I’ve made quite a few trips to Branson over the last several years and it seems to be a place that always calls me back. I love the lake, the shows, and the food. Mostly, I go to Branson because every summer I take my niece on a trip and each time we’ve been to Branson, we’ve left saying “next time we need to do this…” So out of all my trips I’ve compiled, what I think, is a great itinerary.
Day 1: Driving In. So we drive in from Oklahoma City and I would suggest making two stops on the drive there.
- Fantastic Caverns in Springfield- You will literally be in the middle of nowhere and begin to wonder is your map is leading you to the wrong spot but you’ll get there. I like this cavern because you can ride in a jeep all the way through. My son was little so I didn’t have to worry about walking slippery surfaces with him in a stroller or holding him. It take about an hour and a half in total by the time we got our tickets, waited for the tram, took the tour, and got our picture.
- Lamberts- After we left Springfield to head towards Branson, we made another pit stop and had an early dinner. It’s off Hwy 65 somewhat half way between Springfield and Branson. It may look like it’s super crowded, but trust me they move people in and out quick. And keep your head up because they will throw rolls at you. They also only take cash so either bring some or hit up the ATM they have. Also, take a cinnamon roll with you for breakfast the next morning.
- Silver Dollar City- Get your tickets early and they can often be combined online with other tickets to other attractions for a discount. We arrived right when the park opened on a Friday and were done with all the rides by 1 o’clock.
- Dixie Stampede- Sit a couple rows up because the dirt from the horses will fly up. This show is great! My toddler son even enjoyed it. Also, the seating is divided by the North side and the South side and audience participation is key. You will also be eating with your hands… don’t worry, it’s not like they are serving spaghetti.
- Take in an evening Ferris Wheel ride.
- Start off your day by going on an early Duck Tour- This is a great way to view Table Rock Lake and learn about the history of the town and lake. They even let my nine-month-old come up and take the wheel for pictures. We saw people parasailing, which is new, so we put that on the list for the next trip.
- Grab Lunch at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner- The food is great and all the wait staff sings!
- Right across from Mel’s is the North Pole so grab a souvenir ornament while you are there.
- Sight and Sound Theatre- go early for a behind the scenes tour. It’s amazing what gets put into these shows and how the animals are trained. Then stick around for the show. I’ve seen Moses and Jonah there and each time I left just in shock of how great it was. Also, if you want to be close to the animals when they come down the aisle get in the middle section close to the aisle.
Day 4: Before we head back we like to grab breakfast and piddle around the shops on Branson Landing for a bit.
Suggestions for hotels: We’ve stayed in the Wyndham resorts that had a kitchen so that was nice being able to brew our own coffee and store leftovers. We’ve also stayed right on Branson Landing in the Hilton and loved it.