The Ozarks is one of our favorite places to visit in Missouri. Branson, the country entertainment capital, is a fun, yet expensive place to visit. You can enjoy the shows, mini-golfing, go-karts, shopping, more….but sometimes you need budget-friendly options. These are a few that we have enjoyed.
- Visit the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery – We have been here multiple time with our family. There are aquariums inside, presentations about fish breeding, hands-on exhibits, and the most exciting part is touring the fish runs and feeding the fish.
- Walk The Branson Landing – You can walk around this outdoor shopping complex with a boardwalk on Lake Taneycomo. Browse BassPro Shops and check out the animal displays. Watch the Fountain and Light Show – this is spectacular at night. The website gives times for a variety of displays beginning at noon daily. A wide variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment are available.
- Explore Downtown Branson – Shop at Dick’s Old 5 and 10 Store (you name it and they have it – including vintage toys and novelties), ride the free trolley, enjoy free admission at The Branson Centennial Museum, or find the historic downtown murals.
- View the impressive Table Rock Dam (close to hatchery) and visit The Dewey Short Visitor Center – this tells the story of building the dam and has displays about the local wildlife. There are exhibits for all ages and even a scavenger hunt for young children. There is also an asphalt trail and picnic area. The observation decks provide a beautiful setting for viewing the dam.
- Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area – I have no first-hand knowledge of this attraction, but the reviews are complimentary. If you love to spend time in nature, then this is the place for you. It’s on our list for the next trip we take. Facilities include trails, picnic area, and a nature playground.
Have I missed any of your favorite free attractions? If so, please add them in the comments section.