Groups plotting a Show-Me-State holiday will want to explore every inch of this charming Midwestern city sprawling comfortably over the lush hill country of Stone and Taney Counties deep in the heart of the fabled Missouri Ozarks. Whatever your pleasure you’re bound to find it in good-natured, good-timing Branson – there’s an outdoor activity, local attraction, acclaimed eatery or headlining extravaganza to tickle your fancy at every turn. Run, paddle, hike, drive, zip or float your way around bustling Branson; “ride the Ducks” through downtown, cool off at a local waterpark, zip through the Ozark canopy, tour an area winery or take a dinner train through the scenic wilderness. Head to Branson Landing on Lake Taneycomo for a little shopping at Bass Pro, then hop the trolley to Historic Downtown for a taste of times gone by.
However you roll, you won’t be disappointed: this thriving music/entertainment industry hotspot has lured countless visitors from all walks of life for well over a century, beginning with the opening of landmark Marble Cave in 1894 when an enterprising Missouri family leased the cavern for 99 years, hosting popular square dances inside. Eventually they recreated a frontier town replete with shops, a country church and log cabin featuring cleverly acted portrayals of the infamous Hatfield and McCoy feud – and favorite family vacation destination Silver Dollar City theme park was born! Not surprisingly, when country legend Red Foley moved to town from Springfield, MO to host his “Ozark Jubilee,” a raging wildfire of entertainment/music industry development caught and carried the city all the way to its current regal status as the “Live Music Show Capital of the World.” Make a trip to Branson your next grand group adventure, and see why some of the biggest names in showbiz call this beautiful Ozark destination home.