Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Branson to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.


Music City Centre presents "The Haygoods." This performance features seven talented brothers and one sister who are certain to keep you entertained and amused with song, dance, and acrobatics. At the show, you'll hear live guitars, saxophones, and fiddles to keep your toes tapping. A talented cast of supporting dancers and singers exhibits high energy and talent as well.

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Ride the Ducks is an 80 minute land and water tour of Branson and Table Rock Lake. The Ducks self proclaim that their ride is the best show in Branson! They have good reason too. The tour includes a trip down Country Music Boulevard where guests get the inside scoop on all the various theatres and shows and are given "behind the scenes" information. Next, the tour takes riders to the top of Baird Mountain, a great Branson vantage point. The tour also goes from land to water as the Duck ventures into the waters of Table Rock Lake.

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This butterfly sanctuary draws guests who appreciated nature and beauty to its peaceful environs. This large, indoor exhibit is over 9,000 square feet in size and features all manner of live butterfly species as well as a variety of plants and shrubs that attract butterflies. The collection of butterflies consists of more than 50 varieties from all over the globe, numbering about 2,000 total at any given time.

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This museum is dedicated to the famous duo Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. So, if you're a fan, head over for an afternoon of looking at exhibits that include personal artifacts of the two celebrities and western and cowboy related items, such as Roy Rogers' trusty horse, Trigger, stuffed and mounted. Be sure to visit the entertaining Happy Trails Theatre with daily performances by Roy "Dusty" Rogers, Jr.

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Housed in the former Majestic Steakhouse building, this museum chronicles the history of our country's presidents in an entertaining and informative manner. Interesting exhibits replicate the Oval Office and the president's own airplane, Air Force One. You're sure to enjoy perusing the various displays that feature everything from the gowns of First Ladies to the various personal effects of Lincoln, Kennedy, Roosevelt, and other democratic greats.

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The minute you step through the doors of this gigantic toy museum, you're a kid again! The exhibits at this museum will bring back memories of simpler days. Displays feature old lunchboxes, stuffed animals, dolls, toy soldiers, trains, cap guns, wind-up toys, and more. Some of the items here date back to the 1800s. Tours can be self-guided, permitting you to linger among items that catch your fancy, or led by a guide who will give history and perspective on some of the exhibits.

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Branson Scenic Railway

You'll enjoy taking a tour of the lovely Ozark region on these gleaming old-timey rail cars. The tour covers 40 miles of ground and gives you a good feel for the area. You'll pass over scenic lakes and ride on historic train trestles. Knowledgeable tour guides provide riders with interesting historical facts and other tidbits about the Branson area. The trains have comfortable, first-class interiors. A dinner train tour is offered each Saturday night; call for details as reservations are necessary.

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Branson West

Marvel Cave is an underground attraction that was opened to the public in 1894 by Canadian William Henry Lynch and his daughters, Miriam and Genevieve. At one point, explorers thought one of the cave walls was solid marble; therefore, the cave's name was originally Marble Cave. The name evolved into Marvel Cave, and that's how it's known today. Visit this "marvel" of nature, and you're sure to be spellbound by abundant subterranean beauty.

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Branson has always sought to market itself as one of the premier family-friendly vacation destinations of the Midwest, and since 1960, perhaps no single attraction has embodies this fact more than Silver Dollar City. This one-of-a-kind theme park (which runs from March to late December) seeks to evoke an experience reminiscent of the late 19th century, with demonstrations like glass-blowing and rides like the steam train or the flooded mine. Tours of historic Marvel Cave are also offered through the theme park.

Local Expert tip: Truly daring visitors might want to embark on the Lantern Light Tour of Marvel Cave, in which you'll spend about an hour and a half in pitch black stretches of the caverns.

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