Lovers of live entertainment will adore Branson, Missouri, renowned as the "Live Music Show Capital of the World". More than 50 theaters host music, comedy and magic throughout the year, with hundreds of shows to choose from. Greats like The Charlie Daniels Band, Bill Cosby, and the Acrobats of China have performed here, and even the most eclectic of tastes will have plenty of events to choose from. Add to this line-up kitschy, interactive and historical museums, award-winning adventure parks, golf courses, high-end restaurants, spas and gorgeous lakes for fishing, and it"s easy to see why Branson is a stage that all can enjoy.
Almost everywhere you turn, you will see advertisements for amazing shows. Families will enjoy options like Jonah, the tale of a man who encounters a very large fish in the ocean, while ABBA’s Greatest Hits always go down a storm, from Dancing Queen to Mamma Mia. Branson is also magical at Christmastime, when the Wonderland production invokes an authentic holiday atmosphere with elaborate song and dance numbers.
Located in the Ozarks, Branson is much more than the sum of its manmade attractions. Nature enthusiasts can head to Lakes Table Rock and Taneycomo, which are both great places to relax and go fishing. The Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area is perfect for hikers, with forested trails leading to viewpoints and homestead sites. Over 1,000 colorful butterflies from around the globe can be witnessed at the Butterfly Palace, a sanctuary that also houses a fun mirror-maze.
The Titanic Museum, in which a replica of the historic ship is displayed, is one of the biggest attractions in Branson. Every year, over one million visitors worldwide come to visit it. Steer the ship, walk the majestic Grand Staircase, touch an iceberg and more. If you"ve always wanted to emulate Kate and Leo"s epic love story from the movie, now is your chance! The museum is also very kid-friendly and interactive.
Adults can take a walk down memory lane at the toy museum, seeing toys that were once best friends, games you wish you had, toys that you didn't even know existed, and toys that you want to own now. Literal children will also adore the displays.
Ripley's name is known worldwide for its fun and fascinating facts. This museum has over 400 exhibits to explore and is great for both younger and older children.
Branson offers visitors a wide selection of excellent lodgings. Whether you want a romantic 4-star chateau getaway, your own personal townhouse or a nice inn, you can easily find something to fit your needs and wants. Some resorts are as much as $450 a night, but most hotels average at about $120, and there are some for as little as $48 as well. From the Lodge at the Falls, which is set in the Ozark Mountains, to the AmazInn and Suites, where breakfast is complimentary, stay close to nature or opt for a more central venue.
Located in the Midwest, Branson offers enjoyable weather year-round. July and August are its hottest months, with typical highs of 89 degrees Fahrenheit, and a refreshing low average of 65 degrees. December and January are colder, with highs of 45 degrees and lows averaging around 25. From skiing the Missouri slopes in winter to hiking the Ozarks or exploring the city center in the summer, Branson is a city for every season.