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.


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.


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!

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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

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Searching for a break from the winter blues? In Branson, Missouri the weather is warming up just in time for a spring break. Bring your loved ones to this Midwest town for one-of-a-kind family fun. From new additions to theme parks to kid-friendly Branson shows and attractions, this destination caters to families and is sure to give you just the break you need. Need a nudge to get your spring break started? Read my Branson spring break vacation ideas for families.

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The best place to spend your Spring Break? Silver Dollar City, of course. During their Spring Ride Days, scheduled March 15-April 2, your family can be some of the first guests to experience Silver Dollar City thrills in 2017. The park features over 40 thrilling rides and attractions, such as the daring Outlaw Run and multi-looping Wildfire, ideal for the adrenaline-seekers in your group. Have younger kids with you? The family-friendly, kid-size rides at Grand Exposition and Fireman’s Landing are
perfect for your pint-sized loved ones.

Stomp, Cheer and Clap at Dixie Stampede

Dixie Stampede Branson_001I’ve never seen a kid at the Dixie Stampede bored. And that’s saying something, considering how fickle kids’ attention spans can be these days. From the interactive competitions, which let you yell, whoop, and stomp your feet as you cheer on your team, to the fact you get to eat with your hands, Dixie Stampede is a kids dream. Parents, not to worry, you’ll be entertained too. Each year, Dolly Parton makes the show bigger and better. 2017 is no exception. Add Dixie Stampede tickets to your Branson Spring Break vacation and see what the new show is all about.

Make a Splash at a Water Park Resort

IWelk_Resort_Hotel___Splashatorium_(046)t still may be too chilly outside to take advantage of the Branson lakes or even your hotel’s outdoor pool. Save the day by reserving a stay at a Branson Water Park Resort. Several properties, including Castle Rock Resort, Welk Resort and Grand Country Inn, offer indoor water parks perfect for aquatic fun. Your kids will love the slides, drop buckets, splash zones and giant pools. You’ll love seeing them laugh, splash and play! Don’t worry. There are hot tubs for parents to enjoy, too.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

National_Tiger_Sanctuary_(007)Another Branson Spring Break idea for families involves a walk on the wild side. Animals are a sure fire way to please kids. They just love them! Luckily, Branson attractions are offering more and more ways to experience animals up close. To view gorgeous tigers in all their glory, visit the National Tiger Sanctuary. Searching for smaller, even baby-sized critters? The Promised Land Zoo is for you. Looking for something in flight? The Butterfly Palace is ideal for gazing at tropical butterflies. Bonus – The butterflies will even land on you, creating a truly unique souvenir photograph.

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Get a birds-eye-view of the Ozarks with Branson ziplines. Two companies in Branson offer zipline tours, each distinctly different. At Branson Zipline, the course is through the canopy of the Ozark Mountains creating a more outdoorsy course complete with a ride in a Pinzgaur. Adventure Ziplines, however, is located in the heart of Branson and their tour combines the woods with city views so you can have the best of both worlds. Another way to take to the sky is the Vigilante ZipRider. At this attraction, you don’t zip through a course. Instead, you zoom down one 1/2 mile zipline at speeds reaching 50 mph all while in a harnessed seat. Sit back, enjoy the sights and zip on through to the other side.

These are some of the best Branson Spring Break vacation ideas for families. Book your vacation now and take a break from the everyday. You need it! (And deserve it.)

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.

Ozark Mountain Christmas is a special time of year in Branson. The Midwest vacation destination turns into a celebrated holiday wonderland ideal for making magical memories with your family. It consistently ranks high as a top place to visit for a Christmas getaway.  With these top five things to do during Ozark Mountain Christmas, it’s easy to see why.

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The Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade is fun for all ages!

Festive Things to Do during Old Time Christmas

1) Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City hosts one of the most acclaimed Christmas celebrations in America. Over five million lights adorn the Branson theme park, and a dazzling five-story special effects Christmas tree is the perfect addition to the Town Square. Holiday music productions like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the illuminating Holly Jolly Christmas Parade with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer add to the festive fun.

