Your Branson vacation
Tucked away in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains lives the loudest, liveliest neighbor around: music-and-theme-park mecca Branson, Missouri. From Yakov Smirnoff and Andy Williams to Chinese acrobats and funnel cake, this Live Entertainment Capital of the World features acts that draws crowds upwards of seven million annually for family-friendly entertainment, thrill rides and toe-tapping fun.
Race down Raging Rapids at White Water, or weave through underground dungeons and cathedrals at Marvel Cave. Visit Table Rock State Park rife, with hiking trails, mountain streams and camping under the stars.
Whatever you envision on your Branson vacation, let Orbitz help you plan ahead, starting with the best time to go, top 10 highlights and insider tips.
Best time to take a vacation to Branson
This entertainment town is hopping with action year-round. High season peaks in summer, from the Strip to the great outdoors as well as over Christmas, so plan your Branson vacation well in advance. Hotspot Silver Dollar City is constantly thriving with festivals, including the famous Bluegrass & BBQ (May), the National Harvest Festival and the Southern Gospel music show in fall.
To experience Branson like a local, visit between January and March -- when big-name productions are harder to come by, but discount hotel rates are easier to find.
Insider tips for Branson travel
College of the Ozarks
Have lunch at the tuition-free university where full-time students work in exchange for an education. Remember the Beverly Hillbillies? Check out the Clampetts' original truck in the campus museum.
Lamberts Cafe in Ozark
Bring your appetite and catching skills: This restaurant is famous for its "throwed rolls" and "pass arounds" such as fried okra, macaroni, sorghum and honey.
Simply Irresistible shop
Take your sweet tooth to this historic shop in downtown Branson. Fill up on old-fashioned hard candy sold by the pound, and enjoy flavored popcorn and coffee.
Big Cedar Lodge
Get that wilderness feeling on Table Rock Lake, just minutes from the Strip. Golfers, the resort has a Nicklaus-designed course.
Hannah's Maze of Mirrors
Send your little ones on a mirrored maze mission to help the once-vain Princess unlock her fate. They'll giggle their way through archways and turns, where characters help out with riddles and hints.
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Branson Vacation Packages
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Ozarks resort nestled among 145 forested acres Westgate Branson Woods, in the Ozark Mountains, features hotel rooms, condos, and cabins amid 145 wooded acres. The hotel offers access to sparkling lakes, championship golf courses, theme parks, outlet malls, and live...
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Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Indoor Heated Pool, High Speed Wireless in all rooms at no charge. Microwave and fridge combo sets in all rooms. Located at the intersection of US Hwy 65 and the famous 76 Strip.
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Silver Dollar City
This Missouri wonderland is filled with family fun stuff: water rides, roller coasters, Marvel Cave and the world's largest treehouse.
Strip 76 Country Boulevard
Birthplace of Presley's Country Jubilee, this presents visitors with everything from Country and Gospel to Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theatre and Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.
Branson Duck Tour
Quack up on a guided boat tour through the heart of the Ozarks, from Country Music Boulevard to Baird Mountain, Lake Taneycomo, and the Table Rock Dam.
Shepherd of the Hills
Watch thousands of fish on a feeding frenzy at the fish hatchery, or zipline on the Vigilante. Horseback ride through wildflower trails or visit Old Matt's Cabin. Plan your visit during Christmas to experience the Trail of Lights -- a magical route aglitter with lights, festive displays and life-size animations.
Maybe you were raised not to play during mealtime, but make an exception for this Dolly Parton attraction. Watch dozens of horses and riders perform daring feats as you dine.
Baldknobbers Jamboree Theatre
Tap your toes and laugh out loud as singers, musicians and jokesters strut their stuff, from country classics to side-splitting comedy.
Branson Scenic Railway
Ladies put on your party dress, gents your three-piece suit. Make like it's 1940 on a narrated dining trip from historic downtown Branson through the countryside.
Table Rock State Park
Check out Branson's rugged side. Hike oak- and hickory-filled trails dotted with waterfalls and mountain streams. Go fishing, scuba diving or camping.
The New Shanghai Theatre
See exotic circus treasures of the Orient from Chinese yo-yo to bicycle tricks, a chair stack, human tops and more.
Get soaked body surfing down Kalani Towers, and plunge into the darkness on the fast-paced Bermuda Triangle. Make like its Hawaii on the Aloha River at Hula Hula Bay, or bring the tykes for pint-sized adventure at Little Squirts Water Works.