About Branson

by SmarterTravel Staff
Branson strip (Photo: Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Boredom is a stranger in Branson. With dozens of theaters hosting live music, a theme park, museums, shopping, and plenty of outdoor activities, there's never a dull moment.

Calling itself the live music capital of the world, Branson boasts over 100 shows and 50 theaters. Performances run the gamut, from country music to acrobatics and variety shows. In November and December, Branson's Ozark Mountain Christmas celebrates the season with lighting displays, holiday festivities, and other special events.


Among Branson's most popular attractions is the Silver Dollar City, a theme park that also celebrates 19th century Ozarks culture. In addition to roller coasters and rides for children, there are also traditional craft demonstrations like glass blowing, candy making, and blacksmithing. Other attractions include the Branson Auto Museum, the Dinosaur Walk Museum, and the World's Largest Antique Toy Museum. And ghost or duck boat tours offer other fun ways to explore Branson.

The natural surroundings are a major part of Branson's appeal. Soak in the beauty of the Ozarks while swimming, boating, or fishing on one of its three lakes. Hike, bike, or horseback ride along 200 miles of trails. Or, tee off at one of the many golf courses, some of which are open year-round.

Getting there is easier than ever, with flights to Branson and air service to Springfield, 50 miles north.

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