Branson, Missouri has for decades been a fun, family-friendly vacation spot for many Midwest residents. The city is tucked away in the Ozark Mountains and offers no shortage of exciting summer attractions for people of all ages.
Fans of music can appreciate Branson, Missouri's many fun shows. The city is home to more than 100 shows, many of which are centered on music. Whether music enthusiasts want to kick back to the sounds of country music, rock, gospel or jazz, Branson has what they need. Many internationally acclaimed artists perform in the city's venues, from Johnny Mathis to the Oak Ridge Boys. The city isn't referred to as the live music capital of the Midwest for nothing. Branson also hosts a variety of other exciting kinds of entertainment shows, from comedy to acrobatics.
Silver Dollar City is the name of a popular amusement park just west of Branson. Silver Dollar City was named as one of the World’s Top 10 Theme Parks by Amusement Today Magazine. The theme park is a lively destination for visitors to the area and themed around the 1880’s. The park features 30 Thrilling Rides, 40 Live Shows and World Festivals, along with over 100 Demonstrating Craftsman. Dining is available in one of the parks 17 Award Winning Restaurants. From wood roller coasters to a swing carousel, Silver Dollar City offers rides of all varieties. The park is also home to Marvel Cave which offers tours of one of Missouri’s largest caves.
Table Rock Lake can offer visitors to the city a more romantic view of the area courtesy of their dinner cruises. Visitors to the peaceful lake can enjoy delicious meals and engaging shows, all while taking in the quaint scenery and ambiance, aboard The Showboat Branson Belle.
White Water is located in Branson. These 12 acres of water fun features over 5000 feet of slides and a wave pool that you will never forget. If visiting Silver Dollar City, you might be able to buy discount tickets to White Water at different time during the season.
For classic sightseeing, "Ride the Ducks" in Branson is difficult to beat. Ride the Ducks tours take guests through some of the most picturesque parts of the area, including a mountaintop. These tours even pass through aforementioned Table Rock Lake. Ride the Ducks tours also provide visitors with invaluable learning opportunities. The friendly tour captains often share fascinating anecdotes about the region's vibrant history, for example.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium provides its visitors with a simultaneously fun-loving and wacky experience. People who love learning about all things "weird" will have a blast at the Ripley's in Branson, which was specially constructed to look like a structure that was harmed by an earthquake. The museum is chock-full of intriguing oddities, notably a model airplane that was created out of thousands and thousands of matchsticks.
People who want a slice of Los Angeles limelight without having to set foot in California can visit the Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson, Missouri. The Hollywood Wax Museum is the sole American wax attraction that focuses exclusively on celebrities. Some of the contemporary celebrities that are on display at the museum include Jamie Foxx, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner and Johnny Depp. Many legendary stars of the past are also featured at the museum, specifically Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, John Wayne and Charlie Chaplin.
For those looking to go on a quality family Midwest excursion, a Branson summer vacation is hard to top, period.