When visiting Branson, Missouri, you’ll be met with plenty of theme parks and other such attractions. However, you should also get out and explore the surrounding areas with a day trip or two. Communities that are near Branson offer lots of opportunities to explore the Ozarks. Check out some of the great day trips below!
Explore the historic James River that is just 30 minutes from Branson. You’ll find a river with its well-known pure water and plenty of wildlife that was once the basis for the survival of the Native Americans, as well as some of the earliest pioneer settlers. You can float down the river in specially designed boats that can maneuver the shallow and swift currents. Enjoy the beauty or try your hand at fishing for smallmouth bass.
Springfield is the state’s third-largest city and offers visitors a chance to visit the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame or catch a Springfield Cardinals game. There’s also the family friendly Discover Center of Springfield or the Fantastic Caverns, an ancient underground riverbed. Everyone will enjoy a visit to the Wild Animal Safari or the Dickerson Zoo to check out some wildlife! Other attractions included the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum. Springfield is also home to the national headquarters of Bass Pro Shops — a true mecca for outdoor lovers.
Considered the first “family resort community west of the Mississippi,” this beach offers a mile and a half of pristine beaches on Lake Taneycomo. You’ll enjoy discovering the history that includes the area being a hideaway of Al Capone. It is also one of the country’s best lakes to fish for German brown and rainbow trout.
The Buffalo River is known as the country’s first national river and also is considered one of the last naturally flowing rivers due to its size, Karst formations, and other resources. You can enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and more!
This town’s entire downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city is famous for its natural springs, which in the past would bring visitors to town for the “healing” benefits of the town’s 63 springs.
If you want to know more about these terrific Branson day trips, or about other great activities and attractions, just ask. We would be happy to help you find something wonderful to do during your Branson stay.