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2) Christmas Shows
Branson Christmas shows spread Christmas cheer from ear-to-ear. Audience members are delighted by traditional Christmas classics, retellings of the Christmas story, and country spins on carols. Open November through December, the Branson Christmas show season is a favorite time of year for many.


Local light displays are a treat for visitors.

3) Christmas Light Tours
The twinkle of holiday lights is a wonderful sight. There are three drive-thru light displays in Branson: Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights and Village, where you can take a horse drawn carriage through the lights; Branson’s Gift of Lights, a one-mile drive with over 300 displays; and Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights, which includes LED light displays, free hot cocoa and trip to the top of Inspiration Tower.

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A festive Christmas tree adorns The Branson Landing.

4) Holiday Shopping
You know you can get a great deal in Branson. That’s what make holiday shopping so much fun! Branson Christmas shopping offers deep discounts at outlet malls like Tanger. Similarly, there’s always savings to had at local craft stores and flea markets. Beyond those options, you’re sure to find the perfect gift at name brand boutiques at the Branson Landing and savings at specialty stores. Trust me, the perfect gift is just a shopping trip away!

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Say hello to Santa Claus at the “Most Wonderful Time of Year” Parade.

5) Christmas Parades
There are two main Christmas parades in Branson. First up is Branson Landing’s Most Wonderful Time of the Year Parade November 19 at 10am. Featuring performances by Branson show stars, this parade is dedicated to the late Andy Williams – also known as “Mr. Christmas.” Santa Claus also makes an appearance, which the kids love!

The second is the Branson Adoration Parade held December 4 at 6pm. It starts with the annual lighting of the largest area nativity scene overlooking Lake Taneycomo at dusk. Then, festive floats, marching bands and merry characters start their march through Downtown Branson. This is a tradition for many, so be sure to arrive early for a good viewing spot.


Titanic Museum Attraction lights it’s entrance with more than 1,500 luminaries.

Bonus: Titanic Luminaries

The Titanic Museum Attraction lights its entrance with more than 1,500 enchanting luminaries (festival lights) Thanksgiving Weekend. As a result, the corner of  76 Country Boulevard and Gretna Road will have a special nighttime glow. Visitors and locals alike are given a picture-perfect opportunity to shoot memorable, 2016 holiday photos. Held November 24 through November 27, 2016.

These are the top things to do during an Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson. Do you have a favorite holiday activity I missed? Tell me about it 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.

It’s always a good time to start thinking about a Branson MO vacation. The Midwestern destination offers everything from first-class entertainment to beautiful outdoor pursuits, and everything in between. When should you visit? What are some of the must-see’s and must do’s? Follow my guide on how to plan the best Branson MO vacation ever to get a head start on your getaway.

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Timing is Everything

A trip to Branson is ideal any time of year, but certain events and seasonal shows might appeal to you more than others. For instance, Spring Break and summertime are opportune times for families to visit. The weather is wonderful, special family events like Spring Ride Days and Great American Summer Festival are held at Silver Dollar City. Plus, family-centric shows like Buckets ‘n Boards, Prince Ivan and the all-new Moses are in full swing. Retirees, however, love visiting during the fall and winter months. Legendary entertainers like Bill Engvall, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap and more stack the show schedules in the fall, while come November Christmas season officially begins ushering in festive favorites like Dixie Stampede Christmas.

Must-See Shows

Dixie Stampede

Dixie Stampede

The Branson show scene mixes new favorites with popular classics, creating a bevy of entertainment choices. Which Branson shows receive rave reviews again and again?

Dixie Stampede: Experience with your family equestrian feats, friendly competitions, singing, dancing, racing pigs, stampeding buffalo, and a delicious four-course feast.

Six: SIX features a complete experience filled with unbelievable vocal harmonies and exceptional showmanship by the talented Knudsen brothers.

Haygoods: This high-energy show highlights the talents of the Haygoods family—five brothers and one sister—combined with elaborate visual effects, more than 20 different instruments, energetic choreography, beautiful harmonies, and more.



