No matter where you spend your precious vacation time, you always look for great spots to take pictures. Sometimes, you’ll snap a few photos where you just happen to be at the moment, at other times, you want some Instagram or Pinterest worthy pics, so finding really cool, pretty, or even slightly weird things to have in the background would be ideal. So, we’re going to give you some great ideas! We’ll tell you about places in Branson to take memorable shots; some are pretty obvious if you drive along The Strip, and others are not so visible, so you’ll need a little direction on where to go. (Some of the best places in Branson for an incredible photo is at the many museums - find out more about them here: “ Branson’s Museums - Fun and Fascinating Inside and Out!”
Obviously, there are hundreds of places in and around Branson that offer fantastic backdrops for family photos, selfies, pics of you and your best buds, and even just great pictures of beautiful view, so this list can’t possibly cover them all. We’re giving you, in no particular order, the ten places everyone visiting Branson needs to see!
1. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not: This is one of those obvious spots on Highway 76 (The Strip) we mentioned earlier. Just wait until you see the giant Transformer - Optimus Prime - standing right in front of the building! And then there’s the “broken” building itself, constructed to look as though it was slammed by the earthquake that shook the area in the early 1800s. You can get great pics without even buying a ticket to go inside, but we highly recommended touring the Odditorium - it’s a blast!
Location: 3326 West Highway 76
Other Details: Follow the link to the article on “Museums” above.
2. Branson Landing: If you’ve been to Branson, you likely know about this “destination within a destination.” Stretched out along the banks of scenic Lake Taneycomo, the Landing offers shopping, dining, and entertainment, including the brilliant spectacle of the multi-million dollar fountains that shoot both fire and water into the air, accompanied by lights and synchronized to music - it’s ideal for a photo op, especially one with a big family or group of friends!
Location: 100 Branson Landing Boulevard in Historic Downtown Branson
Other Details: Beginning at 12:00 noon, the fountains put on a show every hour on the hour, with the last show at 10:00 p.m. from Monday through Saturday, and at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday
3. Hollywood Wax Museum: Another excellent Branson attraction that affords you great photo ops without even going inside! You’ll discover a New York City skyline with King Kong scaling the Empire State Building - all atop the Wax Museum - it’s a fun sight to see, and especially to photograph. And just like Ripley’s, we highly recommend you tour the museum and discover all the photo ops inside with incredibly lifelike celebrities at every turn. Once inside, you can also get your picture taken by the museum as you’re clutched in Kong’s mighty fist while screaming your head off!
Location: 3030 West Highway 76 - just look for the big monkey on top!
Other Details: Follow the link to the article on “Museums” above.
4. Grand Village Shops: First of all, this is such a quaint English village-style shopping center, you’re sure to find plenty of pretty areas for selfies and other pics - including nice foliage and water features. In addition to all the scenic spots, there’s also a giant rocking chair - great for photos of the kids, but just as much fun for adults!
Location: 2800 West Highway 76
Other Details: You’ll find plenty of parking behind the Shops, and more information in this post: “Branson’s Biggest Shopping - 5 Big Places for Retail Therapy!”
5. Great American Steak & Chicken House: Speaking of “giant” things, just wait until your eyes land on the rooster that greets visitors to this Branson restaurant! This is one humongous bird (he’s 43 feet tall,) and another great spot to photograph your youngsters.
Location: 2421 Highway 76
Other Details: If buffet style dining with lots of options is your idea of eatin’ good, take time to enjoy a meal inside. And the restaurant is located next to the access road that leads down to Tanger Outlets, making it convenient to also do a little bargain shopping for your favorite brands!
6. State Park Marina: While we’re on the subject of huge things, and because, so far, we’ve only taken you along the strip, we’re going to send you out to beautiful Table Rock Lake! In addition to enjoying a pretty drive that only takes a few minutes from city limits of Branson, the Marina offers a giant Adirondack chair. Painted in the bright colors of their logo, the chair is another fun place for pictures with the kids, and fun-loving grownups!
