Set in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Branson is one of the most popular destinations in the Midwest. While the city is best known for its theater and shows, it is much more than just the live music capital of the country. With easy access to two lakes, a family-friendly theme park, a centuries-old cave, and a historic downtown district with a plethora of shopping options, this Missouri town has something for everyone.Day One: Historic Branson
Start your visit in the historic center of Branson—downtown. You’ll take a step back in time walking the streets lined with Victorian lampposts, brick facades, and old mom-and-pop stores. Spend the morning perusing many of the unique shops and galleries and then take the free trolley over to Branson Landing, but don't miss Dick’s Old-time Five and Dime, one of the most popular attractions in town.
At Branson Landing, you’ll find a lively waterfront retail and entertainment district. Featuring a lakeshore boardwalk and a town square with a unique water attraction that mixes water, fire, lights, and music, this area has a much more modern feel than downtown. Opt for dinner at one of the casual or fine dining establishments on the waterfront, or head back downtown to the Depot on Main Street for a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway. The Saturday dinner train allows passengers to relive the luxury of train travel over a four-course candlelit dinner, all while traveling through the foothills of the Ozarks.Day Two: The Great Outdoors
Sitting in the shadows of the Ozark Mountains and on the shores of Lake Taneycomo, Branson is also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Taneycomo is one of the best trout fishing sites in the world, while Table Rock Lake is a prime destination for bass fishing. Both areas also offer boating, kayaking, and canoeing, plus swimming, scuba diving, and parasailing. At Table Rock, explore the nearby hiking and biking trails, or choose to spend a night under the stars at a campsite.
Day Three: Silver Dollar City
A family-friendly theme park spread across 60 acres, Silver Dollar City offers variety of rides, attractions, arts and crafts shops, and entertainment. Thrill-seekers will love the high-flying rollercoasters and the five-story water plunge ride, while music lovers will enjoy the bluegrass, blues, and country music performances. Your ticket also includes a tour of Marvel Cave, set beneath the park.
No visit to Branson is complete without a show, so spend your last night in town at one of the many theaters along the 76 Strip. With more than 100 shows playing at any time, you can check out anything from magic or comedy to country or blues.