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Your Complete Branson, MO Travel Guide – Restaurants, Entertainment, & More

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Branson, MO Travel Guide: Your Complete Guide to the best entertainment, restaurants, hotel accommodations & more!

Branson, Missouri isn’t a place that’s ever necessarily been on my radar, but that all changed recently. I was given the opportunity to spend four days and nights in Branson with several travel writers, and I quickly learned that Branson has a lot to offer. The shows, food, and sights that I experienced in this city were all I needed to let me know that I had to go back. I can say without question that Branson, Missouri delivers in every aspect from dining to family fun to pure beauty, and I’m so glad I was able to see it for myself. This post is in partnership with Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center. As always, all opinions are my own.

Branson is one of those places where you couldn’t get bored even if you tried. There’s just too much to see and do. It’s also full of some of the best food I’ve ever had. Becuase this was a sponsored trip, my itinerary was set before arriving, and I’m actually glad about that. It offered me the chance to experience a great cross-section of what Branson is all about, highlighting amazing shows, the more well-known “tourist” hot spots, and delicious food options. Over the course of my four-day trip, I never felt hungry or wondering what I should do next. In Branson, there’s always a show, attraction, or delicious dining option around the next corner. In fact, I can’t wait to get back there to see the rest of what the city has to offer. Four days wasn’t nearly enough time.
If you’re wondering if Branson is worth the tip, the answer is yes. I highly recommend taking the family – or even just yourself – to this exciting city. I’ve put together a list of the best lodging, entertainment, and dining options in Branson, all of which happen to be the highlights of my vacation.

Lodging in Branson, Missouri

  • Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center

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When you step into Stone Castle Hotel, you’re stepping into a home away from home. The hospitality and friendliness of the people at the hotel are truly wonderful. They really do treat you like family. In fact, the employees and the manager of Stone Castle greeted me every morning with a warm smile and a “How are you?” every morning. As a southern girl, I appreciate their old-fashioned southern hospitality.
The hospitality of Stone Castle’s staff isn’t the only thing that will bring me back, however. The hotel is absolutely charming. Each and every room has its own theme, from western to medieval and more. It’s a wonderful way to bring a bit of fun to every aspect of your vacation, even crashing after a long day of fun. If you have the chance to stay at Stone Castle Hotel, I highly recommend giving the Sherlock Holmes room or the Safari room a try. They are so colorful and fun.

Entertainment in Branson, MO

  • Silver Dollar City

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Silver Dollar City has family fun in spades. It’s the kind of place that grabs your attention and holds it the entire time you’re there. From rides to artisans to delicious food and even an underground cave, Silver Dollar City has something for everyone. Thrill seekers should be sure to ride Time Traveler, the world’s fastest, tallest, and steepest spinning roller coaster. If you love watching artisans work, visit the glass blowing shop and the fudge shop. While you’re there, be sure to sample the tasty fudge they made. No one should leave without exploring the cave underneath the park to add a little extra adventure to the day.

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  • Titanic Museum Branson

History lovers will thoroughly enjoy the Titanic Museum. It’s filled with memorabilia and items that tell the story of this ill-fated ship, and even the museum itself is a replica of the iconic ship.

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  • Baldknobbers Theatre

Lovers of country music and good, old-fashioned southern humor cannot miss Baldknobbers Theatre. One of the most famous shows in Branson, Baldknobbers perfectly combines country music and down-home humor into one fantastic show. I was thoroughly entertained by the music and family-friendly shenanigans from start to finish.

  • IMAX Entertainment Complex

Lovers of film should check out the IMAX Entertainment Complex. In addition to offering several movie selections, they also play Ozarks Legacy and Legend several times a day. it’s a film focusing on the beauty and history of the area, and it is absolutely wonderful to see in the full IMAX experience.

  • Branson Ferris Wheel

No trip to Branson is complete without a visit to the Branson Ferris Wheel. Standing at 150 feet tall, this iconic attraction is a highlight of the Branson experience. Originally the Ferris wheel at Chicago’s Navy Pier, this showstopper is absolutely huge and so much fun to ride. Make a point to see it at night to get a look at the beautiful light show of this Ferris wheel as well.

