Live performances. Themed dinners. Water parks. Cave exploration.
These things only skim the surface of all the best things to do in Branson, MO. While Branson is a historical city, it’s also one of the most family-oriented tourist destinations in the Midwest. With attractions like a world-class amusement park, history museums, dinner shows, and more, Branson attracts millions of visitors each year. If you’re planning to be one of those million people, enjoy our Branson Travel Guide to learn about the wonders of this Ozark town.
Before Branson was filled with live dinner shows, performances, and amusement parks, it was mostly known for Marvel Cave, which is currently located below Silver Dollar City. The cave, originally called Marble Cave due to its limestone walls, eventually received a name change because of its “marvel.”
In the 1800s, geologists and explorers would lower themselves into the caves by ropes, but today, tourists can take a long lit staircase to the main chamber below and marvel at the beautiful cave. There are several Marvel Cave guided tours to choose from.
Silver Dollar City
Opened in 1960, Silver Dollar City became one of the most popular family destinations in the country. You can get to Marvel Cave from inside the park, ride roller coasters and other amusement rides, and enjoy festivals. Silver Dollar City takes on the theme of the old west, where many rides are themed after the wild west. There are recurring shows, theater performances, large roller coasters, and easy-going rides for small children. Silver Dollar City is also home to White Water, a water park attraction within the amusement park.
Go back in time with the Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri. The museum is a replica of the ship, featuring Titanic displays, artifacts, and interactive attractions for children to learn about the Titanic’s history.
Branson Scenic Railway
Take a scenic rail tour through the Ozarks with the famous heritage railroad in Branson. Depart from a historic downtown depot and travel about 40 miles through the Ozarks for some of the most amazing views. Reserve your tickets here.
Hollywood Wax Museum
The Hollywood Wax Museum is a Branson landmark along Highway 76, featuring celebrity figures such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnny Depp, Jennifer Garner and many more. The museum is only located in three other states, so this truly an exciting attraction for the whole family. Visitors are welcome to stand alongside the figures and take photos.
Table Rock State Park
Explore this Missouri State Park if you’re looking for a real vacation getaway. The park sits on Table Rock Lake. Hiking, nature trails, boating, parasailing, kayaking, mountain biking trails and so much more await you here at Table Rock State Park. Whether it’s camping or staying at a lodge, this is a great place for families to stay or spend the day. Amazing Branson Rentals offers cabins on Table Rock Lake, as well.
Dining in Branson, MO
India Clay Oven
Enjoy authentic Indian food at India Clay Oven where highly trained cooks whip up traditional Indian dishes. The dining room is elegant, and is great for couples escaping to Branson on a romantic getaway. The restaurant is known for their clay oven, which can grill all kinds of meats and breads.
Dixie Stampede Dinner Show
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction is not your average dining experience. Don’t expect to be seated at a table with in a quiet dining room. No, this is one of the most visited dinner attractions in the world, and it takes place right in front of a live show. Guests sit in a round audience enjoying a four-course meal while watching live performers on horses perform trick rides in a 35,000 square foot arena.
Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano
You can’t find better classic Italian food in Branson. Florentina’s features all the best Italian dishes, including the classic toasted ravioli, stuffed mushrooms, mozzarella fritti and so much more.
McFarlain’s Family Restaurant
Great for the entire family, McFarlain’s is something you’ll only find in Branson. The restaurant is inspired by the IMAX adventure Ozarks: Legacy & Legend. Enjoy a hearty meal, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Buckingham’s Prime Rib & Steakhouse
Buckingham’s is located in the Clarion Hotel, and features an African safari theme throughout. Here, you can order just about anything like steaks, seafood, and pasta.
For more Branson, MO attractions, restaurants and things to do, visit www.explorebranson.com.