I am not a fan of winter. I don’t do well in the cold and I’ve never been coordinated enough to love winter activities such as skiing. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite seasons is spring. Between the warm weather, ample sunshine, and blooming flowers, spring simply can’t be beat — especially in Branson. With the nice weather and abundance of attractions, there is plenty of things to do in Branson during spring.

From extraordinary festivals to show-stopping performances, Branson is booming with excitement during the wonderful season of spring. If you’re planning to visit the greater Branson area this spring, make sure you visit the following events, attractions, and activities.

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All aboard! The Lost River is ready to ride at Silver Dollar City.

1) Enjoy Spring Ride Days at Silver Dollar City

Start the spring season off right Silver Dollar City. On March 15-19, 22-26, 31 and April 2, 2017, guests are treated to a wide assortment of entertainment in addition to the exhilarating rides and attractions as part of the park’s Spring Ride Days. Plus, on these select days, Silver Dollar City is celebrating by throwing Pop-up Parties all throughout the park. You never know when or where the next pop-up celebration will be!

2) See The Festival of Wonder at Silver Dollar City

If you thought Spring Ride Days was exciting, wait until you hear about Silver Dollar City’s newest festival.

From April 6th to April 30th, 2017, visitors will marvel at acts of curiosity, watch over-the-top performances, and experience jaw-dropping feats of illusion. Festival of Wonder brings oddities, the extraordinary, and the unbelievable to the stage. If the roller coasters don’t make your jaw drop, these acts will.

Perhaps the most unbelievable part of this festival is the food. After all, Silver Dollar City is known for their delectable meals. Duri Festival of Wonder, the park will offer new and innovative culinary masterpieces from kabobs to extreme cinnamon rolls. If you visit Branson in spring, you know where to find me… I’ll be devouring the food at this extraordinary festival!

3) Chow Down at Bluegrass & BBQ at Silver Dollar City

It’s no secret that Silver Dollar City is the reigning champion of festivals in Branson. Every spring they host one of the most popular festivals in the area: the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival. The renowned music and food festival, hosted from May 4th to May 29th, 2017, features the biggest names in Bluegrass music and BBQ that will make your tastebuds party.

This annual festival is one of the top things to do in Branson during spring. You don’t want to miss it! From roller coasters to unparalleled festivals, visiting Silver Dollar City during the spring season is a must.

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Rock along to Branson’s top-rated shows this spring.

4) Get Tickets for a Show

When visiting Branson in the spring, you have to get your tickets for a show. After all, you can’t visit Branson and not see a show.

The city is filled with high-quality productions such as Dixie Stampede and Legends in Concert. Known throughout the world for their top talent, incredible production value, and superior level of entertainment, the shows in Branson are not to be missed. Plus, many of the shows begin their season in the spring, so you’ll see the new dance numbers, musical performances, and theatrical equipment before anyone else!

Visit Reserve Branson to get your discounted tickets to top shows such as:

 

5) Head to the Hills

The minute the warmer weather begins, you can find me on a hiking trail somewhere in the world. Some of the best hiking trails in the spring are found right in Branson. Exploring the trails in the Ozarks are a bucket-list item for any hiking fanatic.

To get in touch with your wild side this spring, head to these exemplary hiking spots and trails:

 

6) Ride the Runaway Mountain Coaster

Perhaps you’re looking for more exhilarating things to do in Branson during spring. If that’s the case, I highly suggest riding the Runaway Mountain Coaster. When you fly along the track of this alpine coaster, you’ll feel the wind in your hair and experience the Ozarks like never before. Not a speed demon? The braking system allows riders to control their entire coaster experience. This ride is perfect for everyone looking for thrilling things to do in Branson during spring.

When it rains, don't worry! Head to Fritz's Adventure in Branson.

When it rains, don’t worry! Head to Fritz’s Adventure in Branson. Image via Fritz’s Adventure / Facebook

7) Go On an Outdoor Adventure Inside

While we imagine spring as a constant ball of sunshine, we know it’s just not true. The fact is, rain is abundant during the springtime. If it rains during your Branson vacation, don’t worry! New to the area, Fritz’s Adventure is perfect for fun on a rainy day.

This attraction brings the fun of the outdoors inside with a ropes course, underground tunnels, warped walls, massive slides, and more. The entire family will love spending time at Fritz’s Adventure, no matter if it’s sunny or down-pouring.

