Things to Do in Historic Downtown Branson

If you haven’t been to Historic Downtown Branson in a while, it’s time to visit! This area has all the nostalgia of a classic downtown, but it also has new attractions your entire family will enjoy! Here’s a look at some of the amazing things that Downtown Branson has to offer.

Downtown Branson Dining: Cafés & Restaurants 

Visit Historic Downtown Branson and be sure to grab a meal (or two!) at one of the area’s delicious restaurants. From home cookin’ at Clockers Cafe, Branson Cafe or the Farmhouse Restaurant to great international fare such as Dimitris’ Greek Gyros & Deli, Noodle 22 or MoMo Sushi & Grill to Mr. G’s Chicago Style Pizza & Italian Food, you will find food you love!

Downtown Branson Dining: Desserts/Treats

For a great deli with yummy dessert, try Main Street Alley (you can also browse their selection of local products for sale) or Mr. B’s Ice Cream Parlor & Deli. For other special desserts and drinks, try Dreamsicle’s or Dino’s Cake & Coffee Co. And for fresh food and great smoothies, try Revive Juice Co.

Downtown Branson Lodging & Accomodations

The Branson Hotel

The Branson Hotel, located near the intersection of Business 65 and Main Street, provides a cozy stay for guests just on the edge of Historic Downtown Branson. Be sure to visit the Backstage Café & Wine Bar, a bistro that features live music throughout the warmer months of the year.

Best Western Landing View

Catch a view of downtown Branson and the Landing at the Best Western Landing View. Equipped with an indoor pool, hot tub, plenty of clean rooms, and positioned with easy access to virtually any part of town, this Best Western has everything needed for an exceptional stay in Branson.

Downtown Branson Shopping

While downtown, you’ll definitely want to visit Dick’s 5 & 10, a cornerstone of downtown shopping since 1961. In addition to the 75,000 items on the shelves, Dick’s 5& 10 is home to several impressive collections.

Check out other retailers in the downtown area where you can find unique gifts, crafts and art such as the P. Graham Dunn Gallery, Fashion House, Lil’ Shoppe of Leather, Ozark Quilts & More, J&M Creations, Alex & Alaina’s Treasure Chest and more!

Don’t miss Peter Engler Designs, which features the gallery-quality wares of local artists, including woodcarving, pottery and silver. Channel your inner artist and plan to take one of the many classes Peter Engler Designs offers.

Downtown Branson Attractions

Though traditionally know for its shopping, Historic Downtown Branson also has a variety of entertainment options to explore. For a great way to spend part of your day, check out the Boardgame Cafe. For a small fee per person, you can choose from their library of 650 boardgames and play until your heart’s content! Or try The Escape Branson, where you have 60 minutes to solve the mystery of how to escape the room!

You can also enjoy live entertainment at one of Historic Downtown Branson’s theatres: the Hot Hits Theatre, which features shows covering a variety of musical styles, and the Historic Owen Theatre, which houses the latest productions of the Branson Arts Council’s community theater.

The Branson Centennial Museum is a free-admission museum that highlights the history of Branson, including a music show timeline that pays tribute to the industry that Branson is most known for.  Another fun activity near downtown is to take a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway that leaves from the historic 1905 depot.

Historic Downtown Branson Murals

Visit the Star-Spangled Banner mural located on the west side of Empire District Electric Co. in Historic Downtown Branson, near the corner of Business 65 and Main Street. The mural pays tribute to Francis Scott Key, the writer of our national anthem, and portrays his inspiration for writing the beautiful poem.

The Branson mural is a highlight in Historic Downtown Branson, located on the corner of Main Street and Sycamore on the Cadwell's Flea Market wall facing the Hilton Convention Center hotel. This mural showcases different experiences while visiting Branson. Check out this awesome time-lapse of the mural being painted!

Downtown Branson Parking & Transportation

Parking and transportation throughout Downtown Branson is a breeze. With two parking garages, as well as free street parking along Commercial and Main, Downtown is easier to visit than ever! 

If you get tired of walking or you just want to try something new, hop on Sparky the Free Downtown Branson Trolley. With 13 stops throughout the downtown area, it’s easy to cover a lot of ground in a short time. Hop on or off the trolley at the newly built Liberty Plaza (public restrooms located here!) that pays homage to the rich history of the area but also showcases the promising future of Historic Downtown Branson.

A day spent in Historic Downtown Branson will leave you wanting to come back for more!

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