Today, when most people refer to “Downtown Branson” they are referring to “Historic Downtown Branson” with over 80 unique quaint shops, businesses and restaurants. Downtown is the home of Branson’s first theatre, Branson’s oldest commercial building, and the spot where Branson’s first show, the Baldknobbers Jamboree, “started it all.” Its architecture, brick facades, Victorian lampposts and old buildings are yet another reminder of just how steeped in Branson history Downtown Branson is.
One of Downtown Branson’s biggest attractions is “Dick’s 5 & 10.” Dick’s is a true old time 5 & Dime store that is reminiscent of a bygone era both in terms of its interior construction and the selection and display of its merchandise. It has been said that if you can’t find what you want in Dick’s then you don’t need it.
From restaurants, flea markets, and fine art shops to shopping in some of the most unique “mom and pop” shops in Branson, Downtown Branson has something for just about everyone. It has banks, a drug store, theatres, and even has free Discovery Trolley that runs between Downtown Branson and Branson Landing. Historic Downtown Branson is doing today what it has done since 1888, meeting the needs of Branson’s residents and visitors.
Historic Downtown Branson covers the area east of Veterans Boulevard (Business Highway 65) to the western edge of Branson Landing Boulevard and is bounded on the north by Roark Creek and the south by Lake Taneycomo, excluding Branson Landing. This would include the city camp ground and “Scotty’s Trout Dock and Marina” which was moved from its prior location to accommodate the building of Branson Landing.
Prior to the development and opening of Branson Landing, Historic Downtown Branson ran east from Veterans Boulevard to Lake Taneycomo, bounded on the north by Roark Creek and the south by Lake Taneycomo. With the development of Branson Landing the area of Branson Landing, from the western edge of Branson Landing Boulevard east to Lake Taneycomo is no longer of historical significance.
Branson Landing, easily Branson’s most popular destination, shopping or otherwise, was completed in May of 2006 and has over 100 shops and restaurants. It is located in the area east of Branson Landing Boulevard, bounded on the north by Roark Creek and the south by the city of Branson’s camp ground and the intersection of Branson Landing Boulevard and the railroad tracks.