What's in Downtown Branson?
Discover Branson’s Downtown Historic District!
One of the most charming areas in Branson, and one that is often a best-kept-secret, is Historic Downtown Branson. The core of Downtown has a quaint, almost vintage atmosphere; a feeling that attracts visitors and locals alike to its many unique gift shops, eateries, and attractions. Other than the handy Walgreen’s pharmacy, as well as a CVS Pharmacy just uphill, you won’t find familiar chain stores in the Historic district of Branson; what you will find is the unusual, the entertaining, and retailers that carry those hard-to-find items!
In addition to the superb shopping and delightful dining, you’ll encounter that which makes Branson world-famous…live music shows! Historic Downtown Branson is currently undergoing an extensive renovation that includes increasing sidewalk space, and creating areas that make it easier to relax and enjoy a little people-watching! But don’t worry; all of Downtown Branson remains easily accessible during the renovation.
Bordering Historic Downtown and one of Branson’s beautiful waterways, Lake Taneycomo, is Branson Landing, a shopping, dining, and entertainment district all on its own, with both familiar and unique shopping and dining options.
Downtown has some of Branson’s best shopping!
More than anything else, Historic Downtown Branson is a shopping district…you’ll find gift items, souvenirs, clothing, shoes, artwork, and more; and not just the usual!
- · There’s a shoe store that specializes in hard-to-find sizes, particularly narrow shoes; something not found in most department or outlet stores.
- · You’ll discover beautiful jewelry made from pennies, and a flag store that specializes in the American flag, where you’ll learn things you didn’t know about our flag, and valuable tips on how to care for it.
- · You’ll find the beautiful, like stained glass, Victorian era inspired treasures, and hand-crafted quilts; and you’ll find the useful.
- · You’ll discover clothing, both comfortable and items suitable for a formal event, as well as bedazzled sweatshirts and western wear.
The retail centerpiece of Branson’s Historic district is easily Dick’s Oldtime 5 & 10, likely the most fascinating and enchanting store you’ve visited in a long time! Dick’s will launch you back to the local variety store of your childhood, complete with vintage tiled floors, everyday household goods, and fun Branson souvenirs, it’s an attraction all by itself!
Eating is a treat Downtown!
Downtown Branson is a treat for the taste buds! Discover everything from snacks and desserts that satisfy the sweet tooth…fudge, ice cream, chocolates, and blackberry cobbler… to comfort foods. You’ll find Greek cuisine, sushi, and pizza. There are quaint cafés and the kind of deli you typically find only in college towns. A renovated historic inn houses a café and wine bar that spices up the nightlife in Downtown. Whether it’s home cooked roast beef or fried chicken, or a tasty falafel, or an array of sushi options, you’re sure to find a meal that makes you smile!
Why not stay Downtown?
You’ll find a historic inn, where the famous author, Harold Bell Wright, once stayed, along with bed and breakfast properties, and national flag hotels in Historic Downtown. Best Western Landing View enjoys a nice, hillside location; there’s a beautiful Hilton Hotel attached to the city’s Convention Center, and a Hilton Promenade conveniently located at Branson Landing. When it comes to spending a few days in Branson’s Downtown district, you’ll find no shortage of excellent lodging options!
Historic Downtown Branson is very entertaining!
Shows, attractions, a lake cruise, a zipline, a scenic train ride, a big balloon, and several festivals and special events….what else do you need to keep the entire family entertained?
- · Downtown is home to two Branson theaters, including its oldest. The Owen and Hot Hits theaters house several wonderful and diverse shows; you’ll discover everything from comedy to the greatest music of Motown.
- · Branson Scenic Railway is also located downtown; they offer both dinner trips and scenic visits that travel through scenic countryside, passing little known historic sites.
- · Three attractions can be found at Branson Landing, including Main Street Lake Cruises, which offers a variety of scenic trips on Lake Taneycomo aboard a replica paddlewheel boat. There’s also a zipline that takes you up over the lake, and a secured balloon ride that lets you get a birds-eye view of the Landing and beyond.
- · Festivals and events that take place in Historic Downtown Branson include those that celebrate autumn, veterans, the joy of arts and crafts, and the true meaning of Christmas.
Every visitor to Branson should explore the entire community; explore every shopping and show district this entertainment town has to offer. But, if downtown areas are your favorite destinations, rest assured that Branson’s Downtown Historic District has absolutely everything you’ll need for an amazing vacation!
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