Small but mighty Branson, Missouri, is a formidable destination for a family vacation. Located at the north end of the Ozarks just beyond the Arkansas border, it has an abundance of outdoor activities thanks to its location on the sprawling Taneycomo and Table Rock Lakes – hiking, swimming, fishing and boating are all on the program. There are some solid human-built attractions, too: the Silver Dollar City amusement park is one big hit, and there’s plenty of entertainment in Branson’s Theater District. Here are some of the best places to rent a house or cabin while you’re here. They’re all easy to book via Culture Trip.
This resort, with its villagey vibes, can rent you one- to three-bedroom suites and villas that sleep five to eight guests. They come with a stack of amenities: modern kitchens, Bose sound systems, large LCD TVs, private patios or balconies and invigorating multi-head showers. Beyond the great indoors, there are plenty of reasons to venture outside your comfy apartment: the resort is renowned for its family-friendly activities and has a mini-golf course, or there’s the crown jewel, the Splash-A-Torium, a 10,000sqft (930sqm) pool complex with water slides and more.
The Cape Cod-inspired cottages at lakefront Stormy Point are so maritime that they’ll make you feel like hitting the water. With options that range from studio apartments to four-bedroom cottages, it’s the perfect solution for peace-seeking couples and large groups (up to 12) alike. The resort stands right on Table Top Lake, a few miles west of Branson, making for a solid summer vacation of swimming or fishing; there’s also a water park, pools and activities for kids.
Perched right alongside the Thousand Hills golf course and just a couple of minutes from Branson’s attraction-packed Theater District, these timber cabins are cozy places to return to. With cutesy-woodsy decor, they’re available in one- to four-bedroom formats, sleeping up to 12 people; despite the rustic vibe, the amenities are decidedly contemporary, including a washer, dryer, modern kitchen appliances and screened-in terraces. The cabins are less of a resort and more of a retreat than other options in the area, but the property does have an outdoor pool and barbecue facilities that always come in handy.
These spacious condos feel pretty chic, all bright rooms, hardwood floors and splashes of color. They’re a particularly good solution for small families, with all the comforts you need, from modern kitchens to air conditioning and wifi. Beyond the condos themselves, the property has indoor and outdoor pools as well as a decent fitness center. The setting is Table Rock, a few minutes south of Branson, with easy access to the waterfront, beaches and the Pointe Royale golf course.
Vacationers here to enjoy the attractions of Branson’s Theater District – including the Titanic Museum and Dolly Parton’s Stampede – couldn’t wish for a better location than these cabins, in the heart of neighborhood. Even though they’re close to the action, they feel tranquil because of their forested location, and the homespun interiors will make it feel like you’re someplace much more remote and romantic still. Two- and three-bedroom cabins are available, all with full kitchens and queen beds, and the property also has an outdoor hot tub and barbecue grills.
This three-bedroom condominium, just 0.5mi (0.9km) east of the vast Table Rock Lake, is a great option for families who fancy a DIY vacation over a fully catered-for resort holiday. All of the bedrooms come with balconies and a choice of twin and king beds – specify when you reserve. It’s a comfortable base for relaxing evenings after busy days in the Theater District or the great outdoors. And to seal the deal? An outdoor pool as well as a fitness center.
StoneBridge Resort has a lot going for it, not least its 3,000 impressive acres (1,214ha), comprising Ozark-Mountain forests, a golf course, multiple pools, tennis courts and a catch-and-release lake. All that and it’s positioned extra-close to the Silver Dollar City theme park. The resort is a great bet for small families and (very) large groups, as its condos and lodges run from one to 12 bedrooms. They’re furnished in a homey Midwest style, mostly with king beds (some have a few bunk or sofa options), and the larger options have multiple bathrooms and kitchens.
With a trio of mansion-like lodges, this is the ideal holiday rental for large groups. Each of the three properties has eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms and sleeping space for up to 32, in modern, chalet-inspired houses with airy, vaulted ceilings. The lodges are equipped with full kitchens and extra kitchenettes as well as plenty of fridges and dishwashers. There’s a pool and a hot tub for communal use. The location is first-class as well – just a couple of minutes from Table Rock Lake, and right next to Silver Dollar City.
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