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A lot of people wonder how Branson can get any more beautiful than it is during the summer. The rolling hills covered in a swaying canopy of green. Table Rock Lake loaded with boats and warm water. The rivers are perfectly floatable and filled with all the smallmouth bass you can catch. However, when the temperature begins to drop those same sights are still there but enhanced. The trees are peppered with yellows and oranges as the tall oaks change color. Décor begins to change. Pumpkin spice lattes are back! Branson still welcomes locals and tourists alike during the fall days. You may not be ready to jump in the cold water, but there are plenty of sights to see. Many local venues hold fall festivals, there are haunted houses, paranormal tours, and even Silver Dollar City gets in on the action.
Sycamore Creek is a venue that everyone in the Branson area should check out. They host weddings, community events, private events, pizza nights on Thursdays during the summer, and even regularly scheduled barn dances. Their barn venue sits perfectly in the middle of the ranch’s main field and is a sight to behold on its own. They have a second venue on property, Shiloh Ridge, that overlooks Lake Taneycomo. Once the pumpkins come out, Sycamore Creek hosts their annual Fall Roundup every Saturday and Sunday in October (and continue on certain weekends through November). You’ll find all of your classic fall activities: outdoor games, fire pits, sack races, corn mazes (non-haunted, don’t worry!), and hayrides.
The views are magnificent, the marina is welcoming and has all you’ll need for a day out on the lake, and the location is perfect for getting to most of Branson’s most popular attractions. It’s just down Indian Point Road from Silver Dollar City! Starting September 10th, Still Water will start their annual Harvest Festival, which runs until Halloween. Still Water also has great outdoor games! They have giant inflatables, pumpkin chuckin’, pumpkin bowling, crafts, and live music.
Festival Autumn Daze is located right in downtown Branson! You can enjoy this festival while knocking out some shopping and enjoying the scenic, historic downtown of Branson. While not as long as other harvest/fall festivals mentioned, this one is just as unique and charming. This generally only lasts one weekend in September, so keep an eye out for dates! Autumn Daze has free live music every day of the event from local entertainers on stage. There are also crafts, a food court, and local sales.
Silver Dollar City is a name that everyone reading this list probably recognizes. During the summer, visitors are sent soaring on roller coasters and enjoying the best funnel cake out there. However, it doesn’t have to be blistering hot to enjoy everything Silver Dollar City can offer. When cooler days hit, the streets of SDC are lined with crafts, hay, and pumpkins. Each day is celebrated with new artisans showing off their crafting abilities. When the sun drops and the lights come on, get ready to enjoy a great light celebration! They just opened two entire acres of the park dedicated to lighting up pumpkins. Each pumpkin is carved and lit from the inside for a wonderful fall display.
Branson, while primarily a family town, also has a spooky side come time for fall! While not as many attractions, you can still find a way to get scared if you’re looking for it.
This guided tour is actually open other times than just the fall, but what better time to take it? This is a guided walking tour that focuses on events and history that happened at certain Branson landmarks that may have caused those locations to be haunted.
The Castle of Chaos is a unique version of a haunted house. It is a 5D adventure where you’re seated with 3D goggles and a laser shooter. The seating is in constant movement and you’re out battling hordes of monsters. It feels like you’ve been dropped right inside of a real-life video game. The winner of each section is shown on the big screen!
This haunted house is downright SCARY. It is located just outside of Branson in Branson West. The short trip will be well worth it. The second you pull into the parking lot you see the looming house, hear the tortured screams of patrons, and see giant ghouls roaming the area. It seems that every year they are rated as the scariest in the region and they make it a goal of theirs to keep upping that scare factor every year.
Year-round there are things for the entire family in Branson. Make sure you’re not missing a season in Branson just because it’s too cold to jump in the lake or river! As you can see, there is an attraction for every member of the family whether they enjoy a nice laid back fall environment or want to be chased through a house by monsters. We hope to see you this fall for one of the many events!
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