Guide to Meeting & Event Planning in

Branson, Mo.

Learn why you should host your next meeting, event or conference in Branson, Mo.

Why Branson for Your Next Meeting or Event?

In Branson, the power and beauty of the Ozark Mountains takes meetings and events to a new level. Add to this a variety of meeting facilities, amenities-rich accommodations, and world-class golf and spa experiences—as well as award-winning restaurants and live entertainment—and it’s clear that Branson has the complete package for groups to experience it all.


Only in Branson

Branson and the Lakes Area features more than 10 world-class golf courses, including Payne’s Valley, the first public-access golf course designed by Tiger Woods/TGR Design; 100-plus live shows to captivate visitors throughout the year; unique museums, like the Titanic Museum Attraction; more than 15 interactive attractions and theme parks; and a wealth of outdoor activities, such as Branson Jet Boats, Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy, private fishing tournaments, Spirit of America Catamaran cruises, hiking trails, and mountain biking.

Transportation In & Around Branson

Branson Airport, about eight miles from the central business district. Transfer cost by taxi, about $28

Springfield–Branson National Airport, 42 miles from Branson. Transfer cost by taxi, $93. The airport is also served by Uber, Lyft and shuttle companies.

Branson is less than a day's drive for one-third of the U.S. population.

Travel Essentials

Taxes: Room tax, 13.1 percent; sales tax, 8.6 percent; Total tax on hotel rooms, 13.35 percent

Convention Center: Branson Convention Center, managed by ASM Global; exhibit space: 220,000 total square feet; number of meeting rooms: 19

CVB: Explore Branson

    Meeting & Event Venues

    New and Coming Soon to Branson 

    • A joint venture of Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge, the 94-room Angler’s Lodge offers guests access to nearby world-class golf courses and other outdoor attractions, including Payne’s Valley. Guests also enjoy a host of other amenities, such as an indoor pool and hot tub, a fitness center, and complimentary breakfast.
    • The Ozarker Lodge opened in summer 2023 with 102 vintage-style, yet modern guest rooms as well as facilities for group events. Nestled in a valley and surrounded by the landscape of the Ozark mountains, the boutique property lies within easy reach of downtown Branson and other major attractions, such as Silver Dollar City and Branson Landing, and is an eight-minute drive from Table Rock Lake. Amenities include an outdoor pool, creekside soaking tubs, a coffee bar and mercantile shop, curated outdoor adventures, and seasonal programming.
    • Opened in September 2022, the 20,000-seat Thunder Ridge Nature Arena overlooks Table Rock Lake and is surrounded by thousands of acres of Ozark mountains. The arena is now home to the Missouri Thunder professional bull riding team sanctioned by the new Professional Bull Riding league. The Missouri Thunder has already competed in PBR league competitions and will face off against other league teams at Thunder Ridge once an expansion of the venue from 10,000 seats to approximately 50,000 seats wraps up in 2024.
    • Pickleball courts, a pro-style golf putting course, golf simulators and a new location of Downing Street Pour House, southwest Missouri’s favorite restaurant and bar, rank among features of  The Social Birdy, a 9,000-sq.-ft. social venue slated to open in Branson in 2024. Designed as a novel leisure and recreation hub. Capitalizing on Branson’s reputation as a premiere golfing destination, The Social Birdy will also offer a full-service golf shop, golf lessons, a professional-style, 18-hole putting green, and five golf simulator bays.

      The 9,000-square-foot leisure and recreation venue will include four pickleball courts, a 200-seat restaurant, and a patio with firepits, plus games such as bocce ball and shuffleboard. Pros and amateurs alike will be able to try their hand at one of five golf simulator bays, each of which will take players to their choice of 80 different golf courses and give them the opportunity to play several fun hybrid golf games.
    • Branson Landing is home to several new restaurants. Ozarks Brasserie Restaurant & Bar, features French brasserie cuisine, artisan cocktails, and fine wine. A full menu of craft and local beers, a wide range of food choices (burgers, pizza, salads, wings, and handcrafted sandwiches), and relaxing waterfront surroundings await at Bricktown Brewery. Live music in the beer garden and 32 taps dedicated to local craft beers from Missouri and Arkansas are the star attractions at Seven Arrows Taproom.

