Branson has been called the Vegas of the Midwest without the gambling. However, it has so much to offer everyone. Here are five great things to do in Branson, Missouri.
1. Silver Dollar City
Photo courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism
Going to Silver Dollar City was one of the highlights of going to Branson as a child even though I am not a big theme park rider. The park has more of a historic feel than most theme parks and has many things to do besides go on rides including Marvel Cave. My young nieces couldn’t wait to go when we were there.
2. Showboat Branson Belle
Get dinner, a show and a cruise all rolled into one on a paddle boat. The paddle boat cruise takes you on a cruise around Table Rock Lake. Dinner is brought around while a host tells jokes and does magic tricks. Then you are given time to explore the decks. An announcement tells you when it is time to return to watch the show. Singing, dancing, and some of the best tap dancing I have ever seen were on display during the show. While the show goes on the boat turns and docks right back where you started.
3. See a Show
This is where the Vegas comes in. There are so many shows in Branson, Missouri you make have to stay for months to see them all. Many of the acts from America’s Got Talent now are in shows in Branson. Many of the acts are singing acts, but there are also comedy and animal shows. Celebrities also sometimes have short stints in Branson.
4. Table Rock Lake
While this is technically a reservoir and not a natural lake, it is large there are tons of things to do there. You can go boating, go fishing, rent a jet ski, parasail, kayak and there are campgrounds nearby if you enjoy camping. If camping isn’t your thing, there is a luxury hotel on the lake, Chateau on the Lake. It also has a spa!
5. See Butterflies
This is how much I love the Butterfly Palace in Branson, I have mentioned it two weeks in a row. Butterfly Palace is a treat for both kids and adults and the best attraction, in my opinion, in Branson, Missouri. Wander through and observe butterflies eating and flying around and if you get lucky, they might land on you!
Have you been to Branson, Missouri? What is your favorite thing to see there?
As a kid growing up in St. Louis, I was always so jealous of my friend who went to Silver Dollar City every summer. I finally went to Branson as a teen for a family reunion, and wow that place is crazy! I didn’t get to go to Silver Dollar City, though, so…childhood dreams still unfulfilled.
It’s a shame you didn’t get to go when you were a teenager! I hope you get to go one day.
I grew up in St. Louis and went to school in Springfield, and I always like to tell people that Branson is like an old people version of Vegas, without the slots. It seems a pretty legit way to describe Branson, because it’s such a unique place. The lake is definitely beautiful, especially checking it out from the main street area. But I agree, these are great choices!
Ah then you know better than me. The lake is so nice. Such a pretty place.
Love these posts – am desperate to visit these places now
I am so glad you are enjoying them. Hope you get to go.
Lovely photos very enticing, love to travel hope I get the opportunity to visit one day. 🙂
Thank you! I hope you do too!
Adding this to my bucket list! 🙂
This looks like a lovely place to explore, especially the butterflies! 😀
The butterflies are my favorite part!
Thank you very much for the heads up on Branson
The family will be going through there in the very near future, and your post will really help us decide on what we are able to do along the way.
You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy it. There is so much to do there. Thanks for stopping by.
Great article & great place. I’m willing to go there & catch some lovely fish. Waiting for my vacation. Wish you all the best buddy. Keep this up.