Free Things To Do In Branson

There’s nothing like “free” … especially on a vacation.

Whether you’re on a tight budget or traveling with a large group, Branson has a wide variety of activities that won’t cost a dime. From free weekly concerts and outdoor excursions to museums and free tastings at local wineries and distilleries, there’s a little something for people of any age to enjoy without ever opening your wallet.

Branson Landing Fountain Shows

Branson Landing Fountain Shows

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.

Dewey Short Visitors Center

Dewey Short Visitors Center

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. 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 Highway 76, 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 College of the Ozarks to Point Lookout for a panoramic view of Lake Taneycomo and the city of Branson.

Shepherd of the Hills Fish HatcheryShepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

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

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.

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

Explore over 1,500 acres of forest, woodland and glade habitat just northeast of Branson. This preserve 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

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

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

Copper Run Distillery

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. Samples definitely included. More about Copper Run Distillery here.

Tours & Tastings at Curling Vine and Lindwedel Wineries

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

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

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 15 minutes. More about the historic downtown trolley here.

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