It’s no secret that Branson is typically associated with the older crowd. And while it’s true that Branson does have plenty to offer for senior citizens, it’s also becoming the go-to destination for the under 30 crowd looking for a quick and affordable weekend getaway. Sound surprising? Read on.
Branson is a mecca for shoppers. Outlet stores, malls, and specialty shops make planning a weekend trip for some retail therapy well worth it. Sure, there are plenty of stores that are packed with antiques, souvenirs, quilts, and crafts, but also plenty more that offer fashion, cosmetics & beauty, and contemporary home décor.
Gorgeous outdoor mall located on Lake Taneycomo? Yes, please! Any Branson shopping guide must begin with Branson Landing
. The beautiful promenade notwithstanding, it offers some of the best shopping in town.
- Apricot Lane – With brands like BB Dakota, 7 For All Mankind, Gentle Fawn, and AG Denim, this place is a must-do.
- Bath Junkie – It is what is says. Find amazing beauty products like exfoliating salt scrub, moisturizing detox rocks, and Aloe-lu-yah lotion. Custom blend your own scents.
- Devo Olive Oil Co. – For the foodies. Shop over 50 kinds of extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, homemade pastas, and sea salts.
Tanger Factory Outlet
Outlet stores abound in Branson, but there are a few gems worth checking out at Tanger
- Coach Factory
- LOFT Outlet
- BCBGMAXAZRIA Final Cut
- Under Armour
- Banana Republic Factory Store
If shopping isn’t your thing, Branson has lots of other options.
- Wineries & Distilleries – Missouri wineries have received worldwide recognition for wines made with regional grapes like the Norton, Chambourcin, and Vignole. Plan a winery trip with stops at Branson Ridge Winery, Mount Pleasant, Stone Hill, and Copper Run Distillery.
- Zip Lines – If you’re the more adventurous type, check out the numerous zip line tours around town.
- Outdoor Activities – There is no shortage of things to do for the nature-lover. Spend the day boating, kayaking, or canoeing. Or take a scenic hike through Table Rock State Park. Head a little further out and enjoy swimming and scuba diving at Bull Shoals Lake.
Don’t be deterred by all the billboards advertising family shows. Here are some places to have fun with the 21+ crowd.
- Waxy O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Located at Branson Landing, enjoy Irish food and live music in a great environment.
- Vintage Paris Coffee and Wine Café – Coffee and pastries by day, wine bar with live music by night. Enjoy a cheese plate with a glass of your favorite vino at this tucked away café located in Hollister.
- SIX – For those of you who would feel remiss about visiting Branson without going to a show, go see SIX. Made up of six brothers, this show will have you convinced you’re listening to a full band and not just six voices.
- Ernie Biggs Chicago Style Dueling Piano Bar – Dueling pianos, full bar, and great food. Ernie Biggs is located in Branson Landing.
- Clear– Located in the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, Clear is a great spot for music and cocktails. When the weather’s right, enjoy the fire pits and cabanas.
It may not be New York or Chicago, but Branson can hold its own when it comes to gourmet dining.
- Cantina Laredo – Make sure to get the guacamole made table-side and the mango margarita. In nice weather try to snag a table at the patio overlooking Lake Taneycomo.
- Big Cedar Lodge – Choose from several dining options from casual to more upscale. Also great for live music.
- Chateau Grille– Overlooking Table Rock Lake, savor foods like Goat Cheese Stuffed Lamb Lollipop, Warm Brie En Croute, and Grilled Yellow Curry Barramundi. And don’t forget about the award winning six-page wine list.
- Level 2 Steakhouse– Located in the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, this is one of the hottest new places to eat in Branson. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.