You may have heard the famous Anne of Green Gables quote: “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”. This famous line sums up fall in the Ozarks perfectly. As the temperatures cool down and the days get shorter, a new season is ushered in. Fall in Branson is filled with outdoor festivals and great entertainment as the hills put on a show of their own.
See the Views
The roads leading in and out of Branson are a great way to take in the beautiful changing leaves. Plan to take a relaxing drive just to watch the colors go by. Cruise around the lakes, the back roads, and scenic highways to catch a glimpse of the beauty. One of the most popular drives is Hwy 265 and Hwy 165 – over the dam and to the Hwy 165 Scenic Overlook – where you can see Table Rock Lake, Table Rock Dam, and Lake Taneycomo all from the same point. You’ll want to take some photos, so don’t forget your camera. This time of year is a favorite among motorcyclists for this very reason. It’s the perfect opportunity to jump on the back of a bike and enjoy the Ozarks’ fresh air. More unique ways to explore the outdoors is by kayak, canoe, golf, or bicycle. Kayak Branson offers rentals for Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Lake. Visitors can also rent bicycles from State Park Marina and take a leisurely ride along the 2.2 mile path of Lakeshore Trail.
College of the Ozarks
Another beautiful view of Lake Taneycomo can be enjoyed from the campus of College of the Ozarks. A visit to this college, known as “Hard Work U”, gives you a chance to connect with the culture and history of the Tri-Lakes area. The beautiful campus warmly welcomes visitors and offers a variety of unique experiences including Edwards Mill, The Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen, Williams Memorial Chapel, Hoge Greenhouses, Gaetz Tractor Museum, Patriots Park, Ralph Foster Museum, and panoramic views at Point Lookout. Lunch and dinner are served on campus at the Keeter Center in Dobyn’s Dining Room where every part of your dining experience includes work done by students with products grown on campus.
When you’re ready to be entertained, the stages of Branson are over-flowing with world-class talent. Branson offers a wide variety of show experiences from big name stars to large, full-stage productions to small intimate venues. Planning an itinerary can seem overwhelming. If you’re not sure where to start, give Branson’s Best Reservations a call and they can customize a package just for you! (800) 800-2019
Arts & Crafts
The cooler temperatures ushered in by fall lend themselves perfectly to arts & craft festivals allowing you to experience true Ozarks culture. Each September artisans line the streets in Historic Downtown Branson for the annual Autumn Daze festival. Dozens of vendor booths packed with handmade items are available, plus it’s a great place to take in some of Branson’s show talent in their entertainment tent.
Located about 30 minutes north of Branson you will find the Annual Ozark Arts & Crafts Show which typically takes place the first weekend of October. Here you can find an abundance of handcrafted items, antiques, tasty food choices, and more. War Eagle, one of the largest craft fairs in the region, takes place every October and must be experienced if you are a true craft fair aficionado. War Eagle is located south of Branson in Rogers, Arkansas, and is a great idea for a day trip from Branson.
One of the most popular stops any time of year, but especially during fall, is a visit to Silver Dollar City. Harvest Festival featuring Craft Days and Pumpkin Nights runs September 24-October 30. Artisans will be featured every week during the festival and guests will experience the glowing new event–Pumpkin Nights–with non-frightful fun for the entire family!