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In Branson, We’ve Found 5 Ways to Help You Stay Fit!

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In Branson, We’ve Found 5 Ways to Help You Stay Fit!

Yep, we know, running, jogging, standing on a treadmill, lifting a few weights - these might not be activities that top everyone’s list while visiting their favorite destination, but Branson knows that many people don’t want to lose the momentum of their regular workout, and many others simply enjoy the natural high they get from exercise.  And, sometimes, getting a little exercise, especially outdoors, is a great way to enjoy some family time together! So, what does Branson have to offer the avid athlete - the casual jogger - the occasional weightlifter - or folks who want to see Branson from a beautiful nature trail? Glad you asked! Pack those sneakers, grab those ankle weights, throw in a couple comfy t shirts and get ready to spend a little time getting that heart rate up!  (If you need other “general” information prior to visiting Branson for the first time…”Branson - 11 Good Things to Know Before You Go!”)

Here’s how you can work off a few of those pesky calories from all the great food you’re sure to eat in Branson:

1.  Hotel Fitness Facilities:  If having a convenient place to work out is important to you, no worries - Branson is home to plenty of nice lodging properties with fitness facilities that range from a couple stationary bikes to a fully-equipped exercise room.  Here are several properties with fitness facilities that have multiple machines and/or special features:

Grand Oaks Hotel has a well-equipped fitness room with a functional trainer, treadmill, cross-trainer, stationary cycles, a handy water cooler and towels, as well as vending machines near the entrance.  

Location:  Green Mountain Drive - about a quarter mile from Highway 76 and next door to Andy Williams Performing Arts Center & Theater, and within walking distance of dining and shopping.

Best Western Center Pointe Inn provides guests with a well- appointed fitness area that features a treadmill, elliptical machine, functional trainer, and more, as well as both indoor and outdoor pools for a quick dip to refresh, and hot tubs to relax those stressed muscles and joints.  

Location:  Center Pointe Inn enjoys a convenient location right on Highway 76 - it neighbors the popular Titanic Museum attraction, plenty of dining, and Clay Cooper’s theater, with multiple shows, is right across the street.

Grand Plaza Hotel is packed with property amenities, including a small fitness room, but one that’s conveniently available 24 hours per day.  The room features a treadmill, elliptical trainer, and reclining stationary cycle, and the hotel boasts a sizable indoor pool and neighboring hot tub.

Location:  Wildwood Drive, less than a quarter mile downhill from Highway 76 - across the street from Tanger Outlets and King’s Castle Theater, and just behind the History of Fishing Museum and Branson’s Famous Old Time Photos, which means lots of nearby things to see and do!

Best Western Plus - Landing View Inn & Suites offers a 24-hour fitness center with a treadmill, elliptical machine, stair stepper, functional trainer, and more.  There’s also an indoor pool and hot tub, both available round-the-clock.

Location:  403 West Main Street in Historic Downtown Branson (easily accessible as Highway 76 becomes Main Street as it approaches the downtown area - just a short uphill walk from lots of dining, shopping, and entertainment.  (If you stay downtown ... "Branson’s Downtown - Have You Been? The Top 10 Things You Must See & Do!")

The Radisson offers a fully-equipped fitness room featuring Precor brand premium commercial machines, including stationary cycles, a reclining cycle, a functional trainer, and a weight bench with multiple weight sizes - it’s near the indoor/outdoor swimming pool for a quick cool-off, and a hot tub to soothe those muscles!

Location:  Green Mountain Drive/Thousand Hills district, with direct access to Highway 76. Onsite and nearby dining, and unique shopping at Branson’s quaint Grand Village Shops.

Hilton Convention Center Hotel boasts an expansive fitness facility, offering a variety of machines including several treadmills, cross-training, ellipticals, a functional trainer, and an array of free weights.  There’s also an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and hot tubs - the outdoor recreation area includes cabanas around the pool and direct access to the hotel’s popular nightclub.

Location:  Historic Downtown Branson, adjacent to the local railroad that offers rides aboard the Branson Scenic Railway.  The Hilton is also within close walking distance to Branson Landing with a huge selection of dining and shopping opportunities, as well as another Hilton property with fitness facilities.  

2.  Branson City Parks:  In addition to all the fantastic shows, attractions, shops, restaurants, and lake activities, Branson has an excellent parks system - it includes walking and hiking trails, sport courts, ball fields, a skateboard area, and a huge facility that offers an outdoor pool with lap lanes and other recreational facilities.  There’s also a large health and fitness club operated by the local hospital system, which means it focuses on a more comprehensive approach to physical fitness. Although it offers memberships for local residents, it also provides day passes to Branson guests at a minimal fee. In addition to several smaller neighborhood parks, you’ll discover parks that are very visitor-friendly...we recommend these:

Branson RecPlex is the park area with the pool and fitness center.  It also offers two gymnasiums, an indoor track, and a concession area.  There are outdoor pavilions with tables and grills, walking trails, two playgrounds, and public restrooms.

Location:  1500 Branson Hills Parkway (you can spot a Home Depot and Best Buy from Highway 65 - Branson Hills Parkway is two exits north of the Highway 76 exit off 65 (less than two miles.)

