Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Grand Victorian
The Hotel Grand Victorian is tucked in Branson’s theater district, within walking distance of the Grand Country Music Hall, Andy Williams Moon River Theatre, and several other theaters that make Branson the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World.” In between shows, you can take a dip in Hotel Grand Victorian’s indoor pool or hot tub.
- Spacious guest rooms are outfitted with microwaves, fridges, and coffeemakers, and some feature private balconies. Choose a king room for an additional two-person tub with jets.
- Optional add-ons: Enjoy a romantic evening with wine and chocolate-covered strawberries.
- Freebies: Start the morning with a continental breakfast; in the afternoon, the hotel offers free tea and cookies.
- Play pool or let your inner child loose with the arcade games in the onsite game center.
- Go shopping at Branson Landing, a downtown area with riverfront shopping, dining, and entertainment venues (3 miles away). You could also walk to the Tanger Outlets to find deals on Ann Taylor, Levi’s, and Oakley products.
Branson, Missouri: Family-Friendly Theaters and Concert Halls in the Ozarks
If you take a drive through the Ozarks in Missouri, it might seem like an unlikely place to find glittering lights and stage shows—for the most part, it’s a rolling plateau of wooded hills, snaking rivers, and limestone bluffs. But follow down Route 76 and you’ll find Branson, which looks like a miniature, more family-friendly version of Las Vegas.
Dozens of stages and music halls line Branson’s main strip, some of which are owned by stars such as Dolly Parton. On any given night you can watch anything from country music performances to circus acrobatics to magic shows.
If you’re traveling with kids, Silver Dollar City is a safe bet; it’s located about 5 miles west of the strip. The popular theme park is built around Marvel Cave and modeled after an 18th-century frontier town. Here you can hop on a mine-car roller coaster, take a tour by lantern through limestone caverns, or watch as blacksmiths hand-forge mailboxes for the mayor’s private collection.
If you want to duck away from the lights, it’s worth it to explore the surrounding countryside. Within about 30 miles, there are two large lakes—Table Rock and Taneycomo. Each is stocked with trout and has boats available for rent. Or head to Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area, where you can bike or hike along Roark Creek and through dense oak forests. Paul Henning, who was inspired to create the Beverly Hillbillies after a Boy Scout trip to the Ozarks, donated the 1,534-acre reserve.
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