Presleys Country Jubilee: Created by one of Branson’s original performing families, the talented Presley family sings and plays instruments to songs in the style of foot-stompin’ country, soulful gospel and lively bluegrass

Legends in Concert: One of the world’s greatest live tribute show, Legends in Concert offers exciting entertainment by uncanny impersonators of world-renowned performers from many eras. Hear classics from Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift, and more.

Baldknobbers: This family-operated revue has been popular since its opening in 1959. Baldknobbers Jamboree is an upbeat live show that features contemporary country music and side-splitting comedy acts all performed by the Mabe family.

Appealing Attractions


Silver Dollar City

Branson is an ever-changing landscape of things to do, but there are still some unequivocal visitor favorites. A Branson vacation isn’t complete without a visit to Silver Dollar City, the Midwest’s premier theme park. A rotating festival schedule, on-site shows, demonstrating craftsmen, and, of course, some of the best thrills rides anywhere make a visit to Silver Dollar City appealing to those of all ages.

Families also love to challenge each other at The Track. Here, they can race to the finish aboard go-karts, play a friendly round of mini-golf, and even have old-fashioned fun on bumper boats and cars.

New attractions like Fritz’s Adventure, opening Fall 2016, is a dynamic indoor family attraction that brings the excitement and challenge of an outdoor adventure into a multi-dimensional indoor environment. The three-story, 80,000-square-foot building will include suspended bridges, a rock wall and utility poles for climbing, a full-size water tower, an “air-worthy” airplane for exploring, slides, tunnels, a parkour area, urban brick buildings to scale and a massive ropes course.

Reserve the Right Hotel

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Still Waters Resort

There are thousands of rooms in Branson, all located at resorts with amenities and comforts designed with you in mind. That said, which Branson hotel is right for you? For families, you can’t go wrong with a booking at a Branson Waterpark hotel. They keep the kids busy for hours with their splashtastic fun! For couples looking for a romantic retreat, the Chateau on the Lake and Hilton Branson are obvious choices. Retirees who like to be catered to will enjoy a stay at Brookwood Inn and Savannah House. These hotels offer a secluded location, free hot breakfast and a complimentary cobbler and cookie bar in the evening. Lake enthusiasts will love Still Waters Resort and Indian Point Resort. Both offer easy access to the jewel of the Ozarks—Table Rock Lake.

Stop the Search for Savings


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We all like to save money when we travel but it can be exhausting to search (and search) for discounts. Luckily, with Reserve Branson, you can stop the search. Our attraction passes, show tickets and hotels offer savings direct to you—no coupon code or email sign-up needed. Even better, these Direct Deals are included with Branson MO vacation packages. You’ll be surprised to see just how adorable a Branson vacation can be.

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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.

There’s a lot of things to do in Branson MO. So many, in fact, it can be hard deciding which activities should be on your schedule. If you want to make the most of your Branson vacation, follow my itinerary. Whether you’ve got one day to explore or a leisurely week to play, this go-to guide will take the stress out of your travel plans.

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Day 1

Hopefully you’ve got more than one day to spend in Branson. However, even if you don’t, you can make the most of your day by hitting up the absolute best Branson attractions.

Spend the Day at Silver Dollar City: Sure, you’ve probably been to a theme park before. But, I guarantee you haven’t been to a theme park like this one. Silver Dollar City combines the history and allure of the Ozarks with world-class rides and shows. Set in an 1880’s atmosphere, it’s a total throwback park emphasizing crafts, home cooking and tradition.

Dine at Branson Landing: I recommend eating dinner at the Branson Landing complex. There are a variety of restaurants to pick from, with White River Fish House and Texas Land and Cattle being two personal favorites. Sit outside on the patio (weather permitting) and take in the scenery, compliments of Lake Taneycomo. After dinner, be sure to watch the fire and water fountain show.

Get Tickets to the Haygoods: The Baldknobbers and Presleys may have started the music scene in Branson, but The Haygoods are continuing it. This talented family is the new wave of Branson entertainment, focusing on modern music that appeals to the new generation of visitors on a Branson vacation.