    More Meeting & Event Venues

    • Conveniently situated downtown within the Branson Landing Entertainment District and connected to the Branson Convention Center, the Hilton Branson Convention Center hotel accommodates guests in 294 rooms with views of Lake Taneycomo and downtown. Event space totals 3,462 square feet; the largest conference room spans 1,472 square feet of space. The onsite Level 2 Steakhouse serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while the adjacent Level 2 Bar features handcrafted cocktails and items from the Level 2 Steakhouse menu, plus drink and appetizer specials. Other amenities include a fitness center and  indoor and outdoor pools.
    • The 242-room Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing is located on Lake Taneycomo, among Branson Landing’s shopping, dining, and spectacular fountain shows and across the street from the Branson Convention Center. Features encompass four meeting rooms, with the largest conference room providing 1,898 square feet of event space; an indoor pool; a fitness center; and lobby access to Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar.
    • Spread out across 4,600 acres of land overlooking Table Rock Lake, Big Cedar Lodge - America's Premier Wilderness Resort, offers 362 private accommodations that combine rustic elegance with home-style comfort in lodges, log cabins, and camp-style units. The centerpiece of its onsite Grandview Conference Center is the 10,974-square-foot Grandview Ballroom, which can be divided into four smaller spaces. Additional meeting and event space is also available, while amenities include two full-service marinas; five golf courses; a 50,000-square--foot activity center; a spa; fishing; outdoor adventure opportunities; and multiple fine dining, casual dining, and “grab-and-go” establishments.
    • Set on a hill overlooking Table Rock Lake and the Ozark Mountains, Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center provides 43,500 square feet of meeting and events space and 301 luxurious guest rooms and suites. Amenities include three restaurants, a spa with 10 treatment rooms, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool (seasonal), a hot tub, a gym, and tennis courts. The Chateau Marina has motorized water vehicles, canoes, paddleboats, and kayaks.
    • Billed as “America’s most entertaining lake experience,” the Showboat Branson Belle accommodates more than 600 guests and can be chartered for group events. Attendees enjoy a relaxing, scenic cruise on Table Rock Lake, topped off by a three-course dinner and a variety show.  

    Things To Do in Branson

    • More than 100 shops and restaurants, plus a scenic boardwalk along the 1.5-mile Taneycomo Lakefront, await visitors to Branson Landing. At the heart of this open-air venue is a vibrant “town square,” where a $7.5 million, first-of-its-kind attraction dazzles audiences with an interplay of water fountains shooting 120-foot geysers and fire shot by canons, all choreographed to light and music. 
    • Up your golf game at Big Cedar Golf. Choose from four golf courses, including:
         • Payne’s Valley Golf Course. An inviting layout, pristine water features, large fairways and greens, and a spectacular 19th hole known as the Big Rock make Payne’s Valley a top-notch choice for golfers. The course is named for Ozarks native and World Golf Hall of Fame member Payne Stewart.
         • Mountain Top Course. No carts allowed here; golfers must walk. This 13-hole, par 3 course is perfect for players in a hurry, as a round here can be wrapped up in less than two hours.
        • Ozark National. A 400-foot wooden beam and plank bridge — located on the 13th hole and towering 60 feet above a rushing creek — brings big thrills to this Bill Coore- and Ben Crenshaw-designed course. Masterfully carved and integrated into the local terrain, Ozark National is known for holes that challenge golfers’ acumen while appealing to their senses.
        • Top of the Rock Golf Course. Golfers who are looking for a tranquil course that meanders around peaceful waterfalls, wandering creeks, and bass-filled ponds will find what they seek here. A Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, Top of the Rock is uniquely perched high above pristine Table Rock Lake.
    • Branson also offers numerous other ways for meeting attendees to stay healthy and relaxed during their stay, including:
         • The boardwalk along Branson Landing and Lake Taneycomo is ideal for a quick walk or run. It connects with the city’s expansive hiking trail system, so attendees can fit in a quick jog or stroll between sessions at the Branson Convention Center or before heading back to one of the nearby Hilton hotels.
         • Kayaking equipment rentals are available through paddle board outfitters like Kayak Branson, White River Kayaking and Outdoors, and Main Street Marina. Attendees can try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) on one of three area lakes  — Table Rock, Shoals, or Taneycomo — each with different scenery, wildlife, and vistas of the Ozark Mountains. SUP can be arranged through 37 North Expeditions.
         • Treat attendees to an afternoon of hammocking at one of Branson’s campsites.  
         • Yoga classes, including traditional and SUP Yoga, are offered at Big Cedar Lodge, while several different forms of yoga are available at Kom Hot Yoga, the area’s largest yoga facility.
         • Big Cedar Lodge and Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, & Convention Center feature state-of-the-art spa facilities and services.
    • Dogwood Canyon Nature Park wows visitors with 10,000 acres of striking Ozark Mountain landscape comprising miles of trout streams, waterfalls, ancient burial caves, hand-built bridges, and bottomless blue-green pools. The park has meeting facilities, and planners have the option of setting up stream-side meals.
    • Who says playgrounds are just for kids? Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy is an outdoor playground for sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts. Catering to novice, intermediate, and expert shooters alike, the facility offers training and education in a variety of shooting sports, including ATA Trap, Wobble Trap, American Skeet, Sporting Clays, and 5-Stand. Guests are supplied with everything they need to experience the venue, including shotguns, ammunition, clay targets, and all required safety gear.
    • Fritz’s Adventure is a haven for indoor thrill-seekers. The venue has 80,000-plus square feet of explorable space. Nineteen attractions range from zipline and ropes courses to extreme slides, including a 32-foot spiral and an ultra-fast version known as The Chute, aerial bridges, and more. Truly daring guests won’t want to miss the TreeTops Escape, which takes adventurers from the indoors to the outdoors with ziplines, giant platforms, spiral stairs, and a crow’s nest that touts a miles-long view of the area.
    • Renting electric bicycles from Totally RAD E-Bikes lets groups and individual visitors explore Branson and its surroundings in a fun, eco-friendly way. Easy to ride and equipped with everything needed for a comfortable excursion, the e-bikes have electric motors that make it easy to cover more ground and climb hills without breaking a sweat. Optional Bluetooth speakers allow renters to take a scenic ride through the Ozark Mountains, tour Branson’s landmarks, or be propelled around the city’s historic downtown area while listening to their favorite tunes. Organized tours are available.

