Branson is a small city located in the Taney County of Missouri state. Its population is just over 10,000, but the city needs no introduction to Americans owing to its rise to popularity as a premier vacation spot (primarily due to the theatres lined along 76 Country Boulevard). Every day, thousands of visitors visit this beautiful place by bus or cars from all parts of America; it is also very popular among foreigners. The city is blessed with the scenic beauty of the TableRockLake and the Ozark mountains. All these reasons make Branson the best tourist spot in the Midwest.
I can tell you that even since I lived around Branson, there is so much more to do. More performers, acts, and attractions are being added all the time. The Greater Branson area is one of the fastest growing areas in Missouri. Not too far from Springfield, Missouri, Branson is a hub of activity that will have something for every age group.
Let us take a quick look into the top 10 attractions of the Branson Mo that will keep you busy there. I called this a top 10, but I added a bonus one in just for your enjoyment.
1. Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City is a theme park located on the Missouri Route 76 on the way to Branson West, a small town. It is a great family vacation place filled with many attractions especially for children and teens. It is built to reflect the theme and style of the 1880's. My personal favorite here is the American Plunge where I experienced a sudden fall of 30 feet at a speed of 56 km per hour in a wet, log-like boat. The thrill is sure to give you goose bumps and remain as a great memory. Electro spin and Fire-in-a-hole are also the adventure rides that will make you shrill. Other popular attractions include Flooded Mine, The Giant Swing and Geyser Gulch.
2. Stone Hill Winery
If you are a wine lover, then this place is a paradise for you. The Stone Hill winery is owned by the Held family who pioneered in the wine-making as early as 1847. Several wines made here won numerous international awards at completions in many countries. This winery offers a free daily one hour tour where you will be demonstrated the process of wine-making. Its main building reflects the grandeur of the nineteenth century for which it was listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.
3. Table Rock Lake
The Table Rock Lake, perfectly nestled in the Ozark Mountains, adds to the natural beauty and entertainment options of Branson. Here, you will get a number of options like skiing, tubing, racing water-craft and swimming which makes it a perfect spot to relax in summer. The crystal clear waters and the diversity of fishes found here make it an ideal for fishing and scuba diving. The natural beauty of the mountains surrounding the lake is loved alike both by amateur as well as professional photographers.
4. Butterfly Palace
The Butterfly Palace is just another perfect place for the nature lovers. It will be a great interactive, entertaining and educational experience for your children. They will witness the exotic beauty of some rare butterflies like the Banded Peacock, Blue Mountain Swallowtail and Paper Kite and understand the beauty of nature. This place is located in a rain-forest filled with palm trees, a stroll through which gives you an experience that rejuvenates your senses.
5. Sight and Sound Theatre
6. Hard Luck Diner
7. Ripley's Odditorium
8. Hollywood Wax Museum
9. Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede
Yes, they are real. The horses that is. They have the most beautiful horses I have ever seen. The Dixie stampede is a dinner theatre where you get the unique experience of watching theatre shows and having the dinner at the same place. Exactly one hour before the dinner, you will be seated in a room named "Carriage Room" where you will enjoy a show featuring performers, horses, and even chickens. The shows are mainly themed in the classic western style. Christmas time is a great time to go.
10. National Tiger Sanctuary
Bonus: The Titanic Museum
By now, I think it is needless to mention that Branson Mo has some activities to savor the tastes of all ages which makes it ideal for families. My personal favorites here are The Titanic Museum, Silver Dollar City and HollywoodWax Museum. Finally, if you are looking for a perfect family vacation, do not look further as this is the best spot that will give you the value for your money. There are very reasonable family oriented resorts with free access to water parks. Come on over to Branson and Yeeeee Haw!!!
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