Branson

Local Culture

The Best of Branson

The phenomenon of Branson as a vacation destination began in the early 1900s, when Harold Bell Wright wandered into the Missouri Ozarks in search of relaxation. He wrote about the beauty he found in a book called Shepherd of the Hills. Readers from around the world traveled to experience these Ozark Mountains for themselves.

More than a century later, people still go to enjoy relaxation along with exceptional entertainment, shopping, and food.

Underground Exploration

One feature of the Ozarks is the number of caves open for exploration. With more than 7,300 mapped caves, Missouri easily earns its nickname The Cave State. Marvel Cave, which is included with admission to the Silver Dollar City® Amusement Park, offers a challenging 500-foot climb down steps and ladders. But your reward is reaching the bottom of Missouri’s deepest cave, and there's a cable train ride to get back to the surface.

The Smallin’ Cave is a short distance through the woods near the town of Ozark and displays ancient petroglyphs and other carvings. You can also take an off-trail wild tour of the cave that requires you to walk through water with provided helmets and headlamps. 
 

Courtesy Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Family Activities

There's plenty to do for families in Branson. If you're looking for a low-key thrill ride, take a spin on the Branson Ferris Wheel. Formerly the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in Chicago, the spinner is 150 feet tall with 16,000 LED lights. Or just go for the show; the ride is the centerpiece of ELECTRIFY, a free nightly music-and-light spectacular.

For interactive — and educational — fun, check out the 100 exhibits and rides at WonderWorks, billed as an amusement park for the mind. See jellyfish, coral reefs, and even mermaids while learning about the value of the ocean at the Aquarium on the Boardwalk. Or visit aliens and bounce with bubbles among interactive experiences at Beyond the Lens. 

Courtesy Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Branson Theaters

Some of the world’s most unique productions are in Branson. With nearly 100 shows to choose from, it can be hard to narrow them down, but music lovers certainly can't go wrong with either of these:

Louise Harrison searched all of England to find four guys who looked and sounded like her brother George and his friends, better known as The Beatles. The resulting tribute show is called Liverpool Legends.

Iconic American entertainer Dolly Parton created a traditional review called Stampede that includes a four-course meal. 

Or you can escape from reality with Reza: Edge of Illusion, which infuses large-scale illusions with comedy and magic. 

Courtesy Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Branson Eats

Some of the best homestyle food in Branson comes from the kiosks and restaurants at Silver Dollar City, which is also home to the country’s only cooking school at an amusement park.

Other popular spots include Billy Gail’s Cafe for breakfast and lunch; the Mythical 'Wich for creative, themed sandwiches like the Missouri Monster (New Orleans-style muffuletta) or the Cyclops (meatball sub); Mel's Hard Luck Diner, known for its singing servers; and Smith Creek Moonshine, a restaurant and tasting room.

Shopping in Branson

Although it’s now an international brand, Bass Pro Shops® got its start in nearby Springfield, MO, and is now an anchor of Branson Landing. The mall also has more than 100 specialty shops and more than a dozen restaurants, including Guy Fieri's Kitchen + Bar and Joe's Crab Shack®. For discounts and deals, Tanger Outlets features some 75 brands, including Kate Spade New York®, Lululemon®, and Michael Kors®.

These Ozark hills are also filled with artisans. Find hand-thrown pottery, candles, jewelry, quilts, and other items at dozens of stalls at the Branson Craft Mall. And perhaps nothing tops the showcase of America’s heritage artists better than Silver Dollar City during the Harvest Festival held each year from mid-September through late October.
 

Where To Stay

Hyatt Vacation Club® at The Lodges at Timber Ridge

Book your stay and you’ll have the perfect home base for the best of Ozarks’ outdoor adventures. Go biking and hiking. Enjoy water activities in the summer.** At the resort, you can recharge and enjoy enticing amenities and service with genuine care. 

Inspired Activities & Experiences**

Join our Around the Town Scavenger Hunt, themed movie nights with popcorn, escape room, or wood-burning workshop. For some fresh air, take a self-guided nature walk.

