Branson Offers More Than Country Music

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My family is going to Missouri next month to visit my parents, and we’ll  be spending a cople days in Branson. I can’t tell you the number of people who’ve said to me, “Oh, I don’t like country music.” when I’ve told them about our plans. I’ve been there in the past, and I can tell you that you don’t have to care for country at all in order to have a ball in Branson. There so much for everyone, you’ll surely find something fun to enjoy. Here are some highlights.


Branson is known as the “live music show capital of the world because it has over 100 live shows to choose from. Visitors can choose from a wide variety of music genres including big band, jazz, Broadway, and of course, country. The Twelve Irish Tenors is a very popular show right now, as their harmonies are amazing. This group’s wide vocal selection appeals to all ages and tastes. The well-known variety performer, Andy Williams, can be seen at the Moon River Theatre, and there’s Yakov Smirnov, the Russian comedian. You may want to see some Branson classics like The Presleys and the Baldknobbers as well. Though these groups are country in nature, they’ve been around Branson from the beginning and are sure to entertain. There are many more popular shows to see in Branson. I’ve simply listed the top of my wish list!


My family and I will be visiting Silver Dollar City, voted the number one theme park in the world by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions. Silver Dollar City is an 1880’s themed park that features crafts demonstrations, live shows, shops, and restaurants, as well as rides. We’ll also be seeing Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. No, this isn’t a country music show. It’s an incredible production set in a 35,000 square foot arena. You’ll see amazing performances with horses, longhorn steers, and ostriches. Musical performers and trick riders will astound you, and you’ll be fed a pretty authentic Civil War-era meal while you enjoy the show. You can’t beat the attractions of Branson.

Other Activities

With three lakes, Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake, in the Branson area, you can bet there are outdoor activities aplenty for you to take part in. Those who enjoy water sports can water ski, kayak, sail, and jet ski, among others. And, of course, there’s fishing! Camping and RV sites abound along the marinas and boat docks in the area. You can even rent boats and equipment.

Has any of this got you thinking of a trip to Branson? Better plan a few days at least because I haven’t even mentioned half of all the fun stuff there is to do there. I’m really looking forward to our trip, but wish me luck traveling with three kids!


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