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Best Things To Do in Branson

Branson's top to-dos could best be described as family-friendly with a country western bent. Think Disney World meets Nashville. There's Silver Dollar City, which attracts kids with its thrilling rides and keeps parents happy with its "good, clean fun" atmosphere. There are also ample educational opportunities, from the history of the "unsinkable" ship at the Titanic Museum to animal and environmental science lessons at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. What's more, Table Rock Lake affords a picturesque place for swimming and boating, while an array of performance venues like the Sight & Sound Theatres will entertain the whole family with singing, dancing and music. 

How we rank Things to Do
  • #1
    Table Rock Lake
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    #1 in Branson
    Beaches, Natural Wonders, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Natural Wonders, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Table Rock Lake covers more than 50,000 acres, with nearly 800 miles of shoreline, in southwestern Missouri. Visitors enjoy the natural diversions of swimming, boating, fishing and even scuba diving at the lake, especially since they're so different than the rest of Branson's activities.

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  • #2
    Sight & Sound Theatres
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    #2 in Branson
    Entertainment and Nightlife
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Entertainment and Nightlife
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The 2,000-seat Sight & Sound Theatres – with locations both in Branson and Lancaster, Pennsylvania – is one of the top things to do in Branson. The theater has been called the "Christian Broadway" since it stages shows with Biblical themes. Some of the recent musicals include "Jonah," "Miracle of

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  • #3
    Branson Landing
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    #3 in Branson
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Branson Landing is an outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment center located along a 1.5-mile stretch of Lake Taneycomo. Along with shops and restaurants, the area also boasts a lakeside boardwalk and a series of water fountains set to lights, fire and music (the feature was designed by the same company

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  • #4
    College of the Ozarks
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    #4 in Branson
    Sightseeing, Tours, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Tours, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    A college visit might not usually be on a traveler's must-do list, but the College of the Ozarks is unique. Nicknamed "Hard Work U," this college allows students to graduate debt-free if they work campus jobs while they attend. In addition to being an innovative educational institution, the campus also

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  • #5
    Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
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    #5 in Branson
    Natural Wonders, Tours, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Natural Wonders, Tours, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is a trout-rearing facility operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Travelers can tour the hatchery, which produces between 350,000 to 400,000 pounds of rainbow and brown trout annually. Fishing is also permitted. Visitors can also take a hike on one of four

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  • #6
    Silver Dollar City
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    #6 in Branson
    Amusement Parks
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Amusement Parks
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Silver Dollar City is a unique theme park in that it contains both thrilling rides and entertainment, and it embraces a down-home, late 19th-century vibe. Even while guests scream their heads off on the newest ride, they'll still feel like they've been transported to the 1880s. Attractions like the Frisco

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  • #7
    Titanic Museum
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    #7 in Branson
    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    When visitors enter the Titanic Museum, which is built to look like the actual ship, they're given a boarding pass with a real Titanic passenger's name on it. At the end of the self-guided tour – which winds through a recreated grand staircase and past more than 400 artifacts preserved

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  • #8
    White Water Branson
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    #8 in Branson
    Amusement Parks, Swimming/Pools
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Amusement Parks, Swimming/Pools
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Visitors to White Water Branson,Silver Dollar City's sister attraction, will get the opportunity to splash in 2 million gallons of water. Along with a lazy river and a speed slide, White Water Branson also contains a 500,000-gallon wave pool.

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  • #9
    Branson Scenic Railway
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    #9 in Branson
    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    You can catch a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway at the historic depot in downtown Branson, and take a winding train ride through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. November and December are particularly popular times since the train transforms into The Polar Express, riffing off the beloved children's

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