Published April 01, 2013
Discover the sights and sounds of Branson, Missouri, located in the lake area of the Ozark Mountains. Families will enjoy the variety of attractions the Live Music Show Capital has to offer. With more than 50 live performance theatres, there is a show for everyone. Learn about the rich history of Branson and enjoy the award-winning theme park, which shares the name with the Silver Dollar City.
Here are the top five attractions:
5…50 live performance theatres
With more than 50 live performance theatres, it is hard to decide which show to attend on a limited vacation. One visitors must visit is the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre which tells playwright Harold Bell Wright’s epic tale of love, loss, power hardship and the meaning of life.
The play is retold every night and requires more than 80 actors, 40 horses, a flock of sheep, several firearms, a vintage 1908 DeWitt car and an actual burning of a log cabin to bring the story to life. Since the theatre opened it’s doors in 1960, people have come from all over to experience Wright’s lively tale. Check the theatre’s website for details regarding upcoming shows.
4…Moon River Theatre
Visit the 2,000-seat theatre where pop legend, Andy Williams, once graced the stage. Williams designed the Moon River Theatre, which is the only building in Branson to include natural rock formations as part of its construction. The singer regularly performed on stage alongside all-star guests including Glen Campbell, Ann-Margret, Petula Clark, and Charo.
Enjoy recipes from Williams’ mother at the Moon River Grill. The menu includes homemade chicken soup, pecan encrusted trout, rhubarb shortcake and the singer’s personal favorite Provencal sauce.
If you are in Branson during the holiday season, be sure to attend the Legacy Continues with The Andy Williams Christmas Show. One of the most popular Christmas shows in Branson is starring The Osmonds and The Lennon Sisters this year.
3…Never ending entertainment
There is something for everyone to enjoy in Branson; the city has no shortage of live performances and concerts. If you are looking for comedy, stop by two-time winner of Branson comedian of the year, Russian comedian Yakov. If you are in a musical mood, buy tickets to the 12 Irish Tenors show or attend one of the various pop and country music concerts. Also stop by the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre to hear the Japanese-American country music fiddler play.
The Titanic museum is the first and only world tribute to the 133 children who perished aboard the ship. The internationally recognized museum holds the largest collection of genuine Titanic artifacts valued at above $4 million. Each visitor will received a boarding pass with the name of an actual passenger and will come to learn their fate at the end of the exhibit. Due to the popularity of the museum tickets should be booked in advance.
1…Silver Dollar City
Visit the Silver Dollar City theme park and enjoy thrilling rides, a water park and an 1880’s craft village. Ride the Ducks and explore the scenic Ozarks on the fun and informative tour. Tae an hour-long cooking class and learn how to make some of the Midwest’s best dishes. Attend one of the park’s many festivals including bluegrass, craft, southern gospel and Christmas events throughout the year.