8) Visit Table Rock State Park

When compiling your list of things to do in Branson during spring, make sure a trip to Table Rock State Park makes the cut. From camping to lounging the day away by the lake, there is so much to do at this marvelous state park. If you love spending time outdoors, there’s no better way to enjoy the spring season in Branson than at Table Rock State Park.

9) Sit Back, Sip, and Relax at Branson’s Wineries

Okay, maybe there is a better way to celebrate the spring season. Branson is home to multiple wineries, each boasting their own unique wines, blends, and scenery. To celebrate the beautiful weather, head out to one of Branson’s relaxing wineries, including:

 

At each winery, you and your group can take a tour, learn about the winemaking process, and of course, participate in a wine tasting.

Ready for a round of springtime golf? Image via Top of the Rock Golf Course / Facebook.

Ready for a round of springtime golf? Image via Top of the Rock Golf Course / Facebook

10) Go for a Round of Golf

Branson is known for its world-class golf courses and spring is the perfect time to hit the links. With the Ozark Mountains as a backdrop, you can’t go wrong when you go for a round on one of the pristine courses. Plus, the PGA tour stops at Big Cedar Lodge’s Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge course!

11) Cruise Table Rock Lake on the Showboat Branson Belle

While the Showboat Branson Belle is a staple for all visitors, the iconic boat is now offering a brand new experience. Starting in May, an all-new show–Country on the Lake–will be featured during the noon cruise. In addition, the Showboat has undergone a complete interior transformation as well as a menu update. All in all, these changes enhance the experience making your day on the Branson Belle that much better! 

Start Planning Your List of Things to Do in Branson During Spring

Ready to plan your spring trip to Branson? Remember to check Reserve Branson for discounted activities, attraction tickets, and hotel rooms.

 

Planning a vacation to Branson, Missouri in 2017? If so, you’re probably curious about what’s new in Branson. As always, there’s a lot happening in this Ozark Mountain town. From debut shows to exciting new attractions and festivals, these experiences are guaranteed to make your vacation in Branson even better!

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New in Branson: Attractions

The Runaway Mountain Coaster

The action continues at Runaway Mountain Coaster. This attraction merges Branson’s own hilly landscape to create a user-controlled coaster experience that’s totally one-of-a-kind. How does the ride work exactly? It starts by a cart being pulled to the top of a mountain (similar to a roller coaster). Then, once there, the carts are released, sending riders on a zooming, winding spin through the Ozark hills! As far as attractions that are new in Branson, this one is sure to be a favorite!

Big Foot on the Strip

Attention thrill seekers! Big Foot on the Strip is for you. This massive tower features three activities:

A 200-foot freefall tower: Passengers are strapped into seats outside the tower and travel up its side to the top; there they’ll have a breathtaking view of the Branson Strip and the surrounding scenic wonder of the Ozarks before being released for a thrilling “free fall” back down the side of the tower.

Saddle Swing ride: Passengers are launched from the ground into the air, accelerating upward until they reach a max vertical height of about 150 feet; where they begin an exciting descent back to earth.

360 ° observation ride: Riders are seated in an enclosed gondola that gently rotates and rises to the top of the tower. At the top, it slowly rotates giving passengers that amazing view mentioned above, one that’s both unique and constantly changing, before being slowly lowered back to its starting point.

At the concourse for the attraction guests will find Branson’s only collection of food trucks. This means after your epic sightseeing adventure, you can fill up on food that is local-approved and made on-the-spot.

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Fritz’s Adventure

Fritz’s Adventure officially opened in late 2016. However, it’s worth mention here as it is an attraction that’s relatively new in Branson. Plus, it’s SO. MUCH. FUN. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or a big kid (some might say adult), this place will keep you busy for hours. The dynamic attraction takes the challenges of outdoor adventures and moves them inside for a multi-dimensional experience. In total, there are three stories and over 80,000 square feet of space featuring everything from zip lines to rope courses to tunnels and climbing walls.

7D Dark Ride Adventure, Arcade City, and Mirror Maze

All three of these attractions will call the Branson Landing home, making your time at the entertainment complex that much more fun! The 7D Dark Ride Adventure is an interactive shooting adventure, while Arcade City mixes old school games with modern marvels and the mirror maze will have you seeing double.