    • Pink Jeep Adventure Tours, which lets visitors experience the magic of the Ozarks from the comfortable cabin of a signature custom Pink Jeep Wrangler, is celebrating its one-year anniversary with an addition to its signature Baird Mountain adventures: a 41-degree rock drop plummeting down into the quarry. Before descending into the quarry, guided 4×4 tours venture off-road to traverse a native forest route to Baird Mountain’s summit. Pink Jeep’s guided tour routes include the Downtown to Mountaintop Tour, which travels through Historic Downtown Branson before taking visitors past scenic views of Lake Taneycomo; the Lakes and Landmarks Tour, which showcases Ozark valleys, the shore of Table Rock Lake, and the famous Table Rock Dam; and the Best of Branson Tour, which combines the Downtown to Mountaintop and Lakes and Landmarks options into a three-hour adventure. All three tours offer sunset options and a visit to Baird Mountain, and there is a special Christmas tour at holiday time.
    • Promoted as an amusement park for the mind, WonderWorks provides 48,000 square feet dedicated to space discovery, elements/earth/life, art, lights/sounds/senses, physics, meteorology and more. Other exhibits cover American innovation, Route 66, Branson/Ozark area history and geography, and the U.S. military. Topping it off: special exhibits designed in partnership with Webster’s Dictionary and the U.S. Army.
    • Silver Dollar City Attractions offers unique adventures and top entertainment in the Ozark Mountains. Voted the number-one theme park in America by USA Today, the 1800s-themed Silver Dollar City features more than 40 thrilling rides and attractions, including record-breaking coasters. Forty daily live shows include signature productions, as well as festivals and celebrity concerts. Visitors can also watch 100 resident craftspeople — glass blowers, potters, blacksmiths, and knife-makers — at work. Unique dining options are also available, with 18 eateries that serve up hearty buffets; handcrafted, slow-smoked barbecue fare, fun treats, and many other gastronomic delights.
    • It’s all about the fish and the fun at Aquarium at the Boardwalk, on Highway 76 in the heart of the entertainment district. Said to be unlike any other attraction of its kind, the aquarium houses more than 250 different animal species. Among its distinctive features are a coral reef; a walk-through tunnel surrounded by tanks full of sharks and colorful fish; a 5D submarine ride through 10 zones of fish; a “Jelly Infinity Room” spotlighting the bioluminescent moon jelly; and an underwater Mermaid Palace with photo opportunities for aspiring mermaids and mermen as well as schooling sardines and hundreds of tiny. Seahorses.
    • Situated on the campus of the College of the Ozarks, the Keeter Center features shops, multiple museums that focus on everything from art to tractors, a dairy, patriotic memorials and exhibits, banquet spaces, state-of-the-art conference rooms, farm-to-fork dining and a cooking school. The center is just minutes away from downtown Branson Landing.
    • Tight harmonies and virtuoso performances have long been the order of the day at the 1,200-seat Clay Cooper Theatre, where options range from Clay Cooper's Country Express, to trips back in time with shows like Hot Rods & High Heels (1950s) and #1 Hits of the '60s! Private performances can be arranged.
    • One of the Bible’s most riveting stories plays out at Sight & Sound Theatre. The brand-new live production of Queen Esther depicts the permanent changes in Esther’s ordinary life when she enters the “palace doors of royalty and risk.” Audiences learn how Esther faces incredible challenges, trusting that God’s plan will see her through them. Scriptures come to life on a 300-foot panoramic stage with sound effects, live animals, brilliant costumes, and original music scores.
    • More than 1,000 performances grace the stage of Grand Country Music Hall each year. Quality entertainment runs the gamut, from country to gospel, rock to pop, dogs to cats, and comedy to juggling.
    • The Titanic Museum Attraction houses a collection of historical artifacts related to the ship’s ill-fated attempt to cross the Atlantic. It also serves as a unique venue for receptions and progressive dinners for up to 80 guests.
    • Voted the number-one best aerial adventure park by USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards, the Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park pumps up attendees’ adrenaline with a multi-level ropes course, scenic canopy zipline tour, a zip rider, and more.
    • Groups can enjoy a combination of adventure and spectacular views at Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline. The attraction’s Sky Deck can accommodate cocktail parties and events for up to 100 people.
    • A stroll around Historic Downtown Branson puts visitors in the thick of several hundred businesses, including a variety of restaurants, retail shops, entertainment venues, outdoor activities, and unique attractions. Getting around is easy on foot or by downtown trolley.