Of the millions of people who visit Branson each year, many are return visitors. Whether this is your first trip or your next of many, Branson’s Best Reservations has the same suggestions for each visitor – take in a guided tour of the city. This is the perfect way to see the sights and learn more about the area and the people who live here.
Branson has many unique ways to tour the area. One way is by taking to the air in a helicopter with Chopper Charters of Branson. Their pilots will take you for a grand tour over the area’s beautiful lakes, the famous Hwy. 76 “strip,” and beyond. Chopper Charters has several tour options that are very affordable. For an extra special option, consider an I-Pilot experience where you get to fly the helicopter (with the help of your experienced pilot) or one of their Dinner Tours including stunning scenic views while flying to and from dinner.
If you’d prefer to stay on the ground, one of the newest touring options is VIP Tours of Branson. VIP Tours offers its customers a personalized, upscale tour of the area. You have several options ranging from scenic tours to wine tours including dinner and everything in-between. During your tour, you’ll ride in comfort in a Mercedes coach. Your tour guide will not only provide insider information about Branson, but he also specializes in entertaining you with fun anecdotes and stories about the area. There is so much history and humor to be shared about Branson and you’ll love hearing it from an “insider”. For groups traveling to Branson, VIP Tours offers custom tours and charters. This is a great way to make memories within the privacy of your own group.
If you’re planning to visit in November or December during Branson’s Christmas season, both Chopper Charters and VIP Tours of Branson offer Christmas light tours. Either option is a special way to experience the festive holiday season in Branson.
A third unique way to tour Branson is aboard one of Main Street Lake Cruises. Sight-see from the Lake Queen Paddleboat, a 100′ modern day replica of the grand riverboats that once traveled the White River in Branson. Your guide will provide you with historical facts and point out sights along the way. With wildlife sightings that often range from the American Bald Eagle, Night Heron, and Brown Thrasher, to foxes, coyote, and mink, the Lake Queen offers passengers a unique way to experience Branson’s natural beauty and charm. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy a memorable evening, you may want to consider a dinner cruise on the Landing Princess, a luxury yacht which is a great option for an elegant and relaxing time. Main Street Lake Cruises board at the rear of Bass Pro Shops parking lot at Branson Landing in historic Downtown Branson. *NOTE–Due to COVID-19, Main Street Lake Cruises will not be operational in 2020.)
Departing from the historic 1905 depot in downtown Branson, visitors can get on board the Branson Scenic Railway and enjoy a 40 mile round trip excursion through the Ozark foothills and tunnels while learning about the history of the area. Additionally, the railway features a dinner train Saturday evenings and “The Polar Express” during the Christmas season.
One of the area’s newest tours and museums is located at Top of the Rock, a short drive south of Branson. Top of the Rock’s Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail provides a one-of-a-kind nature park experience where you will pass through covered Amish bridges and marvel at dramatic natural rock formations and waterfalls. Hop aboard a self-driven electric cart for an exhilarating two-and-a-half-mile nature trail journey overlooking Table Rock Lake. After your cave and nature trail tour, venture inside the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum. Created to celebrate the fascinating history and stunning natural beauty of the Ozarks, the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum features artifacts, images, and interactive exhibits that chronologically walk you through the development of the Ozarks. As you explore the museum, you will learn about the people and animals that have inhabited the region for over 12,000 years.
Branson is known for its love of God and country. One special location honoring those who have fought to protect our freedom is the Veteran’s Memorial Museum. The Veteran’s Memorial Museum pays tribute to service men and women who have participated in each major United States military conflict. As you wind through the complex on a self-guided tour, you’ll see moving exhibits and learn interesting facts you may not have known about our country’s history. For both veterans and non-veterans alike, a stop at the Veteran’s Memorial Museum is a must-do experience.
Other self-guided stops to consider include Titanic Museum Attraction, Ralph Foster Museum, World’s Largest Toy Museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium, Branson Centennial Museum, and the Branson Auto & Farm Museum.
Branson offers so many unique ways to learn about the area. Taking a guided tour or enjoying a self-guided learning opportunity is a unique experience that is sure to be remembered.