The entertainment capital of the state of Missouri, Branson is often compared to Las Vegas in Nevada, albeit on a more family-friendly scale. The city is unashamedly geared towards tourists and is home to a vast array of theatres and hotels, which play host to a galaxy of comedy and magic shows. Just like Las Vegas, Branson has its own ‘strip’ which comes alive with flashing neon lights as the sun goes down. This is a city that never sleeps.
Undoubtedly, the most popular attraction in this happy-go-lucky destination is Silver Dollar City. Located on the outskirts of Branson, Silver Dollar City is a family-friendly theme park with a 19th century frontier town theme. With over 30 rides and attractions, including classic roller coasters, daring thrill rides and activities for the little ones, Silver Dollar City offers a memorable day out for the entire family. Often, a single day here is not enough and many families find themselves visiting for a second time.
Away from the glamour of the theatre shows and the whirlwind pace of the theme park, Branson is home to a number of natural attractions which are sometimes overlooked. The three lakes in the area – Lake Taneycomo, Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals Lake – offer a wealth of recreational activities including fishing and hiking. The peaceful surroundings of these scenic waterways are a welcome change of pace to the excitement of the city centre.
To fully enjoy all that this lively city has to offer, the months of May through to September are the best times to visit. This is the peak tourist season in the city and, during this time, the greatest selection of theatre shows is on offer. If you would prefer to enjoy the scenic side of the city, October and November are ideal months to visit, as the landscape is transformed into the deep red hue of autumn.
The cheapest months to visit the city are January and February. Temperatures are cooler and many of the city’s theatres close during this time. However, a small selection of shops, bars and theatres remain open to cater for the off-season travellers.
Aside from hiring a car, the main method of getting around the city is by taxi. There are several taxi firms which operate here, all offering metered cabs. Private shuttles are also available and charge a flat rate based on distance. The only other public transport option is the free trolley bus which connects the historic Downtown area with Branson Landing.