12 Must-See Attractions in Branson
When it comes to entertainment, few locations in the United States offer the same bang for your buck as Branson, Missouri. Don’t let the modest population of 12,000 year-round residents distract you. This charming city in the heart of the Ozark Mountains captivates travelers with its outdoor beauty, exhilarating attractions and unforgettable live performances across more than 45 different theaters.
Boasting more than 100 concerts per year, Branson calls itself the “Live Music Capital of the World”, and the marketing slogan might just be true. Some of our most-anticipated U.S. tours in 2024 are our Praisefest Branson Tours next March, which introduce Christian travelers to an incredible gospel music line-up of artists and the best Branson has to offer.
Here are a “dazzling dozen” reasons, from A to Z, for you to add this world-class destination to your travel plans.
Located on the sprawling new entertainment complex, the Branson Boardwalk, this fascinating aquarium opened in late 2020 to great acclaim. More than just a few fish tanks, this interactive attraction delights the young—and young-at-heart—with a variety of jellyfish, sharks, starfish and kelp forests. There’s also a giant octopus sculpture out front. While you can’t see the ocean from Branson, you can definitely look beneath the sea.
On the banks of Lake Taneycomo, Branson Landing is a vibrant waterfront district that combines shopping, dining, and entertainment in a single, dynamic place. Stroll the scenic boardwalk, shop for unique souvenirs, indulge in outdoor dining and enjoy the spectacular fountain shows that light up the night sky.
Branson Scenic Railway
Gain a unique, nostalgic perspective of the natural beauty surrounding Branson by traveling in restored train cars along tracks that date back to the late 1800s. Through enormous windows, you’ll enjoy views of the picturesque valleys, lush forests and charming small towns of the region.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede
Visitors seeking “dinner and a show” find both in abundance at this celebration of the Wild West. Southern hospitality meets a rustic frontier town in this theater, where everything from equestrian acrobats to dancers and comedians keep guests enthralled. And did we mention the mouthwatering four-course meal? The Stampede is always a Branson highlight.
Ride through a vast subterranean landscape as you explore this cave system below the Ozark countryside. You’ll glide past stalactites, limestone formations and other natural artistry, gasping in wonder at this unique ecosystem. David, the psalmist, said the heavens declare the glory of God, and Fantastic Caverns makes it clear that additional wonders are just out of sight and below as well.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
So many of us grew up reading and watching the Little House on the Prairie series. This museum in Branson pays homage to the beloved author and the pioneer spirit behind her stories. Interactive exhibits chronicle Wilder’s life, depicting the clothing, household tools, and other items from the daily life of the Ingalls family.
Presley’s County Jubilee
Established in 1967 by the Presley family, this legendary live music show boasts more than five decades of history in Branson and is still family-owned and operated. In each performance, a talented cast of singers, musicians and comedians cover a variety of country music styles, from classic hits to contemporary favorites. You won’t forget this must-see show’s electric atmosphere and exceptional musicianship.
Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama
Against the backdrop of the rugged Ozark Mountains, this outdoor drama—one of the longest-running in the U.S.—tells the stories of the region’s original settlers. Visitors enjoy the spectacle of elaborate sets, live animals and plenty of drama, action and romance under the stars. It’s one of the most beloved entertainment traditions in Branson.
Sight & Sound Theatre
Epic biblical stories come to life at this world-famous Branson theater, home to countless shows based on beloved events in Scripture. For example, Queen Esther is a tale of beauty and bravery in which an ordinary young woman trusted God’s plan and changed the course of history. With elaborate sets, state-of-the-art technology and stunning performances, you’ll see stories from the Bible portrayed like never before.
Silver Dollar City
Be transported into a bustling western town from the 1880s at this theme park, where its thrilling lineup of roller coasters leaves guests on the literal edges of their seats. Gentler rides entertain less adventurous family members, and the entertainment—like everything in Branson—is top-class. Put this blend of old-fashioned charm and modern-day excitement at the top of any Branson Bucket List.
Table Rock Lake
In the heart of Branson, this sprawling reservoir is a paradise for boating, fishing, swimming and water sports, attracting locals and tourists alike. Campgrounds and hiking trails line its shoreline, where anglers fish for trophy largemouth and smallmouth bass. The limestone bluffs surrounding the clear waters of this 43,000-acre lake make it one of the most beautiful lakes in the Midwest.
The Ozarks are far from the North Atlantic, but you’ll feel a close connection to the events and passengers of the Titanic disaster at this museum. Featuring a replica of the ship itself and more than 400 artifacts, the museum allows visitors to touch a real iceberg, feel the chill of 28 degree water, try to stand on a sloping deck and hear original passenger stories from the RMS Titanic.
Which of the dazzling dozen would you enjoy most?