Top Of The Rock– This is probably the one place that I would recommend highest as a place to visit while in or around Branson, MO. There is a scenic self guided tour via golf cart available that takes you through the pristine Ozark mountainside showing patrons waterfalls, breathtaking views, and a trip through a cave with a massive waterfall inside. Also you can purchase beverages (adult also) at the cave bar while passing through. This followed up by a tour of the grounds and building and then dinner at the Osage Restaurant or Buffalo Bar makes for an unforgettable experience. As you dine or simply enjoy a drink on one of the massive stone patios, you can’t help but notice the majestic Chapel of the Ozarks sitting right on the edge of the cliff, complete with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Table Rock Lake. There is also one of the prettiest and well placed golf courses I’ve ever seen, perched up on top of the Ozark mountaintop.
Directions (800) 225-6343
Moonshine Beach– During the right season this fresh water beach on Table Rock Lake is one of the largest and nicest non-ocean beaches my family and I have ever been to. First off it is a huge beach, both width and depth. Sand volleyball courts right on the beach. It also boast a playground, full bathrooms, showers, pavilions, and bbq pits for use upon entry. It only costs $5 per car to get in and really makes for an awesome and affordable family day. Just pack a cooler and some sun screen and your sure to have a blast. There are also camp sites available.
Chateau Marina– We put this on the list because it is very near a few other activities and restaurants on our site, and the Chateau Marina offers their guests the most water sports opportunities anywhere in the Midwest. Right from their private dock, experience the best in boat rentals, wave runners, water skiing, tubing, fishing and SCUBA fun on Table Rock Lake. The Spirit of America, a 48-foot sailing catamaran, is available for Private Charters too. The marina boathouse has lake provisions from snacks to sunscreen, apparel, fuel, bait and tackle and more. We have not been here personally yet but it seems to most certainly fit the build.
Directions (417) 334-1161 ext. 1744
The Branson Ferris Wheel was formerly Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, ridden by nearly 17 million people from 1995 to 2015. Standing 150 feet tall, its 40 gondolas hold 240 riders, and it lights up the night with 16,000 LED lights. The Branson Ferris Wheel boasts spectacular views of the famed entertainment corridor and the picturesque Ozark Mountains. The Ferris Wheel is truly a magical family experience. For thrill seekers there are also the Skyscraper and the Skycoaster which are both very exhilarating and will get your juices flowing. There are also some of the best go cart tracks in Branson on site for all ages and sizes. This place also has laser tag, mini golf, bumper boats, batting cages, and an arcade, on site. There is also pizza and ice cream. All of this within one stop right on the strip.
Directions (417) 334-1612
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery at Table Rock Dam– This is a great and informative stop for a family. You can learn about the native wildlife, see unique species of creatures, and feed thousands of trout of all different sizes. This is right by Moonshine Beach and makes for a great early morning stop prior to a day at the beach. It is also very near one of our best restaurants in Branson, Chateau Grill.
Directions (417) 334-4865
The Branson Landing– This is your one stop shop for dining, shopping, and entertainment. This outdoor mall has a favorite store to satisfy every shopper. Two of our best restaurants in Branson, White River Fish House and Saltgrass Steak House are located on the Landing along with a several great places to grab a drink or catch some tunes. Branson Landing features a scenic boardwalk along the 1.5-mile Taneycomo Lakefront. At the heart of the Landing is a vibrant town square terracing down to the $7.5 million spectacular water attraction that features the first-ever merging of water, fire, light and music. You will be amazed by the dazzling interplay of water Fountains shooting 120-foot geysers and fire cannons blasting, all choreographed to light and music. There are two different high-flying outdoor attractions to maximize the views of the Taneycoma. During the summer they have concerts and other events in the heart of the Landing. Branson Landing is excited to announce that culinary rock star Guy Fieri’s Branson Kitchen + Bar will be opening their doors to the residents and visitors of Branson, MO in SUMMER 2020. The 7,965-sf restaurant will be located in the Neighborhood District of Branson Landing adjacent to Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline. The restaurant will include an outdoor patio with beautiful views of Lake Taneycomo to enjoy while you dine on Guy’s award-winning menu items!
Directions (417) 239-3002
Silver Dollar City– 1880’s themed amusement park with all the most modern amenities. This is one of the top theme parks in the country. With more than 40 heat-dropping rides and attractions, Silver Dollar City or “SDC” ranked in the top 5 in a USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice poll for the nation’s top amusement park. Family fun for all ages, including some extreme coasters and a 13 acre water park White Water which also ranked in the top 5 in the USA Today poll for top outdoor water park. If you are a thrill seeker or want a day or weekend full of family fun, this is for you. Also if in the area look into the Showboat Branson Belle which made the list as one of the best restaurants in Branson, MO.
Dogwood Canyon– This is a bit of a trek from the action of Branson (about 45 minutes) but is a truly unique experience. There are activities for all ages, including a massive tree house that was featured on Treehouse Masters. There are also bikes available to rent for self guided tour of the 10,000 acre natural paradise. If you’re not feeling that athletic there are also AWD tram tours. If you are here, visit the on site restaurant for great food and even better scenery. Their restaurant probably would have made our list of “The Best” if it did not require cost of admission to the park in order to dine in the restaurant.
Directions (877) 459-5687
Branson’s Famous Old Time Photos– This is one thing that our family always does while in Branson as a life long keepsake. The staff and quality of photos are terrific and it is a whole lot of fun for anyone visiting the area. Enjoy and Support Local!!!