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Day 2

The second day or your Branson vacation should be spent outside, exploring the natural side of the Ozarks. It amazes me when people visit and miss the many gems that make Branson so unique.

Visit Table Rock Lake: During the summer season, you’ll find me at the lake every single weekend. Table Rock is the crown jewel of the Tri-Lakes area—and for good reason. Framed by rising hills and green valleys, it’s picturesque and the waters are pristine. Rent a boat to explore the coves and crannies of the lake, or simply go to Moonshine beach for a day of swimming. Luckily, the weather in Branson is fairly temperate in the spring and fall, too, so the lake is fair game many months out of the year.

If you happen to visit during a time too chilly for lake activity, Table Rock is still worth a visit. Sites like the Dewey Short Visitor Center provide an excellent way to learn about the area, while the Table Rock Lake Shore Trail is a natural escape. Sunsets here are seriously amazing, too, so be sure to see one during your Branson vacation.

Go Underground: Missouri is known as the cave state, and it’s easy to see why as there are almost 6,400 caves here. In the Branson area there are nearly 200 caves alone! One of the absolute best is Talking Rocks Cavern. See it for yourself with an hour-long guided tour. At 62-deggrees year-round, this cool adventure is edutainment at its finest. During the tour, you’ll learn about the caves discovery and related history, as well as learn about the mineral deposits and other geological information.

Get Adventurous: One of the best ways to experience the natural side of Branson is with a zipline tour. Branson Zipline features the most immersive course, with a total of seven ziplines and 10 skybridges set in the canopy of the Ozarks. In addition, they have the only freefall experience in Branson. The freefall dismount from their Everest Tower is the stuff thrills are made of—you’ve gotta do it!

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Day 3

On day three of your Branson vacation, enjoy some local-approved attractions.

Eat Like the Locals: They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The people at Billy Gail’s Café certainly think so. Hearty portions and made-from-scratch flavors attract a crowd created by both locals who love it and visitors eager to try it. This Branson breakfast café, with a location in a remodeled gas station, is unlike any other place you’ve ever ate. Try the Sloppy Biscuit or if you’re starving, the Hungry Man Platter is a guaranteed cure.

Go Shopping: Walk off some of those calories you’ve just ingested by shopping in Branson. The Tanger Outlet Mall is the place to go shop for discounts and deals. On the other hand, the Branson Landing is home to name brands and boutiques. On top of that, Branson craft malls and antique stores offer the kitschy, the cute and the unbelievable. Two favorites are Branson Craft Mall, Branson Mill Craft Village and Caldwell’s Antiques.

See a Matinee Show: Squeeze in a matinee for a fun afternoon. With so many shows to see in Branson, scheduling a matinee is the best way to see as many of the top shows as possible. I recommend watching SIX. It features a complete experience filled with unbelievable vocal harmonies and exceptional showmanship by the talented Knudsen brothers.

Visit Top of the Rock: Top of the Rock might be the most beautiful place in Branson. Perched above Table Rock Lake, the captivating setting is a slice of true Ozarks. Johnny Morris, owner of Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge, went above and beyond the bounds of ordinary when designing this attraction. Arrive early so you can visit the Ozark Heritage Museum and tour the cave (which has a bar!). Then, eat at the Osage Restaurant before having after-dinner drinks on the patio surrounded by the flames of a fire-pit. It’ll be the perfect end to a day in Branson—I promise!

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Day 4

Day four of your Branson vacation is a mix of activities that are signatures of the Branson scene.

Get Quacky: Ride the Ducks are an excellent way to see the sights of Branson. The amphibious vehicles venture on both land and water for a one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience. Kids really love this attraction as they can drive the boat with aide of Captain.

Take in the Titanic: The Titanic Museum in Branson is a world-class attraction dedicated to the RMS Titanic and its passengers. Take a self-guided tour to view fully recreated cabins, parlors and the infamous $1-million grand staircase, as well as interactive displays and children’s exhibits.

Be a Star: At the Hollywood Wax Museum, you’re the star of the show. See startling real wax figures of your favorite celebrities, in iconic settings from movies and TV shows. This place is made for share-worthy photos, so get ready to be a ham! It makes the attraction all the more fun.

