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Branson Missouri 5 Reasons I Love to Live Here

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Tri-Lakes 200403070


Branson Missouri is where I have chosen to live and I love it!

 First of all, there are 4 distinct seasons and winter is relatively mild.  Springtime is beautiful with the dogwoods blooming in the Ozarks, and the variety of light green colors of the Ozarks forests as  their new beginnings of growth are on display. The fall can be very colorful, depending on the amount of rainfall at the right times. The Ozark Mountain Highroad and the backroads of the Branson area are spectacular color in mid to late October.

Springtime in the Ozarks


Second, I love Christmas  season and Branson Missouri starts Ozark Mountain Christmas November 1st through mid December. Branson lights up the town, as do all the local hotels, dining and entertainment. A must see is Silver Dollar City, an 1880's theme park, and its incredible light display and showing the real reason for the season. Silver Dollar City has been voted among America's Top 10 Parks. Upwards of 6 million lights twinkle through the park, with an electric light parade. The musical productions are outstanding and focus on "the reason for the season". 

The Branson shows feature either a full Christmas show or half a Christmas show for all of the guests that attend. Each show is unique to the entertainer or group performing in Branson. After all, Branson is the live music capital in the U.S.A.!



Third, Branson is a very patriotic town. One of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade is held here. Every day is Veterans Day in Branson, as theaters honor those who served on a nightly basis. There are museums and many events that honor veterans of EVERY conflict or war where Americans have served.



Fourth, Branson is home to a very unique college where the college students work for their tuition. Every graduate is debt free when they leave College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. Students at C of O has no tuition due to two things: its student work program and donor contributions. Up to 60 percent of the tuition cost is absorbed due to donor contributions and gifts.

College of the Ozarks features a large museum with the Beverly Hillbillies car. There were initial episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies filmed at Silver Dollar City, therefore that famous car is located in Branson.

The Keeter Center restaurant is staffed by the students and most of the food is grown at the college. The food and service is definitely 4 star quality. It is a favorite restaurant among the locals and visitors. On Sundays is a brunch, that is indescribable! You can sit on the patio with a panoramic view of the College of Ozarks 

                                                          College of the Ozarks Keeter Center Dining


Fifth, I wanted to live in an area with lots of outdoor activities. Table Rock Lake is a beautiful lake, created for flood control in the mid 1950's. Below Table Rock Lake is Lake Taneycomo. Lake Taneycomo is fed by the cold water deep in Table Rock Lake through the turbines that generate hydroelectric power from Table Rock Lake Dam.

                                                                       Table Rock Lake Dam



Sheperd of the Hills fish hatchery provides trout to the cold water Lake Taneycomo. Yes, you can fish for bass, perch, and warm water fish in Table Rock Lake and then fish cold water trout in Lake Taneycomo in the same day. Pretty unique to do that! There are many walking trails, biking trails, so many caves and creeks to explore. I love fossils and the Ozarks are rich with fossils.

A favorite activity is walking on the trail along Table Rock Lake from the Tabl e Rock Lake Dam visitor center to the Branson Belle Riverboat. Park your car at the visitor center and take your dog along for the stroll. 

Taking a cruise on the Branson Belle Riverboat on Table Rock Lake is a combination river boat ride, outstanding meal and top entertainment is great fun.

This is the Top 5 Reasons I live in Branson and I could have added many more. Maybe you might just have to see for yourself what I'm writing about!

Comments (13)

Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

That is a interesting concept for college, I am about to look at their website, might be a good recomendation for a friend of mine that is going into her senior year and has no idea what she wants to do with college yet.

Jun 29, 2015 01:36 PM
Carolyn Crispin
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes - Branson, MO
Crispin Team Sells Branson Homes Land & Commercial

College of the Ozarks receives a lot of attention based on its concept. We have seen many top leaders in the U.S. as well as international  leaders that have spoken at events at the college. It's slogan is "Hard Work University".

Jun 29, 2015 10:16 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I also appreciate knowing about the Collage of the Ozarks.

Jun 30, 2015 11:39 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Carolyn, you've listed five reasons to live in Branson, and your photos are very enticing. I love the last two. Great feature for your area.

Jul 19, 2015 12:40 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Now I can truly understand your love and loyalty for choosing to live in the Ozarks of Missouri. My parents often went there with my oldest sister, her husband and kids. I was never invited but I do remember how happy they were whenever they were about to leave for Tablerock Lake and how relaxed and different they all were when they returned. 

I love the Christmas Video - you're right! It sens a strong message in a joyful way about the true meaning of Christmas. From this short video, I really think it's better than any parade I've ever seen. All the reasons you've mentioned are delightful and very interesting. If was a young mom starting over again, I'd make that trip to the Ozarks and see all the places you've mentioned. Although my kids and I never went to Disneyland, I say, why go to Disneyland when you can go to Branson, Missouri! 

There's such a sense of peace I get, just from reading all about your home town. What an excellent introduction to a great and beautiful state. Thank you.

Jul 19, 2015 01:22 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Carolyn ... I remember so many years ago when I was searching the Branson areas looking for acreage around the lakes ;o)

Jul 19, 2015 05:34 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Your post bring Branson Missouri to life in your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 03, 2015 01:05 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carolyn love the idea that Patriotism still flourishes...I work in a very liberal diverse community and sadly Patriotism is overshadowed by Liberal Propaganda.... keep in mind I am an Airborne Ranger Infantry CPT from a previous life:)))Endre

Oct 20, 2015 01:34 PM
Carolyn Crispin
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes - Branson, MO
Crispin Team Sells Branson Homes Land & Commercial

Thanks for your service! The first week of November will be incredibly busy in Branson with one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the U.S. along with recognition of ALL veterans of ALL conflicts. They have especially focused on the Vietnam era, as that seems to have been a forgotten time. Veterans receive free shows that week, as well as they always get a veterans discount at theaters and many restaurants in the area.

Oct 20, 2015 10:10 PM
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Great localism post, Carolyn. I'm originally from Illinois and remember taking a fun weekend trip there with my dad and brother. We mainly went for the music and entertainment. Your city has so much more to offer!

Oct 28, 2015 11:56 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I really admire that college!

It is so stressful for young people to start your adult life with a huge debt....

Dec 01, 2015 10:40 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Carolyn...those are all great reasons to love living in Branson, MO. I didn't know that about the College of the Ozarks, and I think it's pretty cool the students get out of school debt free. 

Dec 29, 2015 07:27 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is good information for anyone thinking of relocating to the area. 

Aug 01, 2016 08:56 PM