Local leaders have committed funds to expand the Branson Airport into a commerical operation that could serve as many as five low-cost carriers, according to local planners. They aren't wasting any time turning the present small, private aiport--located near the College of the Ozarks in Hollister--into a viable alternative for visitors who prefer to fly rather than drive to Branson. In the winter of 2005 the county agreed to take over the flailing facility from the College. The city of Branson and a private developer have already promised to share part of the cost of developing the $114 million project.
Improvements will include a 7,000-foot runway capable of serving the typical commuter airplane, according to officials, who say the proposed expansions will go a long way in increasing the number of annual Branson visitors which currently stands at about 7 million.
Getting around Branson without your own transportation is unlike any other tourist destination in the US. There are very limited taxicabs. We found a wonderful little shuttle company to help us out. All Around Branson Shuttle & Tours is run by the cutest couple, Cindi & Dave. They picked us up at the Springfield/Branson Regional Airport and brought us down to Branson. They also helped us get to each of our shows, even dropping us off at the front door of many of the theaters. Their service was friendly, professional, and competetively priced. Check them out if you need help with transportation. You won't be disappointed.
Recent difficulty in air travel has left travelers frustrated and stressed. Travelers can take control of the situation by heading to a destination that is an easy drive from half the country's population and one that allows for a tremendous vacation experience while eliminating stress. The convenient location also meets the need of many time-crunched Americans who required a short, spectacular vacation.
This excursion train is in down town Branson. We did not ride it. The tickets for the train cost about $20. We rode a smaller train at Silver Dollar City for free instead.
Can ride this riverboat on Lake Taneycomo near old down town Branson or ride a bigger one on Tablerock Lake called the Branson Belle.
The main road from Branson to Springfield is hwy 65. I found that hwy 13 is much more scenic and lovely. It takes longer to travel that route but is well worth it.
Take a helicopter ride out to Tablerock Lake and see Branson from the air. This place is on hwy 76 and the sign advertises rides for $25.