Have Fun While You Eat: Dixie Stampede is Branson’s most fun place to eat—Dolly Parton guarantees it! Experience 32 magnificent horses, Return of the Buffalo, hilarious racing pigs, the Rumble in the Treetops lumberjack relay, equestrian feats, friendly competition and a fabulous four-course feast.

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Day 5

If you’re lucky enough to have a fifth day in Branson use these ideas to make the most of your day.

Tee Off: Branson has a thriving golf scene, with several top-rated courses in the area. Courses like Buffalo Ridge, Ledgestone and Top of the Rock Golf Course are fun for all golfers, whether you’re a pro or a novice.

See the Show that Started it All: Baldknobbers claims to be the show that started it all in Branson, but really the right to that title goes to the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama. The show is based on the bestselling Harold Bell Wright novel of the same name. It’s a declaration of love to the hills and hollers of the Ozarks. Performances of the show take place on the original homestead that inspired the book. Overall, it’s a classic piece of Branson history worth experiencing.

Classic Family Fun: At Track Family Fun Parks, classic family fun is found. Whether you want to race go-karts, make a splash on bumper boats or play a round of mini-golf, there’s plenty of things to keep you and the kids entertained. Plus, The Track recently added the Ferris wheel from Chicago’s Navy Pier to its attraction line-up. Take a high-rising ride to get a bird-eye-view of Branson.

It’s easy to plan a Branson vacation when you have a little guidance. Follow this itinerary to the tee, or mix it up so it fits your travel needs. Either way, you’re sure to have a fun-filled time in the Ozarks.

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.

Labor Day Weekend is an ideal time to celebrate the hard work you do all year. Treat yourself to a mini-break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a trip to Branson. Since Labor Day Weekend happens September 5-7, 2015—it’s still summer weather in Southwest Missouri. Squeeze in the last bit of the season in Branson. From lake fun to theme parks, this destination has it covered. Check out these five reasons your family should be in Branson Labor Day Weekend. Then, try to find a good excuse to not starting making travel plans.

Branson Labor Day Weekend

Table Rock Lake

1) Table Rock Lake
As a local, this is my favorite summertime spot. I can’t get enough of this gem of a lake. Bordered by green tumbling mountains, the blue waters are welcome way to spend a day. The best way to do so is by renting a boat. Nearby marinas, such as Table Rock State Park Marina and Long Creek Marina, offer boat rentals. Pontoon boats start at as little as $219 for four hours. Not bad, considering how much fun you’ll have. Some even have slides—total bonus! At Table Rock Lake, you can also ride jet-skis, kayak, and parasail. If you don’t want to rent a boat, don’t worry. You can still experience Table Rock Lake at Moonshine Beach. Admission is $4 per car. Access is to a manmade sand beach with great views of the lake.

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Lost River

2) Silver Dollar City
You can do it all at Silver Dollar City, which means every member of the family will be happy. The teens can ride thrilling roller coasters like Outlaw Run, while Dad will get a kick out of watching the craftsmen demonstrate their skills. Likewise, the little ones will love the new Fireman’s Landing section of the park, and the shopping opportunities in the craft-based stores will please Mom. On top of that, the whole family can also get in on the excitement of group rides that make a splash: American Plunge and The Lost River. Either way you play at the park, you’re sure to have a blast.


The Track

3) The Track Family Fun Parks
There’s just something about go-karts that equals family fun. Maybe it’s the friendly competition, or the grown-up feeling a kid gets when they can drive on their own. It’s a little bit of everything, I guess, and at The Track you can do it all. From high-speed go-karts to kid-speed karts, to bumper cars and bumper boats, arcade games to miniature golf, the activities available add up to a classic good time. A few of the extreme go-kart tracks to look forward to are the 1,200 foot, four-story Heavy Metal High Rise; four-story spiral track Wild Woody; and the Lumberjack, the first wooden high rise coaster.

