Vacationing in Branson, Missouri soon? If so, you probably have plans to see Dixie Stampede. The interactive dinner attraction is a mainstay of the Branson show scene. It features a full-scale arena spectacular with a talented cast of performers, costumed servers, singing and dancing, trick riding with an impressive stable of 32 horses. To make your Dixie Stampede Branson experience the best, here are few things you should know before you go to the show.

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Dixie Stampede Branson Tips

Dixie Stampede Branson Tip #1 Arrive early for the pre-show. It starts 50 minutes before showtime.

Tip #2 The best seats for the pre-show are found upstairs. Seating is limited, but the best vantage point for viewing the performers is located here. Plus, you have easy access to the main arena upstairs.

Tip #3 Save your stomach for the dinner meal. Snacks can be bought during the pre-show, but I don’t recommend buying any. The main meal is plenty – believe me!

Tip #4 Don’t bother bringing your camera. Taking photos during the show is strictly forbidden.

Dixie Stampede BransonTip #5 Purchase Dixie Stampede tickets in advance to get the best possible seats. Many times, you can also get a better deal by booking online.

Tip #6 Bring cash. Gratuity isn’t included in the ticket price, and Dixie Stampede servers work hard to take care of you. Plus, you may want to buy the souvenir photo which is typically cash only.

Tip #7 Be prepared to eat with your hands as Dixie Stampede does not provide utensils. Wet wipes are provided, but bringing extras is always recommended.

Dixie Stampede Branson Tip #8 Don’t plan on having an alcoholic drink. The Dixie Stampede Branson location does not serve alcohol of any kind, so plan on having a strictly Pepsi night.

Tip #9 The best souvenir to buy in the gift shop is the creamy vegetable soup mix. For $7.99, you can make this delicious soup in your very own home. And trust me, it’s worth every penny. Want to make the Dixie Stampede soup from scratch. Find the delicious recipe here.

Tip #10 Leave the fancy duds at home. Dixie Stampede is an interactive show. You’ll be cheering and stomping on your side, and may even participate is an arena competition. Wear something casual so you’re comfortable for the festivities.

Dixie Stampede Branson Tip #11 Buy a Dixie Stampede flag if you brought kids. It’s only $2 and kids get a kick out of waving them in the air as they cheer on their side.

Tip #12 If you’re not in a rush to leave, stay after the show to meet the riders and horse and get your Dixie Stampede flag autographed. You’ll also avoid the parking lot chaos.

Tip #13 Strollers are not allowed in the Main Arena, so plan accordingly.

Tip #14 Tickets aren’t required for children 3 and under, but they will have to sit on your lap. I highly recommend purchasing a ticket for them to make your experience more enjoyable.

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Tip #15 Can’t finish the entire meal? The servers provide doggie bags at the end of the show so you can take your leftovers with you. This is especially helpful when dining with kids, as the portions are entirely too large for them to finish.

Put these Dixie Stampede Branson tips to the test on your next Branson vacation. Do you have any tips to share?  Let me know in the comments!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Branson, Missouri offers visitors a tremendous amount of things to see and do. Home to a variety of live stage shows, the exciting Silver Dollar City theme park and the beautiful outdoors of the Ozark Mountains, Branson is teeming with activities for visitors. Plus, there are plenty of FREE things to do in Branson that are fun for those of all ages. In Branson, visitors can have fun without spending a fortune to do so.

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1. College of the Ozarks

This picturesque campus is resplendent with lovely landscaping, fountains and walking paths. Visitors will also want to experience the Keeter Center Restaurant, the free tours at Edwards Mill and the Ralph Foster Museum, which houses the area’s best collection of Ozarks history. (Slight fee for museum admission.) Learn More…

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2. Table Rock Lake

The waters of this outdoor wonderland have become a haven for visitors nationwide. Take advantage of water activities such as boating, fishing, water-skiing, swimming, scuba diving, hiking and camping. Learn More…

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3. Table Rock Lake Dam

This massive engineering structure was completed in 1958 and created Table Rock Lake. Crowds gather to watch the powerful structure hold back the waters of the White River. Learn More…

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4. Dewey Short Visitor Center

Just across the dam, the Dewey Short Center, located on the shores of Table Rock Lake, offers exhibits about the dam’s construction, displays of native wildlife, and interactive displays. The grounds offer picnic areas and sites for fishing or swimming, all at no cost.

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5. Table Rock State Park

Located on the shores of Table Rock Lake, the park is ideal for water activities and is outfitted with a marina, boat rentals, campsites and picnic areas. Learn More…

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6. Moon Shine Beach

Moonshine Beach is a great place to relax with the family. Visitors can enjoy the sandy beach, located on the shores of Table Rock Lake that allows families to swim, sun and enjoy beautiful views. There is a small fee of $4 per vehicle to access Moonshine Beach. Learn More…

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7. Stone Hill Winery

Experience a sparkling tour of wine making on this free tour, which ends with some fine wine tasting. Kids receive grape juice. Learn More…

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8. Henning State Forest

This 1,534 acre-park offers spectacular views, nature trails and nature studies. There is a naturalist on hand to answer questions and a beautiful scenic lookout area that provides an incredible view of the countryside.

