Planning a great reunion for friends or family doesn’t have to be hard work. But what’s the first step in creating a memorable gathering that everyone will talk about for years to come? Location is certainly a crucial factor in the planning process. So why not choose somewhere that is a tried-and-true destination for groups, a place that’s family-friendly, accessible and fun year round.
If you’re looking for the ideal reunion spot, look no further than Branson, Missouri. This small town is known across the United States for its music and entertainment scene, eclectic array of attractions and wholesome atmosphere. It’s a perfect destination for families and groups, with something for even the pickiest of travelers. You won’t have to worry about trying to please everyone when you book your reunion here – Branson has all the bases covered.
Branson is a hot spot for all kinds of entertainment – from country music concerts to magic shows, musical theater to performances for kids. The hardest part might just be deciding how to fit it all in. There are over 100 show options at most times of the year and at all hours of the day. Make this a reunion worth talking about for years to come when you see a wonderful production like Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet or check out what other shows are playing – you’ll find something for everyone.
Museums, Museums, Museums
Branson has plenty of museums to check out – but these aren’t just your average art museums. Instead, they focus on an eclectic array of topics, from the Titanic to toys. At the Titanic Museum, for example, you will be blown away by the giant replica of this ill-fated ship, with its interactive exhibits perfect for both young and old. The experience is designed to give you the sensation of being a passenger on the ship back in 1912 – you’ll even be given a boarding pass with an actual passenger’s name. After winding through the exhibit’s 14 galleries with hundreds of artifacts, you will learn the fate of your passenger. It’s a unique museum experience right in the heart of Branson. You can also be sure to wow friends and family with a visit to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not, a museum attraction that combines fun entertainment with cringe-worthy, shocking moments.
Branson’s mild climate makes it an ideal reunion destination any time of the year. So be sure to take advantage and head out into the gorgeous countryside on foot, bike, boat or horseback. Did you know that Branson has over 100 miles of public trails just waiting to be explored? And the best part is, you can reach many of them right from downtown. Head out for an adventure and you’re sure to find a route perfect for anyone in your group. Try out the scenic Lakeside Forest Wilderness Trail and take in natural beauty while cooling off in the water on hot days.
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With all there is to do in Branson, your group is sure to be hungry. Food is an essential part of a great reunion, and the town has this covered. You’ll find tasty American fare such as Texas-style BBQ and burritos, comfort food and Gulf Coast-inspired seafood along with international fare from Thailand to the Mediterranean. Why not get the full Branson experience and sample some local Missouri cuisine? McFarlain’s, inside the IMAX Theatre, cooks up Ozark-style meals, while Montana Mike’s serves an updated take on mountain favorites. Or reserve space at a host of dinner shows. At Dixie Stampede revel in scenes straight out of the Wild West while feasting on tasty local delights. Everyone will leave happy and full. What more could you ask for?
Travel Planning Made Easy
Another aspect of Branson that makes it such a draw for reunion planners is its convenient Midwest location. Did you know that for almost one-third of the U.S. population, the city can be reached in less than a day by car? Located 40 miles off of I-44, it’s the ideal setting for a reunion road trip.
If flying is more your speed, you can arrive at the nearby Branson Airport just 10 miles from town, although you will find more airline options at Springfield-Branson National Airport, about 50 miles north of town. So whatever way you choose to travel, Branson is never a far stretch.
Don’t worry about where to stay in Branson – the options are plentiful. In 2016, Trivago named Branson the #1 U.S. Best Value City. Whether you’re traveling on a budget or looking to put your reunion group up in the plushest hotel, accommodations abound to fit your needs. Prefer the quaint charm of a bed and breakfast? Looking for the extra space that a condominium provides? Bringing along the family RV? Branson is ready to meet all your needs and make your stay comfortable, relaxing and fun.
The Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau is ready to welcome your reunion to Branson and help you make the most of your time, leaving everyone happy, healthy and talking about their reunion in Branson for years to come.