Branson, Missouri Weather for Travel Planning

A common phrase here in the Ozarks is, “Don’t like the weather? Just wait five minutes.” Although sometimes finicky, the weather here in Branson tends to stay mild in general. The summers are warm enough for a ride down a water slide, or a swim in Table Rock Lake, but not sweltering. The winters are cold enough for a blanket of snow, but not bitter. Positioned right in the heart of America, you’ll find the best aspects of each season, making Branson an ideal destination all year long.

What can you expect when you travel to Branson? Read on for insider tips on what Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter are like here in the Ozarks. For more information you can also give us a call at
(800) 208-8164 to talk to a local, and have all your questions answered quickly and conveniently.

Spring (March – May)

Branson is the live music capital of the world, but many theatres take a hiatus in the off season (January and February). That’s what makes March so exciting! The shows start the season fresh and reinvigorated, and the performers tend to be at the top of their game. All the longtime favorites do their best to come back bigger and better, and you can be the first to check out the newest shows in town. Check out which Shows are playing, and Request a Show Schedule.

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, you will love seeing the Ozarks in full bloom! Along with the brilliant wildflowers, you’ll find the most beautiful trees. Scattered all over the Ozark hills are the flowering dogwood and hawthorn, brilliant pink red bud, white-flowered serviceberry, and striking red buckeye. It’s a great time to get out and explore the natural wonders that Branson has to offer. And the best part is that many of them are free!

If you’re looking for a slower paced getaway, spring is the perfect time to avoid the larger crowds that travel to Branson in the summer. It’s also a great opportunity to save on your accommodations! Many hotels in the area have discounted rates during the off-season and into the spring. So if relaxation is priority number one, you’ll love Branson in the springtime.

Look Out For: April showers. But never fear, there are plenty of things to do inside on a rainy day! You can catch a show at one of the many performance venues. Or check out an attraction like The Butterfly Palace, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, or the Titanic Museum. You can even play a game of mini-golf at Wildwood Indoor Mini-Golf! There’s always something exciting to do here in Branson, no matter the weather.

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Summer (June – August)

Summer is an excellent time for families to visit the Ozarks! As school wraps up for the year, the city bustles with child friendly entertainment and family oriented activities. Kids and adults alike will enjoy Branson’s many attractions, like Branson’s Wildworld and the National Tiger Sanctuary. Prefer to avoid the family crowds? Perfect your swing and play a round at Branson Hills golf course.

A popular summer destination is Silver Dollar City, the 1880’s themed amusement park here in Branson. With invigorating roller coasters, incredible live performances, expert craftsmen selling their wares, and delicious food at every corner, it’s a popular attraction that brings tourists from all over the country. Two of Silver Dollar City’s most popular festivals, Star-Spangled Summer and Moonlight Madness, take place in June, July, and August. If you’re in the mood to make a splash, there’s also the tropical themed water park, White Water. Both parks tend to be especially crowded in the summer, but are a fun way to spend the day while visiting the Ozarks.

Want to escape the summer sun? Consider going subterranean! The Ozarks are famous for the large cave system that’s waiting just below the surface. Some tours even offer the option to ride in a tram, so it is a perfect attraction for all ages. With temperatures inside the caves staying steady between 55°F and 58°F, spelunking is a fun way to escape the heat and explore Missouri’s natural beauty.

Look Out For: It’s truly not the heat, it’s the humidity! Although the temperatures tend to hover in the high 80’s (°F), the Ozarks tend to be pretty humid in comparison to other parts of the country. It’s the perfect weather to check out the local lakes! With two major bodies of water, Tablerock Lake and Lake Taneycomo, there’s everything from swimming, to boating, to fishing, and plenty of ways to stay cool during the summer months.

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Fall (September – November)

Nothing is quite as beautiful as fall in the Ozarks. As the temperatures begin to drop, the leaves begin to change, covering the Ozark mountains with stunning hues of yellow, orange, and red. It’s a great time to get out and explore all the natural wonders that Branson has to offer.

Branson as a whole has a deep respect for the sacrifices made by men and women in the armed forces, and their families. There are many businesses that offer veteran discounts all year, but every fall the city unites in a celebratory display of patriotism. Veteran’s Week takes place  November 5 – 11, culminating in the Annual Branson Veterans Day Parade. Many shows invite veterans to attend their performances for free, and there are reunions and memorial ceremonies all week. It’s America’s largest celebration of veterans, and Branson is honored to host it.

Fall is also the perfect time to experience a Branson tradition. In 1907, Harold Bell Wright published a book written right here in the Ozark mountains called the Shepherd of the Hills. It tells a timeless story of love, revenge, tragedy, and forgiveness, and features depictions of the real people Bell met during his time here. Every year since 1960, at the same homestead featured in his novel, there is a dramatized production of Bell’s story, and it has become an institution here in Branson. This outdoor drama features over eighty actors, forty horses, and the actual burning of a cabin each performance. While you’re in town make sure you catch the show, and treat yourself to the historic homestead tour.

Look Out For: Unpredictable weather. Fall is the season that inspired the phrase “Don’t like the weather? Just wait five minutes.” Here in the Ozarks we’re liable to have an 80° day followed by a day that doesn’t even reach 50°. Make sure you pack a jacket, but don’t forget to bring along some cooler clothes as well. Better to prepare for everything, just in case!

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Winter (December – February)

Branson is one of the most festive places in America each holiday season. Starting in November each year the entire city cloaks itself in twinkling lights, bedecked Christmas trees, and plenty of opportunities to encounter Old St. Nick himself. Dreaming of a white Christmas? Although the weather typically stays mild each November and December, you might even experience a dusting of snow while you’re in town! And make sure to treat yourself to the many holiday activities we have here in the Ozarks, like the dazzling Christmas light displays all over town.

The theatres here in Branson absolutely shine with Christmas spirit! As soon as the calendars flip to November, each show pulls out all the stops, and their performances simply radiate with holiday cheer. After all, Branson is the live music capital of the world. With live performances showcasing incredible vocals, dazzling dances, and side-splitting comedy, there is a little bit of something to make everyone’s holiday merry and bright! Check out the Christmas themed shows here in Branson.

January and February are considered the off-season here in Branson. This is great news for travelers that want a relaxing getaway, and would prefer to avoid the crowds that come to the Ozarks in the warmer months. It’s also a great opportunity to save on your accommodations! Many hotels in the area have discounted rates during the off-season. But do note that some of the shows and attractions take a hiatus in January and February. On a budget?  Find even more ways to save!

Look Out For: Ice. Here in the Ozarks we do get inclement weather from time to time, and it’s good to keep on your radar as you’re planning your trip to Branson. But here in the Ozarks we are seasoned pros, with well trained road crews that clear up the streets with ease. Then we are just left with a winter wonderland!

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Winter Festivals in Branson, Missouri

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