Location: 380 State Park Marina Road - just off Highway 165, where you’ll also find attractions like the Showboat Branson Belle, Table Rock Dam, and the Dewey Short Visitor Center.
Other Details: Visit during warm weather months and take advantage of the many water fun activities on Table Rock; the Marina has plenty of rentals - a Yamaha WaveRunner, Premier Slide Boat, Luxury Tritoon Boat, Cobalt 220S Ski Boat, Pontoon, and an 18’ Lund Bass Boat are all available for enjoying the lake.
7. Historic Downtown Branson: Another shopping, dining, and entertainment destination that offers plenty of fabulous places to grab memorable images for your Branson trip scrapbook! The front of the iconic Dick’s 5 & 10 store makes for fun pics. There’s also a neat old-fashioned ice cream shop and a vintage-style candy store with a cool old spring-style screen door and barrels of candy inside. And, surprisingly, even City Hall is good for photos - there’s a nice foliage area with trees and a water feature.
Location: Easily accessible from Highway 65 via Highway 76/Main Street, or from Highway 248/Branson Landing Boulevard.
Other Details: You’ll find much more information on the Downtown District here: “Branson’s Downtown - Have You Been? The Top 10 Things You Must See & Do!”
8. Titanic Museum Attraction: Just like Hollywood Wax and Ripley’s, this is another museum that’s much more of an attraction than a typical museum, and it also offers delightful photo ops without ever stepping foot inside! The sight of the giant replica ship “sailing” out onto Highway 76 is truly unforgettable. And we’ll say again, you absolutely must take the the time to tour the museum - it’s stunning, inspiring, touching, and frequently changes out displays and stages special events and showings, making repeated visits with every Branson trip a real “must do!”
Location: 3235 West Highway 76 - did we mention a “giant replica ship “sailing” out onto Highway 76?” There’s no way you can miss seeing it!
Other Details: Discover more about Titanic here: “Branson’s Titanic Museum Attraction - What’s Now, New, and Next?”
9. Branson Theaters: Several of Branson’s live entertainment venues offer picture-worthy facades and landscapes; the gorgeous lion and lamb statue atop a water feature in front of Sight & Sound, the galloping horses greeting visitors at The Mansion Entertainment Center, the lovely landscaped grounds of Andy Williams Performing Arts Center & Theatre, the pretty flowers and foliage fronting the Presleys’ Family Theater, and the landscape and stabled horses found outside Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction.
Location: You’ll find location details, and more information, in this post: “Branson Theaters - Landmarks on the Entertainment Landscape.”
Other Details: Also found in the post link above.
10. Grand Country Resort: Just inside the building that houses Grand Country’s Papa Grand’s Pizza buffet, you’ll find the “world’s largest banjo,” and just inside the resort’s main entrance that accesses Grand Country Music Hall, more buffet-style dining, and several indoor attractions, is where you’ll find the ginormous fiddle. But don’t just go for the free photo ops with big instruments; the shows in the Music Hall are amazing, indoor mini-golf, mini-bowling, laser tag, and more will keep the whole family entertained, and of course there’s shopping and dining to be done!
Location: 1945 West Highway 76
Other Details: We mentioned lots to do already, and there’s also lodging in the Grand Country Waterpark Resort...yep, we said “waterpark,” and it’s both inside and out! Here you’ll find more on their many shows: “Grand Country Shows Deliver a Grand Good Branson Time All Year Long!”
So, there you have it, ten fantastic ideas for great photo ops in Branson! For more ideas, including fun things to do (it’s OK, put the camera or phone away and enjoy yourself a little,) here’s a list of no cost activities: “Branson Fun for FREE - 20 No-Cost Things To Do!”
If you want someone else to get the perfect picture of the family, you and your main squeeze, or even just yourself (creating a really cool gift idea,) you’ll have a blast gettin’ gussied up in old time clothes and leaving the photography to the experts at Branson’s Famous Old Time Photos. The photo shop is located at 2715 West Highway 76, just across the street from where the new Aquarium at the Boardwalk is under construction, and next door to King’s Castle Theatre.