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

Know Before You Go

The Track Family Fun Parks is your Branson destination for summer fun! Make plans now to gather your family to experience everything NEW dropping this season!

You’ll Love

In addition to the favorite high rise go-kart tracks, bumper rides and mini golf, there are now two new rides included in the Unlimited Park Passes — the Spinning Coaster at Track 3 and Thunder Struck at Track 4.

Best Photo Op

Snap a pic from 150’ in the air on the Branson Ferris Wheel. With 40 gondolas holding 240 passengers, this ride illuminates nightly with 16,000 LED lights!

Everyone’s Talking About

New food options! At Track 4, fuel up at Fuel Fresh American Grill, which has incredible outdoor deck seating. Track 3 features a new Food Truck Plaza rest area where The Taco Company food truck is serving tacos and more!


Where to Stay in Branson

Indoor pool at Myer Hotel in Branson, MO
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Myer Hotels

Summer is here, don’t miss the opportunity to book your next family getaway at one of six locally owned hotels in the Branson area including Best Westerns, Comfort Inns, Holiday Inn Express Green Mtn Drive and Quality Inn West. They host an impressive 54 years of hospitality experience, warm smiles to greet their guests, and their convenient locations book quickly. Still need more proof? Their 100+ national awards speak for themselves.

Fun for the Whole Family

From game rooms to indoor pools, hot tubs and free breakfast, an amazing family staycation is just around the corner. With 6 locations throughout the rolling Ozark Mountains, Myer Hotels are convenient to all of Branson’s largest and most exciting attractions.

Make the Most of Your Vacation

Myer Hotels take hospitality a step further with an in-house ticket service that will help make planning the perfect Branson getaway easy. Be sure to check out their website www.myerhospitality.com for vacation packages and special savings or call 877-FUN-STAY!

Outdoor pool at Table Rock Shore Resort
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Table Rock Shore Resort

Carefree Ln., Kimberling City | 417-501-0077

Table Rock Shore Resort encompasses everything the Ozarks has to offer. Take in the incredible views, cast your line to catch a big one, or grab the crew for a day on the water. This new resort has so much to enjoy. Join us this year and reserve your share of the shore! 

New This Year

Table Rock Shore Resort’s new Heights Cabins are booking now for 2022! These new additions feature five beautifully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms with all the same amenities and comforts as the resorts other cabins.

Know Before You Go

Yes! You can bring your boat­— ramp and dock slips are availible on site at the resort (additonal rental slips are a $25 fee). You can also rent one of the new G3-Tritoons for half day or full day of fun. They’re equipped with Yamaha 150hp motors. Each tritoon offers seating for 10 and sun tops for shade. Boat rental includes slip fees and life jackets.

Kids Will Love

Ping-pong, cornhole, paved bike paths and shell hunting and fishing off the shoreline. Kids and adults alike will love the beach entrance, 2 level salt water pool with waterfalls and splash pad.

Grown-Ups Will Love

Spacious cabins complete with fully appointed kitchens, a washer and dryer and wood-stocked fire pits! Ultra-relaxation moment: listening to the soothing sounds of the lake on the large cabin decks.

Must Eat

Choose from all the local spots listed in the restaurant guide provided in every cabin.

Must See

The breathtaking views and gorgeous sunsets from the resort.

Photo courtesy Overlook Cabins

The Overlook Cabins

8000 State Hwy 13 , Lampe, MO | 417-838-3001
The Overlook Cabins are for couples and families who want to get away from it all and spend time surrounded by nature. Located between Dogwood Canyon, Kimberling City and Silver Dollar City, The Overlook Cabins are a great place to unwind and unplug!

Grown-Ups Will Love

The peace and quiet this romantic setting provides, experiencing relaxed luxury combined with gorgeous scenery. Enjoy nature’s beauty while experiencing modern-amenity comforts, such as the property’s newly added hot tubs.

Kids Will Love

The variety of indoor and outdoor games and activities.

Must See

Breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake and a unique cabin stay.

Best Photo Op

The lofts offer a cozy spot to snap a pic with twinkling lights.

OMG Moment

Their cabins are literally pristine. You can instantly tell how important cleanliness is to this family-owned business.

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