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Six Essentials for a Perfect Fall Weekend in Branson

From stunning leaves to seasonal festivals, fall in Branson is full of fun. Make the most of a weekend in Branson this autumn with our guide of six fall must-have experiences!

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Check out these six essentials for an unforgettable weekend getaway this fall in Branson:

1. Soak in the Beauty of Fall Color

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After taking one of our self-guided fall foliage driving tours or walking tours to see some of the most stunning fall color in the Ozarks, you'll see why Branson is a popular leaf peeping destination. 

Traveling by foot and car are not the only ways to take in the area's foliage! Hop on a rental boat and enjoy a unique lake outing with a bright backdrop of fall color. Or board the Showboat Branson Belle on Table Rock Lake for sightseeing lunch and dinner cruises.  

2. Choose an Attraction for Scenic Thrills

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Satisfy your adventurous spirit by soaring through the fall foliage via one of Branson’s many ziplines, the Snowflex Tubing Park or a mountain coaster such as the Runaway Mountain Coaster or the Branson Coaster. Get a bird's-eye view of surrounding leaves as you turn hundreds of feet in the air at the Branson Buzzsaw swing or Skyscraper thrill ride. 

For just as much fun with slightly less adrenaline, capture panoramic views from the Inspiration Tower at the Shepherd of the Hills or atop the Branson Ferris Wheel.

3. Get Active

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Take advantage of the cooler weather, and enjoy Branson's variety of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Adventure through Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, and explore beautifully preserved waterfalls, rock formations and wildlife sanctuaries. Catch fish and amazing fall scenery on one of Branson's area lakes with a guided tour. 

The beauty found in the Ozark Mountains seems to beckon activity, and Branson's golf courses are no exception! You'll find a course for players of all skill levels here. See our guide of Branson's best courses to find your next best round.

You don't have to wander far from city limits to get your exercise. Check out our walking/jogging tour guide for a stroll around Downtown Branson - perfect for leaf peepers wanting to increase their heart rate while taking in the foliage! 

4. Explore a Fall Festival

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Celebrate crafts, music, food and more with Branson's many fall festivals. Visit Silver Dollar City's Harvest Festival featuring Craft Days and Pumpkin Nights September & October.  Enjoy live demonstrations from artisans, extended ride times into the night and a display of thousands of glowing pumpkins! Check out Shepherd's Pumpkinfest to enjoy a vast array of fall activities such as building a scarecrow, jeep hayrides, a corn pit, petting zoo, hay-bale maze, pumpkin bowling, mini golf, bounce houses, rock climbing wall, and more! And don't forget Big Cedar Lodge's Cedar Fest featuring the Great Pumpkin Hunt, Ozark's Lost Souls Maze and Fall Tram Rides. 

Other great fall festivals include the Fall Roundup at Sycamore Creek Family RanchStill Waters Resort Harvest Festival, Blues, Brews & Barbecue, Autumn Daze and more.

5. Get an Outdoor Theatre Experience

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Wrap up with the family and enjoy the longest-running outdoor drama in the United States at the historic Shepherd of the Hills, a Branson must-see for all ages. The action-packed drama features over 90 actors and actresses, live animals, a shoot-out, burning of a log cabin, mystery, romance, and more. "The Shepherd of the Hills" is the story that shaped the heart of the Ozarks and continues to do so today.

6. Warm Up with a Piping Hot Beverage

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Get cozy at one of several unique coffee shops and hot chocolate stops in and around Branson, and find the perfect spot for you and yours to warm up after a crisp fall day spent outside. 

Need an extra sweet pick-me-up? Branson has plenty of bakeries serving treats like cinnamon rolls, fudge, giant cookies, peanut brittle and more. 

Ready to start planning your perfect fall weekend in Branson? Add to your itinerary here

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