As Canadians living in Kansas, we were looking for something exciting to do on our Thanksgiving break. We decided to drive to Branson, Missouri. It sounded like a place with lots to do and see and it was only 5 hours away. (as we are finding out, nothing much is close by! Five hours is nothing!)
We stayed for 3 nights and we had a really good time. Branson Missouri is in the Ozark Mountains so the scenery is very pretty and I can only imagine how much nicer it would be in the summer. We filled all of our days there. There is something for everyone!
This King Kong on top of the Wax Museum was pretty impressive!
The main street in Branson is very congested with traffic! So it is best to avoid it unless you need to go down it. As we first drove through, I thought everything seemed a little worn out but at the other end of the street buildings seemed more up to date and newer. After spending a bit of time we discovered that there is much more in Branson then what you first see when you arrive. By driving off the beaten path you can see lots of cool places to visit and things to do. We drove up to a lookout where we could see across the city. So putting up with the traffic is just one of those things in a touristy town! It would be great if they ran a bus up and down that main street, stopping at different hotels along the way. If it was convenient, it would be perfect.
This Titanic Museum was really great and I loved how it looked like the ship from outside. I understand it is a newer museum in Branson. My husband thought Branson was a funny location for a Titanic Museum but It is done very well and we enjoyed it a lot. As you enter the museum you are in the bottom of the ship, and as you proceed you go up to the top, passing through 3rd class, 2nd class and then first. There were no cameras allowed inside, so no photos to share! Go check it out!
Here is the museum from the front. That is real water spraying at the front and then the iceberg is on one side.
We only went to two museums but there was lots more we could have done (which meant spending more money of course).
We went to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Show. I chose it because my Daughter loves horses but in the end we all enjoyed the show very much.
We loved that as you arrived for the show, you walked past the stables and the horses that are in the show are there for you to see!
A shop along the main street.Plus, Branson Missouri has 2 Outlet Malls! Tons of places to shop!
There are also tons of places to eat!
There is a Paddle Boat Tour as well. Friends of ours have gone on it and they say its great! We just happened to see it as we were driving around exploring.
In historical downtown Branson there are a couple of hotels and an area along the water with shopping and dining called Branson Landing. It is a pretty place for a walk. Here is the big Christmas tree in the center of Branson Landing. Can you imagine living in one of the homes across the water, way up on the hill?
Branson is a total Christmas town during November and December. I was amazed at how everything had a Christmas theme! There were light displays to see and there is a big theme park called ‘Silver Dollar City’ that also is Christmas Themed!
We were lucky to have beautiful weather while we were there.
The bridge across the Table Rock Dam.
I look forward to one day going back to Branson in the summer time!!