RESTAURANT SEATS: 34,494
LODGING FACILITIES: 200
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 17,686
NUMBER OF THEATERS: 45
NUMBER OF THEATER SEATS: 56,228
(Branson boasts more theater seats than New York City's Broadway
OVERVIEW: Branson is situated in Southwest
Missouri, 35 miles south of Springfield. Branson is ranked
16th among all overnight leisure
vacation destinations in the country.
- 7,225,000 visitors per year
- $1.7 billion spent in the area per year
- More than $50 million in sales tax revenue generated
- Tourism is the Branson/Lakes Area's chief industry
Season: Branson is a year-round destination
with most of the entertainment offerings open mid-March through
the end of December. Throughout the year, large special events
such as Branson Fest (March), Veterans Homecoming (November)
and Ozark Mountain Christmas (November and December) offer
visitors a special reason to visit.
Summary of Activities:
Shows: The The Branson/Lakes Area offers 45
theaters and more than 80 shows. Audiences can see shows throughout
the day - breakfast shows, matinees and evening performances
round out a full day of great entertainment.
Branson offers a wide diversity of entertainment. Country, pop, swing, rock
'n roll, gospel, classical and Broadway-style music and productions join comedy
and magic shows to provide visitors a wide array of entertainment choices.
Lake Activities: The Branson/Lakes Area is
home to three scenic and flourishing lakes offering fishing,
boating, parasailing, jet skiing and swimming. While the lakes
all offer great fishing for novice and professional anglers,
each has its specialty. Table Rock Lake offers world-class bass
fishing. Lake Taneycomo, with its cold waters, offers superb
trout fishing. Bull Shoals Lake is also an angler’s paradise,
especially for tournament bass fishing.
Outdoor Activities: Located in the rolling
Ozark Mountains, the Branson/Lakes Area is ideal for canoeing,
camping, hiking, biking, birdwatching and simply wandering through
the hills. World-class golf courses provide golfing opportunities
for the scratch player and novice alike. The Branson/Lakes Area
is dedicated to enhancing its natural environment and preserving
its lakes and waterways.
SHOPPING: Branson is home to three outlet shopping malls with
more than 200 retailers. Visitors can find contemporary clothing,
gift items, housewares, designer shoes, luggage and myriad other
treasures at reduced prices throughout the year. Historic downtown
Branson is also a shopper and diner’s delight. An old-fashioned
5 & 10, several boutiques and specialty stores combined with
quaint eateries make the downtown area truly special.
GETTING TO BRANSON: Branson is conveniently located within a
day’s drive of more than half the country’s population.
The Springfield/Branson Regional Airport is approximately 40
miles from Branson. The airport is served by five major airlines
offering more than 70 arrivals and departures daily. Non-stop
service is available from Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver,
Kansas City, St. Louis and Memphis.