Swim and Relax

Soak up family fun at the 10,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor Splash-A-Torium® pool complex and waterslide. Or kick back and unwind in the two hot tubs.

Experience and Engage

Take the family on a nature walk to explore the beauty of the Ozarks. Work up an appetite, then gather everyone for a cookout and dinner al fresco.

Exercise and Energize

Work out at the fitness center, complete with cardio and strength-training equipment, or play billiards, foosball, video games, board games, and more at the activity center.

Come rest, relax, and share unforgettable moments with family and friends in Branson at Hyatt Vacation Club at The Lodges at Timber Ridge.

Book your reservation on The Lounge.

* No inquiry has been made into the off-site locations, activities, services, or events, or the qualifications, safety, or quality of the off-site locations, activities, services, or events, and WHV Resort Group, Inc. and HV Global Group, Inc. (collectively, “HVC”) make no warranty, express or implied, as to the condition, capacity, performance, or any other aspect of such off-site locations, activities, events, or service providers listed herein. Do not consider this an endorsement of or recommendation for any of the off-site locations, activities, services, events, or providers. Neither WHV Resort Group, Inc. nor HV Global Group, Inc. assumes liability for attendance at, or visits to, any off-site locations, or the products, activities, or services furnished by independent service providers. Additional fees and costs may apply. Activities and events are subject to change. Some activities or events may require the participant to be in good health and have a certain level of skill.

wheel icon wheel icon 1

Hyatt Vacation Club at The Lodges at Timber Ridge

Hyatt Vacation Club at The Lodges at Timber Ridge

Entire stay from $  Go to back
trip-advisor rating

Read 388 Reviews

Play in the entertainment capital of the Midwest. From world-class live shows to thrilling theme parks, scenic outdoor adventures to family-friendly attractions, create unforgettable memories in a vibrant and captivating atmosphere.

Hyatt Vacation Club at The Lodges at Timber Ridge

Hyatt Vacation Club at The Lodges at Timber Ridge

Nestled in the heart of the breathtaking Ozark Mountains, The Lodges at Timber Ridge is the perfect escape for families and adventure seekers alike. Dive into quality time together at the indoor/outdoor Splash-a-Torium® pool complex.
next section

More Travel Inspiration

Branson
Health and Fitness

Top Things to Do in Branson for Couples

Branson, MO, is often overlooked by American travelers who are not from the Midwest. The fact that Branson is a hidden gem among travel destinations is a good thing for couples looking for some private time to enjoy each others’ company. You and your significant other can enjoy all of the great things to do in Branson for couples without the nuisance of large crowds and loud traffic.

Regardless of how you choose to enjoy the Ozarks, Branson is an excellent destination to enjoy the company of the most important person in your life. This lesser-known spot is one of the best places to retreat from the rigors of your daily routine. With a large selection of fine restaurants and bars, you will easily find exactly what you need to satisfy your tastebuds. Fantastic local liquors and fine imported wines can be found in many establishments in Branson and the surrounding areas. Here are some of the best things to do in Branson for couples!

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — The southernmost city in the continental United States, Key West lies at the tip of the 125-mile Florida Keys island chain and is located just 90 miles from Cuba. With an average temperature of 77 degrees, the island is a popular visitor destination. Attractions include a rich cultural community, historic architecture and a relaxed, laidback charm. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau)
Key West
Local Culture

Kick Back in Tropical Key West

Key West, FL, is a tropical resort town with a famously laid-back and quirky vibe. There are so many unique things to do in the Keys.*

The southernmost point of the continental United States is a beautiful place to chill out. Make the most of your time by experiencing a few of its highlights, from six-toed cats with a literary pedigree to incredible sunsets with a celebratory sideshow.

Carnival in Aruba, Courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority
Local Culture

Aruba: Paradise Found!

Make dreams of an island vacation a reality with a retreat to Aruba. It’s the perfect place to reconnect with family, relax, and recharge.