No matter what, or where, you’ll be “breaking” away from, Branson welcomes you with open arms, and lots of fun things to do. The words “spring break” immediately bring to mind college kids overindulging on distance beaches and creating memories they’d rather forget! But safe, family-friendly areas are increasingly become the destinations of choice for high school and college youth, families with young kids, and anyone feeling the winter “cooped up” blues, and Branson is the definition of family-friendly destination!
So, how about a quick and handy list of half a dozen things to help make sure you have an incredible Spring Break experience in Branson? Obviously, Branson’s huge inventory of activities could easily take up several posts, but our goal is just to get you thinking about creating your own list of all the things you can do to make your visit memorable - for all the right reasons! And there’s something here for everyone - young, old, and everyone in-between!
This list is in no particular order, and hang onto it - this isn’t just great advice for what to see and do during Spring Break - this list could just as easily serve as what to see and do in Branson, period - no matter when you visit!
1. Visit Silver Dollar City! Branson’s biggest and most popular attraction is the thing you can’t leave off your list! From March 13 through March 31 - Wednesday through Sunday - the Home of American Craftsmanship hosts Spring Ride Days. Although roller coasters and other thrilling rides may be the star of this Spring celebration, this award-winning theme park has so much more to offer...food, music, authentic working artisans crafting everything from blown glass to candy and from pottery to leather, and much more.
Where to find Silver Dollar City: 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway on Indian Point, just a few minutes from Branson off West Highway 76.
Schedule: After Spring Ride Days, the park opens April 10 on a Wednesday through Sunday schedule - May 7 on a Tuesday through Sunday schedule - and May 14 for their full seven-days-a-week schedule
What a Branson “newbie” shouldn’t miss: Experiencing one of Silver Dollar City’s epic festivals - including the Festival of Wonder, Bluegrass and BBQ, Harvest Festival, and An Old Time Christmas!
2. See a long-time show! Branson has loads of fantastic shows featuring everything from pop music to magic, but no visit should be complete without seeing one of the many long-standing shows - the artists who’ve become part of the Branson fabric, and help make it the crown jewel of the live entertainment industry! There are several to choose from, including Grand Jubilee, Pierce Arrow, Presleys’ Country Jubilee, Branson’s Famous Baldknobbers, Clay Cooper, Doug Gabriel, and the Haygoods. Whether you see one, two, or all of them, these are the shows that helped build this town, and it wouldn’t be the same without them.
Where to find these shows: Just follow the links attached to each show name.
Schedule: The links will also get you to a schedule for each show.
What a Branson “newbie” shouldn’t miss: Seeing the two founding families of Branson entertainment - the Baldknobbers and the Presleys - great country music, fall-down-laughing-funny hillbilly humor - simply priceless!
3. Experience a museum! Branson’s collection of museums is in a word - exceptional. Whether you visit one with interactive displays, like the Titanic Museum Attraction, the Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, or Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!...one that touches your heart and soul, like the Veterans Memorial Museum...leaves you flabbergasted at the mere size and variety of the collection, like the History of Fishing Museum...or presents you with a perfect photo opp at every turn, like the Hollywood Wax Museum, you’ll be thoroughly entertained and quickly looking forward to your next visit!
Where to find these museums: Follow the links, and check out this post for even more museums: “Branson’s Museums - Fun and Fascinating Inside and Out!”
Schedule: The post will give you a general idea of the schedule for each museum.
What a Branson “newbie” shouldn’t miss: It’s hard to choose, but if you have time for just two on your first visit, check out Titanic, especially if you’re as fascinated with this unforgettable piece of history as we are, and the History of Fishing Museum - you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how interesting this 5-star-rated attraction is!
4. Enjoy one of Branson’s “anchor” attractions! These are the “biggies;” the hugely popular destination draws that, all on their own, can make someone choose Branson for their next vacation. We’ve already talked about two (Silver Dollar City and Titanic Museum,) so here are the other two: Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction - a finger-lickin’ delicious meal for stuffing your face as you delight in a show filled with beautiful horses, great music, stunning feats, outrageously funny antics, and more! Shepherd of the Hills Homestead & Adventure Park - several shows, attractions, and activities in one historic location - the Outdoor Drama, ATV trail rides, zipline canopy tours, Inspiration Tower, Vigilante Extreme ZipRider, lunch and dinner shows, and more.
Where to find the anchor attractions: Just follow the links! Both of these attractions are located along Highway 76.
Schedule: Ditto on the links...
What a Branson “newbie” shouldn’t miss: Enjoying the horses in their stables prior to the Stampede show - you can’t miss them, they’re along the sidewalk on your way from the parking lot to the entrance. And the Outdoor Drama at Shepherd of the Hills is iconic, and it’s Branson’s only outdoor production.
5. Make time to shop! We’ve explored the world of shopping, big and small, in previous posts, so we won’t go on and on about the stores, but we will say “get ready to get tempted!” Whether you opt for famous brand outlets at Tanger, your favorite mall brands at Branson Landing, or hopping from one neat little store to the next in Grand Village Shops or in Historic Downtown Branson, make sure you make time in your itinerary and room in your suitcase and car for lots of fabulous finds! Get more details on where to shop here: “Branson’s Biggest Shopping - 5 Big Places for Retail Therapy!” and “Branson Shopping - 5 Fantastic Stores You’ll Only Find Here!” Note: Secret Garden has since moved and will re-open in April at 513 Missouri Highway 165.)
Where to find the stores: Location details are included in the linked posts.
Schedule: Posts also include schedules.
What a Branson “newbie” shouldn’t miss: Historic Downtown Branson - unique shopping, nice little coffee shops, a free-admission Branson history museum, and free downtown transportation on “Sparky” the trolley! While you’re downtown, you gotta go to Dicks 5&10!
6. Hit the latest attractions! Branson has been going through an attractions “growth spurt” in recent years….two mountain coasters, several zipline attractions of various kinds, an enormous ferris wheel, an indoor adventure facility, and even more is headed this way! And every one of these exciting places offers enough thrills for the spring break teenager or college student - Branson attractions are the perfect enticement to get them finally stashing their cell phones and enjoying the real world!
Where to find these attractions: Follow the links below under the “newbie” recommendations.
Schedule: Yep, just follow those links…
What a Branson “newbie” shouldn’t miss: Fritz’s Adventure - climbing, jumping, zipping, exploring, flying, and more, all under one climate-controlled roof! Parakeet Pete’s Zipline & Balloon Ride - zip from Branson Landing across Lake Taneycomo and back, and ride high in a really cool tethered hot air balloon! Runaway Mountain Coaster - uses the natural Ozarks terrain to send you flying down the mountainside!
As we’ve already mentioned, there’s so much more to do in Branson than what’s found in this post. Check out the posts we’ve linked to, and while you’re there, you’ll find dozens of other posts in our Travel Guide that share excellent information about shows, attractions, events, dining, shopping, activities, and more.