Hailed as the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” Branson draws countless visitors to its over 50 theaters. Here you'll see everything from comedic magic acts to music tributes across all genres for artists past and present, including of course, Elvis Presley. However, Branson is so much more than live entertainment, the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains and surrounding nature cannot be ignored. Mild to moderate temperatures and more than 200 sunny days per year make Branson is the ideal location for a family vacation.
The Branson Scenic Railway offers a 40-mile roundtrip journey over trestles and through tunnels while passengers listen to a lively narration pointing out landmarks and sharing the history of the area. Panoramic views of the Ozarks can be seen in any of the 3 domed cars, with the remaining passenger cars commanding their own attention due to their unique designs replicating the first-class experiences of passengers from times long past. Seating is unassigned and passengers are encouraged to tour the train during the nearly two-hour ride. A four-course candlelit meal is served on Saturday nights from April through December, dinner reservations are required, as space is limited.
Nestled amidst the Ozark Mountains is Table Rock Lake, a prime location for fishermen and those looking to participate in water activities. Swimming, wake-boarding, skiing, tubing, racing, and diving can all be done in the lake, while hikers will find the endless trails and wildlife in the surrounding area alluring. Fishermen will be excited to learn that largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and several other fish reside at the lake just waiting to be caught. Underneath Table Rock is the massive Missouri cave system, which is open for exploration, several tour operators are around to guide this experience.
Silver Dollar City is the epicenter of 19th-century entertainment in Branson. The 1880's themed amusement park is home to rides, live daily shows and countless craftsmen sharing their talents making the park a great shopping location as well. Silver Dollar City hosts several annual themed events that can add to the fun: Family Spring Break Days, Young Christian's Weekend, Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, SDC Season Pass Appreciation Days, National Kidsfest Festival, Moonlight Madness, Southern Gospel Picnic, and National Harvest Festival.
In 1963, the Titanic Historical Society, Inc was formed. This became the first and largest organization dedicated to maintaining the history of the RMS Titanic and the White Star Line. Titanic Branson serves alongside that organization to give tourists and locals alike an opportunity to explore the memories of the once magnificent vessel and learn of the tragedy of the Titanic.
Lake Taneycomo is accessed by way of Downtown Branson, south of Highway 76 in Hollister. The lake boasts clear water and is stocked each year with around 750,000 rainbow and brown trout. There are full-service marinas, outfitters, resorts, campgrounds, and RV parks on Lake Taneycomo, making it a great fishing and water activities destination.
Historic Downtown Branson consistently draws tourists year-round to see the multitudes of attractions and events it has to offer. Museums, theatres, musical productions, retail shops, and restaurants make Downtown Branson a premier entertainment district in Missouri. Walking tours of the history and storied legends are offered daily. Free trolley rides are given between Historic Downtown and Branson Landing. Annual events in the area include the Plumb Nellie Days, Fiddle Festival, Autumn Daze, Piccadilly Women’s Event, Veteran’s Day Parade, and the Adoration Parade among others.
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