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9. Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

One of Branson’s most popular tourist sites, the fish hatchery is located below Table Rock Dam. The center has several beautiful aquariums showcasing Missouri’s native fish. Families love to walk through the fish hatchery and learn more about the world around them. Self-guided and conducted tours are available. Learn More…

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10. Lakeside Wilderness Area

Lakeside provides a great trail that leads to the shores of Lake Taneycomo. This is a surprising, remote area that reveals the gem that is Branson’s beautiful outdoors.

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11. Table Rock Lakeshore Trail

This beautiful trail is 2.2 miles long and runs from the Dewey Short Visitor Center to the Table Rock State Park Marina. As you bike or hike the trail in the spring you will view dogwood, serviceberry and redbud trees in bloom as well as many wildflower species. During the fall season, visitors are treated to nature’s colorful fall foliage. The trail also offers beautiful views of Table Rock Lake. The trail will take you by the Showboat Branson Belle, and it also takes you through Table Rock State Park which offers many additional recreation opportunities.

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12. Branson Landing

The Landing has a beautiful boardwalk visitors can stroll while enjoying scenic views and Lake Taneycomo. Plus, there is a $7.5 million light, water and sound show at the top of each hour. At night, the show adds fire to the mix, for a sizzling display. It’s a world-class show and is completely free. Learn More…

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13. Lake Taneycomo

This downtown Branson lake is a fishing enthusiasts dream! Other activities in and around this like include boating, hiking, scuba diving, and picnicking. Learn More…

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14. Shopping in Branson

Branson is a great place to shop and it doesn’t cost a thing to look! Explore the many outlet malls and the new addition to the Branson scene, Branson Landing. Learn More…

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15. Historic Downtown Branson

A small-town, charming glimpse into historic Branson This popular area is filled with shops, restaurants and quaint stores filled with treasures. Be sure to stop by Dick’s 5 & 10 for a nostalgic step back in time.

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16. Take the Trolley

The Discovery Trolley takes regular 15-minute loops through downtown Branson, allowing visitors to get a glimpse of the old-time Main Street, preserved building facades, and Victorian lampposts. This popular area is full of restaurants, quaint shops, and historic sites. It even stops at the Branson Landing, which includes a 1.5-mile boardwalk, internationally renowned fountain show, and more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants.

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17. Lindwedel Wine Garden

This winery is located in the Ozark Mountains, high on a hill overlooking beautiful Branson. Guests are invited to tour the winery, sample the wines and relax on the veranda while absorbing the terrific scenic views. Learn More…

With 17 free things to do in Branson, visitors can experience a fun and unforgettable vacation experience without breaking the budget. Visit today to see firsthand why Branson is the Midwest’s #1 vacation destination.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

april_eventsCheck out these Branson events scheduled for April 2016:

April 1, 3: Spring Ride Days
Silver Dollar City opens for the season, featuring more than 40 rides and attractions, including 10 family adventures at Fireman’s Landing, plus the big thrills of the groundbreaking, double barrel-rolling wood coaster Outlaw Run, named Best New Ride of 2013 worldwide and featured in Guinness World Records 2015.

April 1-30: Wallace Hartley Violin at Titanic Museum
The Titanic Museum hosts the most prized RMS Titanic artifact ever recovered for one month only.

April 2: Party with the Stars
On Saturday, April 11, 2016, beginning at 9:00pm until 1:00am, at the Chateau on the Lake Branson hosts Party with the Star. Highlights include a live band, silent auctions, appearances by Branson stars, dance contest, karaoke, and more. Tickets are $15 at the door and $9.95 in advance.

April 7-May 1: WorldFest at Silver Dollar City
Don’t miss America’s largest international festival. WorldFest at Silver Dollar City features amazing performances from all over the world along with topnotch international cuisine.

April 8-10: 10th Annual Branson Elvis Festival
The 10th Annual Branson Elvis Festival is a 3 day event (April 8 – 10, 2016) located at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, home of Legends in Concert, on the world famous 76 strip in Branson, MO. The highlight of the festival, the Ultimate Elvis™ Tribute Artist Contest™, will take place on the Legends in Concert stage on Saturday, April 9th at 7:00pm.  Festival activities include an Elvis Meet and Greet Dinner, Elvis Karaoke, Elvis Festival Vendor Village and more.

April 20-24: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament at Big Cedar Lodge
Overlooking Table Rock Lake in the Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge is home to two world-class golf courses that host the annual PGA TOUR Champions event, the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. Each year the Bass Pro Shops Legends Tournament brings the world’s most iconic golfers to these extraordinary courses to compete in a 54-hole, two-man tournament. With the inclusion of sport shooting and fishing competitions, this event is like no other. Tickets on sale starting February 15th.