52 Things to Do in Branson, MO

Jessica DeLucia Branson

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Say hello to the ultimate guide for exploring Branson, Missouri! Nestled in the heart of the Ozarks, Branson is a vibrant destination bursting with natural beauty, entertainment, and countless activities for every traveler. Whether you're seeking thrilling adventures, Branson family activities, or simply a relaxing getaway, this popular Ozark town offers something for all.

Embark on a journey with our 52 must-try experiences that will make your visit to Branson an unforgettable one. From adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventures to captivating live shows, and everything in between, let's dive into the endless possibilities awaiting you in this charming Midwest gem during your next Branson family vacation.

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Known for its world-class fun with endless things to do, Branson is a haven for entertainment enthusiasts. If affordable vacationing is on your mind, much of the entertainment is either relatively inexpensive or free. Sit back, relax, and get ready to be dazzled by the sheer brilliance of entertainment in Branson.

  1. Experience a dazzling mix of water, fire, light, and music at Branson Landing Fountain Show
  2. Become one with the deep blue sea and its inhabitants at Aquarium at the Boardwalk
  3. Buckle up and enter a whole new reality of virtual insanity at Castle of Chaos
  4. Challenge the mind and let your imagination shine at WonderWorks Branson
  5. Embark on a quest through corridors and infinite reflections at Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors
  6. Interact with over 150 interactive exhibits and a flying adventure at Beyond the Lens!
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Nature & Parks

Branson isn't just about captivating entertainment; it's also a nature lover's paradise with its abundance of parks. Its cascading waterfalls and lush forests create a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat or an adrenaline-fueled adventure, Branson's nature and parks provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor exploration and relaxation.

  1. View the beauty of pristine cave formations and its history at Talking Rocks Cavern
  2. Take a lakeside stroll and fish for trout at Lake Taneycomo
  3. Go for a swim along the spacious shores of Table Rock Lake at Moonshine Beach
  4. Pet, feed, and engage with friendly zoo animals at Branson’s Promised Land Zoo
  5. Connect with horses on a fun family excursion at Bear Creek Trail Rides
  6. Enjoy stunning waterfalls, rock formations, and lake views at Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail
  7. Visit a waterfall, cave, and unique forestry at Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area
  8. Discover hundreds of species and stay for the mini golf at Branson’s Wild World
  9. Walk through three stories of interactive exhibits at Dewey Short Visitor Center
  10. Journey into a natural landmark located inside Silver Dollar City at Marvel Cave
  11. Challenge yourself to an enjoyable hike at the White River Valley Trail System
  12. Adventure through the rainforest and feed live exotic butterflies at The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest
  13. Rent ski boats to paddleboards for a day on the water at Table Rock State Park
Nature Things to Do in Branson


Indulge your inner shopaholic in Branson! Stroll along the bustling streets where charming storefronts offer unique treasures and locally crafted goods. With its perfect balance of shops, entertainment venues, and best restaurants in Branson, this town promises a shopping spree you won't soon forget.

  1. Shop, dine, and play with over 100 specialty stores, restaurants and more at the easily walkable Branson Landing
  2. Explore friendly shops, eat good food, and purchase the best fudge in town at Grand Village Shops
  3. Browse through a wide variety of old-fashioned candy, retro toys & vintage home décor at Dicks 5 & 10
Shopping Things to Do in Branson

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Outdoor Activities

Branson invites outdoor enthusiasts to explore its natural wonders and thrilling recreational activities. If you're an animal lover, a sports fan, or an adrenaline-seeker, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the many outdoor things to do in the local area.