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The Chicago’s own Navy Pier stands 150 feet tall and gives you beautiful views of Branson and the country-side. I highly recommend a visit and ride at night.

  • Clay Cooper Theater

The Clay Cooper Show is family-friendly musical extravaganza is so much fun. The show entertains with a variety of music from ZZ Top, The Judds, NSYNC, The Jackson 5, Charlie Daniels, Christian music, and more.

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  • Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Looking for dinner and show, all in one? Dolly Parton’s Stampede offers dinner and a show that no visitor will forget. Horseback riding, exciting jumps, acting, and delicious food all come together in a spectacular show that checks all the boxes for family fun.

  • Hughes Music Show

Known as the World’s Largest Performing Family, the Hughes Music show  delivers entertainment that fits perfectly with Branson – energetic and fun. The show’s pacing and talented performers – including over 30 children – had me on the edge of my seat throughout the show.

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Dining in Branson, Missouri

  • The World’s Largest CiCi’s Pizza Restaurant

Pizza lovers won’t want to miss the largest CiCi’s Pizza in the world. Featuring classic pizza flavors as well as creative flavors like macaroni and cheese pizza, gluten-free options, and a huge arcade room, it’s the best place for family dining you’ll find. largest cici's in the world, cici's pizza in Branson

  • Fall Creek Steak and Catfish House

For those who love a real dining experience, Fall Creek Steak and Catfish House is the spot. In addition to delicious steak and catfish – found right in the name – this restaurant has a vibe all its own. This restaurant delights your ears as well as your stomach with a singing chef, and their warm rolls fly off the shelf – literally. The restaurant is known for its flying rolls which are thrown across the room for customers to catch and eat a the table.

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  • McFarlain’s Family Restaurant

Good old-fashioned southern food awaits at McFarlain’s Family Restaurant. Visitors will find the best fried green tomatoes in town. It’s a great spot for laid-back dining with some delicious comfort food. Just don’t sit at the round table!

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  • Florentina’s

For delicious, authentic Italian cuisine, head to Florentina’s. Featuring all the great flavors Italian food lovers adore and a wonderful atmosphere, it should be on anyone’s list of dining destinations in Branson

Branson, Missouri Makes the Perfect Family Trip

My trip to Branson was absolutely overflowing with fun and excitement. I had a wonderful time with my fellow travelers, and I cannot wait to get back. The city is full of excitement, amazing attractions, and some of the friendliest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I’d like to give huge thanks to Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center and everyone in Branson for making my stay there one I won’t forget and making a true mark on my heart. It really is such a wonderful place. In fact, I plan on visiting with my family during Christmastime to enjoy what I’ve heard is one of the most festive holiday extravaganzas in the country.

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Have you ever been to Branson, MO? If so, what is your favorite thing to do in Branson?

About Winona Rogers

Winona Rogers is the author of Life Family & Fun a national blog focusing on parenting, easy recipes, Home & DIY, Lifestyle, Family Fun and Travel. Her site was nominated as the Top 10 Parenting Blogs in Atlanta, Top Disney Blog, Family Travel Expert and has been featured in media on 11Alive Atlanta & Company. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her family and cook. Winona and her husband have four children and five grandchildren living in Atlanta, Georgia.

Comments

  1. Darlene Carbajal says

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    Looks like a great place to visit! The Titanic, omg!

  2. vickie couturier says

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    never been there but it is on my bucket list,,thanks for all the info,,im saving a lot of this so i know where and what to do when we get there

  3. Pam Wattenbarger says

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    Those pastries at Silver Dollar City are amazing! And, did you try the Time Traveler ice cream? It’s delicious!

  4. Heather Pfingsten says

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    Oh my goodness, everything looks so inviting and fun. I would love to take my family for a trip full of new and exciting adventures.

  5. Pam Wattenbarger says

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    There are so many fun things to do in Branson. Silver Dollar City and Marvel Cave are one of my favorites. I love the cooking school there!

  6. Melissa Borchardt says

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    I love Branson especially at Christmas time!

  7. Betsy M. says

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    On our bucket list. What a great opportunity to go!

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