White Water Wave Pool

White Water Wave Pool

4) White Water
Branson’s water park will be open one last weekend in September—Labor Day Weekend. Visit this tropical paradise before it closes for the season to experience of two million gallons of aquatic adventures. Dare the drop of Kapau Plummet; the steep slide of Kalani Towers; and the twisting raft ride that is Pipeline Plunge. Afterwards, relax in the Aloha River, then go for a splash at the Surf’s Up Wave Pool. There’s plenty to do for the little tykes too: Splashaway Cay and Coconut Cove are filled with water features deal for making your kid giggle with joy.

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Photo Credit: Promised Land Zoo/Facebook

5) Promised Land Zoo
All families seem to have at least one kid who’s an animal lover. This is why the Promised Land Zoo makes the list. Here, you can see animals from all over the world on foot safari. Look for antelope, zebra, kangaroo, big cats, medium cats, baboons, spider monkeys, lemurs, and many other groups of animals including deer and prairie dogs. In addition, live shows allow up close encounters with animals not on exhibit at the Zoo. Bottle-feeding opportunities for baby zebras, camels, watusi, goats, deer and more are available, too. If that’s not enough, the Zoo’s Parakeet Paradise has an array of exotic birds so colorful they bring a bit of the tropics to Branson.

Say goodbye to summer with a Branson Labor Day Weekend. After all your hard work, you deserve it!

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.

When you plan a Silver Dollar City vacation, make life easy and book a hotel close to the park. You can spend more time having fun, and less time dealing with traffic. Likewise, you can be guaranteed to get a great deal when you reserve the best hotels near Silver Dollar City. Check out my recommendations below.


Best Hotels near Silver Dollar City

Best_Western_Branson_Inn___Conference_Center_near_Silver_Dollar_City_(022)Best Western Branson Inn

Located just steps from Silver Dollar City amusement park and other top area attractions, Best Western Branson Inn and Conference Center offers simple accommodations featuring free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, desks, coffee makers and other in-room conveniences. Guests can enjoy amenities like a free daily breakfast buffet, an indoor pool and whirlpool spa, barbecue pits, a game room, and more.

Still Waters Condominium ResortStill Waters Condominium Resort

A lakefront resort located just minutes from Little North Indian Creek and Silver Dollar City amusement park, Still Waters Resort offers casual and private lake-view accommodations with free Wi-Fi, mini refrigerators and more. Guests can also enjoy outdoor pools with a water slide and whirlpool spas; a game room; picnic areas with barbecue grills; free bike, kayak and paddleboat access; and more.

StoneBridge_Resort_(033)StoneBridge Resort

Located off Highway 76 near the Silver Dollar City amusement park, the luxurious StoneBridge Resort offers upscale studios, suites, condos, villas and lodges for any traveler type to enjoy. Guests can visit the 3,200-acre property to find three swimming pools, three tennis courts, children’s playgrounds, several walking trails, both a basketball and a volleyball court, a restaurant, and more.

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The Village at Indian Point is situated just minutes from the shores of Table Rock Lake. Offering all the comforts of home , this family-friendly condo combines theme park fun with an outdoor paradise. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, cable TV, full kitchens, fireplaces and private decks in each condo. Amenities include both an outdoor pool with a sundeck and an indoor pool with a whirlpool spa. Guests also have access to a sauna, a game room, a fitness center, and more.

Reserve one of the best hotels near Silver Dollar City to see just how easy a theme park vacation can be in Branson, MO.

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.

Planning a Silver Dollar City vacation in Branson, Missouri can be easy and budget-friendly if you take advantage of these money-savings tips.


Silver_Dollar_City_-2528001-25291) Reserve Silver Dollar City Tickets

Purchase two-day Silver Dollar City tickets for just $5 more than a one-day pass.  That means you can play at the park at your leisure, ensuring you’ll have time to take in all of the thrilling rides, entertaining shows and demonstrating craftsmen. Please Note: If you arrive at the park after 3pm and you go the next day, it counts as ONE of your admissions. Take advantage of this offer and you’ll get an extra half-day at the park free of charge!

