A Fun-Filled Guide to Branson, Missouri

Big Cedar Lodge - Ridgedale, Missouri

A Quick Guide To Branson & Branson Itinerary

Growing up both of us spent a fair amount of time in family-friendly and affordable Branson, Missouri. We decided that while Branson isn’t a big city, it can still be overwhelming trying to find places to stay in Branson, things to do in Branson, and places to eat in Branson. We thought it would be helpful to combine our experiences in Branson for an overall helpful “cheat sheet to Branson tourism.”


Where to Stay in Branson

LUXURY HOTELS IN BRANSON

Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge - Ridgedale, Missouri
View at Big Cedar Lodge

This is by far our favorite place to stay while in the Branson area due to the location and amenities it has to offer. Big Cedar has a wide variety of accommodations and we have yet to stay in all of them. A more cost-friendly option is to stay at the Big Cedar Wilderness Club. These are timeshare properties but let us be clear, we do not own one. We often find deals on eBay from people renting out their property.

Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa

Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa
Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa

For those who are looking for a more traditional hotel with luxury accommodations and impeccable service consider booking your stay at the Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa. We’ve stayed here once before and while it’s a slightly older hotel, we were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived. Like Big Cedar Lodge (above), Chateau on the Lake offers on-site spa services, dining, and scenic views.
Cost: Starting at $139/night through their website or $129/night


MID-RANGE HOTELS IN BRANSON

Wyndham Branson at the Meadows

Though also a timeshare property you’ll love how close the Wyndham Branson at the Meadows is to all of the Branson activities. It was really terrific for the price. The accommodations we had, offered two bedrooms and a loft (essential when staying with larger parties).
Cost: starting at $139/night

Hilton Branson Convention Center

Located right on the Branson Landing, the Hilton Branson Convention Center hotel is convenient and beautiful to stay at! You can easily head out of your hotel room and walk along The Landing for shopping and dining. It is also just minutes from other Branson shows and entertainment such as Silver Dollar City.
Cost: starting at $129/night


BUDGET HOTELS IN BRANSON

Honeysuckle Inn and Conference Center

If you’re looking for a budget place to stay the Honeysuckle Inn and Conference Center is perfect for larger groups who are on a budget. It’s also in a fabulous location just minutes from countless attractions and restaurants.
Cost: starting at $59/night

Twelve Oaks Inn

While this is definitely not the most glamorous of places, the Twelve Oaks Inn is clean, and perfect if you are needing something affordable on the Branson strip. It also has a complimentary breakfast and a mini-fridge.
Cost: Starting at $45/night


Things to do in Branson

SHOWS IN BRANSON

Sight & Sound Theatres

Every few years the Sight & Sound Theater comes out with a new performance-based on a Biblical story. Each time we have visited, the shows have been comparable to those we have seen on Broadway. They have really dedicated actors and actresses, amazing sets, and beautiful songs. This is a must-do if you are into theatrical performances or musicals.
Price: $49/adult, $23/child

Acrobats of Shanghai

The Acrobats of Shanghai are unlike any of the other things to do in Branson. There are incredible stunts, acrobatics, dancing, and more that will completely perplex you during their two-hour performance.
Price: $40/adult, $20/ages 5-15

Pierce Arrow Theater

For those that enjoy singing and comedy, Pierce Arrow Theater could be next on your list! When Tony, Travis, Scott, and Dan aren’t crooning up a country song, James Sibley starring as Gene Pool will have you crying from laughter with his family-friendly comedy.
Price: $38/adult, $20/child

Legends in Concert

We all have those performers we idolized, for me, it was Michael Jackson. At Legends in Concert, you can enjoy the tunes of former and current artists done so well, you’ll think you’re getting the real deal. 😉
Price: $38.50/adult, $16.18/child


MUSEUMS IN BRANSON

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

If you enjoy being bamboozled, intrigued, or disturbed, step right into Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and see what crazy artifacts you can find!
Price: $20/adult, $12/child

Branson Auto & Farm Museum

For lovers of antique cars and America’s finest farm equipment, the Branson Auto & Farm Museum is truly unique. There are over 2 acres of vintage cars and farm equipment including 150 collectible, classic, and muscle cars in their inventory. However, you might want to leave your checkbook at home or you could be leaving with some new wheels since most are for sale!
Price: $22/adult, $12/student

Titanic Museum

Find yourself aboard the most famous ship that’s ever sailed, the Titanic, at the Titanic Museum in Branson. As you enter the museum, you’ll receive a boarding pass of an actual passenger or crew member where later you’ll discover the fate of the passenger. While some of the artifacts are replicas, there is over 4.5 million worth of artifacts that are authentic from the actual ship. This museum is informative, interactive and all-around fascinating!
Price: $30/adult, $14/child


RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN BRANSON

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

Whether you are an adult traveler or a family with kids, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf is an exciting, pirate-themed mini-golf park with 18 holes, waterfalls, and caves. It’s a cheap and fun way to spend a couple of hours in Branson.
Prices: Blackbeard’s Challenge $9.50/adult, Captain’s Course $9.50/adult, 36-hole adventure $14.95/adult

Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City is an 1880’s amusement park with 30 different rides, live entertainment, crafts, and shopping. Throughout the year there are a number of festivals, our favorites being the Fall Harvest Festival and the Old Time Christmas. Silver Dollar City is by far our favorite Branson attraction and is great for ALL ages.
Price: $71/adult, $61/child, $69/senior


SHOPPING IN BRANSON

Branson Landing

The Branson Landing has a number of chain restaurants and stores to shop at in a casual outdoor mall setting.

