Voted #1 theme park in the world by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions!
One of the World's Top Holiday Destinations! - CNN.com
One of the top 5 Holiday Events in the Country! - Good Morning America
Did You Know...
Branson has more than 8.4 million visitors a year.
Branson was voted the #1 weekend getaway destination by Midwest Living.
Branson is rated in the top 5 in U.S. destinations for family vacations.
Branson has 53 live performance theaters with more than 59,000 seats — more seats than Broadway and Las Vegas combined!
Branson offers over 100 breakfast shows, matinee and evening performances — that's entertainment all day!
With so many different activities offered to all types of people and ages, Branson has become known as the ultimate family-friendly environment.
Did you know? Lake Taneycomo is stocked annually with approximately 750,000 10-12 inch rainbow trout, making it a world-class trout fishing lake. And since the lakes never freeze, trout fishing is available year-round.
Branson, MO is home to eight championship golf courses, including John Daly's Murder Rock and Branson Creek, which GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest named one of the Top 10 New Courses in US.
Branson has more shopping available than any other place! It's home to three outlet shopping malls with more than 215 stores. Visitors can find anything they need, from contemporary clothing, gift items and housewares, to designer shoes, luggage and various other treasures and collectibles, at reduced prices throughout the year.
Branson just keeps gettin' better!
Branson Chamber of Commerce
The family-friendly vacation destination Branson, Missouri has recently been honored as a “Top Pick” among lakeside spots by Midwest Living® in the recent article 24 Best Family Reunion Spots. Midwest Living is a popular bimonthly publication that provides 3.8 million readers with trusted information on topics such as home, family, travel, and food.
The article addresses the growing trend
of family travel. The idea to publish a travel article focused solely on family reunions spurred directly from readers’ interests, which came to Midwest Living in the form of questions much different from traditional travel inquiries, according to Senior Travel Editor Barbara Morrow. “People want to reconnect … and travel with their families,” she says.
Branson was visited by Midwest Living last June, and scored an outstanding 5 out of 5 stars in 3 factors rating appeal, lodging choices, and planning help. Branson’s
3-star rating in the location factor was also the top rating given among lakeside spots. These ratings earned Branson the “Top Pick” for the lakeside spots category. Table Rock Lake, Silver Dollar City, and the Branson Chamber of Commerce were mentioned as key aspects of Branson’s award-winning experience.
Branson ranked as the No. 1 destination spot for the first half of 2008 on the domestic travel planning Web site Vacationfun.com, based on requests for tourist information.
"Branson's location and reputation as a value destination pushed it to the top of the list," said John Hudak, publisher of Vacationfun.com, which is currently ranked in the top 10 percent of U.S. travel Web sites by the independent tracking firm Hitwise.
"Branson fits the bill perfectly for what travelers need," said Hudak.
Source: Travel Channel
The Most Christmasy Places in America
When You Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute
by Erica Walsh
Are you looking to jazz up the most wonderful time of the year?
Visit this American locale that takes the Christmas spirit to new levels.
Ozark Mountain Christmas
The city of Branson is nestled in the Ozark Mountains about 60 miles from the gateway to the West, St. Louis, Missouri. Once a dying lumber town, Branson is now the country's live entertainment capital. It is home to scores of theaters and resort hotels that appeal to tourists year-round. And during that most wonderful time of the year, the hotels, theaters and townspeople all come together to produce the Ozark Mountain Festival of Lights.
The festival starts November 1, and lasts six weeks, drawing about a million and a half visitors. This year marks the festival's 60th Annual Adoration Parade -- a big, old-fashioned Christmas parade with over 50 bands and floats passing through the streets of historic downtown Branson. Something you won't see in any other Christmas parade is the Christmas cattle drive, where the cowboys of Branson's Great American Wild West show deck out their longhorns in the spirit of the season.
In addition to the parade and Christmas musicals put on by local theaters, the whole town is literally aglow with the Christmas spirit. The centerpiece of Branson's more than 8 million Christmas lights is the Winter Wonder Landing, featuring the world's only fountain that shoots fire as well as water. The fountain's display is choreographed to Christmas music and goes off every half an hour.
Perhaps the most beautiful way to take in the spirit of Branson is by taking a horse and buggy ride through snow-covered hills. The buggy ride ends with a breathtaking Christmas vista of the town below. You can even climb the 200-foot inspiration tower and enhance your view of this spectacular Christmas Wonderland.
The American Bus Association, representing more than 1,000 Motorcoach and Tour companies in the United States and Canada, has recognized Branson, Missouri’s Ozark Mountain Christmas season as 1 of the Top 100 Events in North America.
#1 U.S. City With The Best Value For The Money Spent - Destinations Magazine
3rd Best U.S. Destination With The Most To Offer Groups - Destinations Magazine
The American Society of Travel Agents
recently asked its travel agent members what they saw as the most budget-friendly destinations for travel in the United States in 2009. Not surprisingly, perennial favorites Las Vegas and Orlando/Disney World were ranked first and second, respectively, with Branson, Mo., New Orleans and Los Angeles rounding out the top five.