Since @Elevation brought up vacation ideas, I thought I might ask if anyone has any ideas of what’s best to do or see in Branson, MO and vicinity.
My husband and I have the opportunity coming up to go to Branson for 4 nights/5 days. Our mornings are booked, but the rest of the day will be free. It’s been over a decade since we have been in that area.
Are there certain shows or attractions you would recommend seeing/visiting?
That’s my dad’s family’s neck of the woods. I haven’t been there since I was a teen, but I used to love going
1. Table Rock Lake has great fishing.
2. There used to be a Ride the Ducks tour, using old military amphibious vehicles. If it’s still there, it’s pretty fun.
3. The shows, obviously. While I think of it, get to know the back roads before you go. The main strip after the shows get out is almost as bad as downtown LA in rush hour.
4. Silver Dollar City. An amusement park with cool things like bluegrass bands and glass blowers.
5. The cave attached to Silver Dollar City has a great tour.
6. I echo the Fantastic Caverns ride through cave in Springfield. It’s my favorite cave tour, and I’ve done many.
7. The place near Springfield where my Baptist preacher grandfather had a moonshine still during the Depression part of Prohibition. Totally kidding, of course. But it’s a family legend and I still vividly remember the location.
8. Arkansas. This is only if you miss the turnoff to Branson, like my parents did once. Our 3 minute trip to Arkansas until they could turn around is another family legend. 😂
I have never been to Branson, MO but we have been through Springfield many times. Springfield is 1 hour north. There are caves in Springfield, one of them Fantastic Caverns you can ride through. On the south side of town there is a Civil War cave. They also have a drive through zoo. Well, that would be the family type sites.
Dixie Stampede in Branson is fun. Dolly Parton owns it.
Go eat at Lambert’s in Ozark which is between Branson and Springfield. Home of the throwed rolls.
Silver Dollar City is a must. They may have free Gospel singing at night after the park shuts down. Top flight groups. Check their online calendar
The largest Bass Pro Shop is in Springfield.
If you like to relax and read, the acclaimed novel, Shepherd of the Hills, written by Harold Bell Wright in 1907 is a wonderful, captivating book.
You could also see the outdoor drama enactment of the book. (May is the 1st month for the summer season)
The Titanic if you like museums, it is pretty interesting. Dixie Stampede is a good show, but you are eating and there is a some dust, but not a lot. It is ok to do once.
There are some 50’s shows that are nice. Oh, there is always some magic shows and some are pretty awesome. If he is there, Yakof is a comedian that is really good. Sometimes he does a few minutes of serious talk about life in Russia and how he came to the U.S., pretty interesting.