You don’t have to plan to eat before you get entertained—these Branson attractions satisfy your hunger and your need for excitement.
3115 W. 76 Country Blvd.,
The Starlite Theatre provides one of the most unique vistas of Highway 76 in Branson. It is the only five-story glass atrium in the city, and the front of the building portrays a downtown street scene, featuring streetlights, window boxes and a box office complete with a large neon marquee. The Starlite welcomes two new shows to its lineup this year: A Janice Martin Cirque Show (featuring music, magic and aerial stunts) and The Prophecy (a Trans-Siberian Orchestra–style show). Other long-time favorites include Buckets n Boards—a comedy show that will make the whole family laugh—Gene Watson, Larry Fortune, Larry’s Country Diner, Raiding the Country Vault and Raiding the Rock Vault. Before or after the show, guests can grab a bite to eat at Big D’s BBQ and fill up on Texas Style Angus Brisket, Memphis Style Baby Back Ribs and tasty sandwiches. The diner can seat 200 guests.
1525 W. Highway 76,
Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction is an iconic Branson dining and entertainment experience, famous for its friendly North versus South showdown that includes audience participation.
Dolly herself claims that it’s “the most fun place to eat!” This dinner show features trick riders on horseback, riding full-speed in a 35,000-square-foot arena, pyrotechnics, dancing, family-friendly comedy and much more. It’s lively and exciting and concludes with a tribute to America. This is a high-intensity dining experience, so be prepared to be on the edge of your seat. But you won’t leave here hungry—the four-course meal includes a whole rotisserie chicken, pork loin, corn on the cob, potato, creamy vegetable soup and dessert. Go again during Christmastime, when the theatre becomes a winter wonderland with a live nativity and a fun-loving battle between the North and South Poles’ elves.
4800 Highway 165, 800-775-2628,
The Showboat Branson Belle offers a unique dining experience as guests enjoy breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake aboard a riverboat themed after the 1800s paddlewheel-style showboats. The Branson Belle has been in service for more than 20 years, providing passengers with a stunning view of the lake from one of four outdoor decks. Tickets range from general seating (prices start at $55 for adults and $28 for children) to preferred seating or premium seating and dining. Upgrades include earlier boarding times, prime seating for dinner and the show and expanded menu options. The show features live music, comedy, magic and dancing. This year has more cruises on the schedule, plus a brand-new fireworks finale on select cruises in July. The Showboat Branson Belle also offers specialty cruises, such as the Princess and Pirate cruises, Southern Gospel– and Christmas-themed cruises. The Belle runs March through December.