8 Reasons You Should Visit Branson, Missouri This Year

Amazing live shows, beautiful Ozark mountain scenery, roller coasters that will get your heart racing and that’s just the beginning. Discover the top eight reasons why you should visit Branson, MO this year!

Scenic views of the Entertainment District in Branson

Although there are plenty of reasons that Branson should be on your bucket list this year, we're positive this list will help you shape the perfect itinerary for your family. Here are eight great reasons to start planning your trip to Branson today. 

1. Incredible Scenic Views

See breathtaking views here in Branson.

Experience Branson's great outdoors, where you can distance yourself from the noise and get back to nature. Swimming, hiking, fishing, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing or sightseeing — no matter how you like to spend time outside, you’ll find plenty of opportunities here. Spend the afternoon on one of three pristine lakes, hike dozens of trails, or find yourself on an exhilarating ride and take in the remarkable scenic views. 


2. Branson's Got Talent


Whether you’re looking for a fun outdoor concert or a live indoor performance, there’s no shortage of entertainment options in Branson throughout the year. With over 100 live shows, fans of country music, rock, pop, gospel, comedy, illusion and everything in-between will find something to love here. 


3. Something Unexpected  

The Amazing Acrobats of the Shanghai Circus.

There are plenty of surprises waiting for you in Branson. You might not expect to find troupes of Chinese acrobats, exotic animals, impressive historic caves, or a chance to feed sharks, but those are regularly occurring events here. Drive around the Entertainment District and you'll find half of the Titanic, Godzilla climbing a skyscraper, a 150-foot Ferris wheel, and more. We’ve got plenty of tricks up our sleeve...


4. Spectacular Water Features


Speaking of unexpected, the fountains at Branson Landing were designed by the same team that created the iconic display at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Stop by for a free show at the top of every hour during the day to see the fountains shoot water and fire synchronized with music. You’ll also find a treasure trove of shopping and dining. What could be better than this? 


5. Local Flavor

Try some of the best Breakfast in Branson at Billy Gail's Cafe.

If you’re a dedicated foodie or just love to find one-of-a-kind dining experiences then you’ll want to explore what’s on the menu in Branson. There’s locally distilled whiskey and moonshine, free tastings of Missouri-grown wines, unforgettable breakfasts, lively local coffee shops, pies galore, and delicious BBQ, just to name a few. Your taste buds will have you coming back for more.


6. Rest and Relaxation

Relax and unwind at Cedar Creek Spa with a Couples Massage.

Memorable vacations usually include a little rest and relaxation, and you’ll find plenty of that in Branson. You can relax on a boat, in a cabin, or by exploring one of Branon's nature trails. Need more relaxation? Then maybe a luxurious spa day at Big Cedar Lodge or Chateau on the Lake will do the trick.


7. Exciting Thrills

Don't forget to take a spin on Time Traveler at Silver Dollar City.

If you prefer heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping experiences, there’s plenty of action in Branson. Here, “hanging out” can be done at 60+ miles per hour on an inverted roller coaster ride at Silver Dollar City or from the top of the Branson Ferris Wheel over-looking the city skyline. Head to The Track Family Fun Parks for a swinging good time on the Skycoaster, the Skyscaper, or a high-speed go-kart race. Go to new heights on Bigfoot Fun Park's Gravity Bomb, zipline through the Ozark Mountains, and so much more.


8. Unique Shopping Experiences

Find an unexpected surprise at Dick's 5 and 10 in Downtown Branson.

Document your memories with a selfie at the Branson Mural and shop til' you drop at a variety of unique shopping locations in Downtown Branson. An array of special gifts can be found at The Crystal Fish - Gifts of Distinction, Peter Engler Designs, and Ozark Quilts & More, just to name a few. Don't forget to visit Dicks 5 & 10, known as the largest collection of gifts, décor, games and candy from yesteryear.


Find more inspiration for your vacation to Branson by checking out our Instagram page and using the hashtag #ExploreBranson. 

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