Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit With 8 Outdoor Attractions in Branson

Jul 01, 2024

Unleash Your Adventure Spirit with 8 Outdoor Attractions in Branson
By Westgate Resorts

Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit With 8 Outdoor Attractions in Branson

Nestled in the heart of the Ozarks, Branson is a vibrant city offering scenic views, exciting activities, and fantastic food. Outdoorsy visitors can enjoy a mix of adventure and relaxation at one of our Branson resorts, which are conveniently located near 200 miles of trails perfect for hiking and biking.

We made a list of 8 outstanding outdoor attractions in Branson. From the breathtaking views atop Inspiration Tower to the pristine landscapes of Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, Branson offers something for everyone.

8 Outdoor Attractions in Branson

  1. Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

  2. Shepherd of the Hills Hisorica Tour

  3. Inspiration Tower

  4. Table Rock State Park

  5. Talking Rock Cavern

  6. Titanic Museum

  7. Lost Canyon and Nature Trial

  8. Silver Dollar City

Whether you're after a cozy vibe or thrilling outdoor adventures, you'll find it all in Branson, MO. With its fantastic outdoor attractions and stunning surroundings, you'll have an unforgettable experience! To rest and relax after your adventures, stay at Westgate Branson Woods or Westgate Branson Lakes Resort!

1│Dogwood Canyon Nature Park│

No nature lover should miss this breathtaking outdoor attraction in Branson because this 10,000-acre paradise offers endless opportunities for hiking, wildlife watching, and reconnecting with nature.

Explore pristine landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. Wander along the meandering paths, passing charming bridges and streams, but keep an eye out for the park's native plants and animals.

Walking is not the only option at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. To cover more ground, you can take a tram tour, choose horseback riding, or rent a bike.

WHERE: 2038 West State Hwy 86, Lampe, Missouri 65681 │WHO: 800-456-4812



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2│Shepherd of the Hills Historic Tour│

For a taste of Ozark's history, stop at the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Tour. Here, you'll step back in time and experience the region's rich heritage.

You can explore Old Matt's Cabin, a real log home from the 1880s, and walk around Inspiration Point, where Harold Bell Wright wrote 'The Shepherd of the Hills.'

Don't miss the captivating outdoor play performed at night, bringing the characters of Wright's novel to life.

WHERE: 5586 W 76 Country Boulevard, Branson, MO 65616│WHO: 417-334-4191


3│Inspiration Tower│

Standing at 230 feet, Inspiration Tower is a must-visit Branson attraction with panoramic views that will take your breath away. You can enjoy the view of the Ozark Mountains without the hustle and bustle of the city.

For an added thrill, hop on the glass elevator and grab some binoculars at the top to enhance your view and see even further into the distance. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you should also try the Vigilante ZipRider.

WHERE: 6021 W 76 Country Blvd, Branson MO 65616│WHO: 417 334-4191


4│Table Rock State Park│

Only a short drive from the Inspiration Tower, Table Rock State Park offers another great way to experience Branson's natural beauty. Besides the park's trails for avid hikers or casual strollers, you can visit the marina to rent a boat and sail the clear waters of Table Rock Lake. You'll love gliding across the lake surrounded by greenery.

If you like fishing, you're in for a treat! All you need to do is grab your gear and cast your line.

WHERE: 5272 State Highway 165, Branson, MO 65616-8901│WHO: 417-334-4704



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5│Talking Rocks Cavern│

This natural cave, resembling a grand temple and filled with stunning crystal formations, showcases the awe-inspiring beauty created by centuries of geological activity. As you explore the cave’s depths, you'll see amazing stalagmites and stalactites, each telling a unique geological story.

There's also plenty to do above ground! You can enjoy a round of Cave Country Mini-Golf on the Cavern’s shaded course, pan for gemstones (and keep what you find), or hike the nature trail to the lookout tower. Try the indoor and outdoor SpeleoBox crawl mazes, relax at shaded picnic areas, and let the kids have fun at the designated play area.

WHERE: 423 Fairy Cave Ln., Branson West, MO 65737│WHO: 417-272-3366



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6│Titanic Museum│

If you're intrigued by the tragic story of the Titanic, this half-scale replica of the famous ship offers a unique adventure that's hard to resist.

