Branson, Missouri celebrated its 100th Birthday in 2012, and it continues to grow every year into one of the premier vacation destinations in the country. While Branson has an official population of 10,520 as of the 2010 Census, it draws well over 7 million visitors annually with its unique “home away from home” atmosphere.
Branson is nestled in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Southwestern Missouri, and is a popular weekend getaway for residents of the 8 states that border Missouri, as well as people from across the U.S. and even the world. Millions of families pick Branson every year as their family vacation choice, and the 2009 opening of the Branson Airport offers direct access from many cities. Branson is less than a one day drive from nearly 1/3 of the U.S.
Branson offers a one of a kind vacation experience for people of all ages, with many free and low cost attractions, over 100 theaters, outdoor recreation choices, museums, shopping, and much more. Whatever you are looking for you are sure to find it in Branson.
Branson was first featured in the 1907 novel “The Shepherd Of The Hills”, and a 1991 “60 Minutes” story helped put it on the national radar. The explosive growth in years since brought many famous faces to town including Wayne Newton, Tony Orlando, Jim Stafford, Ray Stevens, and Andy Williams, and many have made the town their permanent home.
Branson became a destination for corporate conferences and conventions in 2007 with the opening of the 220,000 square foot Branson Convention Center that features two large 50,000 square foot exhibit halls and an adjacent 23,000 square foot ballroom. The convention center is attached to the beautiful 12-story Hilton hotel that has nearly 300 rooms.
Branson Landing, a shopping and entertainment complex in downton Branson features over 100 specialty shops and restaurants situated in a New Orleans style Boardwalk atmosphere with a free hourly $7.5 million music, water, and fire show designed by the same firm that made similar Las Vegas attractions.
Branson’s Silver Dollar City amusement park draws visitors during every season with their internationally known World-Fest celebration every spring, summer Bluegrass & BBQ, Star-Spangled Summer and Southern Gospel Picnic events, fall National Harvest & Cowboy Festival, and the one of a kind An Old Time Christmas that features over 4 million lights, a holiday light parade, live entertainment, and a fun time for the entire family.
On February 29, 2012, an EF-2 tornado hit Branson. There was significant damage to a few hotels and theaters, but there were no deaths. The community rapidly pulled together and helped in community clean up effort and tourism officials were quick to make sure that everyone knew that nothing could shut Branson down. While some scars of the twister remain, they are disappearing quickly, and Branson is indeed open for business and ready for visitors.
The friendly and welcoming hospitality of the performers, merchants, and residents of Branson make every visitor feel right at home, and you will see and feel that personal touch everywhere you go, whether it is to Table Rock Lake for fishing or boating, one of the outlet malls for shopping, a relaxing dinner on The Strip, or if you just decide to sit back and enjoy the peace and seclusion of one of the many nearby resort destinations.
Check out all the great links on our page for information on all the fun things to do while you are in Branson. We hope your stay here creates memories that will last a lifetime.