Branson is a city in Stone and Taney Counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. Most of the city is in Taney County, with a small portion in the west extending into Stone County. Branson is in the Ozark Mountains. The community was named after Ruben Branson, postmaster and operator of a general store in the area in the 1880s. The population was 10,520 at the 2010 census. The Branson Micropolitan Statistical Area embraces Stone and Taney counties.
Branson has long been a popular destination for vacationers from Missouri and neighboring areas. The collection of entertainment theaters along 76 Country Boulevard (and to a lesser extent along Shepherd of the Hills Expressway) including Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, has increased Branson’s popularity as a tourist destination. Branson now draws visitors from all regions of the country, mostly by car or bus.
Branson has something for everyone. Magicians for the family, rock ‘n’ roll, country, family harmonies, comedy, variety, dinner shows, gospel, and well-known performers that play limited engagements. You may not have known that Branson has more theater seats than Broadway.
Although Branson is known for its outdoor beauty, you don’t have to worry if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate with your travel plans. Museums, live shows and fun shopping options await when your day outdoors gets moved indoors.
Let’s start with golf: Branson is known throughout the Midwest as one of the region’s premier golf destinations, with world-class courses and connections to some of golf’s biggest names. For an experience you never will forget, be sure to book at tee time at the Top of the Rock. You’ll be blown away by the setting – the driving range alone is a jaw-dropper – which includes stunning views of Table Rock Lake.
If your idea of outdoor fun includes fly rods or reeling in lunkers, be sure to try your luck on Branson’s lakes: Taneycomo, Table Rock and Bull Shoals. The cool waters of Lake Taneycomo make it an ideal trout fishery, while the clear, quiet waters of Table Rock and Bull Shoals are home to trophy fish you won’t have to lie about.