Branson is teeming with fun things to do for all ages. Visitors can have have the time of their life without having to spend a fortune. Nearly lost amidst all the bluster and hype of downtown Branson are the outdoor family options that abound in the area. Mark Twain National Forest, in particular, offers a wealth of escapes. More than 742 miles of trails fan throughout this hardwood forest, all of them perfect for hiking, biking, wildlife viewing and horseback-riding. Some trails are adorned with interpretive posts explaining the park's fauna and fur-covered inhabitants. Camping and fishing are popular attractions.
See the strange and unusual, visit the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum. The odd and unusual displays inside this museum are not the only thing that draws visitors to see this place. The building itself is one of the most photographed buildings in the world. Why? Because it is cracked. It was built this way to represent the strongest earthquake in the United States, which occurred in 1812 here in Missouri. Inside, you will find displays of the weird and unusual findings of Robert Ripley, who scoured the world for strange places, people and events.
For some side-splitting entertainment, check out the Jim Stafford Theater. To describe this as a family owned and operated business would be an understatement. Jim Stafford headlines at the theater, his son plays drums and his wife runs the theater. This has been rated as the number one family show in Branson. Jim sings his famous musical comedy songs such as "Cow Patty" and "My Girl Bill," mixing in some slapstick and vaudeville to everyone's delight. The theater is one of the few in Branson that is open year round. You will enjoy every minute of this show, and the only disappointment will be when it ends. Active, unusual, comical, unique -- these fun things to do in Branson are bound to put a big smile on your face.
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