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, MO Travel Guide: Your Complete Guide to the best entertainment, restaurants, hotel accommodations & more!
Lodging in Branson, Missouri
Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center
Entertainment in Branson, MO
Silver Dollar City
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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