Table Rock Lake#1 in Best Things To Do in Branson
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.
Recent travelers, which ranged from avid fishermen to families with young children, said Table Rock Lake is clean, peaceful and altogether lovely. The fishing, swimming and sunset cruises earn particular high praise among travelers.
To take a dip, there are several popular areas, including Moonshine Beach, which is near the Dewey Short Visitor Center Recreation Area, and Cape Fair, which is located just off Route 76. Keep in mind that in some parts of the lake, swimming is forbidden, especially in boating areas near the marinas. To rent equipment for fishing, boating or scuba diving, you can head to the lake's State Park Marina or Indian Point Marina. You can also take a two-hour cruise around the lake on the Showboat Branson Belle. For more information on Table Rock Lake, visit Branson's tourism website.
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#2 Branson Landing
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 responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas).
Recent travelers enjoyed shopping at the more than 100 storefronts in the center, as well as eating at its restaurants, including Cantina Laredo and White River Fish House. More adventurous visitors highly recommended Parakeet Pete's Waterfront Zipline, which allows visitors to zip line across the lake.
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