The rolling hills, lush forests and sprawling lakes around Branson are perfect for exploring with your family. Branson area lakes offer all kinds of water sports and leisure activities.
Whether it is simply a weekend getaway or a 7-day family vacation with kids and grandparents, planning any vacation or trip can be daunting. This rings even more true when traveling to a destination with as many entertainment and activity options Branson. Once famous as being the "Show Capital of the World," Branson has grown into a true getaway destination that has something for everyone whether it be a couple, a family with young children or a family with teenage children.
Without further ado, below you will find some ideas for a 7-Day Best of Branson Couple Trip. To view our other itinerary ideas, click the following: 7-Day Best of Branson Family with Young Children or 7-Day Best of Branson Family Trip with Teenagers.
The 7-Day Best of Branson Couple Trip
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Start your day off with a beautiful patio breakfast at Chateau Grille. Your meal will be accompanied by stunning lake views as you fill up on Breakfast Tacos, Smoked Salmon or Bananas Foster Pancakes. With your appetite taken care of, slather on some sunscreen and head up to Silver Dollar City to spend the day on over 40 rides and attractions. Enjoy award-winning shows and grab lunch before (well, maybe after?) heading back in time on Time Traveler, the world's fastest, steepest and tallest spinning coaster. Also, don't miss the brand new Mystic River Falls opening in 2020 with the tallest drop on a raft ride in the Western Hemisphere. Don't forget to visit Silver Dollar City again during the Christmas season to take in one of the greatest Christmas light displays in the world. Eat with another water view on the patio at Cantina Laredo. The authentic Mexican food is inspired by the cuisine of Mexico City with a modern twist. Enjoy wonderful chips with top-shelf dips while sipping one of the many signature margaritas. Then enjoy enchiladas, tacos, fajitas or burritos made with the freshest ingredients. Sit outside and you might be able to catch the Branson Landing Fountain Show with dinner. The evening wouldn't be complete with another spectacular view to go with dessert. Luckily these two can be found right next to each other. Start with an irresistable treat such as the Ooey Gooey Concrete, or the James Brownie Funky Jackhammer from Andy's Frozen Custard. They are known for their rich, think, and decadent frozen custard that is made fresh hourly and served immediately to maintain its luxurious creaminess. Finish the evening off wtih a romantic trip around the Branson Ferris Wheel. Standing at 150 feet tall, the ferris wheel lights up the night with 16,000 LED lights. You will take in spectacular views of the famed entertainment corridor as well as the picturesque Ozark Mountains.
Start your day off by loosening your belt and enjoying some large portions at Billy Gail's Cafe. Pancakes are larger than heads and plates, while biscuits and gravy, and french toast will also fill hungry bellies to start off a great Branson vacation. With your appetite taken care of, Speed over to Xtreme Racing Center for some racing competition. This isn't your average go kart track. Xtreme's custom built karts deliver exceptional performance on the state-of-the-art 3,500-foot raceway. One of the most sophisticated lap timing systems on the market will keep the competition between you and your loved one at an all time high. Head over to Hollister to refuel at Downing Street Pour House. From the owners of Branson's acclaimed barbecue restaurant, Gettin' Basted, comes an American smoke & fire interpretation of a quaint English pub. They serve up better than prime burgers, salads, soups, and sandwiches that are best accompanied by one of their craft cocktails. In the afternoon escape the Tourist Trap, just one of the five challenging and interactive escape rooms at Cryptex Escape Games. You will have 60 minutes to successfully find your way out by finding hidden objects, solving riddles and cracking clues. Mix up your dinner plans by skipping the BBQ and instead devour some fresh sushi. Mitsu Neko Fusion & Sushi provides both a kitchen and sushi menu that uses fresh and healthy ingredients. Enjoy traditional Japanese appetizers and entrees like edamame and shrimp tempura along with your order of signature sushi rolls. Top of the evening with a show from one of the most talented performers in all of Branson. Clay Cooper's Country Express features Clay and his cast of 24 incredible entertainers showing off their versatility. The singing, dancing, and comedy will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish as you enjoy music of all styles including country, rock & roll, gospel and patriotic.
