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Branson’s Down-Home Star Attractions - Big Shows and The Great Outdoors

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Known for its family-friendly entertainment, Branson offers visitors an impressive variety of ways to have fun, from catching a lively variety show to zip lining over verdant cliffs. The Ozark Mountain city is home to more than 50 theatres that stage live music and comedy, as well as theme parks, museums, and outdoor activities that take advantage of the area’s natural splendor.

Live music

 

Branson’s main strip, 76 Country Boulevard (also known as West Highway 76), is lined with theatres owned by classic country music stars like Mickey Gilley and Jim Stafford, earning the city the title of “Live Entertainment Capital of the World.” Brightly illuminated signs and playfully designed buildings, like The White House and King’s Castle theatres, pepper a 6-mile stretch of the strip as well as Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. Establishments such as Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre host beloved singers of yesteryear, and Sight & Sound brings Bible-based Broadway-style productions to the city’s packed lineup of acts.

 

  • Andy Williams Moon River Theatre, 2500 West Highway 76, Branson 65616; Tel: +1 417 334 1800; Website: Andy Williams Moon River Theatre
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  • Sight & Sound Theatres, 1001 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson 65616; Tel: +1 417 335 7900; Website: Sight & Sound Theatres

Dinner theatre

 

Captivating live entertainment is at the heart of Branson - down to the choreographed spray of the Branson Landing Fountains - and the city's various dinner theatre shows are no exception. For a rustic experience, head to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, where audience members are fed a 4-course Southern supper while watching a Wild West revue complete with horse riding contests. Over on Table Rock Lake, the elegant Showboat Branson Belle takes guests on a 2-hour cruise to enjoy dinner, lake views, and an extravaganza of music, comedy, and magic within the vessel’s spacious 3-story theatre.

 

 

Amusement and water parks

 

Branson is a thrill seeker’s paradise with a plethora of amusement and water parks to choose from. Constructed above Marvel Cave - one of the area’s first tourist sites - Silver Dollar City presents visitors with traditional amusement park rides and games, including a variety of roller coasters. White Water features relaxing and exhilarating water rides, including a surf wave pool and heart pounding slides. On inclement days, you can enjoy the sheltered portion of Splash Country, or the indoor Castle Rock Resort & Waterpark.

 

  • Silver Dollar City, 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway, Branson 65616; Tel: +1 417 336 7100; Website: Silver Dollar City
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  • White Water, 3505 West Highway 76, Branson 65616; Tel: +1 417 336 7100; Website: White Water

 

Museums and zoos

 

Branson’s entertainment culture extends to the local museums, where relics relating to show business take centre stage. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium showcases a curious artifact collection that includes massive Transformers sculptures made from scrap metal, while the Hollywood Wax Museum features an all-star cast of the silver screen’s most recognizable celebs in wax form. If you’re looking for a more lively experience, the Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure houses more than 1,000 freely fluttering butterflies. At Branson’s Promised Land Zoo, guests can feed baby zebra, among other exotic animals.

 

 

Natural grandeur

 

Branson’s location makes it easy to enjoy fresh air on the city’s lakes. You can rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard to cruise Lake Taneycomo’s waters, which are kept stocked with trout by the Shepherd of the Hills Trout Hatchery. The Shepherd facility also provides access to fishing areas, as well as free tours of their hatchery. Heading west, the immense Table Rock Dam divides the Taneycomo from Table Rock Lake, which is a popular site for bass fishing, boating, parasailing, scuba diving, and lazing on Moonshine Beach’s sandy shores.