Branson Tourism, Missouri

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Reuben Branson opened a general store and post office here in 1882. Thirty years later, the place was city. Tourism kicked off here with the discovery of the Marvel Cave, which in the 1950s began to host square dances. The Herschend Family modernised the cave with stairwells and lights, built up Silver Dollar City around it… and that’s what really marked Branson’s place on the Map! Further popularisation happened with the publication of The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright, which was set in and around what is today known as Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area. Natural sightseeing in Branson received a great boost with the building of Table Rock Dam, and the creation of the subsequent lake watersports boomed all along the shores.

The next major boost to the city’s tourism came from the boom of performance and celebrity theatres in the 1980s onwards, capped of recently with the incredible Christian Theatre Sight and Sound. Today, they call Branson "the live music show capital of the world", and these are now the premier tourist attractions of the city.

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Facts and Stats for Branson*

  • Branson: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Branson for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Branson.

    • Burglary and Theft 50 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 75 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
  • Living in Branson - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 64.06 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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  • Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama
    Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama New on TripHobo

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Enjoy an action-packed live reenactment of the novel by Harold Bell Wright, The Shepherd of the Hills. This beautiful story t...

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  • Branson Veterans Memorial Museum Admission
    Branson Veterans Memorial Museum Admission New on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Days

    The Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson, Missouri is a national tribute to the brave men and women who defended our liberties...

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  • Heartland Country at the Jim Stafford Theatre
    Heartland Country at the Jim Stafford Theatre New on TripHobo

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Heartland Country is brand new to the Branson entertainment scene as of 2018. Starring several veteran Branson performers as ...

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  • Ozark Off-Road ATV Adventure
    Ozark Off-Road ATV Adventure New on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Hrs

    Get ready to take the wheel and drive an ATV through the trails at The Shepherd of the Hills located in the Ozark Mountains. ...

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