Trip Ideas: Outdoor Fun in Branson
Branson, located in the Missouri Ozarks, offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures. You can take a zipline ride (or several), fish for trout, enjoy a day boating and tour a show cave.
Morning
Visitors to Branson can make their headquarters at this park, located along Table Rock Lake. The park features a marina, scuba diving, fishing, a boat ramp, camping, a paved walking and bicycle trail, and picnic sites and a shelter.
5272 Route 165, Branson MO 65616, 417-334-4704
Hours: Park grounds: Daily, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Get up early to enjoy Lake Taneycomo, one of the great trout-fishing destinations in the country. Lake Taneycomo is stocked annually with 750,000 10-inch to 12-inch brown and rainbow trout.
Fall Creek Drive, Branson MO 65615, 800-296-0463
Hours: Dawn-dusk
Afternoon
Marvel Cave, a Registered Natural Landmark, opened for tours in 1894. The cave, which lies beneath Silver Dollar City theme park, was the first attraction to bring tourists to the Branson area. One of the deepest caves in Missouri, it has one of the largest subterranean entry rooms in the United States. After you see Marvel Cave, stick around for a great day of family fun at Silver Dollar City.
399 Silver Dollar City Parkway, Branson MO 65616, 800-831-4386
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Spend part of your day on this 45,000-acres lake, which begins where Lake Taneycomo ends, and has more than 740 miles of shoreline. It's a great spot for water sports, including scuba diving. Bull Shoals Lake is known for its excellent fishing opportunities for white bass, largemouth bass and walleye, catfish and crappie. Located near Forsyth.
1 Lake, Theodosia MO 65761, 417-273-4020
Hours: Dawn-dusk
Evening
Buoyed by the waters of the White River, this floating restaurant serves up campfire classics of trout and catfish, along with refreshing drinks.
5 Bass Pro Drive, Branson MO 65616, 417-243-5100
Hours: Daily: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Branson Zipline Canopy Tours, at Wolfe Creek Preserve, offers a world-class eco-adventure where visitors of all ages soar in the Ozark Mountains, through and over the trees, past rugged bluffs.Tours range from one-and-a-half to three hours, daytime and night. All are guided excursions across numerous ziplines, platforms, and sky bridges.
2339 Route 65, Walnut Shade MO 65771, 417-561-2500
Hours: Opens daily, 9 a.m.; closing times vary by season.