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Titanic Museum Attraction – 20 Year Movie Anniversary

In honor of the 20th anniversary of James Cameron’s Titanic, the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson is hosting a special gallery March 12-June 13. Never-before-seen elements from the movie like costumes, set pieces, props, signed scripts, and more will be on display.

History of Fishing Museum

The History of Fishing Museum is the largest collection of antique fishing lures, rods, reels, boats and motors entirely collected by one man and his wife, Karl and Beverly White. In total, there are more than 40,000 pieces valued at nearly $5 million.

Johnny Morris’ New Golf Course

Morris, the owner of Big Cedar Lodge and Bass Pro, continues his mission to make Branson a renowned golf retreat with the addition of a world-class short course. He is working with golf icon Gary Player on a course that winds through the Ozark landscape, creating an extremely unique, and challenging, golf course. The course, which is yet to be named, should be open by late spring.

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New in Branson: Shows

Showboat Branson Belle – Country on the Lake

Starting in May, the Showboat Branson Belle will feature an all-new show: Country on the Lake. A live band and seriously talented singers will take guests on a journey through yesterday’s classic rock hits to country favorites of today. Country on the Lake will perform during the noon cruise only.

Dreams – A Classic Rock Fantasy

This show features classic rock favorites from Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, and more. As a result, it feels like a classic rock fantasy brought to life! The show features the talents of Martin D. Andrew and Johnny Morocco.

Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud

Technically this show won’t open until 2018, but what can we say, we’re excited about it! Guests will be treated to a feudin’, feastin’ family fun as they become part of the longest-running feud in history. Watch as the Hatfields and McCoys try to settle their difference in a hilarious dance and comedy review—mountain style! The show also features a southern homestyle feast, so come hungry!

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New in Branson: Festivals

Silver Dollar City’s Festival of Wonder

Set for a spring debut, the Festival of Wonder features amazing acts of curiosity and larger-than-life performances. Among the headliners are the Earth Harp Collection, who play the world’s largest stringed instrument; the Flamenco Kings, starring seven brothers who fuse flamenco with tap, martial arts, and more; as well as Speed Painter Dan Dunn, who creates stunning masterpieces in a matter of minutes. In addition, the festival will feature delicious new foods and The World of Bacon, showcasing specialties like bacon cannoli and chocolate covered bacon. Yum!

Silver Dollar City’s New Echo Hollow Concert Series

This summer, Echo Hollow presents an all-new concert series taking its inspiration from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Performances by Poco, The Spinners, The Lovin’ Spoonful and local favorite 80s cover band Members Only are planned. Concerts are set for June 2-4 and 9-11.

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Silver Dollar City’s Food Days

2017 has been designated “The Year of Food and Crafts” at Silver Dollar City. Accordingly, the theme park is hosting Food Days, May 30-June 9 and July 31- August 20. The event will take park favorites like funnel cakes and milkshakes and put a new spin on them by adding wild new flavors to the mix. In addition, summer foods like hot dogs and grilled cheeses will feature unexpected toppings. That’s not all, though. Extreme Food Challenges will take place during Moonlight Madness, July 15-30, during which families can tackle foods like a 20-inch goliath pizza and 2-lb hamburger.

CAF Airpower History Tour

WWII aviation is the focus of the CAF Airpower History Tour, set for September 14-17 at the Branson Airport. The B-29/B-24 Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is bringing aircraft’s, pilots, and crews from over 70 CAF units to Branson. Aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress, and B-25 Mitchell will be on hand, as will the one of the rarest WWII bombers, the B-29 FIFI.

As you can see, when it comes to what’s new in Branson, vacationers can look forward to a little bit of everything. Which new attraction, show, or festival are you most excited about? Let us 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.

Silver Dollar City excels at keeping things fresh, fun and family-oriented. This spring, the tradition continues with the all-new Festival of Wonder set for April 6-30, 2017.

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Replacing the long-running World Fest, Festival of Wonder at Silver Dollar City features jaw-dropping and unbelievable acts. Everything from singers, dancers, artists and acrobats will take the stage. On top of that, there are delicious food offerings available including The World of Bacon. (That’s a world I want to live in!)

