While spending time in the beautiful outdoors in the Ozarks is something that should be at the top of our vacation agendas, there are some amazing indoor attractions as well. When it's too hot, cold or wet, or really at any time during your visit to Branson, head into the great indoors!
Today in Branson I felt like I could fry an egg on my forehead (though I don't see why I'd ever do that). Our family thoroughly enjoys spending quality time outdoors hiking, at Silver Dollar City or at places like Shepherd of the Hills and Branson Landing. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons not limited to the weather, we love to venture inside. Branson has some world class indoor attractions for the entire family!
You can check out full-length videos on all of the following attractions on our TPF! TRAVEL YouTube channel!
Aquarium at the Boardwalk
Amy and I were excited to be among the first to visit this brand new and highly anticipated aquarium in Branson. The gigantic octopus outside threatens to grab passing cars on 76 Country Boulevard with it's massive tentacles. If you can avoid capture, you'll be overwhelmed by the unique, festive aquarium environment inside. While the Aquarium at the Boardwalk isn't the largest aquarium, it makes up for that with it's beautifully themed and well designed home for all types of sea life. We'd also recommend their FIVE'R pass that gives you access to the Hollywood Wax Museum, Castle of Chaos, Hannah's Maze of Mirrors and Shoot for the Stars Mini- Golf.
The Titanic Museum is one of Branson's premier attractions, highlighted by excellence and attention to detail throughout. You'll be awed by the iceberg and ship as you enter the parking lot, and then overwhelmed upon entering the exhibit. After assuming the identity of one of the ship's actual passengers, you'll experience a variety of museum pieces, actual items from on board the ship, interactive elements and the powerful yet sobering story of this great ship.
The upside down house as many refer to it as is a newer addition to the Branson skyline. You can't miss the beautiful monstrosity as it hovers over the passing cars and people walking along the Strip. Once inside you'll have hours of entertainment awaiting you. Science exhibits, rides, games and other fun diversions will keep the entire family engaged.
Beyond The Lens
If celebrities and tabloid news interest you, Beyond The Lens is a must stop. You'll go hands on with various interactive kiosks, play games and dive deep into the world of the famous and infamous. You'll definitely want to check out Flyride, a theme park level attraction that has you flying over our amazing planet.
Little ones, older ones and mom and dad will be all smiles as innumerable and glorious butterflies sputter all around. This stunning rainforest environment is the perfect home for some of natures most adored creations. Be sure to bring your camera and prepare for these colorful friends to land right on you!
Escape Code & Sagas Mysteries
As many of you know, Amy and I own three businesses in Branson. Escape Code and Sagas Mysteries are two of them, and if you are into dramatic and engaging mystery solving, you must stop by! Escape Code was recently awarded the fifth best escape experience in the nation and has five thrilling games to choose from. Visit a whimsical dwelling Journey Through Elek's Hollow, evade a massive tornado in Vortex or discover what happened to a missing tenant in The Guest House. Sagas Mysteries takes the escape experience to another level altogether. It's a unique, one-of-a-kind escape adventure with immersive sets, interactive video and many rooms for you to investigate.
The Axe Game
We also own Branson's original axe throwing venue. Hurling steel is huge fun for those aged eight and up! After a safety briefing and axe throwing tutorial, you'll spend sixty minutes playing games, competing with others in your group and feeling the rush of hitting bullseye after bullseye!
The moment you walk into Fritz's Adventure you'll transform into a child again as you gaze upon the many things you can climb, crawl into or investigate. Bring your energy, or at least make sure your kiddos are rearing to go as the ropes courses, climbing walls and many other physically invigorating things to do will wipe you out, and you'll love every minute of it!
Of course we have to highlight the backbone of Branson, the many theaters and music shows. After a long day in the hot sun it feels great to settle into the air conditioned theater as you munch on snacks, drink cold drinks and get ready for an electrifying show! The number of shows is large so do your homework and find some favorites. In fact, you can go to shows morning, afternoon and night if you'd like! Some of our favorites are Bucket's N Boards, The Haygoods, The Presley's, Smoke on the Mountain and Reza.
Sight & Sound Theaters
No visit to Branson, no matter what the weather is, is complete without experiencing the spectacular productions at Sight & Sound Theaters. This breathtaking and better than Broadway experience will leave you stunned, shocked and awed by the message, the technical wizardry and incredible actors. Trust me, do not miss Sight & Sound on your next Branson vacation!
Branson, Missouri | Top Ten Things Locals Are Asked | Best Branson Tips
Locals are continually asked about Branson, Missouri. John shares the TOP TEN things locals are asked and reveals tips that will help make your Branson vacation one to remember!
