Family Vacations to Branson, Missouri

15th November 2017

Sunrise over Lake Taneycomo in Branson, MO, photo by Dave Parfitt

Why Go

Located in the Ozark Mountains, Branson, Missouri has long been a popular road trip destination for families looking for outdoor adventures.  In the late 1960’s, Presley’s Country Jubilee opened as the first live music theater on Highway 76. Since that time, over 50 theaters have opened in the area making Branson a live entertainment hub. To balance the theaters and outdoors, a number of family friendly attractions and museums have also opened in Branson, Missouri, making it an all-in-one vacation destination.


Raiding the Country Vault at the Starlite Theatre, photo by Dave Parfitt

Where to Go

Branson is located in southwestern Missouri, 40 miles south of Springfield. The closest major airport is the Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) a 45-60 minute drive away (depending on traffic). A smaller, regional Branson Airport (BKG) is 10 miles away from the city’s entertainment district, but is only served by private aircraft and Via Airlines. Nearly 80% of visitors to Branson drive, and make their way to the entertainment district bordered by I-65 to the east, Route-465 to the north, and Lake Taneycomo & Table Rock Lake to the southwest. There are plenty of hotels, motels, cabins, condos, and campgrounds to accommodate the year-round influx of millions of visitors to Branson.


WildFire roller coaster at Silver Dollar City theme park, photo by Dave Parfitt

What to Do

Outdoors, live concerts & shows, theme parks, Branson, Missouri, has something to appeal to most members of the family. Branson is a year-round vacation destination with a wide-range of attractions, natural beauty, and even some surprises along the way (replica Titanic running into an iceberg on the Strip). Below are some highlights for family-friendly attractions in Branson, Missouri.

Getting Around

Branson, Missouri, is definitely a road-trip destination. With nearly 80% of visitors bringing their personal vehicle, the roads and “Branson Strip” can get congested. Take a look at the Branson/Lakes Area driving map to identify Highway 76 bypass routes to get you to the nearest theater/attraction. There is a free trolley available (named Sparky), but service is limited to the historic downtown and Branson Landing area.


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