We asked Morgan Wyatt from our office staff to list her favorite date nite places -- even for winter here in the Branson. She and her husband, Jason, met in college here and have been enjoying married life in the Ozarks for a decade. Here are her top 10 picks:
10. College of the Ozarks
This unique work-study college offers students the chance to work for their tuition. Visit the campus to enjoy beautiful landscaping, an art gallery, museum and a charming ice cream shop located in the Keeter Center, just to name a few. Take a walk around campus and make sure to stop at the point, an overlook behind the chapel atop a bluff, which features magnificent views of Lake Taneycomo. (Depending on the tree cover, you can see the top of Lilleys’ Landing dock.)
9. Andy’s Frozen Custard
There are no better sweets for your sweetheart than those at Andy’s Frozen Custard. No matter what season, the delicious custard concretes are perfect for people watching on the strip — especially when the management fires up the outdoor heaters for cold nights!
8. Vintage Paris and Overlooks
Whether you and your date like city lights, or starry skies there is a scenic overlook in town that’s sure to spark romance. Grab some coffee at Vintage Paris, a unique coffee shop in downtown Hollister, then head to an overlook to enjoy the view. Try the scenic overlook across from Scoops ice cream shop on Missouri Highway 165.
7. Hike and wine tasting
Pack a picnic lunch and drive the path less traveled as the radio plays. A date like this can last all day and into the evening! Visit Branson’s many trails, such as my favorite, the Homesteaders Trail located in the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area. Once you’re finished exploring, check out Stone Hill Winery for a free tour and wine tasting.
6. Grand Country Arcade
Do you and your partner have a competitive side? Visit the Grand Country Fun Spot on Highway 76 where you can race each other, play ski-ball or even play laser tag in the arcade. A little friendly competition is good for the relationship after all.
5. Branson Landing
The Branson Landing is a romantic place to enjoy an evening. Stroll past the shops for some window-shopping, then have dinner at one of the many lakeside restaurants and make sure to sit outside if the weather is nice. Don’t forget to watch the fountain show, something everyone should see at least once.
4. Table Rock Lakeshore Trail
The most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen was on the Table Rock Lakeshore Trail. The trail goes from the Dewey Short Visitor Center to the Table Rock State Park Marina. Along the trail, there are many paths that will take you down to the water’s edge. It’s a magical place for amazing sunsets, a summer evening swim or to try some fishin’ in the dark.
3. Cook Out
The very best thing about Branson is often overlooked by visitors. Take an evening to be together in nature. Gather your favorite ingredients and beverages and cook out together at Table Rock State Park.
2. Missouri Highway 248 Driving Range
Take your date to this quaint driving range on Missouri Highway 248 (where Country Mart and Kmart are) to enjoy a little more friendly competition. For about $7, you can drive golf balls into a field filled with various targets and marked so that you know how many yards the balls sail. This range is located on private property and the owner has a house there, so sometimes payment is received on the honor system. There are also plenty of clubs to borrow if you don’t have your own. There are many driving range options in Branson, but this one is the most laid back and fun.
1. Rent a boat at Lilleys’ Landing
It doesn’t matter whether or not you and your date are avid anglers, all couples have fun when taking a boat out on lovely Lake Taneycomo. Rent a jon boat, bass boat or pontoon boat any time of the year and cruise into adventure and peaceful solitude. Catch a few feisty trout, or simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Rolling hills, dramatic bluffs, foggy coves and abundant wildlife make every boat ride special.