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Branson Missouri Information | History of Branson | Fun Things To Do in Branson, MO
100+ live shows
Moderate climate with four distinct seasons
Top Industries: Tourism, Healthcare, Retail and Education, Housing/ Real Estate
3 area lakes with hundreds of miles of pristine shoreline
Area serviced by 3 major hospitals
Local airport served by AirTran, Frontier and Branson Air Express
Low Crime Rate
Information on the history of building the Table Rock Lake Dam
Fun Things To Do In Branson !
Branson Airport (IATA: BKG, ICAO: KBBG, FAA LID: BBG) is a public use airport located eight nautical miles (15 km) south-southeast of the central business district of Branson, a city in Taney County, Missouri, United States. It is privately owned by Branson Airport, LLC.
The airport opened on May 11, 2009. It is currently the only privately owned, privately operated commercial service airport in the United States as National Express Group Plc. reverted control of Stewart International Airport to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. As part of the negotiations to create the airport, obtain financing and reduce liability, Branson Airport, LLC had to "gift" the land they owned to Taney County, Missouri in order to lease and operate the airport privately.
Prior to construction of Branson Airport, the closest commercial service airport was Springfield-Branson National Airport 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Branson. That airport is owned by the city of Springfield, Missouri.
The formal grand opening was May 8–10, 2009 during which the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performed during an air show. The first flight arrived the following day, on May 11, 2009 from Minneapolis-St. Paul on a Sun Country Airlines scheduled commercial flight.
There were two airlines operating at the time of Branson's opening, AirTran Airways and Sun Country Airlines. Sun Country Airlines stopped operations at Branson in March 2010.
Frontier Airlines launched flights to Branson Airport with daily service to Denver as well as seasonal less than daily service to Milwaukee, which was formerly served from Branson through AirTran.
ExpressJet also operated flights under an independent brand known as Branson Air Express to several markets utilizing regional jets supporting point-to-point transit.
On February 23, 2011 Branson Airport's largest carrier, AirTran Airways announced they would be adding flights from Branson to Baltimore, Chicago-Midway and Houston-Hobby. All flights are year round.
As of August, 2012 Branson Airport offers six nonstop flights with more than 100 connections. AirTran Airways, acquired by Southwest Airlines in May 2011, offers nonstop service to Atlanta, Baltimore-Washington, Chicago, Houston, and Orlando. Frontier Airlines offers nonstop service to Denver. Branson AirExpress offers seasonal service; in 2012 they served Austin and Nashville.
On August 27, 2012, Southwest Airlines announced they would be taking over all AirTran flights at the airport on March 9, 2013. They fly to Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love, Houston-Hobby and Saturday-only flights to Orlando. Facilities and aircraft
Branson Airport covers an area of 922 acres (373 ha) at an elevation of 1,302 feet (397 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 14/32 with a concrete surface measuring 7,140 by 150 feet (2,176 x 46 m).
The City of Branson (population 10,520; with millions of visitors annually and growing) is located in southwest Missouri, 35 miles south of Springfield within the heart of the Ozark Hills. Branson serves as the job, service, and shopping center for a two-county area with 80,000 year round residents. Branson is surrounded by three prize winning fishing lakes – Lake Taneycomo, Table Rock Lake, and Bull Shoals Lake.
The city has an incorporated boundary of over 21 square miles. It has become the focus of international attention as both a major development area and an entertainment and tourism destination. The reasons are numerous and range from the scenic natural beauty to the variety of live entertainment options and family oriented entertainment offerings.
Scenic U.S. Highway 65, a north-south highway, is the main route to Branson with over 70% of motorists coming from the north through Springfield.
City Road Improvements
The city has taken the lead in ensuring a pleasant visit by adding new roads in the area. Since 1991, an estimated $42 million has been spent on more than 20 miles of new and reconstructed roads.
This network of new and improved streets has been designed to work in concert with enhancements to state highways to ease the visitor’s ability to get to and around the popular Highway 76, which is the address of hundreds of theaters, hotels, restaurants, and family attractions.
The City is currently in the planning process for major improvements to Highway 76, the main tourism corridor in Branson. To learn more, and to contribute your ideas, please visit www.BransonSpiritof76.com.
Lodging & Restaurants
More than 20,000 rooms are available in Branson motels, hotels, resorts, bed and breakfast inns, and condominiums. Visitors have an endless variety of restaurants and food establishments from which to choose. There are over 125 restaurants with over 30,000 seats.
The Branson Convention Center makes Branson an attractive destination for meetings and business gatherings. Located next to Branson Landing, on the shores of Lake Taneycomo, the center can accommodate up to 6,500 attendees. A wide range of services includes: The 50,000 square foot exhibition hall, The 23,000 square foot ballroom, Meeting rooms, Complete onsite catering, Top-tier audio-visual services,Event management, a convenient business center.
The convention center is connected to the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, a 12-story luxury hotel with 294 rooms and suites. Many Branson lodging properties also contain conference facilities to accommodate any group.
Students in this district come from Reeds Spring, Branson West, Kimberling City, and Cape Fair. There are approximately 2120 students in K-12. Aside from our traditional K-12 classes, our school district also has the Gibson Technical Center, the Strohm Early Childhood Center, and the New Horizons Alternative School.
Reeds Spring School District Distinction in Performance for High Achievement for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, & 2012
Our district offers a great variety of sports clubs and events, a fantastic band program, and a host of extra-curricular activities. With great quality of instruction, the mission of the Reeds Spring R-IV School District is to provide comprehensive educational experiences that will enable all students to become life-long learners and productive, informed citizens.
With close to 800 miles of shoreline, Table Rock Lake is a natural attraction that everyone should experience. Surrounded by breathtaking views, boats of all sizes enjoy the space and variety of recreation that the lake has to offer. Ski, scuba, para-sail, swim, cruise, take in the sights... Fish in a professionals tournament, vacation on your houseboat, watch the sun set behind the bluffs... For any water sport or activity, Table Rock Lake is the ultimate destination.
Some of the best golfing in the country is only a few minutes away and open most days of the year. Both challenging and beautiful, you'll want to take the time to play these courses.
Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City, rich with history, food, festivals, crafts, and rides, is right down the street, and just beyond this 1880's Ozarks Theme Park you'll find world class entertainment with Branson being known as the "Live Entertainment and Music Capital of the World"! The incredible variety of performances and things to do means there is something for everyone to enjoy, and it is all just minutes away.
Explore a nature preserve or one of the many animal and wildlife attractions, hike the trails through the mountains, treat yourself and your family to an amazing variety of adventures, exhibits, activities, and sights.
Branson West's ideal location means that all this area has to offer is easily within your reach. There is nowhere more closely centered to every attraction in this area. No matter what you are looking for, you will find the easiest access to it all right here in Branson West.
“The community is small enough to have a neighborly feeling, but we have a lot of the amenities of a bigger community. We raised three children here and they all went to Branson schools.” ?~Mayor Raeanne Presley