It is gooey cinnamon rolls to start your second day. The Hungry Hunter Restaurant serves up delicious cinnammon rolls alongside fluffy pancakes and other breakfast staples. Portray an actual Titanic passenger as you walk the recreated hallways, parlors, cabins and grand staircase at Titantic Museum. Experience over 400 artifacts in this unique one-of-a-kind interactive experience including the opportunity to reach your hands into 28 degree water. At the end of the tour, guests will learn the fate of the boarding pass of the passenger they were given. Celebrate some of our nation's heroes while enjoying delicious hand-tossed pizza at Hook & Ladder Pizza Co. The firehouse-themed pizza restaurant will fill you up as you explore actual firefighter gear. In the afternoon, spend some quiet time overlooking the rolling hills of the Ozarks as you sip on a glass of wine. At Lindwedel Winery, you will enjoy free tastings and a great atmosphere whether cozied up to the bar making new friends or out on the patio taking in the views. At dinner, watch out for flying rolls as you dine at a one-of-a-kind experience at Fall Creek Steak & Catfish House. You won't miss the large bull on top of the sign as you drive up. Inside awaits steak, chicken, catfish and more cooked to perfection. Of course you will have to catch your bread as it is flung your way. You will need to walk off any of the wonderful meals you decide on, and Branson Landing is the perfect place to do so. Catch the Branson Landing Fountain Show for an amazing merging of water, fire, light and music. The attraction will amaze with dazzing interplay of water fountains shooting 120-foot geysers, as well as blasting fire cannons, all choreographed to light and music. Sit back and relax as you finish another great day in Branson.
A short drive away at College of the Ozarks is the impressive Keeter Center. Inside you will find Dobyns Dining Room offering an amazing brunch. The Keeter Center is unique from other Branson restaurants, as it is an integral part of the college's work education program. Also known as Hard Work U, this provides the opportunity for full-time students to work in order to pay for their cost of education. Soar through the air with a zip over to Flyaway Quad Ziplines. Experience the excitement of flying high across the Ozark Mountains as you race over Fall Creek and the Runaway Mountain Coaster before safely reaching the landing zone. More BBQ is in store for lunch with Championship Ozark's Style BBQ from Gettin' Basted. They pioneered hot & fast, Ozark's style BBQ cooked over live wood coals in 55-gallon barrels. Get started with some Basted Nachos and Championship Wings before moving on to Smoked Brisket, Pulled Pork, St. Louis Cut Spare Ribs or a Wagyu Better-Than-Prime Burger. One of the best extreme adventures in the Ozarks sends you down a mountain at 30 miles per hour. Runaway Mountain Coaster is a scenic trip up a beautiful mountain followed by countless zigs and zags racing back down. The ride can be mild or wild as you control the cart with brakes, but no doubt you will want to try the "no brakes" approach. Expertly grilled steak is on the menu for dinner at Paradise Grill & Steakhouse. Enjoy the full bar while choosing from sirloin, rib eye, New York strip or a filet. Seafood and country-style dinners are also available. Head out to Shepherd of the Hills for one of the best country shows in Branson. Billy Yates' Hit Songwriters in the Round has two different Nashville songwriters join host Billy Yates to perform their hits and share the stories behind them. See, hear, and meet these amazing songwriters in an unscripted, unplugged, and unbelievable show.
Signature breakfasts at Branson's Center Stage Grille & Bar include Huevos Rancheros, Branson Benedict, The Lumberjack and Farmer's Feast. If you are in a hurry, visit the Kaffee Haus inside the restaurant for your morning pick me up, including teas, hot chocolates and espressos. Take in a matinee with Down Home Country at Grand Country Resort. With an incredible cast of singers and pickers, you'll step back in time to enjoy the classics of George Jones, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Gene Watson, and many more. You will love the variety of dynamic singing, side-splitting comedy, powerful gospel, barn-burning bluegrass and down-home fun. Enjoying lunch can be as simple as a burger, fries and a milkshake. Billy Bob's Dairyland is a funky, retro diner with hand-made burgers always fresh and never frozen. Don't forget to try their house-baked pies as well. Your trip to any part of Missouri wouldn't be complete with exploring a cavern. Travel back in time as you follow an ancient underground riverbed filled with massive formations at Fantastic Caverns. As America's Ride-Thru Cave, it is perfect for any and all ages. Your family will board a Jeep tram for the tour which is an all-weather attraction open year around with the temperature hovering at around 60 degrees all the time. You will be amazed, and learn the difference between stalagmites, stalactites and other beautiful formations. Italian traditions of food, friendship, and hospitality will make your dinner unforgettable. Your taste buds will thank you at Florentina's Ristorante Italiano, where pastas are prepared with homemade sauces. Your server will suggest wine to pair with your specialty, baked, or classic pasta entrees. Finish the evening off with a little shine. Smith Creek Distillery is a moonshine-tasting destination located at Branson Landing. Saddle on up to the tasting bar to sample every flavor available including peach, apple pie, orange cream, butter cake and salted caramel.
