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FREE stuff to do in Branson (and discounts, too)

FREE stuff to do in Branson (and discounts, too)


Get the absolute most out of your time in Branson by adding some FUN, FREE activities to your days!

Do you know of something in Branson that's FREE or discounted? Email us with your discoveries and we'll post it on this page! As you browse this list, note that some entries are good year-round and some are one-time events (scroll down for yearly events).

Here are the YEAR ROUND FREE or discounted "things to do" in Branson we think you'll enjoy (see below for one-time events):

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  • FREE winery tours and samples at Stone Hill Winery
  • FREE wine tasting and art viewing at Mount Pleasant Winery. Showcasing art from local and regional artists on a rotating basis.
  • FREE to visit the World's Largest Banjo at the Grand Country Square, an indoor mall with shopping, eateries and the Grand Country Music Hall. It's a huge replica Gibson banjo tilting from the floor to the wall, and the 47 foot-long neck shoots out the upper-level window. Be sure to stop in to see it because it's impressive. The neon strings light up at night. Very cool.
  • FREE to visit the World's Largest Rooster at the Great American Steak and Chicken House, 2421 W Highway 76. Bring your camera – it's 43-feet tall and dressed in red, white and blue. You walk through its legs to enter the restaurant! Too funny. (this location used to be Peppercorn's Restaurant)
  • FREE to stroll the Outdoor Horsewalk at the Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction and meet the stars of the show: all the beautiful horses resting in their stalls. It's open from 10 am to showtime every day there's a show.
  • FREE to visit the lobby of the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater. On display: fascinating memorabilia recalling the historic roots of rock n' roll and country. Just added in 2012, several keepsakes' of Whitney Houston. See a few of her albums, and one of Whitney Houston's dresses worn during her 1988 "Moment of Truth World Tour." Take this very unique opportunity to remember the recording artist fondly known as "The Voice."
  • FREE mini-concerts at The Branson Landing. Check Events.
  • FREE to visit the Table Rock Dam
  • FREE to visit Table Rock Lake: public marina, campgrounds, boating, scuba diving, fishing, boat & pontoon rental, hiking/biking trails
  • FREE guided tours of the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery (take quarters to feed the fish)
  • LOW COST to visit Moonshine Beach, located across from Table Rock Dam. Only $5 per vehicle area use fee.
  • FREE to visit Table Rock State Park
  • FREE to visit Lake Taneycomo
  • FREE to visit the Henning State Forest and the scenic Henning State Forest Lookout located about 2 miles west of town on Highway 76
  • FREE to visit the Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area, a 130-acre city park featuring rugged hiking trails, a scenic observation deck overlooking Lake Taneycomo, two miles of the Lake Taneycomo shoreline and 315 hand-lain stone steps that descend to the lake
  • FREE to visit the College of the Ozarks, featuring a scenic mountain campus where students work in exchange for tuition.
  • FREE tours of the 1880's-style Edwards Mill at the College of the Ozarks. It's run by students of the college. You can buy bags of fresh flour and cornmeal to take home!
  • FREE admission for kids age 18 and under at the Ralph Foster Museum at College of the Ozarks (adult admission is low cost also!)
  • FREE to visit the greenhouse at College of the Ozarks. This is where they care for the Clint McDade Orchid Collection and take the best ones to competition each year. You can visit the greenhouse to see over 7,000 flowers (and ferns and more). Some are even available for purchase so you can take them home with you!
  • FREE to visit the Dewey Short Vistors Center at Table Rock Lake
  • FREE to visit the Table Rock Lakeshore Trail at Table Rock Lake (it's wheelchair accessible; motorized wheelchairs, skateboards, bikes and scooters are allowed). Located adjacent to the Dewey Short Visitor's Center
  • FREE Sunday gospel shows: Good News Gospel, Ol' Time Gospel Hour. And Barbara Fairchild's Sunday Morning Worship Service
  • FREE shopping (it doesn't cost anything to look!). There's Downtown Branson (the Spirit of 76 Project is incorporating new wider sidewalks, new landscaping, and public gathering spots in Downtown Branson), The Branson Landing, Tanger Outlet  Mall, and Specialty Shopping like the Grand Village,  the Shoppes at Branson Meadows and many more.
  • FREE to hop on the Discovery Trolley, aka Sparky, for an easy way to see boutiques and stores in the Downtown area and at the Branson Landing. There are several pick-up and drop-off spots. It runs 7 days a week!
  • Where can kids eat FREE in Branson? Click here
  • FREE entertainment while you dine at the Hard Luck Diner at the Grand Village. Your servers frequently grab the mic.
  • It's more cost effective to get the discounted season passes to Silver Dollar City if you're planning to go more than once during the year or planning to stay at the park more than one day. Same thing goes for White Water. It's also cheaper to purchase your season passes very early in the year, before the season starts. The price is less and they offer more benefits the earlier you buy the passes.
  • There's a discounted ticket available for you to get into White Water but not swim or ride any rides. It's the "Land Lubber" ticket. You get to stay in the shade and partake of the snacks!
  • Branson Scenic Railway offers a 10% discount on regular excursion tickets to AAA members
  • FREE admission to the Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area, located just off highway 65, 18 miles south of Springfield between Springfield and Branson.
  • Branson Segway offers a discount to Veterans
