Branson is famous for having amazing entertainment options - a wide variety of live shows, attractions, and more, and one of it’s very best shows is also an incredible attraction - Showboat Branson Belle! Brought to Branson courtesy of Herschend Family Entertainment, the Branson-born company that first gave us Silver Dollar City, the Showboat Branson Belle offers a world-class live show every year, but it’s also what we call an “attraction;” even without the show, it’s a whole lot of fun to cruise gorgeous Table Rock Lake in a huge boat while enjoying a delicious meal! And this isn’t one of those gambling ships where you have to leave the kids at home, the Showboat is ideal for the whole family - no gambling, no alcohol, just good, clean entertainment that’s sure to create memories you’ll treasure forever.
Here are the 10 things to know about visiting the Showboat Branson Belle:
1. It’s more than a show! Like we mentioned above, the live entertainment on board is always excellent, but it’s also exciting just to be on such a big beautiful boat on a big beautiful lake! This 1890s style paddle-wheeler has multi-level decks for great 360 degree views; it can hold up to 700 passengers, and you’ll discover comfortable Adirondack chairs for lounging on the deck. (Fascinating side note - the Showboat was launched from shore in 1994 using two tons of bananas! It took just nine quick seconds to hit the water, much faster than anyone watching had anticipated.)
2. The meal is amazing! Nothing beats getting a meal with your show, saving you time and money and adding that special something to your experience. The menu can change, but currently the Showboat is serving Honey Citrus Chicken, Slow Cooked Pot Roast in Gravy, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Green Beans, and Silver Dollar City’s Lemon Berry Ice Cream Pie for dessert.
3. There’s a special Kid’s Menu! Kids get the special treatment aboard the Showboat; their meal includes Chicken Tenders with Macaroni & Cheese with Green Beans and Apple Slices, and Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Syrup and Sprinkles for dessert. Kind of makes you want to be a kid again, huh?
4. There are special kid-friendly cruises! While we’re on the subject of the young ones, the Showboat offers two specialty cruises designed for children - Princess & Pirate Cruises are held on most Sundays in June, July, and August, and Santa’s Pancakes & Pjs Cruises take place on most Saturdays and Sundays in November and December. Both offer fun activities and yummy meals!
5. You can hear gloriously good gospel music! That’s right, in addition to the Main Show cruises and specialty kid’s cruises, the Showboat hosts Southern Gospel Cruises. For several days in late August and early September, these lunchtime cruises showcase well-known and beloved gospel greats like Lynda Randle, The Perrys, and The Talleys.
6. The show changes up for the holidays! Yep, Christmas is always incredibly special in Branson, and that holds especially true aboard the fun, festive, and fabulous Showboat! All decked out for the holidays (pun intended,) the boat offers a spectacular variety show, deliciously delightful holiday meal, and everything that makes for a grand Christmas time experience!
7. You can shop! You’ll find ladies apparel, accessories, and jewelry at Layton Mercantile and a variety of souvenirs and Table Rock Lake clothing at McAdoo’s Boatworks - both at White River Landing where the Showboat docks. You’ll also find a neat little gift shop right on the boat in the Atrium. And check out the refillable souvenir tumblers for free refills throughout the season; available at all three shops. (For helpful information on Branson shopping centers…”Your Branson Shopping Center List of Stores & More!”)
8. Getting around the boat is easy! The majority of the seating can be found on the main deck, the level where guests board. There are stairs to access other levels, and there’s also an elevator that will take you to the other two decks and additional seating.
9. The Showboat is prepared! The crew has first aid training and an EMT is available during every cruise. Additionally, the boat is very large and stable, and it glides along the gentle waters of Table Rock Lake easily, making the possibility of seasickness unlikely. (Note: Let you server know if you need to refrigerate insulin or other medications.)
10. Restrictions are minimal! Video cameras can be used on the outer decks only. Smokers are accommodated on the outer decks.
Now that you know a bit more about enjoying Branson’s only dinner cruise on Table Rock Lake, get your reservations made - it may be a big boat, but popular dates can fill up fast!
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