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Branson Revisited

Marcy Williams Published: July 8, 2013

Last year we spent a few days at Big Cedar Lodge near Branson and took in a show and a few sights in Branson. At the time we didn’t really think much about going back any time soon.

On the spur of the moment, however, we decided to spend a few days there this spring, and this trip helped us understand why some of our friends return there time and time again. There is more to do there than one trip can cover.

When planning a trip to Branson, one of the first things to decide is what is your goal – shows, tourist attractions, shopping, spa treatments, boating/fishing on Table Rock Lake? There are so many opportunities for all of these, it takes a little planning to make the most of each day. Of course there is also the opportunity to just kick back and relax, and we did our fair share of that also.

Deciding where to stay in Branson requires some planning time too. There are hundreds of choices for lodging, from 5-star hotels to condos and cabins. Trip Advisor was our source for reviews and information about Branson lodging. We opted for the Yellow Rose Inn & Suites, a standard motel-type inn with pool, breakfast – typical amenities. We liked that it was off the “strip” (Highway 76) but close enough to get around easily.

We chose to spend some of our time enjoying spa treatments, and there are many choices. Whether you want a luxurious spa with all the amenities and choices of services or just want a good Swedish massage, you will have no problem finding the right place. We visited City Spatique and found a quiet, calming environment and proficient staff. It also has Tuesday specials, so it was less expensive that day.

Daytime activities in Branson can include shopping in quaint establishments in downtown to the mall atmosphere of Branson Landing and Bass Pro. There are also a number of waterparks, zip line opportunities, museums (like Titanic and Veterans Memorial, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Butterfly Palace), and of course, Silver Dollar City.

There is a lot to do during the day in Branson. If you go, research the possibilities that meet your interests and plan ahead.