Branson offers much for the outdoor enthusiast

What did I like about Branson, Missouri? In a previous post, we touched on the endless entertainment opportunities to enjoy while visiting Branson. But there’s also a myriad of outdoor activities ranging from zip-lining, boating, fishing, the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, hiking and more. A good place to explore the complete range of options is at

We hit the end of the season, so most of the leaves were off the trees, but I still got a great sense of how lovely the hiking trails along Table Rock Lake must be in the peak of summer. This is a beautifully peaceful place, and the Visitor Center is well worth a visit. There’s an interesting video you can watch about the Table Rock Dam and local landscape in addition to some great exhibits.

Table Rock Lake is a peaceful place to chill out in Branson

we enjoyed spending time at Table Rock Lake

If you happen to visit during spring, summer or fall, pack yourself a nice lunch to enjoy along the trails, or enjoy a refreshment on the outdoor patio overlooking the lake. Keep an eye out for the nostalgic Branson Belle Showboat that cruises the lake as if from a dream.

Branson Belle Showboat

the Branson Belle Showboat cruises by us at sunset, creating a beautifully nostalgic moment

Overlooking the lake is the gorgeous Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa. As someone who really enjoys pampering and a touch of luxury, I made sure to pick up a brochure, have a room tour and make a mental note to return as a guest some day soon.

the very inviting Library Lounge at the Chateau on the Lake

the Library Lounge at the Chateau on the Lake gives you a good idea of the marvellous ambiance

And as someone who loves shopping and hanging out at waterfront bistros, I’m glad we didn’t miss a visit to Branson Landing. It’s a fabulous pedestrian-only strip of shopping and enticements bordered by the Belk store at one end and the Bass Pro Shop, “Five & Dime” General Store and the White River Fish House at the other end. Whatever you do on your visit to Branson, don’t miss Branson Landing!

the White River Fish House in Branson Landing

the White River Fish House is one of Branson’s amazing restaurants

If you’ve been to Branson, please share your thoughts. If I’ve enticed you to visit … I’m glad. And if you love chocolate … do come back for our next post, when we’ll indulge in some of Missouri’s best!


Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I researched and wrote Volume I of Chocolatour that won a Readers' favourite Award in 2014. Always enjoy experiencing new destinations and flavours.

11 Responses

  1. Lee says:

    Hi Doreen
    Just been reading some of your posts with a little bit of a chocolate twist to them all. This last one about Branson has got me wanting to do another America road trip. We managed one last spring and loved it. Compared to England the space is mind blowing. Can see the credit card taking another hammering.

    Thanks I think lee
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    • Doreen says:

      Thanks for visiting the blog, Lee.

      Yes, road trips are great. And there is indeed lots of amazing chocolate to discover along the way. I hope you’ll stay tuned, as more delicious destinations are continually being added along the way.

  2. You share beautiful picture for us. Where is this picture. So thanks for sharing this picture this blog……

  3. Elaine says:

    Hi Doreen, Branson looks beautiful, we are planning on visiting this year and cannot wait to get on the Branson Belle! Nice post, really does the place justice.

    Elaine x

    • Doreen says:

      Glad you enjoyed the post, Elaine.

      Yes, Branson was quite the surprise to me/us. I hope you are also pleasantly surprised as to all the options it does offer.

  4. Rizwan Sultan says:

    Hey Doreen!!

    You shared really awesome pic here.Where is that placed can I add this pic in my blog?

  5. Amy Hall says:

    Branson looks like a beautiful place to spend an afternoon walking along the shore of the lake. It looks like my kind of place to relax!
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    • Doreen says:

      Indeed, Amy! I really appreciated the relaxed atmosphere of everywhere we went. And the quality of all services. We did happen to get into one traffic jam (they should stagger the times of the shows/entertainment a bit more to avoid that!) but all in all, a really nice place to spend a week or two.

      Thanks for dropping into the blog, and Season’s Greetings,

  6. Doreen says:

    Thanks so much, Jeanette, for visiting the blog and your enthusiasm for my work. Much appreciated!

    And thanks, also, for your great post and the link to Danny’s book! I have downloaded it and hope to read it over the holidays as I’d really like to learn how to expand my network and reach more chocolate lovers!

    Have a wonderful Christmas season, and may Santa bring you lots of quality chocolate.

  7. What beautiful photographs. I can see why you want to stay on this subject. I’ve never visited but I’d like to.
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