Free & Cheap Things to Do in Branson

Nothing beats "free," especially on you Branson vacation!

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Whether you’re on a tight budget or traveling with a large group, Branson has a wide variety of activities that don’t cost a dime. From free outdoor excursions and indoor museums to free tastings at local wineries and distilleries, in Branson you’ll experience the freedom of fun without ever opening your wallet.

Water and fire fountain shows at a large shopping area in Branson.

Branson Landing Fountain Shows

100 Branson Landing Blvd.
Top of every hour. Mon-Sat: noon - 10 pm. Sun: noon - 9 pm

This $7.5 million water spectacular features 120-foot geysers and blasting fire cannons, choreographed harmoniously to a variety of tunes. Be sure to catch one of these awe-inspiring shows of water, fire, light and music every hour beginning at noon daily.

Horse Walk At Dolly Parton's Stampede

1525 W 76 Country Blvd
Open daily from 8 am – 3 pm

If you are looking for something fun, free and interesting for the whole family, stop by Dolly Parton’s Stampede famous Horse Walk. Meet the 32 four-legged stars of the show!  You may even meet some of the riders as they care for their horses in preparation for the night’s shows. You can learn more here.

Dewey Short Visitors Center

4500 MO-165
Open daily 10 am – 5 pm

Called “the crown jewel of Table Rock Lake,” this $7.9 million, 15,000 square foot center features a state-of-the-art interactive map, beautiful wall murals, a Native American artifact exhibit, and a 20-minute movie on how the Table Rock Dam was built. They also have a great observation deck for taking in the beauty of Table Rock Lake in comfy chairs. Find out more about Dewey Short Visitors Center here.

Scenic Overlooks

Hwy 160, Hwy 165, College of the Ozarks

Experience breathtaking views of the Ozark Mountains just a few miles from W 76 Country Blvd, Branson’s Entertainment District. Cruise along Highway 160 and 165 and enjoy ample opportunities to take in beautiful lakes, ridgetops and river valleys — all making for the perfect landscape photos. Or head to Point Lookout at College of the Ozarks for a panoramic view of Lake Taneycomo and the city of Branson. For a full list of the most scenic drives in Branson, check here

Shepherd Of The Hills Fish Hatchery

483 Hatchery Rd
Hours vary by season. Check here

Located less than ten minutes from Branson’s Entertainment District, this hatchery produces over 1.1 million Rainbow and Brown Trout each year, many of which are transferred to Table Rock Lake. Enjoy guided tours, a huge aquarium, walking the “race ways” where the trout run and fun opportunities to feed the fish. More about Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery here.

Shrine Of The Holy Spirit

179 Expressway Ln
Open 9 am-5 pm Mon-Sat. Sunday hours vary. 

Constructed of blue granite, stained glass windows and featuring a 100-foot tall spire, this spiritual sanctuary was created and built by local entrepreneur Gene Bicknell in 2010.  The grounds, which also include a chapel, seating area and fountains, offer a quiet place for prayer or meditation and are particularly lovely at night when lit up. More about Shrine of the Holy Spirit here.

Group of friends hiking through a scenic trail in Branson.

Ruth And Paul Henning Conservation Area

4106 St Hwy 376
Open daily from 4 am - 10 pm

Explore over 1,500 acres of forest, woodland and glade habitat just northeast of Branson. The Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area offers hiking trails, the White River Balds Natural area, and a permanent stream (Roark Creek). It’s also home to many of the locations featured in the classic Harold Bell Wright book, Shepherd of the Hills

Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area

412 Owen Ln
Open daily from 7 am - 8 pm (summer) and 7 am - 5 pm (winter) 

Discover an oasis of forest and woodlands in the heart of Branson. The Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area features over four miles of hiking trails, a waterfall, a cave, the historic 1911 Lyle Owen homestead, picnic areas and ample parking. More about Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area here.

Table Rock Lake State Park

5272 MO-165
Open daily 6 am - 10 pm

Nestled in the trees surrounding Table Rock Lake, this state park has no admission fee and offers a wide range of activities including campsites, hiking and mountain bike trails, SCUBA diving excursions and a marina that rents ski boats, bass boats, WaveRunners and more. More about Table Rock Lake here.

Tour Of Copper Run Distillery

1901 Day Rd, Walnut Shade
Hours vary, check here

A must-see for all whiskey fans, this award-winning distillery specializes in smooth corn whiskey (a.k.a. moonshine), molasses rum and vodka. Enjoy their free tour and learn the secrets of handcrafted, small-batch spirits. Tasty samples included. More about Copper Run Distillery here.

Tours & Tastings At Curling Vine And Lindwedel Wineries

Curling Vine - 601 St Hwy 165
Lindwedel Wine Garden - 3158 St Hwy 265

Witness winemaking step-by-step at the large winery at Curling Vine Winery and enjoy samples from their broad spectrum of Reds, Whites, Rosés, Spumantes and Dessert Wines. Or savor the beautiful views at the Lindwedel Wine Garden where you can taste their handcrafted varietals in a relaxing, outdoor atmosphere.

Branson Centennial Museum

120 S Commercial
Open Mon-Sat 10 am - 4 pm

Learn the rich history of Branson and the surrounding Taney County. This free museum features rotating exhibits on the Civil War, railroads, bridges, folk art and more! More about the Branson Centennial Museum here.

Ballparks Of America

1000 Pat Nash Dr

Grab some peanuts or crackerjacks and head to the stands for a baseball game at the Ballparks of America facility. Ballparks of America offers the ultimate youth baseball tournament experience, and games are free to attend and watch. The facility's unique interior is designed to replicate five American major league baseball stadiums, including the St. Louis Stadium, Chicago Field, Detroit Stadium, Boston Park and Brooklyn Field. 

Free Downtown Trolley

Hop on the free discovery trolley for an overview of some of Branson’s landmarks, as well as convenient transportation between the historic downtown area, the Branson Convention Center and Branson Landing. The trolley operates March-December daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (except on Thanksgiving and Christmas). In February the schedule is Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pick up and drop off is generally every 15minutes. More about the historic downtown trolley here.

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