On a strict budget? No problem. There are still a variety of fun ways to spend your time in Branson! Check out some of these fantastic (and free!) activities that Branson has to offer for you and your family.
1. Picnic on the lake. Throw your lawn chairs or blanket in the trunk and pack sack lunches from home to bring with you. Park your family at the easily accessible Lake Taneycomo shore for a pleasant lunch complete with beautiful views, plenty of ducks to feed and a pretty backdrop for family photos while still maintaining a close distance to downtown Branson and all it has to offer.
2. Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. A visit to the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery is completely free and both self-guided or scheduled tours are available. Hand-feed the fish, learn about the trout production process and bring your fishing rods to catch a few. The hatchery also includes a conservation center that features four hiking trails where you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon hike.
3. College of the Ozarks. With a local farmers market, the Keeter Center, the Ralph Foster Museum and free tours of Edwards Mill, you can easily spend a whole day at the College of the Ozarks. Consider packing lunches or spend your daily budget on a nice meal at the Keeter Center knowing that the rest of your activities will be free.
4. Geocaching. All you need for this treasure hunting activity is a GPS-enabled phone, some hiking shoes and a few trinkets you wouldn’t mind parting with. Visit geocaching.com to locate a cache in Branson that’s filled with random goodies. Once you track it down, take one object inside the cache and replace it with an object of your own for the next geocacher to find.
5. Branson Landing Water Show. Spend a day window shopping and browsing the Branson Landing. Check out the hourly fountain shows that combine water, lights, music and fire for fantastic free entertainment.
6. Bike the day away. Henning State Forest has many enjoyable trails that can be used for biking or hiking. Many of the trees in this area are marked for identification and there is even an observation tower from which you can see gorgeous views of the Ozark hills.
7. Stone Hill Winery. Take a free tour and witness the step-by-step winemaking process as well as the bottling process. You’ll end your tour in a tasting room where you can taste a variety of award-winning Stone Hill Winery juices and wines.
8. Dewey Short Visitors Center. Browse the educational, interactive exhibits at the Dewey Short Visitor Center or bring your swimsuit and fishing rod so you can fish and swim along the shore of Table Rock Lake. The center is located right at the end of Table Rock Dam which is also free to explore.