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Fun Shows and Things to Do in Branson MO

The Ozarks are home to some of the best shows in the country, and your Branson vacation is bound to be a blast when you add one of these Branson attractions to your itinerary. There are over a hundred fun things to choose from at any given point! This is truly one of the best places to be to watch quality live entertainment. No matter your age, you will find a show that fits your interests. Below are some of the most popular attraction options.

Silver Dollar City

This massive theme park brings in about two million visitors each year and is one of the most popular destinations in the area. It has plenty of family-friendly charm tucked into the beautiful Ozark Mountains. It offers visitors a full day of more than forty thrilling rides and attractions, over forty live entertainment shows daily, and an exciting look back into the 19th-century culture of the Ozarks. There are many great places to eat, unique shops to browse, live music to enjoy, and enough entertainment to keep you busy for the entire day! Some of the most notable rides include Outlaw Run, Time Traveler, WildFire, and PowderKeg. There are roller coasters, thrill rides, children's rides, and water rides so people of all ages will have a blast!
Located on sixty acres, the amusement park opened on May 1, 1960, and is situated on the site of Marvel Cave, one of the Ozarks' oldest attractions. The history of this cave is fascinating with the tourism of it dating back to the late 1800s. Once it began drawing in more and more tourism, the owners decided to open up something else to bring in even more visitors to the area. The theme park originally opened as a site of a church, a log cabin, five shops, and a street production of the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys. The park brought in 125,000 guests the first year! That is four times the number of people that toured Marvel Cave annually. Come see why this theme park draws in so many visitors each year! During the summer, be sure to visit White Water, operated by the SDC company, for fun water park thrills.

Endless Shopping

Want to take a break from the excitement of Branson Missouri? Looking for antiques, unique gifts, or outlets? We have you covered! Whether you want to browse the Branson Landing or head to the historic downtown Branson area, there are plenty of shopping ventures to enjoy. In Branson's entertainment district, also known as the Branson Strip, you will find so many awesome antique shops that have everything from old furniture to rare collectibles. In the historic downtown area, you will find charming shops that hold the perfect gift. On the Landing, you will find every type of store that you can imagine! It has stores like Belk, PINK, Bass Pro, Hot Topic, Build-A-Bear, As Seen on TV, and so much more! Be sure to enjoy a live show or see the Branson Landing fountain while you are there. If you are looking for a great deal, the Tanger Outlets is located on the Strip and offers unbeatable deals on name-brand items. Here, you will find outlets like Nike, Fossil, Levis, Adidas, Vera Bradley, and more! Take advantage of the amazing shopping on your trip.

Outdoor Attraction Options

Whether you go on a zipline adventure, go horseback riding, or visit a state park, hike Dogwood Canyon, or Talking Rocks Cavern, there are plenty of outdoor activity options and wonders to behold in Branson. Home to hiking trails, marinas, and sparkling lakes, you will be able to experience the great outdoors in the beautiful Ozark Mountain Region! Create your next outdoor adventure today!

Table Rock Lake
This beautiful lake was created over fifty years ago due to the damming of the White River. With more than 800 miles of shoreline and 43,000 acres of water, Table Rock Lake is an amazing place to visit for all nature lovers. It is part of Table Rock State Park, which is full of natural wonders. Go boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, or canoeing on the water and explore the coves. While you are out there on the hiking trails, you may see deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, eagles, woodchucks, and maybe even a black bear! The huge size of the lake makes it the perfect destination for watersports and fishing. Take a self-guided tour or if you want more, the area offers guided fishing tours for those who want to get the most out of their trip. The lake also has a fish hatchery and the beautiful Table Rock Dam that you can tour! Natural beauty is everywhere in the Ozarks; don't miss out on the chance to see the best of it.

Great Family Entertainment

Of course, theme parks and lakes are not the only things that this town has to offer. There is also a wide variety of other entertainment. If you love animals, visit the famed Promised Land Zoo or take a ride through the Scottish Highland Farm. If you are feeling daring and want some adventure, book a helicopter tour over the city, play some mini golf or laser tag, or zipline through the trees. For those who want to enjoy Branson things that are a little more laid back, head to the Titanic Museum Attraction, the Rainforest Adventure, Track Family Fun Park, the Hollywood Wax Museum, the Mirror Maze, the Veterans Memorial Museum, or the Toy Museum. If you are in town on Christmas, there are so many fun seasonal things that you can experience with the family as well, like the Trail of Lights and Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas.
Be sure to check out the awesome pre-made Branson vacation packages that are available to complete your getaway! With so many things to do, your time in Branson is sure to be a blast!  

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Jesus on a Ship at Jesus at Sight and Sound Theatres Branson
Get inspired at the famous Sight & Sound Theatres Branson. Enjoy the history of JESUS in a brand new way, with exciting elements like pyrotechnics and 3D movie effects.
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Patriotic Performance
With exceptional horses and riders fighting for glory in a friendly North vs. South rivalry, Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner & Show will keep the whole family entertained, all while being served a heaping Southern dinner!
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The Haygoods
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A musical group that features six siblings, the Haygoods put on a performance that thrills Branson audiences, and their ability to harmonize beautifully and play a variety of instruments should not be missed by any fan of music.
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Comedy at Branson's Murder Mystery Dinner Show
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Plan an astounding vacation to Branson, MO with a trip to see Branson's Murder Mystery Dinner Show. This fantastic show brings intriguing mystery and great food to the Ozarks.
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Reza and His Assistant at Reza Edge of Illusion Magic Show
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Prepare to be astounded at the Reza Edge of Illusion Magic Show, which has entertained audiences in 31 countries with mind blowing tricks and feats, including the famous Oreo trick.
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Pierce Arrow Shows
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At the Pierce Arrow Show, see a veteran singing quartet perform their tunes that delight audiences and have for 15 years, in a family friendly environment that will give you plenty to remember.
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Exterior of the Showboat Branson Belle Lunch and Dinner Cruises
Take a relaxing two and a half hour cruise on Turn Table Lake upon a luxury liner while enjoying dinner and a comedy show. The cruise liner has multiple handicap options and a gift shop on board for convenience.
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Sheriff at WhoDunnit Hoedown A Murder Mystery Dinner Show
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Comedy, murder mystery fun, and amazing food are awaiting at WhoDunnit Hoedown Murder Mystery Dinner Show. See if you can solve the mysteries and enjoy a marvelous dinner. You and your entire family will enjoy making new memories!
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Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Why should I vacation to the Ozarks?
    Branson, MO and the surrounding Ozark Mountains area is brimming with natural beauty and family-friendly atmosphere. Whether you want to spend a vacation watching shows and visiting theme parks like SDC or would rather enjoy time out on Table Rock Lake or exploring historic places like the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead, there’s something for everyone.
  • Who usually visits Branson, MO?
    Branson, MO is known as one of the most family-friendly vacation destinations in the US. Because of this, many families choose to vacation here.
  • What are good activities for families in Branson, MO?
    For family vacations, visit places like Big Foot Fun Park or Silver Dollar City and catch shows like Amazing Pets and Reza Edge of Illusion Magic Show!
  • What kind of accommodations are offered in the area?
    Visitors can book everything from extravagant suites to cheaper hotels for vacationing on a budget.
  • How many days should I spend in the Ozarks?
    Vacationers tend to spend a few days exploring Branson, MO, but there are plenty of things to fill up week-long trips too!
  • Can I create a customized experience?
    Of course! Simply add on your favorite activities, attractions, and hotels.

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