Branson 101

Branson: how to get here, where to stay and what to do.

Branson: how to get here, where to stay and what to do.

Are you a Branson-newbie? A lot of people we talk to have a Branson vacation on their “bucket list,” but often, they don’t know where to start or how to explain this crazy and unique destination to their friends and family. Here’s a quick overview of all the essentials you need to know.

1.)    Where is Branson and how do I get there?

Branson is situated in Southwest Missouri in the heart of the Ozark Mountains and is less than a day’s drive from one-third of the United States. More than 90 percent of Branson visitors get to town via car, but with the addition of the new Branson Airport and several daily flights on Southwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines, the number of people flying to Branson is on the rise. Also, about an hour north of town is the Springfield-Branson National Airport which offers even more flights on airlines such as American, Delta and Allegiant.

2.)    What is there do to?

Branson is home to more than 100 live shows, dozens of family-friendly attractions, three lakes, lots of shopping and many other activities … so you won’t be in a danger of running out of things to do. The biggest activity of people visiting Branson is attending a show, and the options run from live music to magic to comedy to Broadway-style production shows. Show tickets are affordable and typically range from $20-$50 per adult, and many theatres offer family passes to can make the deal even better.

Other popular activities are theme parks, museums and other attractions. Branson is the home of Silver Dollar City, the 1880s theme park that welcomes more than 2 million visitors each year. One-day tickets for Silver Dollar City are $50-$60 per person. Around Branson, opportunities for fun include go-cart tracks, ziplines, museums and even a new zoo!

TableRock-SunsetVert-Boat3.)    Where should I stay?

Branson has more than 180 lodging facilities, so you’ll have lots of lodging options ranging from budget-friendly hotels (starting at about $50 per night) to luxury resorts, condos and cabins. Before you decide where you are staying, it’s important to think about what your primary activities in Branson.

For example: If you’re going to be attending a number of shows, it may make sense to stay at a hotel or condo near Highway 76 (“The Strip”).  Or if you’re primarily looking for a lake vacation, a number of facilities on Indian Point or along the shores of Table Rock Lake might be the best location. If shopping and nightlife are your primary activities, a hotel near the Branson Landing or downtown might be the most convenient option.

With so many options, you can see why Branson is one of America’s favorite vacation spots … and also why this variety can be a bit overwhelming to newbies. But with a little advance planning and a visit to ExploreBranson.com, you can plan out the perfect vacation or weekend getaway with your family, your special someone or your closest friends.

Written by Liz Mabe, internet content manager for the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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