Just 35 miles South of Springfield, MO, is Branson, a small town known as the “Live Music Show Capital of the World.” On top of an amazing music scene, Branson is a perfect town for vacationers bringing in about 8 million visitors every year; from thrill-seekers to those just interested in relaxing, Branson has it all. It is now dubbed the 20th most popular overnight leisure destination in the United States.
Shopping & Dining
The shopping in Branson offers visitors just about anything they could ask for; there are outlet malls as well as boutiques and specialty stores. A one-of-a-kind shopping experience can be had at Branson Landing, which has everything from Bass Pro Shops to an amphitheater.
There is also a full range of dining options in Branson featuring fine dining, steak houses, seafood, family dining, and more. Some favorite local restaurants include Paradise Grill & Steakhouse, The Bearded Clam, Danna’s BBQ & Burger Shop, and the White River Fish House.
Parks & Recreation
Nearby Branson is Lake Tanyecomo, which is a man-made lake that offers a variety of activities including hiking, sightseeing, hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, and water skiing. There are also two other lakes in the area that provide similar amenities called Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals Lake.
There are many local attractions including the Hollywood Wax Museum, Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, Waltzing Waters, Ripley’s Odditorium, and Silver Dollar City, the largest theme park in the middle of the U.S.
Living & Housing
The median list price of homes in Branson is approximately $149,000. The neighborhoods of Branson are filled with single-family houses that are perfect for raising children. The lots are typically large and rural covering the 19 square miles of scenic Branson.
Schools, Health & Transportation
Within Branson there are six public schools and two private schools for parents to choose from. The Branson School District was named a recipient of the Distinction in Performance Award by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the 2008 - 2009 school year for the fourth year in a row.
The Skaggs Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community owned, full-service hospital located near downtown Branson. It has been awarded the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence every year since 2009.
Several highways run through Branson including Highway 76, Highway 13, Highway 86 and Interstate 65, which makes it easy to travel elsewhere. Recently, a free trolley has been added that runs between the Historic Downtown area of Branson and Branson Landing.