Hotel at a Glance: Radisson Hotel Branson
Dixie Stampede, Silver Dollar City, and more of Branson’s famed theaters and theme parks are all within a short drive of this family-friendly Radisson hotel. An onsite concierge can help line up transportation and tickets to virtually any local event. When you’re not swept up in the bright lights of Branson’s 76 Strip, the hotel itself has plenty to keep you occupied onsite, including an indoor pool, a sports bar, and a restaurant.
- Two onsite restaurants: Enjoy upscale American fare at Wildwood Bistro or Noble Roman’s Pizza at Time Out Sports Bar & Lounge.
- Live music Monday–Saturday: Musician Kenny Parrot performs nightly from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Wildwood Bistro.
- Pet-friendly: Bring along a furry friend for an additional fee.
- In-room amenities: flat-screen TV with cable and complimentary WiFi; suites up the ante with balconies and sleeper sofas, and the business class room includes one drink voucher per night and a Wall Street Journal delivered to the door each morning
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, whichlooks like a miniature, more family-friendly version of Las Vegas.
Dozens of stages and music halls line Branson’s main strip, some ofwhich are owned by stars such as Dolly Parton. On any given night you can watchanything 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 atour 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 Ruthand 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.