Positioned directly in the center of America's heartland, Branson, Missouri is around one day's drive for over one-third of the U.S. population. Known for it's proximity to the beautiful lakes surrounding the edge of the Ozark Mountains, Branson has become one of the most famous vacation spots in middle America. Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend away with your significant other, time to relax with friends or a trip for the whole family, Branson is the perfect destination for you.
Attractions in Branson
Often a favorite of guests to Branson, the Branson Lakes Area offers a gorgeous backdrop for a wide array of outdoor activities all year long. With three pristine freshwater lakes just off the base of the Ozark Mountains, Branson is any water sports enthusiast's dream. Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lake provide the perfect setting for water skiing, wakeboarding, hiking, swimming and fishing for trout or smallmouth bass. Between the three lakes, Branson is able to offer its visitors hundreds of miles of shoreline, all featuring magnificent views. In addition to the incredible potential for natural entertainment, many businesses have grown around the tri-lake area, offering such entertainment options as pleasure cruises, guided fishing tours and sightseeing.
Branson has earned the nickname "The Live Music Show Capital of The World," and there's ample reason for that. Nearly every day the city of Branson will feature almost 90 concerts, musicals, magic shows or comedians. The city has over fifty different theaters, making it a desirable destination for artists on tour as well as fans vacationing with the hopes of taking in a wide range of shows in one trip. The White House Theater, God and Country Theater and Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater are known to be favorites of tourists and locals alike. While many of the famous venues in Branson have contracts with specific artists and plan their shows far in advance, the city has also developed a culture that draws in lesser-known up and coming musicians. Whether you're looking to catch a timeless musical or the next big thing, Branson's thriving entertainment scene has something to offer you.
Things to Do in Branson
Celebrity Sightings – Sort of: Branson is home to the famed “Hollywood Wax Museum,” which is the only museum of its kind in the country dedicated entirely to displaying likenesses of celebrities made entirely from wax. Featuring recreations of scenes and characters from your favorite television shows and movies, the wax museum is a perfect destination for the entire family. Grandma and grandpa will love getting the chance to pose for a picture with Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley, while the kids will get a kick out of the more current figures, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger. A staple just out on Highway 76, the museum recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation that expanded the collection even further. Best of all, the Hollywood Wax Museum features stages designed off of famed scenes from movies, so you can pose in all of your favorite heartwarming Hollywood moments.
Golf: Branson is a golfer's paradise, offering nearly a dozen world class courses with flexible scheduling options for tee times. While Branson boasts a wide variety of courses, those looking for a professional-caliber challenge are encouraged to book an outing at the Branson Creek Golf Club. Part of the larger Branson Creek Development, this 7,000-yard course is a favorite among those seeking championship-level play in a friendly setting. Branson Creek Golf Club's par-71 course was designed by esteemed course designer Tom Fazio and has won a plethora of awards and accolades. Most notably, Golf Digest named Branson Creek the "Top Public Golf Course in Missouri". Travel & Golf Leisure Magazine also named the course one of the "Top 100 Courses Under $100." One of the most respected golf management companies in the nation, Troon Management, operates the golf course to the highest standard of excellence, offering an incredible range of amenities including golf lessons and instruction, player assistance and caddying, a fully stocked pro shop and food and beverage services (both in the clubhouse and in mobile carts on the course).
Hot Air Ballooning: Those looking for a more upbeat and adventurous activity during their time in Branson should try hot air ballooning over the city. Branson Balloon, a locally owned and operated business, offers tours by reservation any day of the week. Though tours above the business district can be requested, some of the best sightseeing in the country is available by taking a flight over the Ozarks to gain a view of all the lakes, rivers and mountains. Branson Balloon employs Rodney Williams as their pilot. Williams has over 20 years of experience piloting hot air balloons and can pick up customers wherever they're staying, then drop them off after their ride. The only hot air balloon ride business in the Branson area, Branson Balloon can accommodate up to four passengers per ride- a great option for families and couples alike.
See a Show: If you're looking to take in a slice of the vast Branson music and theater scene, consider seeing the [[http://www.thebrettsshow.com/#welcome Brett's Show]] at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater. The show, which has already been running for over a decade and a half, features the multi-talented Brett family performing across a variety of mediums over two hours. Embodying the themes of music, patriotism and family, the show is perfect for all ages and often seen multiple times by visitors to the area.