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Tourism, Dining, Shopping, and Travel Information in Branson, MO

With over 7 million visitors each year, Branson is an irresistible lure because of its Ozark mountain location with a wide array of recreational activities.  It's more famously known as the 'Live Country Music Capitol of the World' with its Las Vegas/Broadway style entertainment presented in more than 80 live shows per day, and one of the nations largest amusement parks - Silver Dollar City.


Branson General Info:

  • Land Area:  16.3 miles
  • Elevation: 947 feet
  • Number of radio stations: 1 AM, 4 FM
  • Number of television stations: 5
  • Transportation:  Springfield/Branson Regional Airport

Branson Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Police/Fire/Ambulance: 911
  • Skaggs Community Health Center (Highway. 65 & Skaggs Rd.)

Branson Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

Branson Major Shopping Areas:

Branson Major Dining Areas:

  • Downtown
  • Green Mountain Drive
  • Gretna Road
  • Highway 165
  • Highway 76
  • Kimberling City/Branson West
  • Ridgedale
  • Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

Branson Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

Branson Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder ('Little House on the Prairie' author)

Notable Moments in Branson History:

  • 1907:  Harold Bell Wright published the novel Shepherd of the Hills, which tells about the Ozark area and its settlers such as the Ross family.
  • 1912: Branson is incorporated with 1,200 residents.
  • 1930's: Lake Taneycomo becomes a popular and inexpensive vacation spot.
  • 1940's:  Hugo Herschend and his family relocated from Chicago and leased Marvel Cave from the Lynch daughters.
  • 1959:  Table Rock Dam was completed.
  • 1959:  The now famous 'Baldknobbers' (formerly known as the 'Mabes' held their show in the basement of Branson City Hall.  Their 'mock' theater held 50 guests.
  • 1960: Silver Dollar City opened as a 'crafts show' for the local women artisans.  It offered a single street of shops and a stagecoach ride.
  • 1970's:  A 2-lane highway with alternating third passing law was completed to accommodate the large and ever increasing number of visitors to Branson.

Interesting Facts about Branson:

  • Attracts over 7 million visitors per year.
  • Boasts the #1 theme park in the world...Silver Dollar City.
  • Has over 40 music theatres, 300 hotels, and 200 restaurants.
  • Has more theatre seats than Broadway and Las Vegas combined.
  • The legendary Roy Clark was the first of the national country stars to recognize the potential here, giving his name to theatre.
  • Silver Dollar City was created by those who could not go into the depths of Marvel Cave.  Making crafts while waiting outside allowed them to pass the time.
  • Branson felt it could draw in tourists because it had a commercial ice plant, a soft drink bottling plant, a candy factory, and an ice cream factory — all next to the waterfront.
  • Shepherd of the Hills is based upon the Harold Bell Wright novel about the Ozark area and it's settlers — including the Ross Family whom Mr. Bell lives with while he had tuberculosis (known as 'consumption' in the early 1900's).  The novel is created for encouraging tourists to want to come to Branson in the 1930's.
  • It took 5 years to build Table Rock Dam.
  • The Presley's were the first to erect a simple metal building on the road west of Branson and waited each night for guests to show up.  10-year old Steve would tape bumper stickers on to cars in the parking lot during intermission.

Branson Population and Demographics:

  • Population — 6,050
  • White — 94.5%
  • All other races — less than 5.5%
  • Population 18 and under — 22.7%
  • 65 and over — 20.2%
  • Median age — 43 years
  • Average household size — 2.21
  • Median family income - $43,145

Branson Colleges and Universities:

  • College of the Ozarks

Branson Economy & Business — Notable Employers and Industries:

  • Tourism industry is #1 employer and industry

Branson Hispanic Community Media and Churches:

  • None
Reviews
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show - Branson, MO
This was by far the best activity we did as a family on our vacation to branson. Our boys, 3yrs and 6yrs, loved every minute of it. I was very surprised that it held our 3yr old's attention as well as it did, he was mesmerized. We almost skipped the pre-show but were so glad that we didn't because it was great! The food was good and the animals beautiful. The riders were skilled and great at what they do. I would highly recommend it to anyone!
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-- Jaime Davis - Gardner, KS
Veterans Memorial Museum
Great museum with some truly unique items. Very informative, also saw my uncle's name, whom i had never met, on the wwii wall. I left with an even greater appreciation for the sacrifice that americans have made over the years and continue to make today. I am more proud to be an american than ever, thank you.
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-- Steve Hise - Alton, IL
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
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