Historic Downtown Branson celebrated 100 years in 2012, and it is as alive and kicking today as it was when it started. From great dining to shopping and many hidden treasures, Downtown Branson is a destination all by itself.
No trip to Downtown Branson could be complete without taking a leisurely stroll through Dick’s 5 & 10. This is your grandparent’s general store and a lot more. You could literally spend hours walking the packed aisles of this one-of-a-kind store and still not see everything. It is like a kid in a candy shop no matter what your age. They say, “We Got What You Forgot!” but they also have things you never even knew you needed. Whether it’s some old-fashioned candy, a refrigerator magnet, some toiletries you forgot to pack, old-time board and card games you haven’t seen in decades, a Branson keepsake, or a gift for that hard to shop for loved one, you will find it here.
Bargain hunters beware…Downtown Branson can be addictive. There are antique stores, flea markets, and thrift stores all around downtown, and Branson Landing offers even more shopping opportunities. This huge multi-million dollar complex of shops and restaurants is anchored by Belk’s department store to the north and a giant Bass Pro Shop to the south, with dozens of unique shops and restaurants along a street with a New Orleans style boardwalk atmosphere. Be sure to catch the hourly fountain, music and fire show in the center of the Landing. It is a sight not to miss.
All that shopping can work up a mighty appetite, and there are some famous eats around downtown. Clockers Café at 103 S. Commercial St. is a favorite of many for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and many folks cannot make a visit to downtown without sampling the one of a kind pie at the Farmhouse Restaurant at 119 W. Main Street. The Branson Café across the street at 120 W. Main Street has been around for over 100 years, serving flavorful local food for locals and visitors. If you want some delicious Chicago style pizza for 2, check out Mr. G’s Chicago Style Pizza at 203 E. Atlantic Street. Their Tony Orlando salad is an experience not to miss.
If you’re still hungry and want a great treat for that sweet tooth, The Fudge Shop at 106 S Business 65 has some suggestions, or maybe Mr. B (no relation to Mr. G) can entice you in for some great ice cream next door at 102 S Business 65. Dino’s 24Karrot Cake Company at Branson Landing offers decadent carrot cake that they ship worldwide. One bite and you’re hooked.
The free Sparky the Trolley offers drop off and pick up locations across the downtown area on a constant 15 minute loop on most days. Park your car and take the trolley, or stroll the streets and check out all the hidden treasures that downtown has to offer.