This article appears in Winter Boomers magazine.
Explore the entertaining city of Branson, Missouri, where the theaters are filled with excitement, music, dance, comedy and much more.
Although Branson has live shows running morning, afternoon and evening, it is not only these shows that bring visitors to explore and enjoy this Ozarks town. It is a family-friendly destination, a place where you can ride a roller coaster during the day and see Dolly Parton or a favorite star perform in the evening.
Boomer travelers can take a trip down memory lane with the music of Neil Sedaka, the Carpenters, Captain & Tennille, the Eagles, Herman’s Hermits, Motown legends, country hits and so much more. Music, dancing and entertainment of all genres never ends. The live shows have been a part of Branson for more than 50 years and offer a menu of acrobats, comedians, special shows for kids, dinner shows, shows on boats — just to name a few. An updated list can be found at explorebranson.com.
If you have never been to Branson, it is quite surprising in what it has to offer. It is a place that can be enjoyed as a couple, with the family, or for a guys’ or girls’ weekend.
Take to the ocean aboard the Titanic and learn about the people, their history and what happened when tragedy hit the beautiful ship April 14, 1912. The Titanic Museum is the largest museum attraction in the world. Feel the frigid water just like it was on the day of the disaster. Visitors take on the identity of a real person while on the Titanic — see what you do for a living and whether you live or die. Visit titanicbranson.com for hours and pricing.
Step back to the days of five and dime stores at Dick’s 5 & 10, in the heart of downtown. It has been a staple of the community for more than 50 years. Here boomer travelers will find memories from their youth such as penny candy, Beemans gum and many novelty items. The downtown has shops, art galleries and restaurants within a walkable distance.
Take to the water on Table Rock Lake for dinner and a show aboard the 1800’s Showboat Branson Belle. The show includes a live band, comedy, magic and dancing. Dinner is prepared aboard the vessel. Visit silverdollarcity.com/showboat-branson for all the details and tickets.
Variety is the spice of life when it comes to food options in this Missouri town. It is difficult to make a choice when the offerings stretch from a floating café to Irish, Italian and Asian cuisine, and everything else imaginable for breakfast, lunch, dinner, bakery items or just a glass of wine. There are so many remarkable choices you can’t get to them all. One you might not want to miss is Dolly Parton’s Stampede, the world’s most visited dinner attraction. It features 32 magnificent horses and trick riders that will give you a thrill. Watch out for that stampede of buffalo and those racing pigs. Call well in advance for reservations; it fills up fast: 800-520-5544 or dpstampede.com/branson.
With live shows, museums, amusement attractions, outdoor activities, shopping, food and more, this town of about 11,500 residents offers up big-city entertainment. Boredom is not a word in Branson.
The action centers around what is called Country 76 Boulevard, a strip of theaters, attractions, restaurants and hotels.
For information on places to stay, tickets, and hours and dates of operations for all attractions, visit explorebranson.com.