Live Entertainment Capital of the World
Branson, home of 40 fabulous theaters, 3 beautiful lakes, 12 championship golf courses, and 3 fun-filled theme parks, also provides dozens of family entertainment centers, hundreds of fabulous restaurants, lodging facilities, exquisite resorts, and more. Branson offers a wide diversity of entertainment. Country, pop, swing, rock n' roll, gospel, classical and Broadway-style music and productions join comedy and magic shows to provide visitors a wide array of entertainment choices. Known as the "Live Entertainment Capital of the World," Branson takes only one visit to keep you coming back time after time. With lots of fun for every member of the family and for people of all ages, make Branson your next vacation stop.
Table Rock Dam and Lake
Experience Table Rock Lakeshore trail. This beautiful trail is 2.2 miles long and runs from the Dewey Short Visitor Center to the Table Rock State Park Marina. Persons using the trail in the spring will view dogwood, serviceberry and redbud trees in bloom as well as many wildflower species. During the fall season, visitors are treated to nature’s colorful fall foliage. The trail also offers beautiful views of Table Rock Lake. The trail will also take you by the Showboat Branson Belle where you can enjoy a wonderful dinner cruise. It also takes you through Table Rock State Park which offers many recreation accommodations.
The Dewey Short Visitor Center is open seven days per week from April 1st to October 31st. The U.S Army Corps of Engineer’s Dewey Short Visitor Center is located 3 miles west of U. S. Hwy 65 on State Hwy 165 at the south end of Table Rock Dam. The center features a 20 minute film entitled, "Taming of the Riviera Blanche". This fantastic film details the construction and purpose of Table Rock Dam. The Visitor Center contains exhibits detailing the natural history of the area and the native Americans who inhabited the Ozark Mountains in prehistoric times.
Table Rock Lake boasts an abundance of bass, crappie, white bass, catfish, and bluegill, and is acclaimed as one of the best bass fishing lakes in this hemisphere.
Its reputation for producing hefty stringers of bass laced with lunkers was earned through an unprecedented management program. A 15-inch length limit and creel limit of six fish linked with an abundant food chain in the lake, is the foundation of this fine program. The result is a resurgence of large numbers of largemouth, Kentucky and smallmouth bass of exceptional size available anytime of the year for the professional and novice angler alike.
Experience World-famous Ozarks Hospitality
Golfing in Branson Branson boasts 10 professional golf courses and 363 days a year in which to improve your game. You can play golf in Branson every day of the year except Christmas and New Year’s Day. Hot Winter Fun is a great time to receive some one-on-one instruction from one of the area’s pros. For more information, visit www.golfbranson.com.
Anglers and Archery Outfitters, Inc. - fly fishing on Lake Taneycomo.
State Park Marina - features new rental boats, parasail, scuba, and fishing on
Table Rock Lake.
Trek The Ozarks - offering half-day to 5 day kayaking, canoeing, and mountain
Sailing Charters & Academy - Be the Captain for you and your family aboard a 26 foot MacGregor
sailboat that sleeps 5. The sailboat can be rented for 8 or 22
fun filled hours on Table Rock Lake.
BransonLive - offering vacation packages and ticket reservations.
IMAX Entertainment Complex - IMAX Entertainmet Complex features IMAX films, 35mm Major Motion
Pictures, full service restaurant, indoor mall with many shops,
ice cream & deli & live shows!
Mid America Eagle Watch - See the Eagles Soar! The American Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle
Watch event web site. Find where and when to see eagles in the
wild around the Branson Missouri area! Eagle facts and eagle pictures
Mike Radford's Remember When Show - American Veterans & Baby-Boomers come to see the Branson entertainer
whose background includes professional baseball, conservative
Reagan politics, sports casting, keynote speaking and "live" patriotic
Polynesian Princess Cruise
Ripley's Believe It Or Not
Silver Dollar City - 1890's-style entertainment park.
