6 Best Things to Do in Branson

If wholesome fun is your jam, then Branson's got your ticket to ride.

6 Best Things to Do in Branson
Branson, Missouri, USA—September 3, 2019: Branson, known for musical entertainment, has amusement rides and entertainment for people of all ages. The town is nestled in the Ozark mountains in Missouri. Getty Images / iStock / Christine Kohler

Branson is often compared to Las Vegas, just with a lot less sin. Instead of gambling and debauchery, there's family-friendly entertainment like amusement parks, theaters and country-western themed activities. Here are some suggestions for what you can do during your stay in Branson, Missouri.

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Come along for the ride aboard vintage cars on Branson Scenic Railway and listen to the live narration as it travels...

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Branson Scenic Railway

If you're dying to get out of town, this is your ticket: the Branson Scenic Railway chugs through the Ozarks revealing the natural beauty that lies hidden in these mountains. Plant yourself in one of the historic railway cars at the old train depot and prepare yourself to be in awe as the train goes through tunnels and on top of trestles.

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206 E. Main St.

Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure

Like butterflies? And rainforests? Then this place is for you. Come frolic with hundreds upon hundreds of beautiful butterflies. You can even feed them with complimentary flower nectar. But it's not all wings and woods here. There are plenty of other family-friendly diversions too, including a mirror maze and a science center.

4106 W. 76 Country Blvd.

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Dolly Parton's Stampede

If Dolly Parton, a bunch of talented horses and the American Civil War collided, it would look, feel, sound, smell and taste a lot like this. Welcome to one of Branon's most popular dinner theater shows where horses do tricks and the patrons clap along while feasting on dinner. Stick around after the performance to meet the horses.

1525 W. 76 Country Blvd.

Showboat Branson Belle

Cruise around Table Rock Lake in Branson-baller style. Hop aboard the Showboat Branson Belle for a two-hour ride around the lake. Cruisers are fed a three-course meal plus live entertainment that includes a magician and country music.

4800 MO-165

Silver Dollar City

An amusement park with a mining and pioneer theme on the edge of Branson, Silver Dollar City originally sprang up around Marble Cave, which you can descend into. Above-ground fun includes plenty of thrill rides.

399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy

Titanic Museum

It's anyone guess why and how there's a museum dedicated to the world's most famously doomed cruise ship in a landlocked city and in a landlocked state. But if you're a fan of the ship (or the film) then shrug your shoulders and say "Why not?" Cheekily enough, visitors enter through a fake iceberg and then can wander through a replica of the ship.

3235 W. 76 Country Blvd.

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