Throughout the 80s and 90s, the city was a popular stop for touring country artists. Though music is still a big draw today, the city has evolved into a popular weekend destination for family vacations. The best attractions in Branson include theme parks, museums, parks, and campgrounds.
Referred to as “The Strip”, the seven-mile stretch of restaurants, theaters, and other entertainment options makes for a popular starting point before exploring greater Branson.
The 5-story Starlite Theatre is one of the best places to visit in Branson. There’s always something new — country music acts, comedians, and other performers visit frequently.
The White Water Branson is a tropical-themed water park perfect for a day with the family. No bathing suit? Silver Dollar City is a wooden-themed amusement park with old-school rides and roller coasters.
Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure features thousands of butterflies that flutter around a tropical-themed maze. Ripley’s Odditorium was designed to look like the building was cracked open by an earthquake.
Outlet malls and shopping centers are found throughout Branson. With more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants, Branson Landing should be a shopaholic’s first stop in the city.
Just outside Branson, visitors can hike, canoe, kayak, fish, rock climb, or choose from many other outdoors activities. Campgrounds are all around the city, with hotspots around the three lakes.