When school’s out and the weather heats up is the best time to visit Branson. This is when all of Branson’s shows, attractions and lake activities rev into full gear. The Strip whirs with the sound of go-karts, bumper cars and other rides. Visitors flood to water parks and Table Rock Lake. Theater productions are in full swing, offering shows morning, afternoon and night, and cars inch along the Strip bumper-to-bumper. If you have a favorite show or place to stay, be sure to reserve beforehand, especially around holiday weekends. Although Branson weather averages a daily high in summer around 87 degrees, the high humidity makes it feel considerably hotter and creates the sensation of being in a steam bath. Pack casual summer clothes and sportswear. This time of year is most popular with younger adults and families. Christmas is the other peak time of year. From November 1, holiday decorations and lights begin to adorn every theater, storefront, hotel and streetlight. During the week preceding Veterans Day, thousands of veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families attend the parade and more than 50 special events that make up Veterans Homecoming. Be sure to reserve your preferred shows and hotels.
If you're deciding when to go to Branson you might want to avoid January and February since most of the theaters go dark during the winter months. In fact, many of the businesses close while proprietors and entertainers take vacation. Even so, there are still great shops to explore, a variety of places to eat and at least a dozen live theater shows to see. You may find some appealing winter rates, too. Bring cold weather casual clothes. Snow is infrequent and the daily high temperature averages 45 degrees.
Spring in the Ozarks slowly transforms the landscape from winter brown to countless hues of greens. Dogwoods herald spring’s arrival with their pink and white blossoms. Crisp, cool air and the absence of insects make hiking a joy. The pace is calm, except for a surge of activity at Spring Break. Although the selection of shows and activities is smaller, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Pack casual attire and sportswear for Branson's weather with daily average highs of 66 degrees. Autumn brings a spectacular palette of color, which is reason in itself to visit. The pace slows after the summer frenzy. Many outdoor activities on the Strip and lakes close down for the year. But the other attractions continue in full swing making this the best time to visit Branson for those who enjoy a slower pace, or are easily amused. And the cooler temperature (average 75 degrees) and lower humidity make hiking and golf especially enjoyable. Pack casual attire to wear in layers. Except during Spring Break, adults 55 and over are the primary visitors during shoulder season.