  • FREE admission to the Branson Park System's newest addition, the Branson Skate Park, designed for inline skates, roller skates and skateboards. Safety gear strongly recommended
  • The Veteran's Patch Exhibit is a FREE display at the Grand Country Square. Patches from all branches of service are on display; patch donations are welcome to add to the display. Open all year.
  • Check out the admission prices for Branson's AquaPlex...a great deal and a fun place to take the family.
  • FREE Fire & Water Show, featuring dancing waters choreographed to music, lights and pyrotechnics, at the Branson Landing...awesome during the day...breathtaking at night. It happens every hour on the hour beginning at noon each day, 7 days a week. Please note: the Fountain schedule may change due to special events, maintenance, weather, etc
  • FREE to walk around the Branson Landing. Buying an ice cream, funnel cake or candy sure is tempting though...
  • The loaded Go-Card from The Track. Once credits are used up, you can purchase more for half-price. It'll save you money in the long run if you want to ride a bunch of rides or if you plan to visit The Track more than once.
  • You can get an armband at Kids Kountry at The Track III for 2-hours of unlimited rides per child. Since most of the Kiddie Rides are $2-$2.50 (credits), the armband can save you some money if you think your child is going to go ride-crazy.
  • Kids 4 & under eat FREE at Molly's Mill and the Lucky Silver Mine Restaurant inside Silver Dollar City
  • Arrive at Silver Dollar City after 3 pm...and the next day is FREE
  • FREE to stop by and see the motel shaped like a riverboat, the Riverboat Inn, 3105 W Highway 76. May as well take a picture to prove to your friends that you saw this in Branson! (Update: the Riverboat Inn is closed. It was destroyed by the Leap Day 2012 tornado)
  • The #1 Hits of the 60's show offers a Military Discount for active military and veterans.
  • FREE to visit and take pictures at the God and Country Theatre Inspirational Gardens. Look for the two large black "tablets" etched with the 10 Commandments. Water runs down them like a small water fountain. There's also a huge American Flag (30x60 feet).
  • FREE to visit the outside parking lot of the Hollywood Wax Museum. Take a picture of the Mount Rushmore-style sculpture on the building featuring Celebrity Heads and the giant King Kong climbing the Empire State Building. You can't miss it! HOT TIP: save a few bucks by buying your admission tickets online rather than at the door.
  • It's FREE to watch the annual Midnight Cruise  at Shepherd of the Hills. It's part of the Super Summer Cruise at the Shepherd of the Hills theme park. Bring a lawn chair and pick a spot anywhere along the cruise route. Head over before 11:30 pm because police block off the cruise route at that time.
  • Click here for a list FREE Wi-Fi locations in Branson
  • All year, Chateau on the Lake offers room rate discount to active and retired military. Click here for the details.
  • Regular cave tours for Marvel Cave inside Silver Dollar City are included in your park admission price. Great cave!
  • Fun to look around Dick's Old Time Five & Dime in Downtown Branson. The store celebrated 50 years in 2011. Caution: you may find something to buy. They stock over 50,000 different items! It's a retro-variety store! The walls are decorated with WWII aviation art, there's a 60-foot baseball wall of fame, and two model trains circle the ceiling.
  • When making a reservation, ask every show if they offer a Family Pass if you're attending with mom, dad and kids living at home. Here's BransonWorld's list of shows and attractions offering Family Pass Discounts (if you find one that we don't have listed, contact us so we can add it!)
  • FREE admission to the Branson Centennial Museum (Grand opening April 1, 2012)
  • FREE to drive along the 2-mile stretch of Gretna Road (from Highway 248 West to the bridge at Roark Valley Road) and see the Avenue of Freedom, a display of nearly 100 American Flags waving from flagpoles down the middle of the road. Generally on display from April through December. Learn more here.
  • FREE all season: The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show offers all Military personnel FREE admission to the show. Individuals with current or previous military service are now honored guests and will be admitted to Branson's first show FREE of charge. The military guest policy does require a military identification to gain admission, and tickets are subject to availability. Call for reservations or information
  • LOW COST: The Behind the Scenes Tour at the Sight & Sound Theatres. It's the opportunity to go backstage and see the lights, sound, stage, and even the animals of this amazing production. 
  • LOW COST: visit the Branson Cafe in Downtown Branson, 120 W Main St, for an old-time diner experience. Established in 1910, they still feature homestyle cookin' and Ozarks hospitality...and reasonable prices!
  • Visit the Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe, 2800 W Highway 76 in the Grand Village, for cakes, cupcakes, pies, cobblers, muffins, breads, cookies, scones, brownies, sticky buns, quiche, salads, soups, paninis, sandwiches, and a kid's menu too! Everything is made-from-scratch and made fresh daily. They do weddings and catering too. Click here to see their feature on The Knot. Open 7 days a week.
  • LOW COST: Camping at the Branson KOA, located less than a 1/2 mile from the Strip. Over 140 RV sites, from luxury to economy, tent sites, plus new Cabins and Lodges. Featuring a pool, hot tub, playground, fitness center, Kamp K9 for pets, and FREE pancakes for breakfast May-October! Convention center, laundry, bathrooms with A/C too.

Here are the #DISCOUNTS or #FREE events/activities that are one-time events each year (the most current entries are at the top of list):

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