Aerial view of lake in Branson, Missouri

3 Reasons to Vacation in Branson, MO is Your Next Vacation Destination!

Make Branson your next vacation destination!

The strip in Branson, Missouri

In this article, you’ll learn why Branson, Missouri should be your next vacation destination

  1. Silver Dollar City – Fun in the Ozarks
  2. Showstopping Branson Showboat Belle
  3. Where to Eat in Branson
  4. What To Do in Branson

With beautiful outdoor recreation, thrills around every bend at Silver Dollar City, and plenty of down-home Southern cooking, Branson, Missouri is waiting to welcome you.
Slowly, but surely, venues are opening up again. After all, Branson is the live entertainment capital of the world. You’re sure to find magic shows, acrobats, pet shows, and musicals for the whole family. Check the Visit Branson website ( to see what’s currently being offered.

Silver Dollar City – Fun in the Ozarks

Silver Dollar City is open, but reservations are required to limit attendance in the park. There’s something for everyone from thrilling coasters to kids’ rides to the swinging bridge to Up the Ladder and more.

What sets Silver Dollar City apart from other amusement parks is watching craftsmen at work as they make beautiful one-of-a-kind creations. Whether it’s blowing glass, throwing pottery, making leather works, or creating woodcarvings, daily live demonstrations are fun and fascinating.

White Water, Silver Dollar City’s amazing water park features 13 acres of water rides, slides, and waves. Enjoy the high tide of at the Surf’s Up Wave Pool, float your cares away on the Aloha River, or splash with little ones in Coconut Cove.

Showstopping Branson Showboat Belle

Enjoy a meal and a show as you cruise along Table Rock Lake aboard the Showboat Belle.

One of Branson’s most popular experiences is the Showboat Belle that cruises around Table Rock Lake. Enjoy a fabulous three-course meal, walk around the four decks for beautiful views, and enjoy an afternoon of singing and dancing by their talented troupe. Now for a limited time, everyone can enjoy general seating and pay the kids price. Check out Showboat Belle for details and availability.

Where to Eat in Branson

Branson takes great pride in their down-home Southern cooking and warm, friendly hospitality. Here are a few suggestions:

White River Fish House

Brought to you by Bass Pro Shops, White River Fish House serves up fresh seafood, salads, and sandwiches with great views of the water. Try some Alligator Appetizers or Duck Poppers and don’t miss their cornbread or onion rings. Love the Key Lime Pie for dessert.

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

New in town is Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen at the recently expanded Branson’s Landing, where you won’t leave hungry. Meals are served family-style with everything from appetizers to desserts from Paula’s own Southern-style recipes. Choose from fried-green tomatoes to Best Ever Southern Fried Chicken to Poppyseed Salad to Broccoli Casserole. Leave room for the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Deen’s signature dessert. Be sure to visit the store for unique gifts and cooking items. It’s such a cute place!

Gettin’ Basted

Branson’s award-winning BBQ restaurant is just plain fabulous. Winning accolades year after year for their mouth-watering BBQ, everything is cooked over live, Missouri hardwood coals in their Gateway Smokers. Start with the Basted Nachos or Championship Wings. Go with the Judge’s Plate featuring brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken, sausage, four sides, and more. Or try the Burnt End Plate.

What To Do in Branson

Fly like the Wind

If you’re hankering to try skydiving while really only about six feet off the ground, Fritz’s Aerodium is for you. After brief training in Flight School where you’ll gear up for the flight, you’ll go to the outdoor wind tunnel, one of only two outdoor tunnels in the world. Then the wind begins and you’re up in the air! This dynamic adventure is for anyone who dreams of flying for an instant adrenaline rush! Opens May 2021.

Dick’s 5 and 10 – From Nostalgic to Novelty

Dick's Five and Dime in Branson, MI
Get a taste of nostalgia at Dick’s Five and Dime.

One of the last remaining dime stores in America, this family-owned emporium is an experience unto itself, which is one reason they get over a million visitors each year. You name it, they got it…home décor, Branson gifts, old-fashioned candy and soda, and more. Don’t miss their collections of baseball memorabilia and G-trains running overhead.

All entertainment venues, restaurants, and retailers that are now open will be following state-issued guidelines on social distancing and curbing the spread of Covid-19. Here are some ideas for inspiration. Hot Hits Theater features The Platters, From Broadway to Hollywood, and more. Zip through the trees at Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours for a thrilling view of the Ozarks. Take in the Dublin Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies for a magical evening.

Board the Branson Ferris Wheel for exquisite views.

The beauty of Branson is that it’s a year-long destination that changes with wonderful new things to do in each season. Find out more at Explore Branson and make plans to visit Branson soon.