Located in Taney County, Missouri, Branson is a city that has been synonymous with entertainment and tourism starting from the late 19th century. Branson's tourism and entertainment industry took off in the '80s, and today the city boasts theaters, museums, theme parks and outdoor activities that make it one of the premier places for family fun.
Theaters and Museums
More than 40 theaters have made Branson their home. Several theaters carry celebrity and music acts and others offer comedy acts, animal acts, plays and even acrobatics. There are 12 museums with a variety of themes, including cars, dinosaurs and even a ship-shaped Titanic museum.
Silver Dollar City is the oldest and best known theme park in Branson. Additionally, there are two water parks, White Water and Waltzing Waters, and two animal parks, as well as the eerie Haunted House and Monster Asylum.
Camping and Water Activities
Table Rock State Park, only 6 miles from Branson, is perfect for basic camping as well as for RV camping. Table Rock Lake has a variety of watercrafts available for rental--all fully equipped for excursions. They also offer scuba diving and para-sailing as well. There is no beach but there are several swimming areas.
In addition to camping and water sports, Table Rock Park also includes hiking, fishing and hunting activities. Nearby is Bull Shoals Lake, known as one of the cleanest lakes in the nation, and Lake Taneycomo, which is excellent for trout fishing.
The Branson Mill Craft Village is a working village with craftsmen demonstrating their art and selling their goods. The city also boasts a fine golf course.
Shops and Restuarants
Branson Mall is a great place to shop and boasts a musical theater. Branson Landing has many shops and includes the Bass Pro Shop, offering a wide variety of outdoor gear and equipment. Restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisines.