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.

 

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.

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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.

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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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Save your hard earned cash with Reserve Branson

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.

Need even more tips on how to plan the best Branson MO vacation ever? Don’t hesitate to call our customer service team at 1-800-590-0155 for assistance.


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.

Since the early 1990s, Branson has been known for its vibrant entertainment scene. From variety shows to tributes, big-name stars to traditions, Branson shows offer a variety of performances. Which shows are for you? Discover the top 10 must-see shows in Branson MO with my list.

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The Dixie Stampede has become one of Branson’s most popular dinner shows thanks to its interactive fun, talented performers and delicious food. Experience with your family our 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. Owner Dolly Parton guarantees it’s “Branson’s Most Fun Place to Eat!”

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Witness the parting of the Red Sea, the Burning Bush, the Plagues, the Ten Commandments—all at Sight & Sound Theater in Branson. The all-new production of Moses journeys back in time to the golden splendor of Egypt, immersing audiences in an adventure of epic proportions. This story highlights the humanity of Moses and the children of Israel, all while revealing the mercy of God and his healing.

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Created by one of Branson’s original performing families, this upbeat live show is widely praised for its hilarious comedy acts and incredible music. The talented Presley family sings and plays instruments to songs in the style of foot-stompin’ country, soulful gospel and lively bluegrass. The attraction also features an entertaining pre-show routine and a memorabilia store for souvenirs.

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Attracting thousands each year to the Mickey Gilley Theatre, SIX features a complete experience filled with unbelievable vocal harmonies and exceptional showmanship by the talented Knudsen brothers. Guests can enjoy slick dances moves, funny stories, slapstick humor and superb songs from Elvis, Frankie Valli, Coldplay, MC Hammer, and more for a complete range of entertainment for the whole family.

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One of the world’s greatest live tribute show, Legends in Concert at the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater 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. Guests can also find priceless memorabilia in the lobby before or after the show.

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Since 1959, this incredible outdoor live-action show at The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre has been a family favorite to millions of visitors. Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama is an extraordinary tale by Harold Bell Wright that offers themes of love, power, hardship and life’s true meaning, featuring more than 80 actors, 40 horses, sheep, a log cabin, a 1908 DeWitt automobile, and more.

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A family-operated revue, popular since its opening in 1959, Baldknobbers Jamboree is an upbeat live show that features contemporary country music and side-splitting comedy acts. The revue is hosted and performed six nights a week by the second and third generations of the Mabe family, as well as other talented musicians, singers and actors. It’s a show fit for the whole family!

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Featured exclusively at the Clay Cooper Theatre, 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. The Haygoods show is one of Branson’s best in family entertainment, featuring country, rock and pop hits of today.

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Featuring Grammy Award-winning Billy Dean and his drummer/comedian sidekick, Jarrett Dougherty, the one-of-a-kind Billy Dean LIVE show at the Starlite Theatre is ideal for visitors of all ages. With 11 top 10 singles and five #1 songs, and multiple Grammy Awards, Billy Dean puts on a quality show, with hits like “Only Here for a Little While,” “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” and more.

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This unforgettable two-hour performance, a popular Branson show since 1990, is a high-energy experience featuring the many talents of the Tabuchi family. Guests of the Shoji Tabuchi Show can enjoy incredible violin numbers, beautiful vocal harmonies, world-class choreography, elaborate costumes and more. Guests get a true variety of musical genres as country, polka, gospel, Cajun, Hawaiian, rap, patriotic, and rock are all included.

Add these must-see shows in Branson MO to your vacation for an entertainment-filled getaway. For the best prices on tickets, be sure to browse the deals available through Reserve 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.

When you’re on vacation, every minute is dedicated to you. Whether it’s day or night, you can make the trip exclusively yours with activities that are a guaranteed good time. In years past, the Branson nightlife scene consisted mainly of shows and a few local bars and lounges. All of that’s changed, though, with the addition of new places and things to do in Branson at night. With so many attractions and activities, the fun in Branson doesn’t end once the sun goes down.

During your next vacation to the Ozark Mountains, check out these 6 unexpected things to do in Branson at night.

