Meeting Attendees Love to Bring Their Families to Branson

Meeting attendees love coming to Branson. Planners tell us that their attendees mention that the Branson area is a favorite meeting destination for a number of reasons: the central location, the breathtaking natural setting, the abundance of activities — and the fact that their family members love to come along.

Some planners organize pre- and post-meeting activities for their attendees and their guests. Other organizers leave it up to the attendees, who often decide on their own to extend their business trip by a few days, a “convention extension” or a “work-cation” of sorts.

Attendees do this because practically wherever the meeting is being held in the Branson area, they are surrounded by a myriad of fun activities. Even if their family members don’t have a vehicle at their disposal, they don’t feel like they’re stranded in a hotel room, miles from things to do.

Here are some of the most popular meeting locations in the Branson area and some of the fun things attendees and their guests find to do nearby:

Downtown and the Branson Convention Center

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Branson’s Convention Center is located at the heart of downtown and the Branson Landing, giving conference attendees and their guests hundreds of fun things to do within a few square blocks. Whether they are staying at the Hilton Convention Center Hotel, the Hilton Promenade or the nearby Best Western Plus Landing View, your attendees will be at the center of the excitement in downtown.

Downtown and the Branson Landing are home to more than 200 stores and specialty shops, several dozen restaurants, two live-music theatres and a number of unique attractions, including the Branson Scenic Railway, Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline and the Steampunk Balloon.

Also outside the convention center is a trolley stop, where visitors can catch a free ride to other parts of downtown and the Branson Landing. The downtown trolley system runs seven days a week from March through December and on weekends in January and February.

Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock

Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock are popular sites for meetings and events. If you’re meeting on the Big Cedar property, your attendees and their guests will have dozens of exciting things to do, while also being in one of the most breathtaking rustic settings in the Midwest.

Located on a cove on southern Table Rock Lake, the lodge has several on-site restaurants, a coffee shop, a fitness center, a spa and other amenities. Guests also can find paddleboats, canoes and kayaks for lake time, or they can participate in organized resort activities like painting, sand volleyball or bonfires. Nearby, attendees and their families can explore Dogwood Canyon, a 10,000-acre nature park that is the perfect spot for hiking, biking and fishing. 

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Coming in Spring 2017, The Big Cedar Fun Zone is a 50,000-square foot amusement complex with an underwater-themed bowling alley and restaurant.

Also new in 2017 is a 12-hole Gary Player-designed course on the main Big Cedar Lodge property. The course offers stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains and it is specifically designed for families and for those learning the game of golf.


Chateau on the Lake

Another popular meeting location is Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa and Convention Center, a AAA four-diamond resort.

Here your attendees and their guests will be surrounded by numerous outdoor activities, like swimming at Moonshine Beach, boating on Table Rock Lake, hiking, biking or jogging on nearby trails and more. Across the dam is the popular Dewey Short Visitors Center, a free museum and the starting point for the Lakeshore Trail. The 2.2-mile trail parallels the lake and is popular with walkers, cyclists and joggers. Another popular nearby trail is the White River Valley Trail, which is a more rigorous off-road trail popular with day-hikers and mountain bikers.

Chateau on the Lake Marina is an on-site boat dock for the resort’s guests, providing boat and WaveRunner rentals as well as SCUBA outfitting. The marina also can coordinate guided fishing trips for 2-3 people.

Fun, Fun and More Fun

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Branson is home to an 1880’s-themed amusement park, Silver Dollar City and an amazing water park, White Water. Both parks offer dozens of thrill rides and action-packed fun for kids of all ages. In addition, Branson has very unique museums including the Titanic Museum Attraction, The Butterfly Palace, Hollywood Wax Museum and Ripley’s Believe it or Not, just to name a few.  Families also love our go-karts, mini-golf adventures and the Branson Ferris Wheel. For more information about everything there is to do here, visit Branson’s website for vacation-goers, ExploreBranson.com.

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More about Meeting in Branson

You can get more details about Branson and also submit an RFP directly to the Branson CVB at ExploreBransonMeetings.com. You also can reach our meetings specialists at [email protected].

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