Branson, Missouri is a popular tourist destination. It seems to have blown up over the last few years. You could easily drop hundreds or thousands of dollars for a trip here. Instead of pumping out hundreds of dollars to pay for things to do, take advantage of all the free things to do in Branson MO. You can find even more free things to do by visiting our list of free things to do in every state.
With rentals available all over the world, you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay. Airbnb has something for everyone. Plus, with prices that are often much cheaper than traditional hotels, you’ll be able to stretch your vacation budget even further.
While traveling be sure you bring change so you can take advantage of any pressed penny machines you come across. These make great souvenirs.
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39 Free Things to do in Branson MO
Visit over 500 miles of shoreline with Table Rock Lake. You’ll be able to spend quality family time here without a problem and for free!
While on the shores of the lake take in Moonshine Beach, just because you aren’t near a coastline doesn’t mean you can’t have beach time!
Table Rock State Park as a whole is just a great way to spend a day when the weather is beautiful out!
If you like hiking make sure you take in the Table Rock Lakeshore Trail, it is a 2.2-mile trail you can pick up at the Dewey Short Visitor Center.
Another great hiking trail is the Chinquapin Trail at State Park Marina.
Related: Beginners Guide to Hiking
While the North Beach Walking Path is great any time this is the best spot to watch the July 4th fireworks as well!
The 2.7-mile White River Valley Trail System is great for hiking and biking!
Take a walk at the College of the Ozarks and enjoy the natural and man-made beauty. It’s free to walk around and enjoy it.
While on the college campus make sure to take in Edwards Mill and it’s a 12-foot water wheel.
You will find Henning State Forest in the White River Hills. It is 1,534 acres of beauty that stretches for miles.
Located right in the heart of Branson is Lakeside Wilderness Area. This area has trails galore! You can spend the whole day with the family enjoying Mother Nature and the unique beauty this place has to offer.
Speaking of Lake Taneycomo this is a great place for those who love to fish!
Sunset Park is another free park to check out and take advantage of! It’s 21 acres and has a walking trail as well as a disc golf course.
Make sure to stop at the Veterans Memorial Garden and take in all the beautiful art!
Take a free winemaking tour at Curling Vine Winery, this is a family-friendly tour as there is grape juice for kids.
Tour the Lindwelel Wine Garden and winery and enjoy some amazing views.
Like the wineries above Mount Pleasant Winery also offers free tours and tastings!
Make sure you take a free tour at the Copper Run Distillery, this is the Ozark Mountains’ very first legal distillery. (Think around the end of prohibition!)
If you are in town in September then make sure you check out the Autumn Daze Arts & Crafts Festival.
Make sure you take in President Reagan’s Big Head as well. No really! It’s a 10,000-pound sculpture of his head. It is one of two surviving sculptures from Presidents Park. Make sure to download the Roadside America App for all info!
JFK’s Giant Head is the other surviving statute from Presidents Park and is located about 3 miles from Reagans mentioned above.
The Giant Fiddle and Bango with neon strings are worth stopping to take in!
Another great stop is to visit Mount Rushmore but with celebrity heads!
Take in the Y Bridge. This is a unique bridge at splits halfway in to make a Y shape.
Outside a local Italian Restaurant, there is a 40ft tall meatball and fork statute that makes for a great picture!
Ironically outside a local steakhouse is the world’s largest rooster statue. It is made of fiberglass and stands 43 feet tall.
Bonus: If you book a show make sure to take advantage of your freebies! Many times you can get tickets to other attractions, free mini-golf, or free old-time photos done.
Checking out Branson, Missouri on a budget has never been easier. It’s nice that a big city like this would still offer several free family-friendly opportunities.