Branson is a great trip for anyone, but especially easy if you’re driving from Oklahoma! We spent three nights at an airbnb and it was the perfect amount of time to explore the area. We shopped, we ate, we listened to music, we did a golf cart tour – it was an amazing trip. We have been to Branson many times before + have always had a great time! It can be as relaxing or adventurous as you want it to be! We had the perfect combination of both.
Below are some details of our most recent trip to Branson, Missouri!
Where We Ate
Our second day, we grabbed lunch at Arnie’s Barn at the Top of the Rock (pictured below) and we all ordered tacos. I highly recommend the Birria Quesataco, it was SO good! Libby made us dinner that night, steaks *drool*.
On our last day we enjoyed coffee from the little shop inside of 417 Vintage Market. We then stopped at Branson’s Transylvania Cafe to pick up some sweets. I got the lemon bar and the kids got cookies – all of which were fantastic! We also ate at Devil’s Pool Restaurant on Table Rock Lake + would recommend it.
Here are a few other restaurants that came highly recommended, but we didn’t have the time to try on this trip:
- Keeter Center
- Paula Dean’s Restaurant
- Lambert’s (they throw rolls!)
- Mel’s Hard Luck Diner (the servers sing!)
- Osage Restaurant
- Billy Gail’s Restaurant
- Mr. G’s Pizza
- Parlor Donuts
Where We Explored
The second day we did the golf cart tour at Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Cave. This was the highlight of our trip, it was absolutely beautiful. We purchased our tickets online the day before + went mid-morning so it wasn’t crowded at all. If you wait until later in the day then there may be a wait. They also have an amazing Native American Museum there. We spent most of the day at Top of the Rock + then enjoyed our airbnb hot tub.
417 Vintage Market was recommended to us via our followers + it was the cutest shop, a great start to the third day of adventuring. It had a lot of home decor, furniture, fun gifts, jewelry, clothes + more! Jono + Libby love thrifting, so our next stop was Riley’s Treasures in downtown Branson. Right across from Riley’s Treasures is the Vintage Vault & Mercantile filled with booths selling home decor as well as vintage items. Branson had some of the best garage sales + Libby ended up coming home with a really neat piece of art that she snagged for just one dollar! We also walked around Big Cedar Lodge + stopped by the Bent Hook Marina to feed the turtles. Later that night Jono + I went to Buzzard Bar to listen to live music.
Here are a few other popular recommendations:
- Rent a boat and explore Table Rock Lake (it’s so pretty!)
- Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede Dinner Theater, which our kids absolutely loved when they were younger
- Tanger Outlet Mall has great prices + a lot of stores
- State Park Marina for the catamaran cruise
- The Production of Queen Esther
- Runaway Mountain Coaster
- Titanic Museum
Where We Stayed
We stayed in a cabin right across from Big Cedar Lodge with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. There is access to a swimming pool, playground, basketball court, + disc Frisbee. They even have firewood that you can buy!