The Hank Williams, Sr. Tribute Show - The Hank Williams, Sr. Tribute show is now playing at the Ain't
Misbehavin Theater in Branson. Hank Williams, Sr. is the legendary
pioneer of country music. Although he died at the early age of
twenty-nine in 1953, and was only in the record business for seven
years, his music lives on forever. Songs like 'Your Cheatin Heart'
and 'Kawliga' were not released until sic months after his death,
so Hank barely had a chance to perform them live for his audiences.
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Dining & Shopping
Big Cedar Lodge - Big Cedar Lodge offers a variety of dining options, from savory
smoked meat sandwiches to a lavish Champagne Gourmet Brunch. Dining
venues bring the resort's history to life and while you're surrounded
in rustic elegance, you're always welcome in casual attire.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Gilley's Texas Cafe - Why Travel all the way to the Lone Star State when you can
get that one-of-a-kind taste of Texas right here in Branson? Head
south of the border with our El Toro Burrito; kick back with our
All-American Texas-sized burger; or celebrate, here on Country
Music Boulevard, with one of many delicious salads.
Polynesian Princess Cruise - learn the history of the lake and the towns beneath the water
and enjoy fine dining, magnificent views, along with live Polynesian entertainment.
Branson Bill's Emporium - offer gifts for the entire family; collectible dolls, racing
collectibles and all sorts of possibilities; custom made gift
baskets and ship almost anywhere.
Emory Creek Bed & Breakfast and Gift Shop
Hess Pottery - Wheel-thrown red clay dinnerware and kitchenware plus handmade
pine needle baskets in a unique twelve-sided, open-air workshop
and sales gallery.
Ozark Crafts - over 100 fun and easy craft projects, dolls, wearable art,
and homedec sewing patterns.
PFI Missouri Western Store - America's largest Western clothing supplier!
SHOWS: The Branson/Lakes Area offers 49 theaters and more than 80 shows.
Audiences can see shows throughout the day - breakfast shows,
matinees and evening performances round out a full day of great
Branson offers a wide diversity of entertainment. Country, pop,
swing, rock n' roll, gospel, classical and Broadway-style music
and productions join comedy and magic shows to provide visitors
a wide array of entertainment choices.
MUSICAL HISTORY: Branson's entertainers began performing for audiences in the
early 1950s when country legend Red Foley moved to Springfield
to host the "Ozark Jubilee." In 1959, the Mabe Brothers began
performing twice a week in a converted building down by the Lake
Taneycomo waterfront. In 1962, the Presley family began entertaining
visitors in nearby Kimberling City. The Presley's built the first
theater along Highway 76 "The Strip" in 1967, followed by the
Mabe Brothers, now known as the Baldknobbers, who built their
theater in 1968.
Branson's reputation came to a height during the early 1990s when
the CBS program, "60 Minutes" dubbed the area the Country Music
Mecca. Since then, both entertainers and visitors have made Branson
one of the top vacation destinations in the country.
SHOPPING: Branson is home to four outlet shopping malls with more than
200 retailers. Visitors can find contemporary clothing, gift items,
housewares, designer shoes, luggage and myriad other treasures
at reduced prices throughout the year.
Historic downtown Branson is also a shopper and diner's delight.
An old-fashioned 5 & 10, several boutiques and specialty stores
combined with quaint eateries make the downtown area truly special.
LAKE ACTIVITIES: The Branson/Lakes Area is home to three scenic and flourishing
lakes offering fishing, boating, parasailing, jet skiing and swimming.
While the lakes all offer great fishing for novice and professional
anglers, each has its specialty. Table Rock Lake offers world-class
bass fishing. Lake Taneycomo, with its cold waters, offers superb
trout fishing. Bull Shoals Lake is also an angler's paradise especially
for tournament bass fishing.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: Nestled in the rolling Ozark Mountains, the Branson/Lakes Area
is ideal for canoeing, camping, hiking, biking, birdwatching and
simply wandering through the hills. The Branson/Lakes Area is
dedicated to enhancing its natural environment and preserving
its lakes and waterways.