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10 Reasons to Visit Branson, Missouri This Fall

Branson, Missouri, has a long history of showcasing some of the best talent and music in country through a plethora of shows and attractions. However, there is much more to Branson than merely music. Explore Branson in the fall to really see the unique beauty and outdoor adventures that are a large part of the city’s true charm.

10. Dogwood Canyon

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Flickr/Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park offers bike rentals for the entire family, as well as trail-a-bikes and kiddie carts for their youngest guests. Dogwood Canyon is a private wilderness refuge that encompasses some 2,200 acres of Ozark beauty.

Guest attractions include scenic waterfalls and trout streams, all covered in oak, pine, and cedar. Also, archeological investigations unearthed ancient Native American burials in the area.

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Flickr/Caleb Zahnd

Walking and biking tours at Dogwood Canyon are complimented by horseback riding, as well as trout fishing.

9. Trout Streams Galore

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Flickr/Tanya Impeartrice

Branson is home to three world-class fisheries. Choose between Bulls Shoals and Table Rock Lake’s bass fishing, or Lake Taneycomo’s trout.

Enjoy cooler weather and great views of autumn scenery by Lake Taneycomo’s clear cold waters that provide some of the finest trout fishing in the world. The rainbow trout and brown trout that ply the waters of Lake Taneycomo provide a varied, exciting fishing experience.

8. Ziplining Excursions

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Flickr/Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours are exhilaratingly fun on its own any time of the year, but autumn offers breathtaking views of the Ozark Mountain’s foliage up close and personal in canopy tours.

7. Bass Fishing at Its Finest

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Flickr/Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

There are plenty of big bass to be caught at Table Rock Lake, one of the key reasons major tournaments such as the B.A.S.S. Bassmaster Elite Series have hosted tournaments there.

The lake provides excellent fishing all year long, but the best largemouth fishing will be in the spring and fall of the year.

6. Silver Dollar City

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Flickr/Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Silver Dollar City, Branson’s theme park, hosts its National Harvest Festival from mid-September through the end of October.

This is the nation’s largest festival of demonstrating craftsmen and a salute to the American adventures of the Western frontier that includes a Wild West Show, with trick riders and ropers; Native American dancers; a Western Barn Dance, with a live band and kick-up-your-heels fun; and more than 125 visiting craftsmen from around the country demonstrate their art.

5. Branson Scenic Railway

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Flickr/Doug Wertman

The Branson Scenic Railway offers visitors a 40-mile excursion through the Ozark foothills and tunnels with gorgeous fall views. You will learn the history of the area as you cross bridges and trestles.

4. Branson Landing

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Flickr/Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Branson Landing offers visitors a beautiful open-air, waterfront setting with over 100 shops and restaurants, as well as the Hilton Promenade.

The $7.5 million water and fire spectacular makes it easy to enjoy the views of autumn. At night the zipline at Parakeet Pete’s lights up, and you have a unique view of the water and fire show on the Landing.

3. Ride the Ducks

San Francisco California - May 11 : Ride the Ducks amphibious bus riding down the street May 11 2015 San Francisco California.

Ride the Ducks offers an experience of the Ozarks by land and by water.

2. Lake Cruise

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Flickr/Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Take a sightseeing, lunch or dinner cruise aboard the Lake Queen, a paddle-wheeler replica reminiscent of the riverboats from Branson’s past, or the Landing Princess, a 100-foot modern luxury yacht.

Each cruise offered by Main Street Lake Cruises on Lake Taneycomo is different.

1. Top of the Rock

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Flickr/Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Situated at the highest elevation in Taney County near Branson, Top of the Rock offers uninterrupted views of the unspoiled beauty of the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake.

Top of the Rock also holds numerous recreational opportunities from the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail, to the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum and “End of the Trail” All-American Wine Cellar to four dining options.

You can also tee off on two golf courses — the Jack Nicklaus signature Top of the Rock Golf Course and the Tom Fazio-designed Buffalo Ridge Course.

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