Planning a trip to the Ozarks this year? Then you’ll likely be spending at least some of your time in good old Branson, Missouri. This lovely city is home to so many world-famous live entertainment events, thrilling attractions, and, above all else, stunning landscapes. Thanks to its size and the sheer number of things there are to do, it also ends up being a top-rated base point for those intending to explore the surrounding areas.
With all that and more, it’s no wonder visitors come around year after year. It’s particularly popular with families, after all! While Branson is an absolute favorite, that doesn’t mean that you can’t hope for more or for new. Thankfully, this city changes things up on the regular and brings in new attractions and activities to make each visit special. Curious about what’s coming up in 2024? Look no further, as we have the full lineup:
Where to Stay and When to Go: Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Branson in 2024
First things first, where should you stay during your Ozark getaway? The good news is that not only is Branson a great launching point for many Ozark-related destinations, but it’s also home to some of the top resorts in the area, like Westgate Branson, where you can get great, affordable deals, a great pool, fitness center, and, most importantly for family vacations, it’s dog friendly.
Going for a resort is a great choice since you have all the amenities you could want and need, regardless of whether you venture out to the lake, go to a small ghost town in the Ozarks, or check out some of the new and exciting activities coming to Branson in 2024.
Top New Live Shows Coming in 2024 That You Won’t Want to Miss
There are several great new shows coming to Branson that make the upcoming season one you won’t want to miss. Just have a look at these hot new shows on offer:
Jay Osmond LIVE
Jay Osmond is one of the band members from the original group, The Osmonds, and is taking to the world stage in a thriving new solo career. This world-class drummer has put together an exciting new show called Jay Osmond LIVE, which will launch in March 2024. Previously, Osmond has been traveling alongside The Osmond’s Musical and is now ready to take the Branson stage by storm.
Cirque – Electric Dreams
Cirque is known around the world for its jaw-dropping, death-defying stunts and circus acts, and now Branson has its own new Cirque show to get in a tizzy over. Introducing Cirque – Electric Dreams. This invigorating new show will be taking place in the King’s Castle Theatre and opens in 2024. Here, your imagination will take flight, the impossible is possible, and your senses will be taken on a trip of no compare. If there’s one new show that you catch during your stay in Branson, let this one be it.
El Mago Pop
Magic fans, get ready because Branson is about to welcome a whole new illustrious illusionary show for your delight. El Mago Pop is a fun and exciting new show that takes you on a journey of surprise, fantasy, and sensibility. This emotive, engaging show brings you up close to the absolute magic of Antonio Diaz and his spectacular illusions. This magic show is where dreams and fantasy blend into the real world, and it’s opening up in 2024 to the delight of all magic and drama fans in Branson and beyond.
Top Activities You Won’t Want to Miss
New shows aren’t the only things you can get up to when you’re in the Ozarks. Branson will also be welcoming many new activities and things to do, giving you even more choice and flair, including:
Love night experiences? Rejoice because Branson now has one to call its own. Ozark Nights is launching in the spring and promises to take you on a journey through the night, where the forest will glow, and the folktales will grow. There has been a lot of chatter about this exciting new adventure experience, but until now, not even the locals have been kept in the loop about what was going on. Now it’s all revealed. With Ozark Nights, you’ll be taken on a ghost tour through the Owen Ranch property. This immersive walking tour takes you right into the heart of the property’s ghosts and ends with a social experience around the fire.
Explore From a Bird’s Eye View with the Tree Top Sky Trail
Unlike many of the other adventures and experiences in this list, the Tree Top Sky Trail at Shepherd of the Hills is already open – and has been since December 2023. It’s not technically new for 2024, but since most visitors who come for the summer won’t have experienced it (yet), we’ve included it anyway.
In this new experience, you’ll be able to explore the world of the Ozarks from the top of the trees in a 600-foot trail of suspension bridges known as the Tree Top Sky Trail. It’s just one of the many great things you can do at the resort, so make sure you plan ahead. Shepherd of the Hills also puts on a cast of shows, events, and festivals, making it a top go-to for Branson visitors. Now, you can add a lovely walk with a bird’s eye view of the wonderful landscapes of the Ozarks.
There’s More to Come
Every year Branson puts on new shows, opens up new restaurants, and ushers in a whole new era of excitement and fun, no matter your speed or style. While this is a great taste of what’s to come, it’s just the start. As time goes on, you can expect more events and festivals to be released and advertised, so always make sure to check for new activities, events, and more when planning your trip so you don’t miss out on a potentially once-in-a-lifetime experience.