The Entertainment

Get a front row seat for the amazing entertainment and larger-than-life performances for the Festival of Wonder. Every show is guaranteed to WOW! Get a sneak peek at all that’s happening at this spring festival below:

Earth Harp Collective
You’ve never seen a stringed instrument this big! It’s so massive, it will stretch the full length of the Red Gold Heritage Hall! And just wait until you the music it makes. Once you do, you’ll easily see why this group was a finalist on America’s Got Talent!

Flamenco Kings
This troupe of seven brothers is multi-talented musicians and acrobatic dancers using flamenco, ballet and tap to create an astounding showcase you’ve gotta see to believe.

The Balancing Wonders
Agility, coordination, and skill combine during a show where everyday objects are used in highly unusual (and unexpected) ways.

Speed Painting
Artist Dan Dunn amazes audiences as he creates incredible masterpieces—in just minutes! He’s appeared on TV shows like Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon. Now, he brings his wonderful talent to Silver Dollar City!

Melodies on Air
It’s truly astounding how beautiful air can be! These musicians use flutes, clay and carved whistles to create a smooth, mellow sound unlike any other.

Harp and Hang Drum
Marianne Gubri and Paolo Borghi bring these interesting instruments to life. Their performance is an infusion of hypnotic sounds, that makes a day at Silver Dollar City soothing after all those thrill rides.

The Glass Armonica
Brian Engel brings glass music to life by using various goblets and snifters. Popular songs, classical hits, and even jazz standards sound simple yet complex during this ethereal performance.

The Food

Foods of Wonder are an equally appealing part of Festival of Wonder, too. Check out some of the taste bud pleasing specialties lined-up for this special Silver Dollar City event.

  • Gourmet Grilled Cheese Varieties
  • Fry Bread Heaven
  • The World of Bacon
  • Curious Kabobs
  • Grilled Obsessions
  • New Flat Bread Creations
  • Outrageous Cinnamon Rolls & Bodacious Brownies
  • Incredible New Blended Beverages

 

Sounds pretty delicious, right? And c’mon, you know you’re intrigued by The World of Bacon.

Be sure to add the Festival of Wonder to your Silver Dollar City spring getaway for a fun-filled vacation. With Reserve Branson, you can always stay on top of what’s happening Branson and get the lowest prices on everything from Silver Dollar City tickets to hotel rooms.


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.

Headed to Silver Dollar City anytime soon?  If so, you might be interested in purchasing a Silver Dollar City Trailblazer Pass.  It’s the best way to enjoy all of your favorite rides without having to wait in line.

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Skip the lines for front row access to Silver Dollar City’s newest coaster–Outlaw Run!

The Silver Dollar City Trailblazer Pass cost $35.00 (plus tax) and is good for up to eight rides.  When you purchase the pass, you’ll get to go straight to the front of the line at Outlaw Run, WildFire, PowderKeg, FireFall, The Giant Barn Swing, Thunderation, Fire-In-The-Hole, Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train, Electro Spin, Magnificent Wave Carousel, American Plunge, Lost River of the Ozarks and Tom & Huck’s RiverBlast. Want to skip the lines all day long? The Super TrailBlazer Pass, for $65 (plus tax) is the pass for you.

If you plan on purchasing a pass, please note there is a limited number of Trailblazer passes available each day. Be sure to stop by the Cave Information Desk at the Hospitality House to purchase a pass. Alternatively, you can order one online before your Branson vacation. In fact, ordering online is the best way to go as passes are $3 cheaper online.

One of the great things about a Silver Dollar City Trailblazer Pass is the option to add the Marvel Cave Lantern Light tour for only $10.  Silver Dollar City evolved around Marvel Cave. Now, the park offers visitors in the area a chance to discover this natural wonder the way Ozark explorers did. 

Guides dressed in period costume delight guests with historical facts and little-known stories during this nostalgic 90-minute journey each day. Now open to guests on the Lantern Light Tour, see the Mammoth Room! Last toured in the late 1950s, this large room is located just to the right of the guest trail in the Cathedral Room. Highlights of the re-opened trail include the bat wall, the only known “Spanish ladder” left in the cave (circa 1541) and many colorful stories! Tour begins at 4:30 p.m. when Silver Dollar City closes at 6 p.m. Tour begins at 5:30 p.m. when Silver Dollar City closes at 7 p.m. or later.

Get your Silver Dollar City tickets today to experience the thrilling attractions, entertaining shows and exciting festivals you can only find in Branson.

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.