For a city so popular with tourists, you would think that you have to spend a great deal of money to have a good time exploring Branson, Missouri. You’re dead wrong. The diverse mix of big city attractions and small town fun makes Branson a great destination for visitors across all budget range. We will show you what are the cheap things to do in Branson, Missouri. Be prepared to drop your jaws!
The fun never seems to stop at Branson and you won’t have to spend a dime with these free attractions. Let’s check out some ways to visit Branson with your tight budget!
Free Things to Do in Branson
College of Ozarks & Ralph Foster Museum
Are you backpacking or opting for a quick getaway without spending a great deal of money? In short, you want it almost free?
No problem! You are still guaranteed to have the time of your life in Branson.
Your first stop is the College of the Ozarks.
The picturesque campus is an excellent spot for taking souvenir photos while exploring the walking paths, fountains and landscape. While in the campus, you should check out the Ralph Foster Museum, which has probably the biggest collection of Ozark artifacts and history showcase in the city.
Photo Credit: wikimedia user Colin McMillen. A Foster Museum doll exhibit
Please note that the museum is not free (although admission is very cheap), but you can access the campus for free.
Table Rock Lake
Another free attraction in Branson is Table Rock Lake. This is a haven for tourists who visit Branson to experience and enjoy its natural beauty.
Some activities in Branson’s Table Rock Lake might have corresponding fees but the lake itself and the surrounding areas are open to the public.
And while you’re at the area, don’t forget to check out the Table Rock Lake Dam. This is an engineering attraction that was constructed way back in 1958. Savor it’s awesomeness!
Moon Shine Beach
If you are simply looking for a laid back time in Branson, head to the Moon Shine Beach.
Lots of tourists visit this beach not just because it is free, but it is a great place to relax by the beach and maybe work on your tan!Well,who doesn’t love beaches? This free attraction in Branson is truly majestic!
Henning State Forest
If you want to take your nature tripping to the next level, why don’t you head out to the Henning State Forest? This is forest park spans to more than 1,500 acres of land area. There are nature trails and hiking spots for those who are adventurous enough to take on this expansive park.And of course, this is open to the public!
Cheap Things to Do While You’re at It
On top of the free attractions in Branson mentioned above, there are several other cheap destinations in Branson suitable for the budget-conscious travelers.
Stone Hill Winery
One example is the Stone Hill Winery. This is listed in Branson’s National Register of Historical Places. There are tours available at the winery for only $2.50 for adults (children can join the tour for $1 only), which will take you through the 19th century winery’s old cellars and modern production facilities. You even get to sample one of the wines at the site while doing a tour in this cheap attraction in Branson.
For a cheap but unique attraction that feels like you’ve been to the big city, visit the Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson. If you were frightened by the movie House of Wax, then why not try this budget attraction in Branson?
You would not think that you can access this museum for less than $20, right? But you can! You can also buy your tickets online to get discounts.
There you have it – these are just some of the cheap things to do in Branson that you probably did not know are free or cheap! The list could go on and on, which gives you more reason to go exploring this wonderful city. Sometimes we think that in a large city all of the attractions are very expensive. But, all we need is to research before hand, and I am sure a couple of things to do in a well populated city such as Branson Missouri will have cheap things to do while you’re at it.
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