Branson is a great vacation destination for the entire family, with it's picturesque scenery, fun-filled shows, and of course the go-carts.  
However, it's important to do some pre-planning packing for prospective vacation.
If you go to Branson during the summer months, make sure you pack light-colored clothes that breathe, because Branson during the summer is humid and hot.
The twinkly lights of the Christmas season completely transform the town into a magical wonderland.  Make sure you dress in layers, and bring an extra pair of gloves.  Branson in the Christmas season is awfully pretty, but also awfully cold.

Branson, MO Vacation Packing Advice

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Just about everywhere you go in Branson, you'll be able to dress for comfort, and not worry about a dress code. (Believe it or not, there is not one show, attraction, activity or lodging venue within the extensive listings on that has a dress code!) So when you're packing, the only thing you'll need to keep in mind--beyond your own preferences--is the weather!

The great thing about the fluctuating Branson weather is the changing of the seasons. There may not be a more beautiful place in the country to see the multi-hued foliage of Fall, or the budding blossoms of Spring. You can enjoy these color changes on the Branson Belle. Of course, winters can be downright cold. And even the locals will complain of hot, humid summers (although not as much as our 'northern transplants' do!). Whether you plan on spending most of your time outdoors at Silver Dollar City, or relaxing inside at a show like Acrobats of China, the weather is something to keep in mind while packing your vacation wardrobe.


You'll need a winter coat, hat, gloves and warm sweaters when visiting in Branson's coldest months. December - March, have average high temperatures that range from 41 - 51 degrees (all temps are in Fahrenheit) and average lows that range from 20 - 30 degrees. April, May, September and October all have moderate, "light jacket" weather, with average highs anywhere between 60 - 85 degrees and average lows from 40 - 52 degrees. November can be a bit more chilly, but still 'nice'--highs range from 50 - 63 degrees and lows average around 30 - 40 degrees. Pack plenty of short-sleeved shirts, shorts, and a pair of sunglasses for June, July and August. Average high temperatures range from 81 - 91 degrees, and lows can be anywhere from 58 - 67 degrees.

Packing Tips:

  • The more you can roll your clothes, vs. folding, the less wrinkles you'll have!
  • Either pack plenty of neutral colors--for mix and match--or pack in 'sets' (matching shirt, bottoms, socks, even shoes, jewelry and underclothes) to ease 'what to wear worries' after you arrive.
  • To eliminate creases from hangers, fold a small to medium towel over the hanger before hanging your garments.
  • Use zip-lock bags for make-up, toiletries, and laundry detergent to save space and protect your clothes from accidental leaks.
  • Feed necklaces through plastic straws and clasp them closed to prevent tangling. (You can cut straws to half the length of your necklace for a perfect fit.)
  • Pack extra-large zip-lock bags, zippered bags saved from new linens, or heavy-duty garbage bags for wet or dirty laundry.
  • Keep a dryer sheet in your suitcase for fresh-smelling clothes.
  • Pack rolled belts and socks in shoes to save room.
Showboat Branson Belle Lunch & Dinner Cruises
Me and my husband were visiting my mother-in-law in missouri and decided to take our two kids (ages 9 and 15) and go hop on the branson belle because we thought it would be a fun family event!! Some relatives of mine had told me about it and how they had a blast and we thought we would try it out!!! The food was very delicious. Actually, one of the best meals i've ever had in my life. I especially enjoyed the dessert!! The service was great, and the show was pretty good as well. My kids especially loved the talking dogs act as did my husband and i. I would definitely recommend the branson belle to anyone looking for good food, good service, and most importantly a great time!!!!
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-- Shawna Briggs - Katy, Texas
Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus
This show was amazing!! I have been twice, and plan on going again, because it was soo exciting. The performers are spectacular and never disappoint!! It keeps you on the edge of your seat, because you never know what to expect. This show is something everyone should experience!!
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-- Sabrina Smith - Hot Springs, AR
Showboat Branson Belle
Dinner was just lovely and everyone faced the stage! The service was out of this world and the show was one of the best ever! The branson belle singers and dancers were incredible and the russian acrobats were simply breathtaking! The talking dogs were hilarious and the ventriloquist, todd oliver was the best since sherry louis and lamb chops!!! An absolute must when in branson!!!!
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-- Nancy Koop - Brantford, 0
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