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1) Top of the Rock

At first, the name Top of the Rock might illicit visions of New York City. However, in Branson we have our very own Top of the Rock. The superb views, though, are of the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake rather than skyscrapers and city lights. In addition, Top of the Rock is home to several restaurants, like The Osage, and bars, such as The Buffalo Bar. An absolutely ideal way to spend an evening in Branson is by dining at the authentically crafted Osage, followed by drinks on the patio which features fire-pits, a cozy setting and the perfect setting to watch the sun set.

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2) Ernie Biggs Piano Bar

When searching for things to do in Branson at night for the livelier set, Ernie Biggs Piano Bar is it. With a location at the Branson Landing, the bar gives easy access to pre-partying dinner options. If you’ve never been to a piano bar, prepare for a boisterous crowd! You can tip piano players to play your favorite songs, sing-a-long and generally have a rousing good time. The bar has two levels; I prefer the upper deck for the crowd watching but the club-style seating downstairs is nice too. Either way, when you go to Ernie Biggs Piano Bar you can guarantee the music will be flowing just a smoothly as the drinks.

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Inspiration Tower at Sunset

3) Shepherd of the Hills Homestead

The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead is perhaps the oldest attraction in Branson, Missouri. Its home to the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama, a classic play based on the novel by Harold Bell Wright. It tells the story of life in the Ozark Hills circa 1900, complete with a cast of over 80 actors, 40 horses, sheep, a log cabin, a 1908 DeWitt automobile, and more. As the show is held outside, it’s seasonal with the last performances occurring at the end of October. Don’t worry, though! There’s more reasons to go to this Homestead. Take a trip to the top of Inspiration Tower, a 230-foot tall enclosed lookout with 360 degree views of Branson. During the Christmas season in Branson, take a tour of the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights. It’s an old-fashioned drive through light display sure to add cheer to your holiday vacation in Branson.

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4) Copper Run Distillery

Way out yonder, far off the beaten path, you’ll find Copper Run Distillery. This is a place to go for true Ozark moonshine and craft cocktails. The location is quaint cabin out in the middle of the woods, where you can sit on a porch and listen to the crickets chirp or stay inside and listen to local musicians. No matter where you sit and sip, a trip to Copper Run Distillery is sure to be a memorable experience.

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Haygoods performing live in Branson

5) See a Show

Even with all of these things to do in Branson at night, there’s no doubt about it: Branson is still a show town. So, it makes sense that one of the most popular activities is seeing a show. Over the years, the Branson show scene has evolved. No longer are there just country music shows to see. Now, shows that bring the biggest audience have a modern feel and feature a variety of music. In addition, theatrical productions have taken the town by storm. For an entertaining night out, these shows are sure-fire picks:

 

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The fountain show at the Branson Landing

6) Dinner with a View

When the Branson Landing opened 10 years ago, it brought about big changes to the nightlife scene in Branson. With a lakefront location on Lake Taneycomo, and a multimillion dollar fountain show, it’s a fabulous place to enjoy dinner with a view. There are variety of restaurants, bars, and attractions at your disposal. You can start your night with dinner at one of these delicious restaurants:

 

All of these restaurants have lakefront patios, too. Grab a seat outside for an after dinner cocktail, and soak up the starry night. Likewise, all of the mentions above, except Garfield’s and Black Oak Grill, are prime spots to view the dazzling fire and light fountain show.

Your night doesn’t have to end there. Top if off with a quick, seated zipline over Lake Taneycomo. Or, take to the sky via a tethered balloon ride. Both are operated by Parakeet Pete’s, and both are tame yet definitely not lame.

There’s So Many Things to Do in Branson at Night

There’s no doubt that there’s an abundant amount of things to do in Branson at night. While it may be difficult to choose what to do in Branson at night, it’s easy to reserve your entire trip with Reserve Branson. Plan your entire trip, from the hotel to the activities, online today.


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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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.

