Branson Dinner Cruise

What do gorgeous views of the Ozarks, mouth-watering food and excellent entertainment have in common? Experience a dinner cruise in Branson to find out!

There's nothing like exploring all Branson has to offer aboard one of Branson's dinner cruises. From world-class entertainment on the Showboat Branson Belle to fine dining on a Main Street Lake Cruise, you'll be amazed at how much there is to see and do on the water in Branson.

Showboat Branson Belle

For over 20 years, the Showboat Branson Belle has cruised the tranquil waters of Table Rock Lake. The 700-passenger paddlewheel riverboat, built to recreate the magic of showboats that entertained crowds in the 1800s, offers two-hour lunch and dinner cruises, holiday events, kids' cruises and more.

At the Showboat Branson Belle's main performance, guests dine facing a large stage onboard, where performers entertain for all ages with singing, dancing and live music featuring hits from the 1960s to today's charts. Enjoy opening acts while being served a hearty meal of slow-simmered beef roast, Carribean chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, greenbeans and salad. Don't forget to save room for dessert - Silver Dollar City's lemon-berry ice cream pie is a delightful treat for your taste buds!

In addition to its main show, the Showboat also hosts a wide variety of seasonal cruises and shows fit for all ages. Especially for young guests in the summer, the Princess & Pirates Cruise features a pancake breakfast, dance party, character meet-and-greets and more during its two-and-a-half-hour voyage. Southern Gospel Music Cruises in the summer are also popular. Many well-known artists and beloved performing groups in the industry are a part of this annual event aboard the Showboat, which is held in the late summer months leading into fall. The holidays would not be complete without the Showboat's Christmas show, a performance that dazzles with magic, comedy, holiday hits through the decades performed by talented singers and the show-stopping Showboat Dancers. Santa and his elves even stop by the Showboat for a Pancakes & PJs Cruise. Perfect for little ones, this special cruise sets sail on weekends in November and December and includes a pancake breakfast, sweets fit for the Sugar Plum Fairy, face painting, Christmas list-making with Santa's elves, story times, sing-a-longs, a festive stage show and photo opportunities with Santa. A New Year's Eve cruise wraps up the Showboat's yearly lineup of cruises with a musical variety show, three-course meal, dancing, a countdown to midnight and party favors. 

A short break after performances gives guests the opportunity to mingle with entertainers and explore the ship's lounges, promenades and decks to admire panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. At White River Landing, the Showboat's dock, you can shop for souvenirs, apparel, jewelry and more at two specialty shops. 

Main Street Lake Cruises

Main Street Lake Cruises offers not one, but two lake cruises and is conveniently located near the Branson Landing. After a morning or day of shopping, there's nothing like a relaxing cruise across Lake Taneycomo. Main Street Lake Cruises offers two options for setting sail: the Lake Queen, a modern day riverboat replica, or the Landing Princess, a 100-foot luxury yacht. What better way to celebrate all the great shopping you've completed? 

As you cruise along the shores of Lake Taneycomo aboard the Lake Queen, you'll also learn facts and trivia about the historical and present-day Branson waterfront along with local points of interest from a tour guide. The paddleboat's top deck is open and features a canopy with outdoor seating, while the enclosed bottom deck has large panoramic viewing windows so passengers don't miss a thing. The Lake Queen does not offer regular dinner cruises, but you can enjoy an evening excursion and barbecue dinner on select dates in August and September. On its usual operating schedule, an optional lunch is served during sightseeing cruises at 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. The lunch menu includes your choice of turkey, ham or chicken salad served on a croissant with a side of homemade potato chips and a cookie. 

The Landing Princess offers a decadent dining experience. On this cruise, you'll set sail in style and enjoy a filling meal while you take in a Branson sunset on Lake Taneycomo. In addition to beautiful Ozarks bluffs, you may also spot wildlife along the way. It's not uncommon to see critters in their natural habitats; even bald eagles have been spotted nesting along the shores of Lake Taneycomo. Seating on the 100-foot luxury yacht includes two climate-controlled decks lined with windows and three outdoor bistro seating decks. All that sightseeing may make you hungry, but you won't leave the Landing Princess with an empty stomach! Dinner includes a fresh garden salad, tenderloin with an apple bechamel, pan-seared chicken breast with a lemon garlic cream sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, country style green beans, a dinner roll and chef's select dessert. 

Both Main Street Lake Cruises operate through the year, but schedules are subject to change. Cruise dates may be added for groups of 30 or more.   

Explore on the water with a dinner cruise during your next trip to Branson! Find more ways to add outdoor fun to your Branson itinerary here

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