Visiting Branson for the weekend? You’re in luck! Branson has much more than country music and live theater to enjoy. This Ozarks destination is ripe with outdoor adventures, dining, entertainment, and small town charm. So if you’re wondering how to spend two days in Branson, just turn to this helpful itinerary.
How to Spend Two Days in Branson
See a Show
When it comes to entertainment in Branson, the options are endless. There are dozens of theatres around town and along Highway 76 with everything from doo-wop and Abba to Motown and Eagles tribute bands. You can check out a nightly show listing to find a performances that catches your eye on the Explore Branson page. But if you want to see some of the Branson’s classic shows, there are a few you should add to your list of must-see performances:
This family-friendly show was Branson’s very first live theater. While the show’s audience has grown to include a national following, the Jubilee itself has changed very little. The original mix of comedy, live music, and performance still draws in audiences year-round.
This family show was the second group to take the stage in Branson, and they’ve held their place among the city’s most popular shows ever since. The variety of country music, gospel, and comedy still entertains though it’s been 50 years since the family first took to the stage.
It’s hard to beat dinner and a show, especially when that show includes 30-some horses. At Dolly Parton’s Stampede, audiences can pull up their bootstraps and celebrate the American spirit and heartland with trick riders, live performances, and a four-course feast.
Branson’s dining scene is all about down-home, home-cooked meals. If you’re craving hearty biscuits and gravy, you’re in luck. If it’s country-fried steak you’re after, no problem. And if it’s a prime rib steak and a strong glass of bourbon, don’t worry – Branson has that too.
When hunger calls, head off the beaten path and into Gail’s. This cash-only eatery serves plate-sized pancakes and other comfort foods that are sure to leave you more than satisfied. There’s even a country store attached to the restaurant, so you can pick up a souvenir after you’ve devoured your breakfast.
For a truly home-cooked meal, head to the Keeter Center. With garden beds and live stock on campus, you can count on feasting on the freshest produce and meats around. You can also head home with jars of homemade jams, butters, pancake batter, and biscuit batters from the in-house store. Curious about Hard Work U? Just ask your servers. The restaurant’s waiters and waitresses are all students at College of the Ozarks who work on campus in exchange for free tuition. Be sure to put this spot on your must-visit list as you decide how to spend two days in Branson.
If it’s a great view and patio dining you’re after, you can’t beat Buffalo Bar at Top of the Rock. With a stunning view of Table Rock Lake and Top of the Rock’s pristine golf course, this upscale restaurant is one of Branson’s best spots to enjoy the sunset. Dinner service starts at 5 p.m., and there are no reservations, so plan to get here early to secure a table. But once dinner is over, don’t rush home. Stick around for the signature sunset ceremony complete with a traditional bagpiper and cannon fire.
Wondering how to spend two days in Branson when you’ve already seen all the shows and live music you had planned? Just head outdoors. From hiking and boating to ziplines and fishing, there are dozens of ways to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the Ozarks.
This series of mountain-biking trails doubles as a great day hike. The trail heads are located on the south side of Lake Taneycomo and include several looped trails, which make it a great outdoor activity for novice hikers. The rugged Ozark Mountains serve as the backdrop, the terrain is moderately sloped, and switchbacks make the gentle climb more than approachable. If you head out on foot, just keep in mind that the trails are also used by cyclists, so keep an eye out for them.
Saddle up for an afternoon of horseback riding. Little Indian Stables can get you equipped to head into Dogwood Canyon on horseback. Trek through the woods of the Ozarks and past scenic overlooks, waterfalls, and streams. This densely wooded park is also great for day hikes, and the paved walking trails make it accessible to people with physical handicaps.
Head off-road at Shepherd of the Hills and tear through the forest on one of the park’s ATV trails. From there you can strap yourself into the park’s zipline and fly 170 feet in the air at 50 miles per hour. Up for more adventure? Head to the lookout tower for one of Branson’s best views before enjoying one the park’s live performances about the famous Shepherd of the Hills.
Soak In Some History
One of the best places to start your vacation is in Branson’s historic downtown. This is where family fun meets whimsical charm. Between the old-fashioned diners, quaint shops, and picture-worthy stopping points, there is plenty to enjoy.
This is a favorite spot for people of all ages, and hardly anything has changed since this dime store opened more than 50 years ago. Between all the candy, games, toys, and trinkets, the hunt for the perfect souvenir could last all day.
Plan to soak in some of the area’s history when you consider how to spend two days in Branson. For a dose of history that takes you deep into the woods, hop aboard the Branson Scenic Railway. Whether you settle in for a leisurely ride or opt to enjoy dinner in the dining car, be sure to get a window seat. This 40-mile tour will take you on a journey through the Ozarks with plenty of scenic beauty to enjoy.
Branson’s history is full of A-list celebrities, musicians, and performers. Everyone from The Lennon Sisters and Wynonna Judd to Loretta Lynn and Andy Williams have performed in Branson. It’s part of why this small town in the middle of the Ozarks was dubbed the “Live Music Capital of the Universe” by 60 Minutes. So as you decide how to spend two days in Branson, be sure to discover how this small town went from being a fishing destination to a hub for country music and live theatre at the Branson Centennial Museum.
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