Free Things to Do in Branson

Give your wallet a rest and check out these activities that are big on the fun and small on the funds!

Entertainment District

The Branson Ferris Wheel lite up at night during Electrify: A Music and Light Spectacular.
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The Branson Ferris Wheel lite up at night during Electrify: A Music and Light Spectacular.

Check out Ballparks of America, which features two-thirds scale replicas of five classic ballparks: St. Louis Stadium, Detroit Stadium, Chicago Field, Brooklyn Field and Boston Park. Enjoy America’s favorite pastime by catching one of the youth baseball tournaments that run all summer long.

Head over to Dolly Parton’s Stampede and pay a visit to their beautiful horses. As you walk along a covered walkway on the outside of the building, you can meet each horse that is featured in their show.

On the hour in the evenings, watch Electrify: A Music and Light Spectacular at the Branson Ferris Wheel. If the weather is too chilly to get out of your car, you can tune your radio to FM 98.1 to listen to the show so you can still fully experience Electrify!

Historic Downtown Branson

Stroll through the streets of Historic Downtown Branson and browse the many unique shops. Don’t miss Dick’s 5 & 10, one of the last operating five-and-dime stores in the country. In addition to the shelves stocked with over 75,000 items, Dick’s is home to several collections, including White River Arrowheads, WWII Aviation Prints, a 60-foot baseball “Wall of Fame” and a collection of antique washing machines!

You can also visit the Branson Centennial Museum, which explores Branson’s history through unique, rotating exhibits about everything from the changing landscape of the area to the timeline of entertainers who helped put Branson on the map.

Rest your legs by hopping on Sparky, the free Historic Downtown Branson trolley. With 13 convenient hop-on-hop-off stops throughout downtown and the Branson Landing, you can easily explore the entire downtown area.

Branson Landing

Called Branson Landing’s “Crown Jewel,” the spectacular fountains in the heart of the Landing are a don’t-miss attraction. On the hour, beginning at noon, watch the fountains, fire and lights dance to music. Be sure to check out the Landing’s events and entertainment schedule; you just might catch a free outdoor concert with the fountains as the backdrop.

While there, take a walk along the boardwalk bordered by the Landing on one side and beautiful Lake Taneycomo on the other. This is a favorite spot for those wanting to escape the heat. The 50-degree water serves as natural air conditioning as you walk along the boardwalk!

Around Town

Enjoy an afternoon of complimentary wine tasting at one of several wineries in the area: Curling Vine Winery, the Branson location of Missouri’s oldest winery; St. James Winery, Branson’s newest winery; or Lindwedel Wine Garden, which offers some of the best views in the area.

If you like spirits, enjoy a free tour and tasting at Copper Run Distillery, the first legal moonshine-making joint in the Missouri Ozarks. Or try the tasting bar at Smith Creek Moonshine at Branson Landing for some of the most unique moonshine flavors you can imagine!

In the Great Outdoors

Get active by hiking one of the many beautiful trails in the Branson area. With trails appropriate for all levels of activity, you are sure to find one that will hit the sweet spot.

Visit the beautiful Dewey Short Visitor Center on Table Rock Lake where you can see interactive exhibits about the area and a spectacular view of the lake and Table Rock Dam. Follow the wide, paved path along the waterfront for the perfect leisurely walk.

Kids will especially enjoy the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, which produces hundreds of thousands of trout that are released into Lake Taneycomo—one of the best trout fishing lakes in the country—each year. Also, the conservation center onsite has interesting exhibits about aquatic life in the Ozarks.

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