Branson, Missouri, is a town where family entertainment is at its best. While entertainment is high on the list of things to do in this Southern Missouri town, shopping ranks second. It is the perfect town to plan your next shopping extravaganza. Bring the whole family, because while you shop, the non shoppers will enjoy other fun activities, such as two amusement parks, hands on museums, and golf courses.
The beginning of any great shopping trip should be a good meal. Branson has many find restaurants to fill that pre-requisitive. Dennys, I-Hop, Applebees, and other small restaurants offer mega choices for any meal. If you are an early riser, most motels serve breakfast till 10:00 a.m. free of charge for the guests.
Shopping for a one of a kind treasure is easy in Branson. There are many small shops that line Highway 165. They offer a variety of hand made items, unique jewelry, fine artwork, and even dulcimers, a popular instrument in the Ozark mountain area.
Tanger Outlet Center is an outlet mall with Polo, Ralph Lauren, GAP, Old Navy, and 62 other stores. It has something for everyone in these stores.
Factory Merchants of Branson, commonly called the Red Roof Mall, offers chances to shop at 90 outlet sores. Black Hills Jewelry, Lane Bryant, and Carters are just a few of the popular outlets that are located here.
IMAX Entertainment Complex offers another different shopping experience. Legacy and Legends Gifts offers movie posters, soundtracks, and IMAX films. The Shadow Box, another shop in the mall, has quilts, clocks and leather apparel for sale.
Branson Landing is the newest of the shopping experience. The stores are located along the waterfront of Lake Taneycomo. The trolley can be ridden from one end of the mall to the other, free of charge. For the sportsman, the Bass Pro Shop is a special place. The wildlife scenes and the huge fish tank will delight young and old. A water and fire show entertains shoppers at the Landing.
The Branson Craft Mall is another “must see.” Craftsman demonstrate candle making, basket weaving, wood turning, and pottery among other crafts. The completed projects are sold here.
Dick’s 5 and 10 cent store is located in downtown Branson. It is the classic “dime store.” There are many items that were popular in the 40’s and 50’s, including old fashion candy, such as Good ‘n Plenty, Mary Jane, and Blackjack gum. Homemade Missouri jams are sold there also. It is a treat to walk down the aisles and remember the old fashioned dime store.
If antiques are high on your list, there are many fine antique shops in Branson. There are, also, some flea markets, where treasures can be found quite reasonably. There is a store which specializes in NASCAR items, and a Coca Cola collectibles called Branson Bill’s Emporium.
If you want a custom made pair of shoes, you can go to Reish Shoes.
There is something for everyone in Branson.
Lodging is available throughout the town, along with food. Most of the motels advertise vacancy signs, so if you shop until you drop and need a place to stay, there is a place for you. Holiday Inn, Days Inn, Hampton Inn, and other popular properties are located there.
For more information on Branson, contact Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at 800-214-3661
References: Branson Destination Planner
Branson Travel Host
Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce