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Branson Neighborhoods

Branson’s neighborhoods can be divided into four key areas, defined by where its theaters and attractions cluster. To identify other sections of town, folks use the name of the closest major road, such as Shepherd of the Hills Expressway or Highway 165. Distinct in their offerings and appeal, each Branson neighborhood is worth exploring.

Indian Point

Resorts, cottages, inns and campgrounds cluster in this area, which stretches from State Highways 76 and 265 South to the upper reaches of Table Rock Lake, just west of Branson. The Silver Dollar City theme park is located in this popular Branson neighborhood.

The Strip

Flashing marquees, a gigantic gorilla climbing a tall building, a ship wedged against an iceberg, towering water slides, spiral go-kart tracks—these are just a few of the sights at the popular area on State Highway 76 of Branson's neighborhood known as the Strip. It contains most of the city’s theaters, restaurants, amusements and attractions, as well as many of its accommodations. The Strip runs east-west for seven miles from Interstate 65 to its juncture with Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. Not much was along this highway until local entertainers started building theaters here in the late 1960s. The Presley family started the movement when they opened the first theater on the Strip in 1967. The Baldknobbers followed a year later. The number of theaters on the Strip began steadily increasing, making this area the prime location for other entertainment venues, too.

Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

This Branson neighborhood encompasses the area around the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and most of the Red Route. North of the Strip, it’s also home to many theaters, restaurants and attractions.

Table Rock Lake

Cradled in the Ozark Mountains, Table Rock Lake showcases the area’s natural beauty. The shape of the lake resembles a Chinese dragon, whose legs form countless coves and inlets. While some people do live in this Branson neighborhood year-round, the lake primarily attracts travelers and vacation homeowners. Locals and visitors alike gravitate to its shores and the lake brims with activity during the summer. Several commercial boat docks and the Table Rock State Park Marina provide fuel, supplies and watercraft rentals. Lake cruises, scuba diving and swimming at Moonshine Beach are just a few of the many things to do. Lodging options range from campgrounds to hotels, lakeside resorts and timeshares. Completion of Table Rock Dam on the White River in 1958 created Table Rock Lake. The dam separates it from Lake Taneycomo. A Visitors Center tells the story of the building of the dam and its impact on south Missouri. Anglers fish for largemouth bass, walleye, blue gill and other species on Table Rock Lake. For trout, though, they head to the cold waters of Lake Taneycomo. Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, which produces more than 300,000 pounds of trout every year, supplies the lake. The fish hatchery and Visitors Center are about six miles from Branson.

Branson Landing

Hugging Lake Taneycomo on the easternmost edge of town, Branson’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment district opened in 2006. Branson Landing lures visitors with dozens of bars and restaurants, nearly 100 shops, street performers, an interactive play area for children, seasonal open-air concerts, and water and fire shows. Lodging is available at the Hilton Promenade and in private condo residences. A pedestrian mall fringed with stores and eateries runs a half a mile. Branson Landing also features a 1.5-mile scenic boardwalk along Lake Taneycomo, with an expansive lawn and picnic area at the north end.  Its premiere feature—the Branson Landing Fountains—is at the heart of this waterfront entertainment district. The $7.5 million attraction displays an impressive show of fountains shooting water 120 feet high and cannons blasting fire skyward, all choreographed to lights and music. The water and fire show goes off hourly from noon to late in the evening making this perhaps the most exciting of all the Branson neighborhoods.

Highway 165

From the Strip south to Table Rock Dam, the area around Highway 165 offers restaurants, resorts and other accommodations, and some theaters. Woods beautify most of this Branson neighborhood.

Historic Downtown Branson

With buildings dating from the early 20th century, brick-lined sidewalks and old-fashioned lampposts, Historic Downtown Branson preserves the original town incorporated in 1912. Branson’s oldest commercial building, originally the home of Sullenger’s Saloon, now houses the Plum Bazaar, a shop specializing in beadwork. Historic Downtown Branson was the site of the town’s first show, the Baldknobbers Hillbilly Jamboree. Performers continue to entertain in Branson’s first theater, now the Owen’s Theater. Today this Branson neighborhood entices visitors with its small shops and flea markets, theater, scenic railway and diners serving home-style cooking. The area runs west-east from Veterans Boulevard (Business Highway 65) to Branson Landing Boulevard, and north-south from Roark Creek to Lake Taneycomo.

Gretna Road

Roughly paralleling the Strip to the north, Gretna Road is another wooded area. Motels, outlet stores, craft malls and small shops, as well as a theater and some attractions are located in this Branson neighborhood.