Staring out at the sunset, the descending sun piercing through the spiral of a rollercoaster in the distance, you catch a glimpse of your worries floating away. It’s for the best, because they have no place here. In this Ozark town, there is no room for stress, only family fun and outdoor adventure. As you look down and see your furry friend wagging his tail you’ll think, “Yes, you have the right idea.”
In Branson, Missouri, there is plenty to do for both two-legged and four-legged explorers. By day, you and your animal family can hike the Waterfall Trail and visit Bull Shoals Lake. In the evening, just leave your pooches to slumber at one of our pet-friendly hotels in Branson, MO and prepare to experience the creative prowess of entertainers at a theater along Highway 76.
Why yes, Branson does have an off-leash dog park. At Elmo & Rosalea Marrs Memorial Dog Park, you can purchase a day pass for your pups to romp across the 1.5-acre space. There are benches for human visitors and play equipment for park goers of the canine variety. If you have other hiking plans, you don’t need to leave your pooches at Branson pet-friendly hotels—they are welcome on a variety of trails, including those at Table Rock State Park. Just be sure to bring plenty of water and a sense of adventure.
Food in Branson spans across flavors, and the eateries on Highway 76 reflect the diversity in the culinary scene. Slurp up some noodles at Thai Thai Cuisine or get a taste of the sea at Whipper Snappers. Other restaurants along the bustling stretch of road include Casa Fuentes and Montana Mike’s Steakhouse. When the weather is warm, some restaurant patios are dog-friendly—call ahead and get permission to bring your pooch. Then, eat up.
Aside from the many outdoor (and pet-friendly) activities that await in the rolling hills of the Ozarks, Branson is known for its live shows. In fact, for several decades, visitors have been flocking to the city to see what the stage has in store. From the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater to the Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction, there is a live event smorgasbord taking place every night of the week. While Fido will have to stay home while you head to the theater, you can certainly bring him along for a pre-show dinner at dog-friendly restaurants like Danna’s BBQ & Burger Shop. If date night is on the menu, leave your pup behind and set sail on the Showboat Branson Belle and experience the nation’s most spectacular dinner cruise.
Book dog-friendly lodging in Branson with Travelocity, and you’ll still have plenty of cash left over for squeaky toys and doggie bones. With a room at the Quality Inn On the Strip or Westgate Branson Woods Resort and Cabins, you’re just minutes from the best attractions and pet-friendly open spaces.