Branson, MO

Travel Guide
Sight and Sound Theatres showing outdoor art, heritage architecture and a garden
With over 50 theaters putting on as many as 100 shows at any one time, this city calls itself the Live Entertainment Capital of the World.

Music revues, stand-up comedy, variety, circus acts and magicians are all on offer at Branson, Missouri’s many theaters. It’s not all about theaters though Branson also has a wide range of family-friendly attractions such as theme parks, fishing and watersports.

Many of Branson’s 50 theaters are along the 76 Strip, a great place to start your visit. Visit the American Bandstand Theater which is like stepping back into the 50s. There are cars from the 50s, less than one thousand seats, and before the show, projection screens show the theater’s history.

Move into the 70s with the Cabaret Theater’s “70s Music Show,” which showcases some of the best tunes of the 1970s, or enjoy a 3-D laser and video show at the Jim Stafford Theater. If live country music sounds more appealing, visit the Circle B Theater or the Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show.

There is more to Branson than theaters and music, though. Visit attractions such as the Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, the Hollywood Wax Museum and Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors. For families, Silver Dollar City is a good place to visit it has six festivals throughout the year featuring bluegrass music, barbecues and kids’ activities.

Outdoor activities in Branson often center on its three large lakes. Between them, Table Rock, Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals offer excellent fishing, boating and water recreation. Fish for trout or largemouth bass, or go wildlife spotting on a replica paddle steamer. Otherwise, board the old Branson Scenic Railway for a narrated round trip of downtown and the adjacent countryside.

Because of its many indoor attractions, Branson attracts visitors all year round. The lakes are at their busiest during the warm period (May to October) however, ongoing residencies and seasonal shows keep it busy in the winter as well.

Where to stay in Branson

The Branson Hillside Hotel
The Branson Hillside Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1984 State Highway 165, Branson, MO, 65616
The price is $61 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 19
Stay at this 3.5-star golf hotel in Branson. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,596 reviews)
"The property was great to have family vacation. It had a great pool & fun stuff for the kids to do. Definitely will come back."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

The Branson Hillside Hotel
Radisson Hotel Branson
Radisson Hotel Branson
3.5 out of 5
120 S Wildwood Dr, Branson, MO, 65616
The price is $94 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Branson. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Enjoyed the location. Building was a bit dated. Bathroom was small. Staff was great."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Radisson Hotel Branson
Grand Plaza Hotel Branson
Grand Plaza Hotel Branson
3 out of 5
245 N Wildwood Dr, Branson, MO, 65616
The price is $79 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Branson. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,378 reviews)
"Great prices, staff, amenities, convenience. Walking is an option but you need to be in shape. Everything in Branson is on a hill!"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Grand Plaza Hotel Branson
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Suites at Fall Creek by Diamond Resorts
The Suites at Fall Creek by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
1 Fall Creek Dr, Branson, MO, 65616
The price is $97 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly condo in Branson. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a marina. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,731 reviews)
Will stay again
"We love staying here. The space is great. Roomy for me and my six Grands. Annual trip for us. I was disappointed for the price that the carpets were so stained and filthy. Need to be replaced. Otherwise, very clean and comfortable beds etc. love the amenities."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

The Suites at Fall Creek by Diamond Resorts
The Lodges at Timber Ridge by Vacation Club Rentals
The Lodges at Timber Ridge by Vacation Club Rentals
4 out of 5
1984 State Hwy 165, Building B, Branson, MO, 65616
The price is $127 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 4-star golf aparthotel in Branson. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,114 reviews)
"Overall a good stay and a good location to stay. Close to all the attractions"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

The Lodges at Timber Ridge by Vacation Club Rentals
Still Waters Resort
Still Waters Resort
3 out of 5
21 Stillwater, Branson, MO, 65616
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly condo in Branson. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,878 reviews)
"Relaxing"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

Still Waters Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Branson

There is no established public transit system in Branson, which means that to get the best out of your time in the area you’ll need to rent a car. There are numerous car rental agencies in town, and at the regional airports if you’re arriving by plane. There are a small number of taxis in town as well as tour companies who can arrange to shuttle you between attractions. The downtown area is easily walkable. Visit the Missouri Department of Transportation website.Browse Branson rental cars.

Best time to visit

Branson has two peak tourist seasons: the winter holiday season, when the whole city gets into the festive spirit, and the summer, between June and August. During the winter it can get cold, with average highs of around 42 F (5 C) in January, but this all adds to the Christmas atmosphere. July and August see average highs in the high 80s F (low 30s C), while spring and fall are pleasantly mild.

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