Silver_Dollar_City_(0366)2) Take Advantage of Silver Dollar City Vacation Packages

Bundle your ticket purchase with a Branson hotel in order to save even more money on your vacation. Many hotels feature discount package rates that you only have access to when you reserve a package as opposed to a la carte style shopping. Plus, you can easily add other Branson attractions and shows to your vacation–many of which also feature a discount.

sdc_family3) Pack a Snack

Theme park food and drinks can easily add up for a family on vacation. Luckily, Silver Dollar City allows small coolers at their theme park, which means you can bring light snacks and beverages for your family. This can save a lot of your hard earned-money and make your day even more enjoyable.

Silver_Dollar_City_(70004)4) Make a Day of It

At Branson’s premier theme park you can spend the entire day being entertained. On top of the thrilling rides available, there are also FREE shows, a Marvel Cave Tour and craft demonstrations taking place throughout the park that turn your Silver Dollar City ticket into more than just a theme park pass – it’s an experience.

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5) Parking is FREE

There are several parking lots available at Silver Dollar City. Be sure to choose the lots that feature FREE parking. They are located farther from the gate entrance, but the park provides trams and buses to transport you to the entrance of the theme park.

Saving money and vacationing go hand in hand if you follow these easy steps. Silver Dollar City attractions like the Showboat Branson Belle are also currently offering a Kids FREE promotion and White Water features Night Water on select summer nights that extends park hours until 10pm, which means you can get even more park for your hard-earned dollar.

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.

One of the best times to vacation in Branson, Missouri is summer. The season highlights some of the best entertainment in town as well as the abundant outdoor activities the Ozark Mountain region has to offer. Things to do in Branson in the summer are ideal for families searching to create lifetime memories. Dive in to these summertime adventures and the whole family will be happy!

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Silver Dollar City

The Midwest’s favorite theme park is the best place to spend your summer days. With thrilling roller coasters like Outlaw Run as well as cool rides like American Plunge, Silver Dollar City is an attraction full of fun. Plus, during the summer season you can celebrate a Star Spangled Summer with special shows, character meet and greets and late night hours. With over 40 rides and attractions, this Branson theme park is sure make summertime super fun. Check out these Silver Dollar City vacation packages for extra savings and to bundle with other family-pleasing favorites like Dixie Stampede.

Table Rock Lake

Table Rock Lake

One of the Ozark’s most beloved treasures is Table Rock Lake. The scenic landscape, secluded cove and meandering arms of the lake make it ideal for all sorts of water activities. You can spend the day cursing the lake, amp up your time with watersports, or head to Moonshine Beach for a relaxing afternoon of swimming in the sun. There are several local marinas on Table Rock Lake, including the State Park Marina and Long Creek Marina, where you can rent a boat or wave runner. You can even parasail over Table Rock Lake if you’d like. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure attraction!

White Water Wave Pool

White Water

Need more water adventures during your Branson vacation? Head to White Water! The aquatic attraction is packed with spectacular ways to make a splash. Kapau Plummet is the most daring ride at the park. Featuring a drop floor, you’ll free fall before sliding down a 2450-foot slide! It’s such a rush! The tropical oasis that is White Water is packed with twisting typhoons, thrilling slides, a 800-foot long lazy river and 500,000 gallon wave pool. It’s the coolest attraction in Branson during the summer season. Bonus summer fun includes extended park hours during Night Water and Dive-In Movies at the wave pool.

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The Track

Race to one of the The Tracks in Branson for classic family fun. Go-karts, bumper boats, mini-golf, arcades, a sky-coaster, laser tag and even batting cages are waiting for you to play. Each location has something different to offer, too, with Kids Kountry ideal for the younger set and Track 3 best for older kids who want to rev their engines on a four-story go-kart track.



The lush landscape of Branson is in full bloom during summer. Take advantage of the season and get a birds-eye-view of the Ozarks on one of the ziplines in Branson. I recommend Branson Zipline for a natural, exhilarating experience. Their zipline course features skybridges and a secluded setting so you really get a top-notch outdoor Ozark adventure. Kids can zip if they weigh at least 70 pounds so all but the little ones can zip!

