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Exciting Activities in Branson for Those Who Don’t Do Theater

This article is part of the Hipmunk #CityLove Project

Theater-lovers from all over the world flock to Branson, Missouri for world-class shows and entertainment, and as one of the leading entertainment capitals in the world, it’s not hard to figure out why.

On any given night, over 100 shows will run, delighting fans of musical theater, comedy sketches and magical performers alike.

But while Branson may be known for its theater scene and thriving entertainment district, there is still plenty on offer for those who didn’t come exclusively to see the live shows.

Plentiful Outdoor Activities

Perhaps you would enjoy hiking or horseback riding through the beautiful Ozark Mountains.  Maybe a few rounds of golf on world-renowned courses is more your speed.

Fishing or kayaking is a fun way to spend the day on one of Branson’s three spectacular lakes, and adrenaline junkies have their choice of an amazing range of outdoor activities.


Perhaps a horse ride through the beautiful Ozark Mountains? Photo CC DI Jones.

Here are a few more ideas on what Branson has to offer if you’re not there for a show.

Walking Trails

Set between the breathtaking Ozark Mountains, and with three spectacular lakes, Branson is a beautiful city perfect for hikers. Hiking trails are located throughout the Branson area and offer incredibly scenic views which make for phenomenal photography to send home.

Popular hiking trails include those within Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, Table Rock Lakeshore, and around Bull Shoals Lake.

Sunset over Table Rock Lake.

Sunset over Table Rock Lake. Photo CC by John Starnes.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the beautiful limestone bluffs, cascading waterfalls, and naturally formed bridges which line many of the trails.

High Flying

Branson has many adventurous outdoor activities on offer, however two of the best include parasailing and zip-lining.

There is no better way to view Table Rock Lake or the sprawling Ozark Mountains than from above, and these are probably the most exciting ways to experience the area.


Zipping over the Ozarks. Photo CC by Ed Johnson.

If the live shows bore you, these activities certainly won’t. Travel at speeds of up to 50 mph with an amazing bird’s eye view of one of America’s most stunning natural landscapes.

Visit a Winery

While not common knowledge, Missouri is one of the top-rated, wine-producing states in America. Branson wineries offer everything from tours and tastings to wine classes.

It doesn’t matter what your taste is, Branson wineries have something for everyone.

Caving for All Ages

Its location in the rocky Ozark Mountains means that caves are abundant in Branson, and they are all fun for both adults and children alike.

Favorites include Marvel Cave, Talking Rocks Tavern, and Cosmic Caverns.

Straw formations at Cosmic Caverns. Photo CC by

Straw formations at Cosmic Caverns. Photo CC by Clinton Steeds.

Exploring the many caves around Branson is a fantastic way to spend a day, and you may choose the level of difficulty based on your thirst for adventure.

You can walk through some caves, ride through others, and many more allow you to just stand back and gaze into their depths.

More Than Live Shows

There are an amazing range of activities and attractions on offer in Branson outside of its live performances, so if you’re not necessarily a theater fan, don’t write it off just yet! And, if you’re looking for ways to get a cheap hotel in Branson, go to Hipmunk’s Branson Hotels guide page.  There you’ll find out what the average price per hotel is during the season, and whether or not you should tempt fate with lodging at a hostel.

Meg Jerrard is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure!  Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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