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With more than 52 theaters on and around its famous Highway 76 Strip, Branson is proudly called the Live Music Show Capital of the World. Along with its shows and stars, this year-round vacation destination has an award-winning theme park called Silver Dollar City, 12 golf courses, a world-class eco-adventure with Branson Zipline Canopy Tours at Wolfe Creek Preserve, a variety of museums, mini-golf, and great shopping all within easy reach of the great outdoors.
Branson defines itself as having five seasons - Hot Winter Fun (January-March); Ozark Mountain Spring (April-May); Summer Family Fun (June-August); Fall for the Ozarks (September-October); and Ozark Mountain Christmas (November-December). All of these seasons in Branson offer visitors unique experiences.
Depending on your particular interests, Branson has something to offer visitors year 'round. Many visitors like to come at different times of the year to enjoy the shows inside as well as the different outdoor scenery.
During Hot Winter Fun, the mild winter weather, combined with seasonal special offers designed for the value-minded visitor, creates an great opportunity to experience Branson. While the pace is relaxed and there is less traffic, the fun and the prices are just right. At times there might be a snow or ice but those tend to be moderate and all traces are gone within a day or two. A good piece of advice is to call ahead and make sure that the weather is good and that the show schedules you have are current.
March tends to be a combination of Hot Winter Fun and Ozark Mountain Spring. The first of the month sees the beginnings of Spring Break families dribbling in and by mid-March Branson has officially become the other Spring Break Destination - the one for families. This is also the time when some national sporting events, like the NAIA college basketbal championship at College of the Ozarks, takes place.
Ozark Mountain Spring is a very beautiful time of year in Branson, with the advent of redbuds, dogwoods, and wildflowers blooming. From mother nature putting on a glorius show to car shows to its 100 shows, everybody is putting on a show in Branson. The weather tends to the 70's with some light rains. It's really a great time to be there as everything feels fresh and crisp. In April Silver Dollar City offers it's event featuring international entertainers - World-Fest. Then in May they have the nation's premier Bluegrass & BBQ festival.
Summertime brings the most folks to this favorite destination. Weekdays are the best days to avoid crowds. Traffic in Branson used to be much more complicated and moved at more slowly. This has changed since the city introduced a system of connector roads and new highways that intersect Branson.
The summertime weather in Branson can be hot and humid, so it’s always important to dress appropriately and drink lots of fluids. The evenings cool down quite a bit (usually into the high 60s-low 70s) and make outdoor activities enjoyable. With three lakes surrounding Branson, outdoor fun at the lakes compliments indoor fun with air-conditioning at the shows. Lake Taneycomo offers trout fishing and extremely cold waters. Table Rock Lake provides an abundance of recreational opportunities including boating, water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, bass fishing, and just laying out catching the rays of the sun. Bull Shoals is popular for its white, largemouth and spotted bass fishing. It's also popular for scuba diving and swimmers.During the summer Silver Dollar City offers KidsFest in June, Moonlight Madness in July, and the Southern Gospel Picnic at the end of August.
With the changing colors of foliage and fall festivals, autumn in the Ozarks is simply beautiful. The hills are a rolling carpet of gold and red hues. This is a very popular time to travel the hills and view the colors of nature. It's always difficult to gauge exactly when the colors are going to be their most dramatic, but October tends to be a good bet. During the fall, days are warm (70's-80's) and nights are cool. Late fall might bring an early frost to the panoramic hills and valleys. This also the time of year that arts and crafts take a front and center role in the Ozarks with craft festivals showing off the heritage of the area. The National Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City is one of the top-rated craft festivals in the country.
Ozark Mountain Christmas tranforms Branson, as the local businesses light up the area for the Christmas season. Silver Dollar City creates An Old Time Christmas featuring a multi-million light spectacular, rated one of the best in the country. The shows create special productions filled with Christmas cheer and the sounds of the season. November and December temperatures run from the 40's to 60's during the day. Many a Thanksgiving has allowed for outdoor celebrations. And since everyone is always dreaming of a white Christmas, you might get lucky and see a snowflake or two. This season offers some great opportunities for shopping (well, those are in Branson year round but it's a great time to pick up some unique items for gifts). The annual Adoration Parade takes place the first Sunday in December and can be very cold - even with 50,000 people watching, so be sure to dress warm for that. The week after Christmas is also a good time to be in Branson and many shows offer special New Year's Eve celebrations.
No matter what the season, someone you love is always playing in Branson.