School is out for summer. The office is closed for an extra day. The smell of fresh cut grass is in the air. It all must mean one thing: it’s time for Memorial Day Weekend! Plan your escape to Branson to enjoy family time, the great outdoors and even an entertaining attraction or two. Need some vacation ideas for inspiration? Read on to find three ways to play in Branson Memorial Day Weekend.

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Family Fun in Branson

Branson is known for its family-friendly environment. The area not only has a polite Midwestern attitude, it offers a multitude of ways for families to have fun. And make memories! Kids of all ages can play at The Track, a fun center with arcade games, bumper boats, bumper cars, miniature golf courses and go-karts. Bigger kids will really love the thrill of the Xtreme Racing Center, a high-speed go-kart racing center where the engines run even faster.

Of course, a visit to Branson isn’t complete without a day spent at Silver Dollar City. The 1880s-themed park has over 40 thrilling rides and attractions, as well free live shows, demonstrating craftsmen and even a cave you can explore.  With the weather warming up, a tropical trip to White Water might be in order. Lounge on the Aloha River or take the plunge on the daredevil Kapau Plummet. If you’re planning on visiting both Branson theme parks, check out these money-saving Silver Dollar vacation packages.

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Greet the Great Outdoors

Rolling mountains and vast lakes make the outdoor scene in Branson a veritable playground. Branson Memorial Day Weekend is an excellent time of year to take to the lakes – especially Table Rock Lake. Rent a boat at State Park Marina or Long Creek Marina to cruise around this pristine oasis, or hop on a rented jet-ski for a water-filled adventure. Just want to kick back and relax? At Moonshine Beach put your toes in the sand, soak in the sun and go for a swim. Nearby nature trails like the Table Rock Lakeshore Trails and Lakeside Wilderness Trails easily fit in to the weekend too.

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The Haygoods

Spotlight on Entertainment

It’s no secret Branson has a lot of shows – over 100 in fact. Some are absolutely can’t miss and make for an entertaining getaway. Among them are Dixie Stampede, a friendly rivalry show with horses, singing, lively competition and a four-course feast; Moses, a larger-than-life stage version of the biblical story; and Prince Ivan, a brand-new, fresh, fun and all-original band with a unique Top 40 sound. Other favorites like the Haygoods, SIX, and The Presleys Jubilee are taking the stage too, and many of these shows feature discounts on tickets. Savings and a show? You can’t beat that!

Ready to travel to Branson Memorial Day Weekend? With these ideas, you’ve already got a great head start!


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.

January tends to be a quiet month in Branson, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot happening behind the scenes. New shows are finalizing details, while theaters are shuffling Branson show schedules and line-ups for 2016. Get a head start on the Branson shows scene with my inside look on where shows are moving, the scoop on new shows and more.

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Same Show, New Home

70s Music Celebration

70s Music Celebration

Americana Theater

The Americana Theater will be home to the “70s Music Celebration starring Barry Williams,” which is relocating from the Hughes Brothers Theatre. The show will fit in nicely with the theaters line-up which already features “#1 Hits of the 60s and 50s.” “Patsy Cline Remembered” will also be new to the venue as it is moving from its current location at the Hamner Variety Theater.

Hamners Variety Theatre

“Conway Remembered,” currently at God and Country Theater, will move to Hamners Variety Theatre. Mike Walker will sing many of your favorites such as “Slow Hand,” “Hello Darlin’,” “Don’t Take It Away,” “After the Fire is Gone,” “Tight Fittin’ Jeans,” and “I May Never Get to Heaven.”

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Trace Adkins

Welk Resort Theatre

Welk Resort Theatre will host the Up Close Concert series in 2016. So far, Trace Adkins, Peter Noone, Crystal Gayle, and Daniel O’Donnell are slated to perform in 2016 with more artists to be announced soon.

Jim Stafford Theater

Branson’s longest running morning show, the Buck Trent Show, moves to the Jim Stafford Theater in 2016. A lunch option will be available after the Buck Trent Show. Magician Taylor Reed will also move to the Jim Stafford Theater, taking over the matinee time slot.

George Dyer

George Dyer

Mickey Gilley Theater

George Dyer, who has performed at the Dutton Theater for several years, will take residency at the Mickey Gilley Theater. Dyer will join Six, who will remain at the theater.

