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10 Family Fun FREE Things To Do Branson, MO

Here is a list of great FREE things to do in Branson.  They are not only FREE but not to be missed. 

I often write about exploring Branson and all the great family oriented things to do in the area.  I have links at the bottom of this post to our favorite SHOWS, SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, and more.  The posts I have written are fun for the entire family, but sometimes I need fun family things to do that are not as expensive.

The Fire and Water show is located in downtown Branson at the center of Branson Landing. It is sitting on Lake Taneycomo. Not only can you watch the Fire and Water show but you can walk along the boardwalk, feed the ducks, geese, and fish, or just sit and take in all the beautiful scenery around Lake Taneycomo.  VIDEO of this great show on an earlier post. 

  • Dewey Short Visitors Center

 This is another great FREE activity for the family.  We watched a short film on how the Table Rock Dam was built.  The visitors center is a gorgeous new building that overlooks Table Rock Lake.  Take your camera for great pictures of the lake.

  • Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

It is located by the Dam on Lake Taneycomo. You will learn about the life cycle of a trout.  The Fish Hatchery raises over 1 million trout each year to be released.  A lot of these trout are released in Lake Taneycomo, which makes it a great place to trout fish. Post with pictures about the Fish Hatchery. 

  • Moonshine Beach in Branson

It is a great place to spend the day.  For just a few dollars ($5 per car) to enter the park, you can enjoy the sandy beach.  My kids enjoy swimming in the roped off area on Table Rock Lake located at  Moonshine Beach.  Swim, Hike, picnic, or just sit and watch the boats passing by including The Showboat Branson Belle.

  • Take a Ride on the FREE Historic Downtown Trolley

  • Free Sunday Shows in some of the theaters around Branson.

You will find some of your favorite Branson entertainers singing traditional gospel music.

Make time to Explore The College of the Ozarks

 The campus is beautiful, and you will see why it is known as The Hard Work U.  The student’s tuition is paid for the hard work they provide.  While they are working on their college degrees, they have to work on campus. They can do work in many areas on campus.  Some of these areas are also available to tour. Read more about the College of the Ozarks on an earlier post.  We were visiting the college campus while Riding A Duck in Branson. 

Free things to check out at the College of the Ozarks include:

The Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen. 

  • The college has been making fruitcake since 1934.  They bake over 40,000 fruitcakes per year.

The Ralph Foster Museum is a beautiful museum. 

It is the home of the 1921 Oldsmobile truck in the Beverly Hillbillies TV Show.  You will find thousand of objects from history in this excellent museum.  The Museum is open M-S until 4:30 pm. It does cost $6 for adults.  If you are younger than 19 years old, it is FREE.


The Greenhouse on The College of the Ozark is open to the public.  It is home to some award-winning orchids.  They sell plants to the local community.

1880’s Grist Mill

Edwards Mill gives free tours of this 1880’s grist mill.  You can purchase stone ground flours.

Visit Farm

W. Alton Jones Dairy Farm on the college is a working dairy farm.  Not only can you see calves but you can milk cows. 

Gaetz Tractor Museum on the college is free.

Wonder around the Keeter Center at the College of the Ozarks.  

This Keeter Center includes 30 guest rooms in its beautiful lodge.  Dobyns Dining Room, which is, where I experienced one of the best meals I have ever eaten.  Check out the Keeter Center Bakery and Gift Shop while visiting College of the Ozarks.


Roark Family Favorite Branson Shows 

Roark Family Favorite Branson Restaurants

This is strictly my opinion of great places to visit in Branson, Missouri.