Branson in the Fall - it’ll be here before you know it! It’s beautiful here in the Fall - the abundant and colorful trees peppering the Ozarks’ hills, the pleasant weather, and the thoughts it brings to mind like football, kids back in school, the upcoming holiday season, and more. And speaking of those “kids back in school,”Fall is ideal for adult travelers looking to enjoy the sights and sounds of a destination that’s mostly populated with other grown ups! It’s really the perfect time for couples of all ages, and groups of all kinds - family reunions, high school or college reunions, and maybe just getting the old gang together, Branson is “group friendly” all year round!
For a wonderful Branson-in-Autumn visit, make sure you include a few, or even all, of these 15 unforgettable shows, attractions, and activities:
1. Enjoy the scenery! Let’s start with the obvious, and free - a scenic drive! No matter which direction you choose, you can find lovely scenery throughout the greater Branson area. Favorites for locals and loyal visitors include driving south toward and into Arkansas, heading out to the eastern part of Taney County (the county where Branson is located,) and out toward the Shell Knob area.
2. Visit Silver Dollar City! Let’s face it, it’s not really a Branson vacation unless it includes a visit to one of America’s favorite award-winning theme parks! Recently ranked by TripAdvisor as being among the Top 25 Theme Parks in the World, Silver Dollar City’s festival in the Fall is one of its best - The National Crafts & Cowboy Festival is filled with visiting working craftsmen and artists, music, and fun events like the Wild West Show and an old fashioned barn dance! And it’s the perfect time to enjoy a dish from one of their big iron skillets! The festival runs from September 12 through October 27, and the park is open Wednesday through Sunday.
3. Catch a concert! Upcoming September and October concerts include huge names like Tommy James & The Shondells (September 14,) Ronnie Milsap (September 15,) Jeff Foxworthy (September 22,) Tanya Tucker (September 22,) Michael Bolton (September 23,) Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (October 3,) Charley Pride (October 5 & 26,) Trace Adkins Plus Special Guest Billy Dean (October 19,) and Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan (October 20.)
4. Catch a fish! When the water cools down, Table Rock Lake is freed up from swimming and related water sports, and ready for more fishing opportunities. And Lake Taneycomo’s colder waters means an abundance of brown and rainbow trout. If you haven’t yet, get your hands on a kayak from one of several area rental places and take an early morning trip on either lake - it’s such a beautiful, peaceful experience, especially on an early Fall morning.
5. Catch a show! In this town, Christmas begins on November 1, so Fall is your last chance to catch the regular season performance for many of Branson’s resident shows - come the first of November, many switch over to their holiday shows. (Some shows will have their usual show for the first half, and then change it up to Christmas for the second half.) For anyone who really loves shows (and who doesn’t,) it’s a great idea to come in the Fall for an incredible array of live performances, and then turn right around and head back “home” to Branson for Christmas!
6. Explore museums! This is one of those activities that’s great year-round, but the Fall season is perfect for people who like being around more grown ups and fewer rugrats! And Branson continues to grow as a destination for museums, especially those with both still and interactive displays. Titanic Museum Attraction, World’s Largest Toy Museum, Branson Dinosaur Museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, History of Fishing Museum, Hollywood Wax Museum, and the Veterans Memorial Museum are all waiting to be explored!
7. Indulge in Retail Therapy! Again, we’re talking about one of those things you can do pretty much any time of the year, but Fall is a great time to do some Christmas shopping or find incredible deals while perusing a few end-of-Summer sales racks. And don’t forget that Silver Dollar City and most of the museums we’ve mentioned also have unique shopping opportunities!
8. Discover Branson’s “Other” Cruise Attraction! If you know Branson, you know about the Showboat - but did you know that Branson’s “other” lake has another way to cruise? Main Street Lake Cruises offers regularly scheduled scenic cruises, meal, and special event/holiday cruises on Lake Taneycomo. The Landing Princess luxury yacht and the Lake Queen paddlewheel-replica each offer a different atmosphere; and while both are substantial boats, neither is nearly as large as the Showboat, which means you’ll enjoy a more intimate and relaxing cruise experience. And Lake Taneycomo is extra pretty in the Fall!
9. Golf - Golf - and more Golf! Another attraction for which Branson is quickly becoming famous is golf, and it offers an abundance of world-class courses. With the addition of several courses developed by Bass Pro Shops’ founder, Johnny Morris, golf is one of the area’s biggest draws. You’ll find these courses in Branson: Thousand Hills, Holiday Hills, Branson Hills, Top of the Rock, Mountain Top, Buffalo Ridge Springs, Pointe Royale, Ledgestone, Payne’s Valley, Ozarks National, and Don Gardner. Imagine how beautiful they all are when the leaves are turning!
10. Enjoy the great outdoors! It’s not just about lake fun when it comes to outdoor entertainment...did you know that Branson has a really good system of trails? You’ll find them throughout the city parks, including one that goes through Branson Landing, and another around the Table Rock Lake area. There are trails for walking, running, biking, and horseback riding. If time is limited, we highly suggest you tackle the city of Branson’s Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area. This stunningly gorgeous 140 acre preserve includes 5.3 miles of trails that range for relaxing to challenging. The head of this trail is easy to find - right across from the Fall Creek Road entrance for parking at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, which faces Highway 76.
These are just a few ideas for enjoying Branson when the Summer family time is over, and before the busy Christmas season hits - you know, that way-too-brief and beautiful time of year known as Autumn! You can also enjoy a variety of ziplines, ride go-karts, hone your skills at miniature golf, delight in a dinner show, laugh yourself silly at a comedy show, be dazzled by a magic show, and so much more, all in this friendly little Ozark Mountains burg called Branson!