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Insider’s Family Guide for Branson, Missouri

Growing up in Kansas, Branson, Missouri was a popular destination for many of my friends’ families. Our family explored the Lake of the Ozarks once but were not able to visit Branson. Since I’ve always had a soft spot for this popular midwest destination, I invited and expert to share some of her tips for families who are looking to make the trip. Welcome, April!


Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Branson in Missouri is a highly sought after vacation destination for families. It provides the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. It is a metropolitan city but close enough to nature that time seems to move at a different pace in Branson. But do not be fooled – there are enough thrill adventures in Branson for those seeking an adrenaline rush.

Before you book that trip to Branson with your family, check out this insider’s travel guide.

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Where to Stay

The most important factor to ensuring a great travel experience in Branson, MO is your accommodation. There are a lot of water parks and resorts with their own accommodation. These are great options for the family to provide easy access to rides and attractions that your kids will enjoy. For example, Castle Rock Resort and Waterpark offers accommodations for tourists looking to stay for a few days. This makes it possible for kids to enjoy the thrilling water slides, lazy river rides, and other water attractions whenever they want to.

Another great accommodation option that offers easy access to water parks and rides is Grand Country Inn. Like the Castle Rock Resort, this resort also comes with an outdoor water park and a giant arcade. With so many things to see or do, your kids will never be bored during their stay!

What to Do

This is one of the easiest and most fun part of planning a trip to Branson. With so many options, sometimes it can be overwhelming. At the same time, it gives you something to look forward to on your next visit to Branson.

For kids’ and adults’ enjoyment, you can check out one of many amazing shows held in Branson all year round. The New Shanghai Circus is a great place to go to so you can witness the Acrobats of China show. This group specializes in one of the oldest forms of art in China. This is a must-see and your jaws will literally drop when you see this show!

Another show that the kids and adults will both enjoy is the VanBurch Magic Show. This is the largest magic show in the world with tricks involving exotic animals and other illusions.

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Where to Eat

Branson is also a haven for food lovers. The Dixie Stampede is one of the most popular dining spots in downtown Branson. You can expect the full Midwest experience with each meal which includes an action-packed show and horse riding stunts. If that is not enough, book a dinner at the Showboat Branson Belle. The chefs will prepare a three-course meal for all guests, which you will enjoy along with the bluegrass music show.

For more of the best culinary must-try in Branson, head to Bredeaux Pizza, The Upper Deck Grille, Buffalo Bar at the Top of the Rock and Golden Corral, to name a few.

You can go to Branson any time of the year. Take note of these travel recommendations to ensure that your family will have a grand time during your stay.


Thank you April! April is an online publisher for The Cabins at Grand Mountain in Branson, MO. She often writes about camping, Midwest traveling, and log cabin experiences.

A popular midwest tourist destination, Branson Missouri is great for families. Here's an insiders guide on some great places to stay, play, and eat in Branson.

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