Fall is one of the best times to visit Branson, with beautiful colors, delicious smells and cool comfortable weather. There’s always so much family fun to be had and I’m sure whatever you choose to fill your days in Branson with will be fantastic, but here are a few affordable ideas that you might consider adding to your agenda.
1. Collect and identify leaves.
Branson is no doubt filled with leaves during the Fall and while you and your family are hiking, you’re bound to come across a variety of different kinds. The Missouri Department of Conservation has a chart of all the different kinds of common fall leaves that you can print out and take with you on your hike. Have your kids collect leaves on your hike and when you get back to your hotel, try to identify all the different varieties and see what you come up with.
2. Go to a pumpkin patch.
The McKenna Family Farm features a pumpkin patch where you can purchase pumpkins for carving, baked goods and other fall decorations. The kids will have a blast in the activities area filled with a hay maze, a two acre corn maze, a pumpkin bounce house, baby farm animals, four different slides, rubber ducky races, a hay ride through the spook-tacular woods and so much more. The McKenna Family Farm is located at 3265 State Hwy., F, Branson. Admission is free. Hours are September 20-November 1 Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
For the daring family who wants to fill their pre-Halloween days with something spooky, Branson Ghosts and Legends hosts ghost tours in downtown Branson nightly. The 90-minute walking tour will lead you down the dark streets and alleyways as your guide tells you about the ghost that haunts the Historic Owen’s Theatre, a shootout that happened at the train depot, the fire that burned Branson to the ground more than 100 years ago and so much more. Winter hours begin November 1 and tours go out at 7 p.m. until March 1. Reservations are required. Branson Ghosts and Legends is located at 101 S. Business Hwy. 65, Branson. For tickets visit
4. Have some homemade pie or cobbler.
Fall is the best time of year for delicious, warm comfort food and pie is high on the list for many baked goods lovers. The Farm House Restaurant in downtown Branson is known for its blackberry cobbler and homemade pies. Choose from mouthwatering treats like Apple Dumplings with cinnamon ice cream, Cherry Pie, Apple Maple Pie, the infamous Blackberry Cobbler and more. The Farm House Restaurant is located at 119 W. Main Street, Branson, across the street from the Branson Café. Hours are Monday-Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
5. Go to a festival.
Branson has a dizzying amount of fall festivals and events for the family to enjoy including Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival, The Branson Landing’s Annual Artisan’s Market and more! Some of these local celebrations of the season have free admission so you and your family can enjoy the sights and sounds of Fall for free or at a cost that will make both your kids and your wallet happy. For a complete list, visit https://blog.bransonshows.com/2014/08/15/celebrate-fall-with-these-festivals-in-branson/.
Hiking is a great fall activity and the comfortable cool weather makes it even more enjoyable. The White River Valley Trail system is close to town and is home to a variety of wildlife, beautiful bluffs and fantastic views over Lake Taneycomo. A fall hike in this area is certain to be filled with colorful views of the changing leaves and lots of photo ops.
7. Book a weekend stay at Welk Resorts.
The Welk Resorts Branson is surrounded by beautiful views of the Ozarks Mountains and makes a perfect lodging choice for fall. With great value, expansive amenities and an indoor waterpark, the kids can still enjoy summer fun (without summer) all while being in close proximity to many Branson attractions like the Showboat Branson Belle, Hollywood Wax Museum and the Dutton Family Theatre. For more information visit http://www.bransonshows.com/lodging/WelkResortsBranson.cfm.
9. Take a driving tour.
Whether you choose to take the scenic route on your way back home or you block out several hours during your vacation to Branson, a driving tour is the perfect way to get a great view of the beautiful fall foliage that fills the Ozark Mountains in Branson during the autumn months. For maps of especially scenic routes visit http://www.ozarkmtns.com/foliage/tours.asp. If you’re wanting to save on gas, hop on the Ride The Ducks Branson for a scenic driving tour through Branson without having to use any of your own gas!