If you are headed to Branson for Rev3 this week, what a treat. The TriWives wish we could be there with you. The race is in a great location, making any distance easy to spectate. Right now the weather is calling for 80 degrees and sunny on Sunday – perfect race weather!! Fingers crossed….. There is so much to see and do in this area for all ages, but it may feel overwhelming. We assume you’ve already got your place to stay and travel plans made, so we’ve narrowed down some things you can do and places to eat to make it a bit easier. We’ve provided many links so you can check ahead and make sure of hours and any closures.
It might be a good idea to save this link or print out the map for the Trolly, which is free and takes you between Historic Downtown Branson and Branson Landing. Because race days can be long and batteries can run low, we like to print out this type of information along with course maps. Keeping a solar charger or Duracel Power Mat handy is always a good idea. Especially for you first timers, be sure to check out our tips in The Sport of Spectating -What To Pack For Race Day.
Things To Do:
- For some real family fun before the race, check out Autumn Daze, an arts and crafts festival running Sept. 19-21 in Historic Downtown Branson. It’s free…
- For a little something that will delight all generations, try The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure. They have over 1000 tropical species and interactive exhibits.
- Titanic Museum – you are assigned to be a person that was on board and find out your fate in the end; has interactive exhibits for kids.
- Ride the Ducks – lake and land adventure. We hear the one from the strip is better and takes you to the dam and Table Rock Lake.
- Shows: SIX is very popular and gets great reviews; consists of 6 brothers who sound like a band but only use their voices. The Acrobats of China is also popular and good for kids. And for those of you old enough to remember, Rich Little and America are performing in town this weekend.
- Silver Dollar City – an 1880’s theme park with rides, artists showing their crafts, gardens, and restaurants. The National Harvest Festival is going on now. It may not be best for little kids – lots of walking.
- Table Rock Lake – offers lots of outdoor activities in a beautiful setting, including boating and fishing.
- Branson 2 For 1 Tickets for discount tickets to shows – check out their website as not all shows are offered.
- The main areas for shopping, food, and entertainment are the Historic Downtown District on the waterfront, Branson Landing, and West 76 Highway, known as The Strip – can be very crowded. There’s also several outlet malls for shopping fixes.
- Take a 1/2 day boat ride through Main Street Lake Cruises; relaxing and if you go at night, you can see the Fountain Show, water and fire spectacular, at Branson Landing.
- Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede is a several hour dinner show with horse acts/stunt riders – have to like to eat with your fingers.
- Pirates Cove Golf – if you want to relax with a competitive game of miniature golf.
- Do a little wine tasting at Stone Hill Winery for a change of pace. They have wine making demonstrations and grape juice for the kids.
- If you feel the need for speed, try a fast, high flying adventure like Adventure Ziplines.
Places To Eat:
- A local not to be missed is The Farmhouse Restaurant. They have great breakfasts, too.
- For a farm to table high end experience, try Table 22.
- Need to pick up a few items that are gluten free or organic, try Nature’s Sunshine Health Foods.
- Billy Gail’s Cafe – must for breakfast; great pancakes; where the locals eat.
- Billy Bob’s Dairyland – place for burgers, fries, and shakes.
- Mr. Gilberti’s Place in Hollister for pizza.
- For a little escape, try Keeter Center at the College of the Ozarks, ten minutes from the airport; staffed by college students; it has its own garden, farm, and the students also make their own ice cream.
- Cantina Laredo in Branson Landing; get a reservation to sit on the patio and watch The Fountain water and fire show.
- Black Oak Grill has lots of comfort food and is located in Branson Landing.
So, there you have it. Just a few tips and suggestions to help make your trip to Branson fun and relaxing, so that everybody wins! But, just in case you need more information, check out The Branson Tourism Center. We’ll be cheering everyone on in spirit come race day…..
– THE TRIWIVES
Sherry is one of the TriWivesClub and LifeDoneWell co-founders and contributes to multiple blogs. She is a former co-owner of the California Apparel News and had a career in the healthcare industry. Her passions include traveling, real food, the environment, and animal rescue/welfare. She lives a healthy lifestyle and has been a vegetarian since 1987. She and her husband are parents to two rescue pups and reside in Connecticut.