With Branson’s variety of amusement parks, live entertainment and outdoor recreation activities it is no wonder you will feel overwhelmed with planning a family vacation visit. Within a seven mile span of Highway 76 you will find 70-plus hotels and motels, over 60 restaurants, and more than 30 live entertainment shows, along with many shopping outlets and amusement parks.Branson can be a year-round destination for visitors offering them to see blooming dogwood and wildflowers in the spring, enjoy the many outdoor activities, such as hiking, boating fishing & camping to name a few in the summer. In the fall you can see the changing of the leaves and the winter you can experience the many holiday events. June through December is the most popular time to visit while January through March is the least popular time. The spring time is ideal to plan a visit as there are fewer visitors, lower prices, and the more favorable weather than winter.When it comes to vacation destinations, few places can match Branson’s ability to entertain the entire family. With all the live shows, amusement parks and outdoor recreation, Branson is considered one of America’s most family-friendly vacation destinations. Here, you can take the kids to an amusement park one day, take them on a fishing trip the next while each evening still able to slip in a musical. With so many attractions from shows to theme parks to choose, your decisions can be difficult.Here is a sampling of Branson favorites to assist you in making your plans.Dixie Stampede Show – Visitors of all ages enjoy the thrills and excitement because you never know what you’ll see at the Dixie Stampede! From the first moment you arrive to the grand finale, you’ll be surprised, entertained and awed by the beauty of the horses, the magic of the special effects and the perfect performances.Baldknobbers Jamboree Show in Branson – This was Branson’s first show. Today’s Baldknobbers Show is a musical powerhouse featuring a talented cast of dynamic singers, musicians, comedians and entertainers as they perform your favorite Country Classics, Hot New Country Hits, Toe Tappin’ Gospel and Lots Side-Spitting Comedy.The Acrobats of China – The Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus is a spectacular extravaganza of elegant eastern dance, dazzling acrobatics, mysterious magic, mystical music, and more. Over 40 amazing performers bring the Orient to Branson with fabulous backdrops, state-of-the-art lighting, and a fast-paced, exciting production.Shoji Tabuchi Show – The Shoji Tabuchi show is Branson’s first family of extraordinary musical entertainment. Shoji Tabuchi, his beautiful wife Dorothy, and delightful daughter Christina are the family that plays, sings, and dances.The Branson Duck Tour – Lake Taneycomo – Enjoy a sightseeing duck tour in Branson. Ride through historic downtown Branson and splash into Lake Taneycomo for a fun cruise.Silver Dollar City – Silver Dollar City combines the family fun of a major theme park with the timeless appeal of crafts and a dedication to preserving 1880s Ozarks culture. Crafts demonstrated are glass blowing, basket weaving, blacksmithing, pottery, candy making, candle making, and many other disciplines by over 100 craftsmen. The park is filled with 20 rides and attractions, 60 unique shops and restaurant and 40 dazzling shows a day.Lodging options in Branson are endless. No matter what your budget or taste, the Branson area has something for everyone. Choose from a wide selection of golf front condos, motels, hotels, lakeside resorts, cabins, or bed and breakfast inns. Amenities visitors can expect to find at area lodging properties include everything from full service marinas to deluxe spas, health and fitness clubs, business centers, retail shops, lounges, restaurants, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, daycare, horseback riding, tennis, volleyball, golf, laundry facilities and dump stations for motor coaches.Try not to do too much while visiting Branson on your family vacation. With so much to see and do in the Branson area you won’t be able to see it all in one visit. Branson is a vacation destination that your family will always remember and you will want to visit again.