At the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, you'll start your day off with breakfast at Level 2 Steakhouse. Omelets, steak, fresh eggs, pancakes, and more will complete your most important meal of the day. Get some gift shopping done at 417 Vintage Market & Supply Co. where one-of-a-kind decor options abound. There is always something different and new to meet every taste and style. Head to Big D's BBQ for a fantastic lunch. You will fall in love with Big D's Texas-style Brisket and Memphis-style ribs made by smoking low and slow and using their own special blend of dry rub. If there is enough room, don't forget their award-winning desserts made fresh in-house by Mama D. After all, where else can you get a Bourbon and Bacon Pecan Pie or a Salted Caramel Banana Pudding? Stop by The Branson Sawmill for not one, but two extreme adventures. Take to the skies on The Branson Buzzsaw which towers 123-feet high pleasing with great views as you swing to new heights. Then jump on The Branson Coaster for a half-mile trek down twisting and turning tracks. You control your speed as you zoom, race, and slide on North America's Original Double Apline Coaster. Take a stroll down the Landing to Mellow Mushroom Pizzeria for an out of this world experience. They serve the best pizza in the universe with hand-tossed, stone-baked, always fresh ingredient pies. Enjoy a selection of 24 draft beers and handcrafted cocktails to wash down you dinner. The Mansion Entertainment Center brings the very best talent to Branson each and every week. The largest indoor music venue in Branson books concerts from the likes of Jimmy Fortune, Dailey & Vincent, Neal McCoy, The Bellamy Brothers, Gene Watson, The Gatlin Brothers, Tony Orlando, and more. Check their schedule to see if you are in town to catch one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry: The Oak Ridge Boys. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits, and a number one pop smash. You'll be singing Elvira in your head for days to come.
Sleep in a bit (you deserve it) before partaking in the amazing brunch at Cantina Laredo. Brunch is served with a complimentary fresh-squeezed orange juice mimosa or a Bloody Maria made with Casa Noble organic tequila. The highest quality, fresh and healthly ingredients are used in unique dishes like Crab Cakes Benedict, Migas Con Heuvos and Chicken Fajita Omelets. Shopping at Dick's 5 & 10 is like stepping back in time for those who remember the old-time 5 & 10 shops. Don't miss this downtown Branson variety store with some of the best home decor, gifts, and Branson souvenirs available. You will be amazed by the sheer volume of what you see along with nostalgic memories. Grab a light lunch with salads, sandwiches, soups and sides at Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe. The enticing aromas and welcoming atmosphere are often hard to resist even for the unsuspecting passing shopper. About 15 minutes north of Branson, tucked in the woods on a private drive, sits Copper Run Distillery, the first legal moonshine-making outfit in the Missouri Ozarks. Take a tour of the distillery and sample moonshine, rum, bourbon and whiskey. Grab dinner at Pizza Ranch and eat in at the condo or cabin. Although pizza is in the name, don't sleep on their wonderful chicken dinners that come with potatoes or coleslaw and a biscuit. Your final night in Branson calls for one last show with C.J. Newsom's Classic Country & Comedy. C.J. Newsom is a critically-acclaimed vocalist who continues to wow and delight Branson audiences. Comedian and television's Hee Haw star, Terry Sanders will tickle your funny-bone with his family-friendly, slap-stick comedy.
Host, award-winning, Grammy-nominated, singer/songwriter, Billy Yates, introduces the audience to the world of performing songwriters, where two hit writer/artists from Nashville will join Billy onstage to tell the stories behind the songs.
At 3000 theater seats, this venue is the largest of its kind in Branson, MO, which opens the door to new entertainment opportunities that we simply could not accommodate in the past.