What sets Branson, Missouri, apart from all other autumnal escapes is that families can effortlessly combine several hours of sight-seeing with theme park thrills and smile-inducing outdoor pursuits, such as horseback riding or bicycling. And there’s no better place to start and finish each day in one of the world’s most beloved family destinations than inside one of Branson Vacation Rentals’ rustic yet luxurious accommodations, only minutes from the always-spellbinding Silver Dollar City. Branson in the fall bestows a kaleidoscope of color that carries a “wow factor,” whether you’re fly fishing in Dogwood Canyon Nature Park or shrieking with joy on the Time Traveler.
For locals and repeat renters, Branson in the fall instinctively ushers warm memories of mid-day adventures inside Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. This 10,000-acre natural wonder is the epitome of Ozark enchantment. Families can bicycle, fly fish, or horseback ride through the vivid backcountry en route to stoic waterfalls, covered bridges, and wildlife viewing areas. However, the preferred method of exploration remains the crowd-pleasing tram tour, a narrated, two-hour excursion that’s equally educational and picturesque. It’s the best mode of transportation if the kiddos hope to spot herds of elk during rut season—listen for booming bugles!
Silver Dollar City’s Harvest Festival is one of the region’s main draws during autumn. Families all over the South meander through the Ozarks en route to Branson to partake in one of the most dazzling extravaganzas in the country. This five-week celebration, known to most as “Pumpkins in the City,” features art demos from local craftspeople, cowboy cookin’ from top chefs (including Food Network stars), countless fall-inspired eats and beverages, a woodland pumpkin-lit trail, eye-popping pumpkin carving exhibitions, and, of course, endless thrill rides. Year after year, Silver Dollar City ups the spectacle to the nth degree.
Branson in the Fall: Colors, Car Rides, and Cabins
It’s also important to make a concerted effort to connect with nature during your long-awaited family getaway to Branson in the fall. Sometimes hopping into the car and hitting the open road (without a GPS) is the best way to greet autumn’s arrival. Stretch your legs on a couple of the area’s quietest trails, such as the Ridgetop Loop or the Bluff Trail. Picnic inside Table Rock State Park during a leisurely cruise along scenic Highway 165.
If you’re planning on spending a day inside the always-memorable Silver Dollar City, you’ll only be a short distance away from three prized vacation rental complexes: the Notch Estates, the Eagles Nest, and the StoneBridge Branson Village. Because these condos, cabins, and lodges are a healthy distance from the heart of Branson, you’ll be fully immersed in autumn’s vibrancy. Observe the foliage from your private, lake-view deck, warm up next to your floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and stroll through the acreage while snapping photos of the colorful forestry.