If you’re one of the many that want to show the moms in your life a great time this Mother’s Day but have no idea what to do, fear not for Branson has you covered. Due to its tourist nature, Branson has several options to choose from in order to have a fun day and those only get better when it comes time to show appreciation to all the hard working mothers out there. For those who are still looking for last minute ideas, here are five suggestions to get you started.
Shopping: If your mom or mother of your child is like most other women, they adore shopping. Branson offers several great locations to spend the day and give your mom a much needed shopping spree. Tanger Outlets off of Highway 76 is a good place to start. Filled with factory outlets of her favorite stores such as Coach, Rack Room Shoes and Bath & Body Works, this outdoor shopping center is a prime location for taking care of shopping needs at a less than normal price.
If you’re wanting to grab a drink or bite to eat while you are shopping, the Branson Landing may be the spot for you. Stores such as Victoria’s Secret, Francesca’s and Versona are perfect for that special mother in your life to browse through and restaurants such as Cantina Laredo and Black Oak Grill are located inside the landing for when you need to relax and refuel. Whether it’s an outlet mall or higher end stores, shopping is a great way to show your mom how much you appreciate her. Plus, most stores are inclined to have sales in honor of Mother’s Day.
Silver Dollar City: If you want to show mom a good time and want the kids to tag along, or maybe you just want a fun day out with your special lady, Silver Dollar City is a good option. Their Bluegrass & BBQ Festival begins on May 7 and will be in full swing by the time Mother’s Day rolls around. Taking mom out to one of Branson’s favorite attractions guarantees a fun-filled day with great food and entertainment.
Brunch: Most men opt for making breakfast in bed for the mother of their child, but if the kitchen isn’t exactly on your list of expertise, brunch is the way to go. Branson offers several locations across town that will host brunch with a special menu just for Mother’s Day. Restaurants such as the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks, Level 2 Steakhouse and La Piazza Ristorante Italiano are popular spots to start the day with good food.
Perhaps spoiling your mom with brunch and a view is more your style. Chateau on the Lake offers a special brunch menu and overlooks scenic Table Rock Lake. Big Cedar Lodge offers brunch at their Worman House and Devil’s Pool restaurants as well. The Worman House also overlooks Table Rock Lake while Devil’s Pool gives a great view of the resort with the Ozark Mountains in the background.
Picnic in the Park: If you want a special meal but don’t necessarily want to fight the crowds, perhaps a picnic in one of Branson’s many parks is the way to go. North Beach Park on the banks of Lake Taneycomo near the Landing gives you a chance to spend time with mom while taking in a view. Lakeside Forest Wilderness offers its visitors an opportunity to picnic in the shade while also taking in the beautiful view of a waterfall or Lake Taneycomo. After lunch, there is also a cave to venture into to make Mother’s Day that much more interesting. Then there’s Table Rock State Park. This park offers several picnic areas to enjoy your food while relaxing and appreciating all the wonders the lake holds.
Fun with Animals: Celebrate Mother’s Day by going to see some mothers of a different species take care of their babies. Who doesn’t like seeing baby animals? Visiting one of Branson’s great wildlife attractions is another great way to tell your mom how much you love her while bringing the kids along. Branson’s Promised Land Zoo allows you to get up close and personal with animals while on their foot safari. Live animal shows are also offered that allow guests to pet animals such as lemurs, pythons and baboons. If there are baby animals available, those will be presented as well to melt your mother’s heart.
Branson’s Wildworld is another attraction that allows you and your mother the chance to get up close with some animals. Here you have the opportunity to observe several types from afar or you can choose to feed animals such as sharks, turtles and singing dogs. If your mom is more into smaller, flying insects rather than animals, then take her over to see Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure. Inside here you can walk through a room filled with over 1,000 living tropical butterflies flying around. You can also visit their science center, home to live reptiles and amphibians to observe.
Any one of these options are a great way to show the mothers in your life how much you appreciate everything they do. No matter what you decide on, Branson has you covered for making this Mother’s Day one-of-a-kind.