Only when standing next to it can you realize how big the ship actually was. You can take photos and create lasting memories. It’s a fun way to experience a piece of history up close.

If you’re interested in passenger stories, you can learn more about the experiences of the unfortunate souls who were on the Titanic.

You'll also get to explore realistic recreations of the ship's grand staircase, staterooms, and even the captain's bridge.

WHERE: 3235 W 76 Country Blvd & Hwy 165, Branson, Missouri 65616│WHO: 800-381-7670


7│Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail│

Located at Top of the Rock, the Lost Canyon Nature Trail adventure begins with a 2.5-mile electric cart ride. As you drive along the trail, you'll be surrounded by lush vegetation, rock formations, and a serene waterfall crashing into a crystal-clear pond.

You shouldn't miss the awe-inspiring Lost Canyon Cave. Explore its depths, where you'll discover the Bat Bar—a unique spot offering refreshments in the heart of the cave.

WHERE: 50 Top of the Rock Road, Hollister, MO 65739│WHO: 417-339-5306


8│Silver Dollar City│

Silver Dollar City offers a unique mix of thrilling rides, traditional crafts, and live entertainment. This 1880s-style theme park lets you experience classic roller coasters, explore an authentic town, and watch artisans craft treasures using age-old techniques.

The park perfectly blends quaint charm and modern comforts for an unforgettable adventure.

Silver Dollar live shows, featuring everything from bluegrass to gospel music, will keep you entertained while you indulge in some hearty Ozark Mountain cooking at one of the many restaurants.

WHERE: 99 Silver Dollar City Pkwy, Branson, MO 65616│WHO: 417-336-7100



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Frequently Asked Questions About Branson, MO, Outdoor Attractions

Branson is full of family-friendly attractions that'll keep everyone entertained. If your crew loves adventure, the Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park offers zipline tours, rope courses, and off-road ATV rides. The Silver Dollar City is another great option with over 40 thrilling rides and attractions.

For those looking to beat the summer heat, Branson doesn't disappoint with its selection of exciting water parks. You can make a splash at White Water Branson, a 13-acre tropical-themed adventure park filled with wave pools, speed slides, and lazy rivers. If you're into adventurous rides, don't miss out on the KaPau Plummet, a drop-floor slide that'll give you a thrill like no other. For the little ones, Coconut Cove offers smaller slides and interactive play zones.

The best time to visit Branson depends on what you enjoy. Summer, with its warm weather and lively atmosphere, is perfect for fun outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and boating. If you like fewer crowds and mild weather, try visiting in spring or fall, when you can explore the town and its beautiful surroundings at your own pace. Winter has its charm, too, with festive events and a magical Christmassy vibe.

You'll not only get to taste some of the best wines and beers in Branson, but you'll also learn how they're made. At Mount Pleasant Winery, you can enjoy wine tasting, walk through the vineyards, and even take a wine-making class. If you love beer, check out the Branson Craft Beer Trail. You'll visit local breweries, meet the brewers, and sample their products.

While many venues welcome walk-ins, it's a good idea to book ahead for popular shows and tours, especially during busy seasons. Branson's live performances sell out fast, so if there's something you really want to see, grab your tickets early.

You can enjoy plenty of free or low-cost attractions in Branson! Stroll through historic Downtown Branson for window shopping and sightseeing or enjoy the Branson Landing fountain show with water, fire, and music for free. Nature lovers can explore the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area's scenic trails and views. You can also visit the Table Rock Lake Dam and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery without spending much.

Branson—Experience the Outdoor Scene

If you thought Branson was all about country music, live entertainment, and exciting nightlife, think again. With its beautiful parks, stunning mountain views, and exciting outdoor adventures, it's clear that Branson's true heart lies in the great outdoors. To learn more about hotels and attractions in Branson, check out the Westgate Resorts Travel blog.



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Westgate Resorts is in no way affiliated with the attractions featured in this article. Items or places listed are current as of the publishing date of this article. Please call or visit the respective website for the most up-to-date offerings and details.

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