Castle Rock Resort & Indoor Water Park

Waterpark Resorts

Add even more splishes and splashes to your Branson vacation by staying at one of the Branson Waterpark Resorts. Options like Castle Rock Resort, Grand Country Inn and The Welk Resort offer indoor and outdoor waterparks that are included with your room rate. Wake up, head to the park and dive in to a good time without leaving your resort. Your kids will love it! Good luck getting them to go home!

These are just a few of the things to do in Branson in the summer. Plan your vacation today and discover all the ways there are to play in the Ozark Mountains.

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.

Beautiful Branson, Missouri is located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains.  Surrounded by three pristine lakes and home to a variety of activities, there’s enough to keep your family busy for weeks.  Looking for the best things to do in Branson for kids? Read on.

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Spend the Day at a Theme Park

Branson is home to two theme parks – Silver Dollar City and White Water.  At Silver Dollar City you can step back in time and into old fashioned fun.  Home to more than 30 rides, over 100 demonstrating craftsmen and a variety of entertaining shows, the park has something for every member of the family.  Young tykes can head to Half Dollar Holler for pint-sized fun while the big kids can ride thrilling coasters like Outlaw Run and Wildfire.  Known for their world-class festivals, Silver Dollar City hosts a variety of special shows, performances and themed events.  Visiting during the summer?  A festival designed for kids and families – The Star Spangled Summer Celebration – will add even more fun to your day.  Need to cool down during your Branson vacation?  Head to the beach within reach known as White Water.  The aquatic park is the perfect place to splish, splash and play.  Extreme waterslides, lazy rivers, a giant wave pool and areas designed for the little ones are just a few of the ways you can cool off while having a hot time at the park.

Table Rock Lake

Explore the Great Outdoors

Where better to reconnect with nature than Branson? Inviting Table Rock Lake offers endless ways to enjoy the natural side of Branson.  Go for a swim, rent a boat and cruise the lake or even parasail above the water for a birds-eye-view of the area.  Nearby visitors will find the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, which is the largest trout production facility in Missouri.  Take the kids there to feed the fish and learn about these native Missouri fish.   There are also hiking, biking, horseback riding, ziplining and canoeing options available in Branson.  Be adventurous and explore the wonders around you.

Go Wild at Animal Attractions

If there is one things all kids seem to love its animals.  Luckily there are several attractions in Branson allowing kids to see animals up-close.  The Promised Land Zoo is home hundreds of rare and endangered animals, and have an area dedicated to babies and bottle feedings.  Mesmerized by tigers?  I know I am.  At the National Tiger Sanctuary, located just north of Branson, visitors can view exotic animals such as Bengal Tigers, Siberian Tigers, and African Lions.  Another unique animal attraction is Branson’s Wild World.  An interactive aquarium is home to sea life, including sea turtles, and Wolf Woods features a pack of wolf puppies that were raised and bottle fed.  There’s even alligators, spiders and snakes to see – perfect for boys!
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See a Kid-Friendly Show

There’s plenty of wholesome entertainment in Branson. If you’re searching for a show that will captivate your kid there are three can’t miss options: Dixie Stampede, The Haygoods and Grand Country’s Amazing Pets.  Dixie Stampede combines delicious food with trick-riding, friendly competitions, and spectacular music and comedy.  The Haygoods are a highlight because their youthful, energetic and modern show appeals to a younger demographic while still pleasing mom and dad.  The Amazing Pets show is a good pick because it stars rescued dogs and cats performing a variety of special (and silly) tricks.

Race against family and friends on the go karts.

Be a Kid Again with Your Kid

Classic family fun is the signature of The Track Family Fun Parks.  Challenge your kids to a go-kart race, splash around on bumper boats, hit the batting cages or play a round of mini-golf.  Once you’ve covered all your bases at The Track board Ride The Ducks.  The amphibious, open-air vehicles tour Branson by land and sea.  All riders are given a wacky quacker and once you splash down into the lake (Taneycomo or Table Rock – depending on your ticket choice) a few lucky children get to drive the Duck! 

Add these awesome things to do in Branson for kids to your vacation for fun that’s sure to please the whole family!

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.