  1. Explore the ultimate aquatic playground at Splash Country Indoor & Outdoor Waterpark
  2. Float your cares away and enjoy the surf at White Water Branson
  3. Noted as a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, revel in both nature and golf at Top of the Rock Golf Course
  4. Travel through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains at Branson Scenic Railway
  5. Enter the permanent home for exotic and domestic animals at National Tiger Sanctuary
  6. Sail across one of the most stunning waters to see picturesque views at The Spirit Of America Catamaran Cruise
  7. Soar high in the sky on a scenic gondola at Branson Ferris Wheel
  8. Zip across treetops and take in the many views at Adventure Ziplines of Branson
Outdoor Things to Do in Branson

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Journey through Branson's rich history and cultural heritage as we explore its fascinating museums and exhibits. From interactive experiences to thought-provoking displays, Branson offers a diverse array of museums that educate, entertain, and inspire visitors of all ages. Whether you're interested in aviation history, classic cars, or the arts, Branson's museums offer a captivating glimpse into the vibrant tapestry of the Ozarks' cultural heritage.

  1. Meet your favorite stars and pose for a picture at the Hollywood Wax Museum
  2. Receive a Boarding Pass to the world’s most famous luxury liner at The Titanic Museum Attraction
  3. Find your favorite childhood toy in a vast collection of over 1 million toys at World’s Largest Toy Museum Complex
  4. Marvel over 100 cars and antique tractors at Branson Auto & Farm Museum
  5. Explore the many rare and unusual artifacts at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Branson Odditorium
  6. Progress through the wars of the 20th Century and honor all branches of military service at Veteran’s Memorial Museum
  7. Observe a collection of over 100 iconic movies and TV show vehicles at Branson Celebrity Car Museum
  8. Learn about the unforgiving deep blue sea at Shipwrecked Treasure Museum
  9. Touch an actual dinosaur bone and learn about your favorite giant at The Dinosaur Museum
  10. Admire the rich and fascinating history of the local land at Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum
  11. Understand the life and culture of the Ozarks at Branson Centennial Museum
Museums in Branson

Concerts & Shows

The stage is set for an unforgettable entertainment experience like no other. Known as the "Live Music Capital of the World", Branson offers an array of concerts and shows that cater to every taste and preference. Whether you're seeking family-friendly fun or a romantic evening out, Branson's vibrant entertainment scene promises an unforgettable spectacle that will leave you applauding for more.

  1. Listen to country & gospel from Branson's original performing families at Presley’s Country Jubilee
  2. Grab a ticket to The Haygoods, also known as Branson’s Most Popular Show!
  3. Buy your cruise ticket and enjoy a meal and an amazing show at Branson Belle Showboat Cruise
  4. Listen to a captivating tale of beauty and bravery at JESUS at Sight & Sounds Theatre
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Thrills & Adventure

Thrills and adventure await around every corner in Branson. Thanks to the Ozark Mountains, Branson offers many scenic options for heart-racing activities that cater to the adventurous spirit in all of us. From racing down the mountains to conquering your greatest fears, prepare for an unforgettable journey into the wild side of Branson.

  1. Ride record-breaking coasters in the mountains at Silver Dollar City
  2. Hop on Branson's longest downhill mountain coaster at Copperhead Mountain Coaster
  3. Explore 80,000 square feet of obstacles and courses at Fritz’s Adventure
  4. Enjoy elevated fun with go karts, rides, thrill zones, and arcade games at The Track Family Fun Parks
  5. Participate in a totally immersive experience for the entire family at Bigfoot Fun Park
  6. Twist and turn around the trees of the beautiful Ozarks at Runaway Mountain Coaster at Branson Mountain Adventure
  7. Snow tube, free fall, or zipline through the Ozark Mountains at Branson Zipline At Wolfe Mountain
Thrilling Things to Do in Branson

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Enjoy the Best That Branson Has to Offer!

As we conclude our guide on the best things to do in Branson, it's clear that this vibrant city is a treasure of endless possibilities for adventure, entertainment, and relaxation. From the exhilarating thrills of its amusement parks to the serene beauty of its nature trails, Branson offers it all. If you plan to check off many of the 52 items on our list or at least scratching the surface of what Branson has to offer, one thing is certain: the memories made in this charming city will linger long after your visit has come to an end.

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