The Ozarks in Southwest Missouri is one of the most spectacular vacation destinations for the family. There is something for everyone (except for gambling!). Nestled in the famous Ozark Mountains, Branson is ground zero to experience all the activities in the area.
Marvel Cave – This was where it all began. This magnificent cave has over 2 million visitors on average per year. Discovered in 1500 by Native Americans, it was opened to the public in 1894. The lines to see the cave were so long that the owner opened many small exhibits to entertain the family as they waited. This brings us to our next must see location – Silver Dollar City.
Silver Dollar City – Established to entertain those waiting to see Marvel Cave, SDC has become a destination in its own right dedicated to preserving 1880s Ozarks culture. Amusement rides for the kids, crafts for the parents, and all in authentic mid 1800's dress. Watch a blacksmith shoe a horse, candy being made, glass being blown or original lye soap being made from scratch. The popular television series The Beverly Hillbillies created more attention in the late 1960's bringing even more tourists to the area.
Do not miss the newest attraction is Branson Landing, THE shopping experience. Visit Bass Pro Shops or any of the 100's of other establishments. Shop, dine, attend a concert or stay at one of the new waterfront hotels and convention center. It is all at Branson Landing.
Branson also has lots of outdoor activities. Lake Tanycomo and Tablerock Lake have some of the best fishing in the state. You can also rent a boat, go swimming, hike on nature trails, or go canoeing on one of the many rivers in the area. Do not be surprised if you spot wild turkey, white tailed deer or even an armadillo.
Other Great Parks & Attractions:
o Celebration City
o White Water
o Showboat Branson Belle
o Ride The Ducks
o The Wilderness
o Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede
o Silver Dollar City Foundation
Branson is a remarkable vacation destination. It has everything – live performance theaters, gorgeous lakes, numerous golf courses, theme parks, almost unlimited shopping and restaurants, and 100's of hotels and resorts to choose from. Bring the whole family and enjoy your vacation.