Here's what he addresses:
- What is the best time of the year to visit Branson? 01:13
- Is there anything to do in the off season? 02:43
- Is Branson good for kids? 04:10
- What are some of the best places to eat in Branson? 05:26
- What are the best Branson attractions? 08:09
- What is there to do indoors? 0:58
- What is there to do outdoors? 10:40
- What are some of the best places to stay in the Branson area? 12:12
- What is there to do that is free or cheap? 13:32
- What about the Branson traffic? 14:13
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🎡 The Branson Strip | Ultimate Tour | What is Open and Closed in Branson
John and Amy take you on an end-to-end tour of the Strip in Branson, Missouri.
With the current situation in our nation many attractions, stores, restaurants, shows and other destinations are closing to the public.
You'll see many large and small spots on the tour including Starbucks, the Titanic Museum, the Butterfly Palace, The Track, White Water, Bigfoot on the Strip, Grand Country, T-Shirt shops, antique shops, golf, restaurants and MORE!
They also drive through Tanger Outlets and note every store that is open and closed.
Silver Dollar City Update | Delayed Opening | Closed to Start 2020 Season
Due to the current events in our nation, theme parks and amusement parks all over the nation have closed including Disney World, Dollywood, Universal Studios and, right here in Branson, Missouri, Silver Dollar City.
John and Amy live in Branson and they are sharing the up to the minute info about what's open and what's closed to start the 2020 season.
They discuss restaurants, attractions, shows and more!
Hi everyone! This is Amy with TPF! Trips, Places and Fun! And today we're going to be talking about some of the fun things you can do on the Branson strip, highway 76. This is the place where all the fun happens. It's also the place where you may run into some traffic, but there is so much fun stuff around you that we're hoping that even in the midst of bumper-to-bumper traffic you will be entertained. So we're going to just start by, if you are coming back from Silver Dollar City, so, Silver Dollar City is in Branson West, if you were coming down all the way towards the Landing. We're just gonna start and pick out some different attractions along the way.
THE BUTTERFLY PALACE
So the first attraction you would encounter as you're heading down from Silver Dollar City is the Butterfly Palace. Head on in there. They have a great place where you can see all sorts of butterflies flying around. The kids can grab an explorer's hat and some magnifying glasses and just check out all the lovely butterflies. It's like something you've never seen. They also have other exhibits, so they have a reptile exhibit they they even have a mirror maze. So there's other places in Branson where you can pay to go through a bear maze, but here it's all included in your ticket and it's a really great maze too. I can't always find my way out, or sometimes I come back out the entrance which isn't what you're supposed to do, but it's a lot of fun.
BIGFOOT ON THE STRIP
Alright, so heading on down I'd like to highlight Bigfoot on the Strip. If you just want to be flung into the air or do some death defying drops through things like that you can do that here at Bigfoot on the Strip. I was not brave enough to do them, but my husband and my boys were, so they did it. They had a lot of fun. There's also a movie ride you can do, even participate in the arcade, mini golf, all sorts of fun things like that.
So afterwards you are going to pass White Water. White Water is owned by Silver Dollar City. It is so much fun in the summer, lots of water slides, you know, the lazy river, the wave pool, all those traditional things that you'll encounter at a waterpark. So definitely check out White Water if it's hot and you want to cool off.
Across from White Water, if you decide you're hungry and you want to stop for a bite, there is Cici's Pizza. Now you have Cici's probably all over the place but there is a really great arcade in here so you can stop for some pizza and also have some fun playing some games with the kiddos. Really, you know, the traditional Cici's, but they're right on the strip and very convenient and fun.
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT
Who could pass up Ripley's Believe It or Not? So you'll see this huge robot just standing outside. You'll get in there, you will see all sorts of unique oddities that you can't see anywhere else anywhere, from the world's tallest man, the shrunken heads, it's all in there. So if you want to gain all kinds of knowledge about stuff you never knew you needed to know about, head on in to Ripley's Believe It or Not.
BRANSON FERRIS WHEEL
Across from Ripley's is the Branson Ferris Wheel. Now this was brought in from Chicago and now it’s an icon or a landmark of Branson. You can see it from all over the city, especially at night. It's so gorgeous. It's all lit up. Sometimes they'll do light shows on the Ferris Wheel, so definitely look at it. Check it out even if you're not going to ride it. The Ferris Wheel is owned by The Track, and the track has several locations on the strip. So if you want to play some arcade games, play some laser tag, go go-karting, things like that, definitely check out one of The Track locations.
