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Branson, MO

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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

Welk Resorts Branson Hotel
Welk Resorts Branson Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1984 State Highway 165, Branson, MO
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $69 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
This family-friendly Branson hotel is located in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Welk Resort Theatre and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. Branson Craft ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,461 reviews)
"Great place for kids and close to town, but away from the traffic and noise of town."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Welk Resorts Branson Hotel
Grand Plaza Hotel Branson
Grand Plaza Hotel Branson
3 out of 5
245 N Wildwood Dr, Branson, MO
The price is $89 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Branson Theater District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Highway 76 Strip and Hollywood Wax Museum. Titanic Museum and Dolly Parton's Stampede ...
4/5Very Good! (2,663 reviews)
"During the check in, we were NOT greeted as we came in; there were 3 people at the desk and all of them just stared at us. I don't know if it's related, but we are a mixed race couple. When we checked out, there were 2 people at the desk and the only friendly person was the only non-white person ..."

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Grand Plaza Hotel Branson
Chateau On The Lake Resort Spa and Convention Center
Chateau On The Lake Resort Spa and Convention Center
4 out of 5
415 North State Highway 265, Branson, MO
The price is $211 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Situated near the airport, this spa resort is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Showboat Branson Belle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Titanic Museum and Branson Ferris Wheel. White ...
4.3/5Excellent! (925 reviews)
"Our stay at the chateau was very relaxing & the staff was accomadating. There were 12 of us & they made sure our rooms were all together. The buffet could have had more of a selection but they did have an excellant breakfast menu we would stay there again."

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Chateau On The Lake Resort Spa and Convention Center
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Palace View Resort by Spinnaker Resorts
Palace View Resort by Spinnaker Resorts
3.5 out of 5
700 Blue Meadows Drive, Branson, MO
This family-friendly Branson condo building is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Branson Craft Mall, Titanic Museum, and Hollywood ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (213 reviews)
"The room are dated commode is for children not seniors no hand rails in bathroom noisy from within and outside. Staff was great."

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Palace View Resort by Spinnaker Resorts
The Cottage Resort
The Cottage Resort
3.5 out of 5
1575 Tablerock Circle, Branson, MO
Situated in Branson, this cottage is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Indian Point Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Silver Dollar City and Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater. ...
4/5Very Good! (106 reviews)
"I loved it all everyone was nice and polite it was just an amazing stay"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

The Cottage Resort
The Village At Indian Point Resort
The Village At Indian Point Resort
3 out of 5
24 Village Trail, Branson, MO
This family-friendly Branson condo building is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of Table Rock Lake and Silver Dollar City. Henning Conservation Area and ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (223 reviews)
"These are individual condos well kept and maintained. very clean and inviting. Close to water and theme park. Wonderful area in the Ozark mountains just 10 min from Branson, Mo."

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

The Village At Indian Point Resort
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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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