Three Days in Branson: Itinerary for a Long Weekend

Looking forward to a three-day weekend? Whether you’re looking for something special to do during the next holiday weekend or enjoying an extra day of leisure, Branson is a great three-day getaway destination.

With a variety of shows, world-class golf courses, three beautiful lakes and fun attractions, Branson offers plenty of activities to fill a weekend getaway. Check out this sample itinerary to help you make the most of your long weekend in Branson! 

Sunset at Chateau GrilleFRIDAY

Sunset on Table Rock Lake

Book your stay at a scenic resort along Table Rock Lake such as Big Cedar Lodge or Chateau on the Lake, Resort, Spa & Convention Center. After you check in, be sure to catch the breath-taking sunset over the lake. Located adjacent to Big Cedar Lodge, Top of the Rock offers elite dining experiences surrounded by impressive views. At Chateau on the Lake, you can unwind over dinner with a lakeside view at the elegant Chateau Grille. It's the perfect way to set the tone for a relaxing weekend! 


Breakfast at BillyGail’s

Start your day with a stack of hubcap-size pancakes at BillyGail’s Cafe. This popular breakfast spot serves them in a variety of flavors — from pecan and buttermilk to chocolate chip and blueberry — all rich, fluffy and overlapping the plate. BillyGail's also offers delicious country breakfast favorites, including omelettes, French toast and more. BillyGail's is a cash-only establishment, so make sure your wallet is properly equipped beforehand. 

Top of the Rock golf coursePutting Around

Dubbed “golf’s best-kept secret” by Forbes Magazine, it's no surprise Branson is considered a top golf destination. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, getting out on the scenic greens can be time well spent. Top of the Rock has unprecedented views of the Ozarks on a beautifully landscaped par-3 course. Other local favorite courses include those at Buffalo Ridge Springs and the Branson Hills Golf Club. For a list of signature Branson holes, visit here

Lunch at the Bradford Inn

The Bradford Inn & Eatery pairs a beautiful enclosed sunroom with delicious lunches. Enjoy savory specialties made with the eatery's rich, flaky crust, including chicken pot pie and quiche. Be sure to save room for dessert! Popular favorites include the coconut cream pie and strawberry rhubarb pie. For added sweetness, try the fresh strawberry lemonade or sweet tea. The eatery is open limited hours Wednesday through Saturday, making it a great choice for a weekend pit stop! 

Spas, Scenic Walks and Wine Tasting

There are several ways to spend a rejuvenating afternoon in Branson. Treat yourself to a candlelit massage at Cedar Creek Spa, stroll the breathtaking grounds at Big Cedar Lodge, or enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and an informative tour at one of Branson's many wineries.

Dinner at Black Oak Grill

Located at the north end of the Branson Landing, the Black Oak Grill features relaxing views of Lake Taneycomo and upscale American fare at reasonable prices. Popular favorites include the grilled meatloaf, crispy buttermilk battered chicken salad and iron skillet trout.

Catch a ShowAcrobats of China

With nearly 100 shows in town, it can be difficult to narrow down your options for a weekend pick! If you're in the mood to be amazed, check out the mesmerizing Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai. Branson also features comedy and tribute shows, illusionists and talented country artists. Choose from entertainers such as Legends in Concert, Comedy Jamboree, The Haygoods, Hamners' Unbelievable Variety Show, The Petersens and more


Breakfast in Historic Downtown Branson

Historic Downtown Branson with trolleyBegin your Sunday in Historic Downtown Branson, home to a charming mix of Victorian street lamps, brick shops and free trolley transportation. For a classic downtown dining experience, try the Farmhouse Restaurant or the Branson Café for a hearty Midwestern meal of biscuits, hash browns, eggs, bacon and pancakes—all done to perfection. The Branson Café has been dishing up delicious homestyle breakfasts to hungry locals since 1910!

Retail Therapy

From Historic Downtown Branson, head to the nearby Branson Landing for top retail shopping, including Belk Department Store and Bass Pro Shops. If you’re looking for locally made goodies, check out The Crystal Fish - Gifts of Distinction  or the Grand Village Shops, which are located a couple miles down Highway 76 and feature luxury soaps, handmade jewelry and a year-round Christmas store. For great deals on top brands, stop by Tanger Outlets.

Lunch at the Keeter Center

The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks is a truly unique dining experience for Branson visitors. Part of “Hard Work U,” the restaurant's food is meticulously prepared by students in the college's culinary program. Overlooking a scenic vista, the restaurant also offers stunning views from the dining room windows. After you finish your meal, be sure to swing by Nettie Marie’s in the lobby for ice cream made of the freshest ingredients from the on-campus dairy.

Afternoon on the WaterBoat on Table Rock Lake

With so many scenic lakes, it’s important to book some time on the water during your Branson getaway. Hop aboard the Spirit of America at State Park Marina for a two-hour cruise on Table Rock Lake, or take a relaxing tour of Lake Taneycomo through Main Street Lake Cruises. If you have a boating permit, State Park Marina rents boats for anywhere from two to six hours and offers a variety of ski boats and pontoons.

Dinner and a Show at Dolly Parton's Stampede

Conclude your day with some lively fun at Dolly Parton's Stampede, which features a 35,000 square-foot, fun-filled arena, a cast of 32 magnificent horses, pig races and more. During this spirited show, you'll enjoy a delicious four-course Southern meal you get to eat entirely with your hands! (Silverware is available upon request.)


A Day at Silver Dollar CityBBQ Lunch at Silver Dollar City

No trip to Branson would be complete without a visit to Silver Dollar City, the world-class 1880s-themed amusement park nestled in the hills of the Ozarks. With over 40 thrilling rides and attractions, live shows and concerts, 18 award-winning restaurants and 60 unique shops, Silver Dollar City is the ultimate finale for a long weekend! 

Breakfast in the Park

To fuel up for your day in the theme park, head over to Eva & Delilah’s Bakery for their popular, freshly-made cinnamon rolls in a variety of flavors including original, red velvet and caramel apple. You'll also find giant cookies, pastries and cinnamon raisin bread available to purchase as tasty souvenirs. 

Unique Shopping and Fun Rides

Explore Silver Dollar City’s variety of artisanal shops, where you can find homemade apple butter, dulcimers, jewelry and leather goods. You can also catch a number of live demonstrations on glass blowing, wood turning and other crafts. Once you're ready to feel an adrenaline rush, take a ride on the notorious wooden roller coaster, Outlaw Run, and the high-speed indoor coaster, Fire in the Hole.Rollercoaster at Silver Dollar City

Sensational Skillet Lunch

Silver Dollar City is known for its skillet dishes. For lunch, try Buckshot’s Skillet Cookery, which cooks up a delicious combination of chicken, corn, fried okra, corn and squash in a dish called the “Family Feud.” Buckshot's also offers smoked pork, wraps, sandwiches and more. 

Shows and Festivals

At any time of year, Silver Dollar City features a variety of entertaining shows and festivals. Enjoy toe-tapping tunes at Bluegrass & BBQ (May), celebrate family and freedom during a Star-Spangled Summer (June-July), experience the new Harvest Festival (September-October), see the park decked out in millions of lights during an Old Time Christmas (November-December) and more! For a full list of Silver Dollar City's festivals, visit here

Marvelous Marvel Cave

This natural wonder is included in the price of admission to the theme park! Silver Dollar City was built around Marvel Cave to give visitors something to do while they waited for a cave tour. See amazing limestone formations, and travel more than 200 feet below ground for an impressive view of the cave. If you’re there after sundown, be sure to go on the Lantern Light tour.

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