About Branson

Discover Branson, Missouri

Illustration of Branson's locationLocated near the geographic center of the United States, Branson, Missouri, is Mid-America's family friendly entertainment destination. Less than one-day's drive for a third of America's population, it's easy to see why millions of people visit this small mountain town each year.

Getting to Branson is easy, whether you drive, ride in a motorcoach or fly into the Branson Airport of the Springfield-Branson National Airport. Whichever part of the compass you're coming from, the last part of your journey will be through the beautiful Ozark Mountains, making your trip a memorable one.

Branson is a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination — and an incredible value — nestled in the lakeside beauty of the Ozark Mountains. You'll find live performance theaters, three pristine lakes (Table Rock, Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals), one of the top theme parks in the world (Silver Dollar City), dozens of attractions and museums, a Historic Downtown district, a Town Center-style shopping complex (Branson Landing), a full range of dining options, and a host of hotels, motels, resorts, RV parks, campgrounds and meeting and conference facilities.


The Haygoods Show

Shows, shows and more shows!

Long known as the "Live Music Show Capital of the World," Branson is home to more than 100 live shows, ranging from rock to county to magic to Broadway-style and more.

There is music from every era and style, performed by both rising young entertainers and legendary stars. The wide variety of music includes Pop, Country, Rock 'n' Roll, Gospel, Patriotic, Broadway-style, Western, Big Band, Swing, Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical and more. Several internationally famous performers call Branson home or have residencies here, as do scores of ensemble casts of singers, dancers and musicians.

Entire families of entertainers headline shows in Branson and continue a time-honored tradition of more than 60 years. Comedians are a Branson staple, both as headliners and specialty acts in zany variety shows and opening acts.

You won't find just music in Branson. There are cutting edge and nationally known magicians, performing pets and international shows that broaden the diversity of entertainment options.


The Country Blvd Strip in Branson

Mid-America's Family Playgound

With so much live entertainment, it's easy to think that Branson is only about the shows. But visitors are excited to learn about Branson's diverse family-friendly attractions, dining, shopping and outdoor activities.

Branson is currently experiencing a boom in new family-friendly attractions, with several hundred million dollars in new attractions in recent years. Those include Wonderworks, the Aquarium at the Boardwalk and many more recent additions to the city's attractions offering. Those new offerings are in addition the the already expansive set of attractions like Silver Dollar City, Whitewater, Bigfoot on the Strip and more.


Payne's Valley Golf Course, design by Tiger Woods

A Top-Tier Golf Destination

Golf is another major draw to Branson. The area is home to the region's newest and best courses, with four new courses opening in the past five years, including world-class designs from names like Nicklaus, Fazio, Woods and Player.

Big Cedar Lodge and its related course span much of the mountainous areas south of Branson. Those courses include the Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw-designed Ozarks National Golf Course and Payne's Valley, the first public course designed by 82-time PGA winner Tiger Woods and his company TGR Design.


Amazing Scenery; Outdoor Adventure

Whether it's the lakes, the mountains or the unspoiled forests, the Branson area's natural beauty is another major draw.

Nestled in the Missouri Ozark Mountains, Branson is situated near three pristine lakes and countless caves and other natural wonders. Outdoors enthusiast are thrilled to find many miles of trails and paths for hiking, biking or jogging. There's boating, beach lounging, world-class fishing and many other outdoor activities.