Branson being the outdoor paradise that it is offers many trails for hiking and biking. If you are looking for a leisurely walk through the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Henning Conservation Area may be just the place for you. Located off Highway 76 heading west towards Silver Dollar City, it’s a beautiful trail that you can see nature unfolding right before your very eyes! A relatively new trail system has opened up that takes you along the shore of Table Rock Lake around the Dewey Short Visitors’ Center and meanders toward the Showboat Branson Belle. There are several trails nestled in the city limits of Branson that give you beautiful views of everything from Lake Taneycomo to waterfalls. The City of Branson’s Parks & Recreation website has a list of all city trails.
Branson is brimming with free things to do on your vacation. From museums to outdoor concerts, enjoying everything the Ozarks has to offer is so much fun. The hotels and motels that make up Branson's best properties are each located very close to free attractions. When you pair a great lodging value with the value of Branson, Missouri it's a win for your vacation and your pocket book!
Believe it or not, shopping can be a free activity! Many of the shopping destinations in Branson are more like attractions. The Branson Landing is a great place to visit and enjoy the free fountain show that happens several times a day. Also, throughout the year, the Branson Landing Fountains become a stage for free concerts.
The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is located at the base of Table Rock Dam and is the largest trout hatchery in the Missouri Department of Conservation’s system. Over a million trout, perfect for you to catch while fishing, are hatched annually. That means over 3 million pounds of trout! The hatched trout are released in Lake Taneycome and other Missouri rivers and lakes. The primary role for this facility is the production of rainbow and brown trout to meet the Conservation Department's management requirements. This facility also plays an important role in supplying eggs and fingerlings for grow-out at other Conservation Department trout production facilities.
Formerly known as Stone Hill Winery, Curling Vine Winery is a great, free activity for the entire family. You’ll have a great time seeing how wine is made, learning about the history of the winery, and tasting Curling Vine Winery’s many delicious products. For visitors who don’t drink or who are under the age of 21, the winery even has a selection of grape juices to try! Curling Vine Winery is conveniently located a very short distance from two of Branson’s Best Properties, Brookwood Inn and Branson’s Best Motel.
College of the Ozarks is a unique stop like no other in the Branson area. It’s located just a few miles south of Branson in the neighboring town of Hollister. This working secondary education facility allows students to attend without paying tuition. Instead of paying tuition, the students each have a job on campus, and those jobs have turned the College of the Ozarks into a great stop for visitors. There is a dairy farm, working mill, Ralph Foster Museum, jam, jelly & fruitcake kitchen and much more.
In 2012 Branson turned 100 and opened a special museum celebrating the rich history of the Branson area. The Branson Centennial Museum is a free stop in historic Downtown Branson located at the corner of Main Street and Veteran’s Boulevard. It’s open 7 days a week with stories of the beginnings of this tourist destination. Mini-exhibits and characters fill the museum and offer a unique experience for visitors.
The Branson Arts Council holds free events at various times throughout the year. One of the favorites for many area visitors are the free concerts in the Old Stone Church. The Old Stone Church is a historical marker in Branson and is one of the only churches from the early days of Branson that is still standing today. The Branson Arts Council brings in entertainers from around the country to perform simple but acoustically amazing concerts in the church.