Oak Ridge Boys Big Stars Concert Series

This concert series, which features famous performers such as Charlie Daniels, Wynona Judd, Johnny Mathis and Neal McCoy, moves to the Mansion Theatre.

New Branson Shows

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Moses

Sight & Sound Theaters

In 2016, Moses will debut at Sight & Sound Theaters. The show, which replaces Jonah, will come to life with the help of advanced special effects, a massive cast of over 50 actors, live animals and over 800 costumes. Watch scenes like the parting of the Red Sea, the burning bush and Ten Commandments happen before your very eyes. Moses will perform March 5 through December 31, 2016.

Starlite Theatre

The beloved Blackwoods return to Branson in 2016. The group peformed in Branson in the 90s, but have been at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theatre in Pigeon Forge for the last 15 years. The Blackwood’s Morning Show will feature their trademark harmonies, many of their huge hits, and lots of laughter and heartwarming stories from their 81 year musical history. The Starlite Theatre will also host a new slate of performers during the Boot Daddy Concert Series, as well as Reza “Edge of Illusion.”

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Maxine/Courtesy of Hallmark

Andy Williams Moon River Theatre

An all-new Christmas show is planned for the Moon River Theatre in 2016: Maxine’s Christmas Carol. Starring Maxine, the “Queen of Crabbiness” made famous through Hallmark Cards, the show will be a live-action musical. The story will be a retelling of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” with Maxine as the focus.

God and Country Theater

A new slate of shows will open at the God and Country Theater in April.  New shows include the “British Invasion Show,” “The LaBamba Show,” starring “Sting” Ray Anthony and the Stingers, “Alabama Rolls On Tribute,” “Ray Charles and Co.” with Willie Nash,” “Kenny Parrott’s Country Classics” starring Parrott and the Classic Country Band. Shows such as the “Good ‘Ol Boys” will now be called “Waylon, Willie and the Good ‘Ol Boys” and “California Dreamin'” will be known as “Beach Boys California Dreamin.'”

All Hands on Deck Show

All Hands on Deck Show

Dutton Family Theater

All-singing, all-dancing, all-American–it’s The All Hands on Deck Show! This patriotic new production is styled as an authentic American roadshow and radio broadcast, with 42 of the best American songs performed.

I’ll update you on what’s next for Branson MO shows and additional show theater relocations as the details are released.


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.

Learn about the Knudsen brothers and their show, SIX, in Branson, MO. The SIX show features amazing vocal harmonies, comedy, and slick dance moves. Fun for the whole family, it’s one of the most popular shows in Branson. Watch the video below to see why.

Purchase SIX tickets to see why this show is one of the best in Branson.


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AAA has announced the Best of the Midwest, with Branson chosen as the Best Small City for a Weekend Getaway.  Readers of AAA share their picks for the best places to visit, stay, dine and have fun in the Midwest.  Then, the votes are tallied and recommendations are given on the selections with the most votes.  It’s no surprise Branson, Missouri won the Best Small City for a Weekend Getaway as the small but entertainment filled Ozark hamlet offers plenty for visitors to see and do. 

The unique mix of things to do in Branson is certainly one of the top reasons it was chosen by AAA readers at the Best of the Midwest.  Virtually every type of entertainment or amusement can be found in Branson.  Dinner shows like the Dixie Stampede appeal to families while shows like Liverpool Legends and Oh What a Night lure in Baby Boomers.  Don’t worry – there’s still plenty of country music shows to enjoy too.  Some of the best include The Presleys, Pierce Arrow and The Duttons.  Looking for a variety show?  Try out SIX and The Price is Right Live.  Of course, there are also shopping, golf lakes, rivers, theme parks and other family amusements.  You can spend a day or two at Silver Dollar City enjoying one of their many festivals and attractions.  Then, enjoy the waterfront entertainment and dining available at the downtown Branson Landing.
Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri was named the second Best Lake Weekend Escape.  You can take in both destinations during a weekend stay in the Ozarks!