The next thing I'll highlight on this trip is the Titanic Museum. Now this is a sobering yet exquisitely done tribute to the sinking of the Titanic. You will see all kinds of artifacts, you'll be given all kinds of information. There's an interactive exhibit. It's great for people of all ages, all the way, you know, from kids, all the way up through adults, and there is so much to do and see here. It really is a beautiful museum and it's so immersive sometimes you feel like you're right there on the Titanic in the midst of the action, so it really will pull at your heartstrings. It is, of course, the sobering story of a sinking of the Titanic, but really well done and something I highly recommend.
HOLLYWOOD WAX MUSEUM
Next you will see a giant monkey, gorilla, but not monkey, there's a difference. You'll see a giant gorilla crawling up the side of a building. This is of course King Kong, and you are at the Hollywood Wax Museum. You can go in there. The great thing here is that you can take pictures with all these celebrities, who of course, they're in wax form, but that's really fun. Lots of great photo ops. There they also have mini-golf. There they have the Castle of Chaos, which is kind of like a scary interactive movie ride type thing. And they have a mirror maze, so you can check out all that out or just at least hit the wax museum if you just want to do one thing, because it's pretty cool.
Across from the wax museum, I just want to highlight one of our favorite shows in Branson, and that's Buckets-N-Boards. Come on out and see Matt and Gareth, they are a hoot. So not only is it percussion, as you might imagine, but there is also improv comedy, singing, even some gymnastics moves, a little bit of everything here. I believe they run probably spring and summer so check out their schedule on Buckets-N-Boards dot-com. That's buckets the letter n boards dot com. You'll have a lot of fun there.
GRAND VILLAGE SHOPS
Heading further down Highway 76, you're going to come to the Village Shops. So lots of great little shopping and dining in this area, but we just want to highlight one of our favorite restaurants in Branson, and that's the Sugar Leaf Bakery and Cafe. Great food here, especially if you want to check out some sweets, you cannot find anything better in Branson. So we will talk more later in a subsequent video about our favorite restaurants in Branson, so make sure you press the like button, subscribe and hit that bell so that you can hear more about that when the time comes.
A little bit further down the strip you're going to come to Grand Country. Grand Country has a little bit of everything. They have Splash Country, which is an indoor water park. They also have a variety of shows to choose from. There was an animal show, there's comedy shows, country show, so come check those out. There's a great buffet, so if you're wanting to get some good home cooking, you can find that there. They have the Fun Spot, so some arcade games indoor go-cart, mini golf. It's great for everybody, so come and check it out.
DOLLY PARTON’S STAMPEDE
No trip to Branson would be complete without Dolly Parton’s Stampede. Do you agree with me? Let me know your favorite Branson must-see the comments below. Now the Stampede is a dinner theater, so you're gonna get a great meal. You get to eat with your hands, all different courses, you will be so full when you leave here. And you'll be watching a show with, of course, a lot of horsemanship, but also a ton of audience participation, some singing, some comedy, a little bit of everything, Really a great, can't be missed show.
Next door to the Stampede, you will see Fritz's Adventure. It cannot be missed. Head on in here in any kind of weather and you can experience a ropes course, some climbing obstacles, some laser thing that you got to try to get down under, tons of things. You can climb into an airplane that's hanging from the ceiling. This will give you a workout, so if you want to get in there and you want to burn some calories this is the place to do it. Fritz’s also hosts the Aerodium, so if you are the brave type and you want to go flying through the air, check this out. It's pretty incredible. I haven't done it yet, not sure if I'd be brave enough. As you can probably tell by now I'm not the bravest person when it comes to crazy or unusual rides but for those of you who are, this is probably just the thing for you.
Heading a little further down the strip you are going to pass through downtown. So downtown Branson has lots of great shopping and dining. They have Dick’s Five-and-Dime, which is a little general store that's been there forever. Lots of great things to see and do there so definitely make sure to just take a break, walk through downtown, if you get a chance.
BRANSON SCENIC RAILWAY
Now going through downtown you're going to go pass the Scenic Railway. If you want to take a gorgeous, scenic trip into Arkansas, and that also goes through some scenic areas in Missouri, depending on which way they're going. Definitely make sure to check this out. My husband and I took the dinner train and this was fabulous. We got to eat as we watch that beautiful scenery go by. It's a real treat.
So 76 is gonna dead end into The Landing. Now The Landing is this really cool outdoor shopping mall, lots of places to eat, play and dine there, so you definitely want to check it out. In the middle of it they've got this really cool fountain water, fire thing where you can see shows every hour on the hour. So make sure you stay around for that.
Now I really hope you've enjoyed this scenic trip down the Branson Strip. I just picked out a few of the things that there are to see and do. There was really so much I could never cover it all, but these are some of my favorites. If you have some favorite, comment in the section below and we'll see you next time. Safe travels everyone!