Located in the heart of the Ozarks, Branson combines small-town charm with big-city music and entertainment. Known as one of Missouri's top attractions, Branson was first settled in the early 1800s as a stop along the White River, just east of the present historic downtown area. The town spread quickly westward, and by the 1950s and '60s, a variety of music shows were opening, playing to tourists who came to visit man made Lake Taneycomo. Today, the strip is a year-round entertainment mecca, with more than 40 theaters producing shows to fit every taste and schedule. Choose morning, afternoon, or evening performances, and take in everything from gospel, rock, and pop to comedy, drama, and variety shows. Downtown, the White River is lined with shops, fishing docks, and grassy parks, inviting visitors to browse a bit and enjoy the mountain ambience. Not too far outside of town, a series of roads and arteries has stretched the city's boundaries, creating room for businesses that cater to the area's many visitors. In fact, outlying districts offer busy outlet malls and several theme parks, including the venerable Silver Dollar City. Plus, 62-acre Stockstill Park boasts Roark Creek, open meadows, picnic tables, playgrounds, and sports equipment in a naturally beautiful environment. It, along with a host of other recreational activities, provides a counterpoint to Branson's commercial glitz — proving that this Ozarks destination truly offers something for everyone. 
File:UserKTrimble AP College of the Ozarks Pt Lookout Mo Oct 2009.jpg College of the Ozarks: When you come to College of the Ozarks, you will see what The Wall Street Journal described as "one of the most unusual little liberal arts colleges in the country." College of the Ozarks, founded in 1906, charges its students no tuition. Every full-time student works at a campus job to help defray his or her expenses.
Deep in the Ozarks, the Lodge’s rustic design and handsome furnishings are a perfect complement to the well-maintained landscaping. These will conjure up memories of the old Dobyns Hall from 1906. The restaurant's Dobyns Dining Room prides itself on serving some the finest dining in the Branson area.
Williams Memorial Chapel is an outstanding example of neo-Gothic architecture. The structure, dedicated in 1956, measures 150 feet long and 80 feet wide, with an 80-foot-high vaulted ceiling and impressive stained glass windows. Attached to the chapel is the Hyer Bell Tower. Sunday services beginning at 11 a.m. are open to the public.
Bevery Hillbillies Car The Ralph Foster Museum is dedicated to the history of the Ozarks region. Named in honor of the late Ralph D. Foster, radio pioneer and philanthropist, the museum houses thousands of artifacts representing archaeology, history, firearms, antiques, numismatics, natural history, fine arts, geology and mineralogy. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A small admission fee is charged; ages 18 and under are admitted free.
Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen, since 1934, College of the Ozarks has produced its famous fruitcakes on campus, and today student workers, along with supervisors, bake more than 25,000 cakes a year. Visitors are welcome in the kitchen where a variety of jellies and the College's delicious apple butter are also made and sold. Please visit the Fruitcakes & Other Goodies page for more information.
Edwards Mill, built with funds provided by the late Mr. and Mrs. Hubert C. Edwards, is powered by a twelve-foot water wheel turned by runoff water from nearby Lake Honor. Student workers grind whole-grain meal and flour, available for purchase inside the building. Upstairs is a weaving studio, where students design and produce rugs, shawls, placemats and other items on traditional looms. Downstairs, students hand-weave baskets.
Collge_of_Ozarks-2626 The C of O Greenhouses, located east of Edwards Mill, are home to the Clint McDade orchid collection. Mr. McDade, one of the School's first students, donated the nucleus of the collection, which today numbers more than 7,000 plants. Individual orchids and other houseplants are for sale at the greenhouse.
 
Silver Dollar City: Modeled after an 1800s town, Silver Dollar City offers entertainment for everyone in the family, featuring more than thirty thrilling rides and attractions, quaint shops and even artisans that create and sell traditional crafts and goods. Whether you're enjoying one of the many shows, like Great American Country Nights in Echo Hollow, watching craft demonstrations, shopping in one of the many shops or braving one of the thrilling roller coasters, everyone is sure to have a blast.

National Harvest Festival - September 12 to October 25: The Home of American Craftsmanship, Silver Dollar City, presents The Country's Premier Craft Festival - National Harvest & Cowboy Festival! 
Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, Branson MO Shows (0) Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure: The “Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure” brings you an interactive, educational, and entertaining family expedition in a beautiful palace! As if gorgeous butterflies and an extraordinary environment weren’t enough, you’ll find a Living Rainforest Science Center, an Emerald Forest Mirror Maze, a Rainforest Theater, and the Banyan Tree Bungee Adventure. The Butterfly Aviary features living, flittering exotic butterflies carefully imported following strict USDA regulations, sharing their forest environment with a unique collection of birds and other botanical specimens.
Branson Titanic - World's Largest Museum Attraction, display The Titanic Museum: Join the museum for a self-guided tour through the ship, where you can explore many interactive exhibits. Spend an hour and a half walking through the replica of the great ocean liner, and explore from the museum lobby to the Captain’s Bridge and Memorial Wall, ending with the Survivor’s Wall of Stories.
Ride the Ducks Branson, amphibious vehicle Ride the Ducks: Take an amphibious tour of Branson, MO with Ride the Ducks. This unique tour experience offers the chance to see Branson by both land and sea as you travel through the streets, before taking to Table Rock Lake or Lake Taneycomo. Not only will you learn about the Branson area while exploring its more notable sights, but you'll also have the experience of riding aboard a Duck for a unique experience you won't soon forget! 
Historic Homestead Tour, reenactment Historic Homestead Tour: Branson is well known for its rich and fascinating history, and there is no better way to experience the intriguing past of the area than with the Historic Homestead Tour. Surrounding the area of Harold Bell Wright’s Shepherd of the Hills, this tour explores the colorful history of the Ozark Mountains as it takes you to Old Matt’s Cabin, Wright Church, Little Pete’s Cave, Grist Mill, and the Harold Bell Wright Museum. Guests on the tour will love being able to venture inside Matt’s cabin, where they will find an impressive collection of artifacts! Perfect for history buffs and those simply wanting to learn more about the Ozarks, the Historic Homestead Tour is something that you will not want to miss!  
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Branson Landing:  The place for Branson shopping, dining and leisurely afternoons with friends and family. Branson Landing is a lively entertainment and retail complex situated on a scenic 1.5 mile stretch of Lake Taneycomo shoreline. Browse a huge selection of boutiques and shops, grab a bite in a favorite local eatery, and don't miss the awe-inducing $7.5 million fire and water fountain show.

 
hotels near branson theater district Branson Theater District:There are always scintillating shows being performed in the Branson Theater District. Theater-goers will love the array of options they will find in this city, from musicals and concerts to dramatic pieces. We encourage you to attend a show during your time in the Show-Me State!