A visit to Silver Dollar City’s amusement park must begin with a cinnamon roll from Eva and Delilah’s Bakery.
Memorable rides include the intense new Outlaw Run and Tom and Huck’s RiverBlast. But what makes this park unique is its 60 Ozark crafts shops, such as Hazel’s Blown Glass Factory.
Round out your visit with a meal at one of the Ozark-theme restaurants and a cooking demo at the Midwest Living Culinary and Craft School.
When it’s time to call it a day, check into Still Waters Resort, with its three outdoor pools (from $189); luxurious Big Cedar Lodge (from $179); or the Village at Indian Point for its fireplaces, private decks and great views of Table Rock Lake (from $160).
Breakfasts at Big Cedar Lodge’s Devil’s Pool Restaurant are large enough to fuel a whole day of fishing or waterskiing on Table Rock Lake.
Rained off the lake? At the Titanic Museum, a fake iceberg punctures the bow of the replica ship emerging from the building, and items salvaged from the wreck fill the displays.
The Imax Entertainment Complex covers the history of the area in Ozarks Legacy and Legend.
Freshly baked rolls fly through the air at Fall Creek Steak and Catfish House while guests lunch on hand-breaded and deep-fried catfish and blackberry cobbler a la mode.
Take in a Vegas-style fiddler show at Shoji Tabuchi Theatre, where the Japanese-born musician shares a mix of classical melodies and corny jokes, or watch a biblical story with spectacular staging at the Sight and Sound Theatre.
Not in the mood for a show? End your day on the water with a dinner cruise on the paddle-wheeler Showboat Branson Belle.
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Welcome the day with giant pancakes at Billy Gail’s Cafe.
George Harrison’s sister created the Beatles tribute Liverpool Legends.
And upscale outdoor shopping center Branson Landing is known for its choreographed fire and water shows along Lake Taneycomo.
Dine on pan-roasted chicken with garlic mashed potatoes at Black Oak Grill or a juicy Kansas City strip steak at Level 2 Steakhouse in the Hilton Branson Convention Center across from the Landing.
More information: (800) 296-0463; explorebranson.com
Country entertainment fills an Old South-theme dinner show at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. As entertainers on horseback work the floor of the arena, servers in Confederate and Union uniforms dish rotisserie chicken, biscuits and fruit cobbler—and you eat it all with your hands. (417) 336-3000; dixiestampede.com
Discounts There’s no need to pay full price for show tickets. Discount packages include lodging, shows and attractions. Pick them up at area hotels and the Branson Tourism Center. (800) 974-0411; bransontourismcenter.com