Want to get away? Of course you do! Who doesn’t? Unfortunately, many people are pushing their vacation plans to the back burner because they can’t afford all of the expenses (transportation, accommodations, restaurants, attractions, activities, etc). Fortunately, we’ve got the perfect solution! Today, we’re discussing how to do Branson on a budget. Although there are many expensive shows and attractions in Branson, there are also many affordable things to do (some of our ideas are even free!). Scroll down to check out our ideas for free and affordable attractions and activities, as well as some money-saving deals for you to try. With a little planning and research, it is possible to do Branson on a budget and still have a fantastic time.
Branson on a Budget
FREE (OR VERY INEXPENSIVE) ATTRACTIONS
- Branson Landing and its Fountain Show. If you can set a strict budget on souvenirs and just enjoy window shopping, stop by Branson Landing. It’s a great area to explore, especially since it borders Lake Taneycomo. Be sure to check out the fountain show at night.
- Table Rock Lake. You don’t need to pay a cent to enjoy the great outdoors! Check out the lake’s hiking trails, fishing docks, and swimming. You could also rent a boat or bike for a small fee.
- The Bass Pro Shop. It might seem illogical to mention a (sometimes pricey) store when we’re giving tips to do Branson on a budget, but Bass Pro Shop is special. If you have children or you’re interested in outdoor activities, do yourself a favor and check out Bass Pro. There are fish tanks, turtle tanks, mounted animals, and many elaborate exhibits.
- Dewey Short Visitor Center. Located near Table Rock Dam, this newly-built visitor center includes an interactive map of the area, beautiful wall murals, and exhibits about the area’s history and wildlife.
- Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. This hatchery raises and releases trout for Lake Taneycomo. If you visit, you can take a self-guided tour, check out the exhibits to learn more about trout, and view the fish. There are also three miles of hiking trails that traverse forests and glades.
- Consider purchasing groceries and staying at a cabin or condo, so that you don’t have to splurge on every meal.
- When you see brochures around town or in the visitor’s center, pick them up for the coupons. Also, check out Groupon‘s Branson offerings.
- If you plan to visit Silver Dollar City more than once this year, purchase a season ticket to save money. Season passes are currently $92 for adults and $82 for children. One-day tickets are $59 for adults and $49 for children. If you’ll also be visiting White Water as well, consider a Splash and Play ticket. For more information, click here. Also, pack a lunch so that you can skip the overpriced food in the park.
- Check out Tanger Outlet Mall for some shopping deals.
- Avoid Branson during Christmastime and mid-summer if you want to save money. Your best bets are spring, late summer, or early fall.
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Beautiful, charming, and exciting for people of all ages, you can’t go wrong with Branson, Missouri. Plus, if you follow the tips above to do Branson on a budget, it’s a very affordable vacation destination as well. If you’re planning to visit Branson this year, please check out Branson Vacation Rentals. We have cabins and condos of various sizes all around Branson, so whether you’re a couple looking for a retreat, a family taking your summer vacation, or a large group hoping to hold your reunion in Branson, we’ve got you covered. Contact us online or give us a call at 417-832-9991.