Family-Friendly Lodge in Branson’s Theater District
Lodge Of The Ozarks puts you within walking distance of several performance venues and music halls found on Branson’s famed Highway 76—the “Live Music Show Capital of the World.” Notable nearby attractions include the Hughes Brothers Theatre and the Titanic replica and interactive museum.
Back at the lodge, a wood-paneled lobby and a fireplace create a rustic ambiance that extends to the guest rooms. But despite the woodsy feel, each guest room features free WiFi, a TV, and other modern amenities. Many units feature light cedar furniture, while others have cherry-wood beds and vanities. Their recently renovated 4,100 square-foot restaurant, La Piazza Ristorante Italiano, serves Italian food made from scratch. Guests seeking entertainment can purchase two-for-one tickets to 3 Redneck Tenors (with shows Wednesday–Saturday) or The World Famous Platters (with shows Tuesday–Friday), both showing at the onsite Crystal Theatre. All stays include daily lunch or dinner vouchers at Golden Corral.
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 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.