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For over a hundred years, Branson, Missouri, has been an epicenter of entertainment and adventure in the heart of America. With three gorgeous lakes, plenty of live entertainment and music shows, and amazing restaurants, there are so many things to do for the whole family in the middle of the Ozarks! Here is how to make the best out of a weekend trip as you #ExploreBranson:

Day 1 - Shopping And Dinner On A Showboat

Branson has been developing since 1903 as a center of family life and fun. Don't miss out on the shopping at cute little souvenir shops and antique-styled mercantile. Grab breakfast or a snack, and take in all the fun and quirky shops that have graced this city for decades. You can even enjoy the free trolley downtown!


While you're downtown, don't forget to take a picture at the vibrant Branson mural and post it with the local hashtag #ExploreBranson.

When you have gotten your fill of vintage shops and souvenirs, head further down to the amazing and newly-developed Branson Landing. Here, you will find shops ranging from H&M to Ramata to Build-a-Bear. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the Branson Landing Fountain Show! There are also some great restaurants and sweet shops nearby to enjoy.

After you have gotten your shopping fix, try on those new clothes and get ready for a show! What better way to start your Branson experience than with dinner and a show - on the water! The historic Branson Belle Showboat Dinner Cruise is a wondrous experience, serving amazing food and memorable live music all while cruising the glorious waters of Table Rock Lake!

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Day 2 - Theme Park And Themed Dinner!

Wake up early, grab a coffee at Expresso, and head over to Silver Dollar City. This 61-acre amusement park is themed perfectly for your Branson adventure, and is sure to be fun for the whole family! With forty rides, there are plenty of options for the kids and the thrill-seekers, as Silver Dollar City boasts the tallest and fastest-spinning roller coaster in the world: The Time Traveler!

After you get some rest and are ready for more fun, get out on "The Strip" and see one of over one hundred shows spanning various styles and interests! Grab your hats and boots for Dolly’s Stampede Show: a crowd favorite and history-maker, with world-class performances from over thirty horse riders, and a delectable southern-style meal you eat with your hands. Courtesy of, you guessed it, everyone's favorite, Dolly Parton!

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Day 3 - Get Out On The Water

Grab some fuel and sweet treats to go from Sugar Leaf Bakery Cafe. This local café feels like you are walking straight into a fairytale. After this, keep the fairy tale alive by heading to the Branson Butterly Palace. This quick walk-through experience is definitely worth it for the memories that will be made, and photos that will be taken!

Once you have had your fix of magic, head out on the water to spend the day on Table Rock Lake. There are plenty of opportunities in the area for renting boats, kayaks, paddle boards, or anything you can think of! Table Rock Lake also includes many great areas for hiking and picnics. If a day on the lake isn't your speed, but you still want to cool off in the water, get splashed on this famous adventure and Ride the Ducks!

After your day on the water and your weekend of adventures, enjoy a more relaxing night. Enjoy dinner at a local favorite, MacFarlain's Restaurant! MacFarlain's boasts its "legendary Ozarks cuisine, homemade pies, unique atmosphere, and entertaining hospitality!" MacFarlain's is located inside the Branson IMAX Complex, so once you are finished with dinner, sit down and relax for an unforgettable show!

Before you leave the Ozarks, be sure to take in all the stunning views surrounding Branson, Missouri! On your way out, stop by the famous and unforgettable Lambert's Cafe - Home of the Throwed Rolls! This restaurant is well-known and loved, so get here early and expect a wait - but know that it will be well worth it. Founded in 1942, this restaurant is known for literally throwing rolls at to customers! It is a fun experience sure to bring laughs and full bellies. Branson is a show-stopping city sure to be loved and remembered by every generation, and is just the first of many great places to experience in the beautiful state of Missouri!