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Branson, an action packed town in the Ozarks, is family friendly and filled with fun things to do! It seems each season brings beautiful flowers and seasonal decorations, which put a song in your heart (an appropriate response for a town filled with performers who have gifted voices).Upon entering town, the Veterans Memorial Garden is a welcoming sight. This garden located at Hwy 76 and Roark Valley Road is maintained solely by volunteers. It is dedicated to veterans of all branches of service. The land was donated by Silver Dollar City.

10 .Veterans Memorial Garden

Upon entering town, the Veterans Memorial Garden is a welcoming sight. This garden located at Hwy 76 and Roark Valley Road is maintained solely by volunteers. It is dedicated to veterans of all branches of service. The land was donated by Silver Dollar City.

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Photo by Beth Petz

9.  Sightseeing on Highway 76

Take a drive down Highway 76 and see all of the interesting architecture. Sights include a humongous chicken, a windmill, king kong, and a building that looks like it was ripped in two by an earthquake.

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Photo by Beth Petz

8. Hiking Trails

Take a hike and enjoy God’s glorious creation. There are two trails at this location. One is very family friendly and the other is more demanding with a long stretch of stone steps.

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Photo by Beth Petz

7. Antique Stores

Window shop at antique stores. Unique items used by families in the Ozark mountains are intriguing.  Hillbilly treasures of the best sort can be found in these locations.

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Photo by Beth Petz

6.  Craft Stores

Browse at a craft store and chat with an artist, who is engaged in his/her artistic work on the premises. Gary Mortensen was anxious to show off his red glaze and apple bakers the day this picture was taken.

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Photo by Beth Petz

5. Visit Lake Taneycome and Drive Across the Dam

Drive down to Lake Taneycomo to catch a glimpse of Moonshine Beach (there is a $4 day use fee), the Branson Belle, and the Chateau on the Lake. You can even drive across the dam.

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Photo by Beth Petz

4. Dancing Fountain

See the beautiful fountain that dances to music at the Landing. Fabulous lighting and flames of fire are also incorporated into the show.

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Photo by Beth Petz

3. Gigantic Aquarium

Go to Bass Pro Shop and see the gigantic aquarium. This outdoors store has something of interest for everyone, even if you are not a hunter or fisherman.

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Photo by Beth Petz

2. Branson Centennial Museum

Visit the Branson Centennial museum on the corner of Veterans Blvd and Hwy 76.  You can learn about the vigilante Baldknobbers. The Baldnobbers whippings and lynchings led to the formation of a group that became known as the Anti-Baldnobbers.

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Photo by Beth Petz

1. Be a Street Performer

Take advantage of a ready-made audience on the roof at The Fudge Shop, and try out the experience of being a street performer — tell a joke or belt out a song. In this city of singing stars, you can have your own debut!

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Photo by Beth Petz

 

 

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