Things to do in Branson, MO
More About Branson
Located in the heart of the Ozarks, Branson combines small-town charm with big-city music and entertainment. Known as one of Missouri's top attractions, Branson was first settled in the early 1800s as a stop along the White River, just east of the present historic downtown area. The town spread quickly westward, and by the 1950s and '60s, a variety of music shows were opening, playing to tourists who came to visit man made Lake Taneycomo. Today, the strip is a year-round entertainment mecca, with more than 40 theaters producing shows to fit every taste and schedule. Choose morning, afternoon, or evening performances, and take in everything from gospel, rock, and pop to comedy, drama, and variety shows. Downtown, the White River is lined with shops, fishing docks, and grassy parks, inviting visitors to browse a bit and enjoy the mountain ambience. Not too far outside of town, a series of roads and arteries has stretched the city's boundaries, creating room for businesses that cater to the area's many visitors. In fact, outlying districts offer busy outlet malls and several theme parks, including the venerable Silver Dollar City. Plus, 62-acre Stockstill Park boasts Roark Creek, open meadows, picnic tables, playgrounds, and sports equipment in a naturally beautiful environment. It, along with a host of other recreational activities, provides a counterpoint to Branson's commercial glitz – proving that this Ozarks destination truly offers something for everyone.