Operating Hours:  6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Eiserman Park features Branson’s when-time-is-limited par 3 golf course - Don Gardner - as well as a basketball court, pavilion, picnic tables, and a swing set.

Location:  201 Compton Drive - located adjacent to the on-ramp entrance to 65 from Branson Landing Boulevard (directly across the street from a Rapid Roberts convenience store.)

Operating Hours:  6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

North Beach Park features a paved walking path along the lake that connects to the Branson Landing boardwalk.  You’ll find a walking trail, picnic tables, benches, grills, horseshoe pits, and two fishing docks.

Location:  50 North Boardwalk - along the banks of Lake Taneycomo and adjacent to Branson Landing.

Operating Hours:  6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Stockstill Park:  The second of three major parks (in addition to the RecPlex and the last park on this list) that appeal to visitors, Stockstill is brimming with features, including tennis courts, a skate park, a dog park, a playground, pavilions, picnic tables, benches, walking trails, and restrooms.  Making it extra pretty - Roark Creek flows alongside the park.

Location:  524 Stockstill Lane (the location of two pavilions, the dog park, and the skate park) and 200 Melody Penner Lane (where you’ll find another pavilion and the tennis courts.)  Accessible from James F Epps Road (intersects with Highway 248) off Roark Valley Road - connects with Highway 76 and Gretna Road.

Operating Hours:  6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area:  The third of Branson’s large parks, this one is, by far, its most beautiful!  Right in the heart of Branson, you’ll discover a 140-acre wooded and rugged landscape that includes winding trails, glades, and Lake Taneycomo bluffs as well as a waterfall and cave.  There are three picnic areas, a nature playground and pavilion, public restrooms, and an old homesite. For a challenge, take on the 315 stone steps!

Location:  412 Owen Lane (just across the street from the entrance to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater on Fall Creek Road - at the intersection with Highway 76) - you can see the sign for the park from Highway 76.

Operating Hours:  7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Summer) and 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Winter)

Important rules that apply to all Branson public parks:

  • No alcohol or weapons allowed in any park.

  • All pets must be on a leash.

  • No advertising, selling, or solicitation or use of the park for business purposes (without permission.)

  • Please don’t litter, cause excessive noise or other disruption to other park users, or use motorized vehicles in any area that’s not designated for such use.

3.  Area Gym/Fitness Center Facilities:  Branson is home to two fitness facilities that offer day passes for visitors to the area:

TR Fitness features a variety of free weights and machines for cardio and strength training.  Both week and day passes are available

Location:  554 Gretna - intersects with Highway 76 - the Titanic Museum Attraction is at the corner (it becomes Highway 165 on the other side of 76.)

Operating Hours:  24/7 - office is open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for acquiring your pass.

Taneycomo Landing Fitness is a large facility with a wide array of free weights, ellipticals, rowing machines, functional trainers, and much more.  There’s also an indoor pool and an aqua fitness program, as well as an experienced staff of trainers. 

Location:  405 Veterans Boulevard (just off the Branson Landing Boulevard roundabout and neighboring Cox Medical Center.) 

Operating Hours:  Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

There’s also a local YMCA in neighboring Hollister in the Branson Industrial Park for those with Y memberships.

4.  Trails:  Branson has a great system of trails offering areas for walking, hiking, running, and riding non-motorized trail bikes. In addition to the many trails we mentioned in the city parks system, you’ll find trails here:

  • Table Rock Lakeshore Trail: 2.25 miles along the shore from Table Rock State Park to Dewey Short Visitor Center - paved, mostly flat and mostly accessible to those with mobility devices.
  • Chinquapin Trail in Table Rock State Park:  1.5 miles of natural surface - shares a section with the Table Rock Lakeshore Trail.
  • White River Valley Trail:  10.25 miles on Table Rock State Park and US Army Corps property - a variety of surfaces.
  • Ruth & Paul Henning Conservation Area:  3.6 miles featuring varying hiking experiences that include a moderate hike of 1.1 miles, a more difficult hike of 3.4 miles, and more.

5.  Batting Cages & Driving Ranges:  Work a whole different set of muscles and have fun while you’re at it! 

  • 248 Driving Range:  Located at 1847 State Highway 248 (just before you enter the Branson Meadows area.)  Open 24 hours.
  • Branson Driving Range:  Located at 547 Songbird Drive on Mount Branson just off East Highway 76 (next door to Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery.)  Open 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. seven days.
  • Track Family Fun Parks - Track  5:  Located at 3525 West Highway 76, this Track has four batting cages equipped to pitch at four different speeds - both softball and baseball.  Pitches sold in rounds of 20. Operating hours can vary, but usually run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at all three Tracks.

This list is far from inclusive of all hotels with fitness facilities, area trails, and other great ways to stay in shape and places to do it, but it will at least give you a good head start!  For more ways to enjoy Branson, both actively and passively, check this out: “Branson Missouri - Discover the Scenic Side of the Live Entertainment Capital!” Love to spend time at the lake? So do we!  “Branson on the Water - 10 Ways to Find Lake Fun in Your Favorite Destination!