The Ozark’s in Branson, Missouri is like taking a step back in time. Much of the area is very conservative and steeped in tradition. Which makes since since its in the bible belt of America. The area is very scenic and is home to two lakes which provides a nice scenic drive through the hills of the Ozarks. It is easy to find places to stay in town on he strip or in Indian Point which is a short drive out side of Branson it self. There are a few major attractions in the area for entertainment; shows, Silver Dollar City, Shepherd of the Hills and caves.
Silver Dollar City is probably the biggest attraction in this area. The theme park was founded by a religious family and provides wholesome family attraction and a family friendly atmosphere and entertainment. They have multiple festivals through out the year. Many of the festivals high light many qualities of the area like blue grass, crafts, international and the Christmas festivals. Silver Dollar City does have different shows through out the park and many of them are twenty minutes to an hour long. Having different shows through out the year provides new entertainment every month or two and is a good way to see a variety of things without breaking the bank for tickets. They offer a few rides and a water park. Everyone there is very friendly and is approachable when you have questions. The park itself is a good reminder of how life was like during the late 19th century. Granite it is romanticized but still kind of a fun way to experience life back during the 19th century and shows off American craftsmanship.
Silver Dollar City has their own cave named Marvel cave and offers cave tours during business tours and lantern tours close to park closing hours. There are a few other caves in the area but most are in the Springfield area. They are good for a short day trip if you need or want to get out of Branson for awhile. One is the Smallin cave and they offer small civil war camp fire stories and extreme tours that explore other parts of the cave off limits to every day tourists. The other cave in Springfield is Fantastic Caverns. This tour you are taken around in a jeep tour of the cave.
Not to far from Silver Dollar City there is another attraction called Shepherd of the Hills. Many of the buildings are reproduction log cabins. They have a show there about how the area was settled. This attraction also features a zip line from the look out tower. During the winter the feature a trail of lights which is a 2.5 mile drive with moving scenes and lighted scenes.
Many of the shows in Branson are musical and located on the strip. Some are even comedy or magic but they are not as common. With all the different theaters that have filled the area known as the Landing there seems to be a series of chain restaurant to go with each theater. Most of the shows can be crowded if the are popular or new. There are a few outlet malls mixed in with the theaters and restaurants and can be a good way to find a good deal. Many of the stores do not sell crafts but are more chain stores.
Branson, Mo is nice place to visit if you are looking for family entertainment. There is plenty of variety to keep your family busy. Much of the community is conservative and traditional so you will not see a lot of bars and the like. This is a nice area to spend a long weekend to get away from the big city. It does have its moments of feeling like a busy city during peek times of the year but if you stay just outside of town you can enjoy the peace and quiet of nature but be a five minute drive from any major attraction.