Tanger Outlet

Tanger Outlets is a typical outlet mall that hosts many well-known brands.

Grand Village Shops

A collection of local stores and boutiques unique to Branson. There is truly something for everyone and you can easily spend a few hours here looking at all of the specialty items.


SPAS IN BRANSON

Spa O2

Sore from riding go-carts and walking around Silver Dollar City? Enjoy a 60-minute Swedish massage.
Price: Starting at $70/individual massage

Cedar Creek Spa at Big Cedar Lodge

Opt-in for a 45-minute neck, shoulder, foot massage. This also gives you access to all amenities at Big Cedar Lodge for the day if you aren’t staying on the property.
Price: Starting at $110/individual massage


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN BRANSON

Talking Rocks Cavern

Talking Rocks Cavern in Branson
Talking Rocks Cavern

Explore the caves underground and see why this singing cavern is unique!
Tip: wear comfortable shoes with a non-slip sole. The caves can be rather wet!
Price: $21.95/adult $11.95/child

165 Scenic Outlook

Anywhere there are hiking trails you will most likely get a terrific view of the Branson skyline.
Price: FREE

Dogwood Canyon

A variety of outdoor activities for all. This is a MUST DO if you enjoy spending time outside! In addition, check out our post about Ridgedale, MO here in order to see our complete review of Dogwood Canyon.

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area in Branson, Missouri
Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

We are always looking for hiking trails when traveling and were impressed with the natural beauty of the Henning Conservation area! If you are looking for a nice hike, this is the perfect spot.
Price: FREE


NIGHTLIFE ACTIVITIES IN BRANSON

Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar

A terrific place to order an appetizer, mixed drink, or brew while also enjoying some live entertainment.
Location: The Branson Landing
Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays | 7pm-1:30am
Cover Charge: $5 (last we checked), free if visiting for a reserved party. Must be 21 years or older.


Places to Eat in Branson

FINE DINING IN BRANSON

Dobyns Dining Room

Outside of the Keeter Center - Branson, Missouri
Outside of the Keeter Center.

Located at the College of the Ozarks, this restaurant is incredibly unique. Everything is student-run, meaning the staff at the restaurant are current students at the College of the Ozarks. Even cooler, all of the food is from student-operated farms!
Recommendations: Pulled Pork BBQ Mac & Cheese, Catfish Almandine,  and polish it off with their fresh chocolate cake for dessert (be careful, it’s HUGE). Please note their menu changes seasonally.

Landry’s Seafood House

A bit more upscale dining that is perfect for couples or large parties. We were surprised that the seafood seemed so fresh being in southern Missouri.
Recommendations: Snapper Hemingway or the snow crab legs
Location: off of the main Branson strip


CASUAL DINING IN BRANSON

Danna’s Barbeque & Burger Shop

Recommendations: Try the Combo Plate and pick two types of meat. Let it also be known that the Memphis rolls are to die for and better yet if you love them as much as I did you can buy a dozen for $10!

Cantina Laredo

A different approach to Mexican-style cuisine.
Recommendations: Top Shelf Guacamole (Logan even loved it!), Tacos de Pescado, or the Quesadillas al Carbon
Location: The Branson Landing

Big Whiskey’s

Live music, terrific patio seating, and American fare.
Recommendations: They have a decent buffalo chicken dip, a terrific turkey burger, and BBQ!
Location: The Branson Landing

White River Fish House

They’ll start you off wanting more when you first sit down and are greeted by a cast-iron of jalapeño cornbread!
Location: The Branson Landing

Missouri Mountain Moonshine

Prepare to light a fire after completing a complimentary moonshine tasting.
Location: The Branson Landing

Hook & Ladder Pizza Co

A Firehouse themed pizza joint that is operated by volunteer firemen. It’s a really unique restaurant, with great pizzas too!
Location: Hollister


DESSERTS IN BRANSON

Kilwins

Finding it hard to pick a sweet treat? Kilwins has everything a sugar addict could want! We recommend the Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, or the Champagne Truffle!
Location: The Branson Landing

Vintage Paris Coffee & Wine Cafe

A very quaint and beautiful coffee shop in historic Hollister that has crafted lattes and desserts to share.

Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe

While Sugar Leaf, may be known for their beautiful wedding cakes, they should also be known for their cookies, pastries, and terrific lunch cuisine.
Recommendations: Peach Iced Tea, Cafe Chicken Salad, Grilled Cheese, Strawberry Cake, and much more!
Location: Grand Village Shops


We hope that these things to do in Branson have been able to give you a little insight into Branson tourism and helped make planning your vacation more convenient!

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