Branson Missouri United States

Branson, Missouri

Growing up both of us spent a fair amount of time in family-friendly and affordable Branson, Missouri. We decided that while Branson isn’t a big city, it can still be overwhelming trying to find places to stay, things to do, and restaurants to eat at. We thought it would be helpful to combine our experiences in Branson for an overall helpful “cheat sheet to Branson tourism.”

Accommodations

Note: we have stayed in all of these locations during our visits to Branson. We only included the places in which we enjoyed staying and would go back to stay again.

LUXURY

Hilton Branson Convention Center: Located right on the Branson Landing this hotel is convenient and beautiful to stay at!
Cost: starting at $129/night

Big Cedar Lodge: This is by far our favorite place to stay while in the Branson area due to the location and amenities it has to offer. Big Cedar has a wide variety of accommodations and we have yet to stay in all of them.
In order to be cost effective we have often staying in the Big Cedar Wilderness Club. These are timeshare properties but let us be clear, we do not own one. We often find deals on eBay from people renting out their property. To learn more about Big Cedar check out our post here.

Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa: For those who prefer a scenic drive and incredible service, visit the Chateau. You are treated like royalty from the moment you arrive!
Cost: starting at $139/night through their website or $129/night through TripAdvisor.

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Wyndham Branson at the Meadows: We staying at a timeshare property here in July 2015. It was really terrific for the price and had two bedrooms and a loft (essential when staying with larger parties).
Cost: starting at $139/night

BUDGET

Honeysuckle Inn and Conference Center: Check out this budget hotel when looking to book for a large party or large family.
Cost: starting at $59/night

Twelve Oaks Inn: while this is definitely not the most glamorous of places, it is clean, and perfect if you are needing something budget friendly on the strip.
Cost: Starting at $45/night

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Dining

Fine Dining

Dobyns Dining Room: Located at the College of the Ozarks, this restaurant is incredibly unique. Everything is student run, meaning the staff at the restaurant are current students at the College of the Ozarks. Even cooler, all of the food is from student-operated farms!
Recommendations: Pulled Pork BBQ Mac & Cheese, Catfish Almandine,  and polish it off with their fresh chocolate cake for dessert (be careful, it’s HUGE).
Please note their menu changes seasonally.
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Landry’s Seafood House: A bit more upscale dining. We were suprised that the seafood seemed so fresh being in southern Missouri.
Recommendations: Snapper Hemingway or the snow crab legs
Location: off of the main Branson strip

Casual Dining

Danna’s Barbeque & Burger Shop: A terrific BBQ joint in Branson that has a large menu.
Recommendations: Try the Combo Plate and pick two meats. Let it also be known that the Memphis rolls are to die for and better yet, if you love them as much as I did you can buy a dozen for $10!

Cantina Laredo: A different approach to Mexican-style cusine.
Recommendations: Top Shelf Guacamole (Logan even loved it!), Tacos de Pescado, or the Quesadillas al Carbon
Location: The Branson Landing

Big Whiskey’s: With it’s live music, terrific patio seating, and American fare. We really enjoyed our visit to Big Whiskey’s!
Recommendations: They have a decent buffalo chicken dip, a terrific turkey burger, and BBQ!
Location: The Branson Landing

White River Fish House: They’ll start you off wanting more when you first sit down and are greeted by a cast iron of jalapeño corn bread!
Recommendations: While the entrees aren’t five star quality the seafood is fresh!
Location: The Branson Landing

Texas Land & Cattle: Tex-Mex fare with a wide spread of entrees to choose from!
Recommendations: Crab & Avocado Stack Salad, Cheesy Jalapeño Grits, and the BBQ Chicken.
Location: The Branson Landing

Missouri Mountain Moonshine: We didn’t stop in here for a bite to eat, although they now have a full service menu, but rather to sample their many unique styles of moonshine. If you stop by they will allow you to sample all of the flavors for free!
Location: The Branson Landing

Hook & Ladder Pizza Co: A Firehouse themed pizza joint that is operated by volunteer firemen. It’s a really unique restaurant, with great pizzas too!
Location: Hollister

Sweet Treats

Kilwins: Finding it hard to pick a sweet treat? We recommend the Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, or the Champagne Truffle!
Location: The Branson Landing

Vintage Paris Coffee & Wine Cafe: A very quaint and beautiful coffee shop in historic Hollister (a few minutes outside of Branson).

Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe: While Sugar Leaf, may be known for their beautiful wedding cakes, they should also be known for their cookies, pastries, and terrific lunch cuisine!
Recommendations: Peach Iced Tea, Cafe Chicken Salad, Grilled Cheese, Strawberry Cake, and much more!
Location: Grand Village Shops

Attractions

SHOWS

Sight & Sound Theatres: Every few years the Sight & Sound theatre comes out with a new performance based on a Biblical story. Each time we have visited, the shows have been comparable to those we have seen on Broadway. They have really dedicated actors/actresses, amazing sets, and beautiful songs. This is a must do if you are into theatrical performances or musicals.
Price: $45/adult

Acrobats of China: While the ticket price might at first turn you away, this show is incredible and unlike any others in Branson. You will be perplexed by the Acrobats of China!
Price: $46.95/adult, $19.40/teen, $9.95/child

Dixie Stampede: Being Dolly Parton’s dinner theatre, the Dixie Stampede definitely goes big! When you first arrive you will be able to look at all of the horses that will be performing in the show. Inside the theater entrance you will be shown to a large room with a center stage and tables with chairs to sit on before the main performance. Inside that room they provide some live entertainment. After the opening act you will be escorted to your seats on either the North or the South side. This show is one about coming together despite differences and it’s not to be missed!
Price: $50/adult, $30/child (dinner provided)

Pierce Arrow: For those that enjoy singing and comedy, Pierce Arrow could be next on your list! When Tony, Travis, Scott, and Dan aren’t crooning up a country song, James Sibley starring as Gene Pool will have you crying from laughter with his family friendly comedy.
Price: $37/adult, $17/child

Legends in Concert: We all have those performers we idolized, for Kallsy, it was Michael Jackson. At Legends in Concert you can enjoy the tunes of former and current artists done so well, you’ll think you’re getting the real deal.
Price: $38.50/adult, $16.18/child

MUSEUMS

Ripley’s Believe It or Not: If you enjoy being bamboozled, intrigued, or disturbed, step right in to Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum and see what crazy artifacts you can find!
Price: $15/adult, $8/child

Branson Auto & Farm Museum: For lovers of antique cars and America’s finest farm equipment this museum is truly unique. However, you might want to leave your checkbook at home or you could be leaving with some new wheels!

RECREATION

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf: Whether you are an adult traveler or a family with kids, this is a cheap and fun way to spend a couple of hours in Branson!
Prices: Blackbeard’s Challenge $8.95/adult, Captain’s Course $8.95/adult, 36-hole adventure $14.50/adult

Silver Dollar City: An amusement park, live entertainment, shopping, and amazing food. This is not to be missed and would be enjoyable for all ages!
Price: $61/adult, $50/child, $59/senior

SHOPPING

Branson Landing: A ton of restaurants and places to shop for all!

Tanger Outlet: A typical outlet mall that hosts many well-known brands.

Picker’s Flea Market: A unique market with odds & ends finds as well as grocery goods.

Grand Village Shops: A collection of local stores and boutiques unique to Branson. There is truly something for everyone and you can easily spend a few hours here looking at all of the specialty items.

RELAXATION

Spa O2: Logan and I opted for a 60 minute Swedish couples massage. Tim, the owner, and Mary Ann, were quite good to us!
Price: starting at $140/couples massage

Cedar Creek Spa at Big Cedar Lodge: 45 minute neck, shoulder, foot massage. Also gives you access to all amenities at Big Cedar Lodge for the day.
Price: starting at $110/individual massage

OUTDOORS

Talking Rocks Cavern: Explore the caves underground and see why this singing cavern is unique!
Tip: wear comfortable shoes with a non-slip sole. The caves can be rather wet!
Price: $17.95/adult $9.95/child

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165 Scenic Outlook: Anywhere there are hiking trails you will most likely get a terrific view of the Branson skyline.
Price: FREE

Dogwood Canyon: A variety of outdoor activities for all. This is a MUST DO if you enjoy spending time outside! In addition, check out our post about Ridgedale, MO here in order to see our complete review of Dogwood Canyon.

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area: We are always looking for hiking trails when traveling and were impressed with the natural beauty at the Henning Conservation area! If you are looking for a nice hike, this is the perfect spot.
Price: FREE

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NIGHTLIFE

Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar: A terrific place to order an appetizer, mixed drink, or brew while also enjoying some live entertainment.
Location: The Branson Landing
Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays | 7pm-1:30am
Cover Charge: $5 (last we checked), free if visiting for a reserved party


If you happen to be traveling through Springfield while entering or leaving Branson might we also encourage you to visit Hurts Donut? You’ll find some of the craziest combinations you can think of (cotton candy, cinnamon toast crunch, and cookie monster to name a few).

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We hope that this has been able to give you a little insight into Branson tourism and helped make planning your vacation more convenient!
What are some of your favorite shows, restaurants, and places to stay in Branson? 

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1 Comment

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    Carol Mills
    December 29, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Branson looks like the perfect getaway for families and/or couples! Thanks for sharing

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