A full Branson experience can be had in three days if you plan an itinerary that combines the myriad activities and attractions of the Ozarks’ entertainment capital. Here are our top ideas for how to spend 72 hours in this popular Missouri family destination nestled between Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo.
Day 1: Hit the Top Attractions
Get oriented with Branson on a sightseeing tour that includes local points of interest, Branson history, lake views, and stories about the local show business industry. Then check out a museum such as the Hollywood Wax Museum, World’s Largest Toy Museum, or the Veterans Memorial Museum. If you’re a history buff, don’t miss the Titanic Museum for the chance to touch an iceberg, sit in a lifeboat, hear rescue stories, and find out what it was like to be a passenger on the ill-fated cruise ship. When evening rolls around, head to one of the city’s many theaters offering a wide variety of live entertainment, from traditional country music to acrobatics, comedy, Irish tenors, tributes to pop legends, and illusionists like Rick Thomas. Family singing groups, such as SIX and the Haygoods, are particularly popular.
Day 2: Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Head out on one of the area lakes in the early morning for the best chance to catch local fish species like trout and bass. By booking a fishing tour, you’ll receive tips from a guide for reeling in fish on Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, or Lake Taneycomo. Then explore the natural beauty of the Ozarks on an ATV tour along backcountry trails, or zoom through the trees on a zipline tour with views of the Shepherd of the Hills. When you’re ready for a more relaxing experience, take a dinner cruise on Lake Taneycomo from Branson Landing, which provides views of the Landing’s fountain and light show from the water. Alternatively, discover Branson’s food scene on a dinner tour that takes you to a different restaurant for each course.
Day 3: Visit Silver Dollar City
You’ll want to set aside a whole day for a trip to Silver Dollar City, a theme park set in the 1880s that’s long been one of Branson’s top attractions. Spread across 60 acres (24 hectares) of forest-covered hills, Silver Dollar City combines roller coasters and other thrill rides with on-theme shops, attractions, and crafts such as candle making, glass blowing, and blacksmithing. Water rides keep you cool during the hot and humid summers, while fall and winter bring seasonal events and holiday light displays. Bluegrass and country music are performed live, and you can explore Marvel Cave underneath the park. You’ll want to go early to get the best parking and make the most of your day. End your day and your time in Branson with a memorable dinner cruise aboard the Showboat Branson Belle on Table Rock Lake.