Free Day in Branson

You came to Branson with a budget. And like any good traveler, you totally blew it having fun on the first day.

No worries.

Branson has countless places to have fun for free, meaning both you and your pocketbook have something to smile about.

Here’s a quick look at how to get your budget back on track with a fun free day in Branson.

  • After a restful night’s sleep that includes spending a couple of extra hours in bed, start your day with a mile-plus hike at Table Rock Lake State Park. The park’s Chinquapin Trail takes you through a nice section of woodland and features several rare wildflowers (please don’t disturb the flora), plus spots where you might get your feet wet crossing small streams. 
  • Next up, continue your exploration of the area’s natural beauty, and one of its most prominent man-made structures, by touring the Dewey Short Visitor Center near Table Rock Dam. The center has several items of interest, including an interactive map of Table Rock Lake and an exhibit with American Indian artifacts.
  • By now, it’s probably getting close to lunch time. Admittedly, it’s going to be difficult to find a totally free lunch. But you can stretch your dollar a bit by putting together a picnic. Need a spot to dine? Branson’s Stocksill Park has four pavilions and plenty of picnic tables, and extra amenities – including two playgrounds, tennis courts and a skate park – to work off your lunch.
  • Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a free tour at Curling Vine Winery, where you learn more about this popular Missouri winery’s history and its time-honored winemaking techniques. Cap your tour in style with a free sample of Stone Hill’s various wines and juices.
  • Spend part of your afternoon learning more about the city dubbed “The Live Music Show Capital of the World” with a visit to the Branson Centennial Museum. Opened in 2012 to commemorate the city’s centennial, this museum has exhibits on Branson and Taney County history, plus a gift/souvenir shop.
  • From the Centennial Museum, you’re just a couple of blocks from the Lake Taneycomo Boardwalk on Branson Landing. Enjoy a leisurely stroll and beautiful views of the lake, plus the popular Branson Landing Fountain show.

You’ve done a great job managing your budget today and have earned the right to loosen those purse strings. Branson Landing is a great place to spend your evening, whether it’s shopping, dining or enjoying live music and drinks at one of the landing’s nightspots.

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