Take an afternoon and ride the rails on the Branson Scenic Railway. Step back in time aboard these vintage passenger trains that take passengers on scenic rides through the Ozark Mountains. The historic 1905 depot in downtown Branson is where riders will hop on to enjoy narrated tours and see communities that only exist on train maps. The Branson Scenic Railway is one of the best activities in Branson MO during all seasons and for all ages.
When to Take the Branson Scenic Railway
The Branson Scenic Railway offers rides departing at varying times throughout the day beginning at 9:00 am. These one hour and 45-minute rides take passengers through the Ozark Mountains on a 40-mile roundtrip narrated tour. There are northern and southern routes with each presenting riders with unique views along the way. The northern route goes all the way to the James River Valley in Galena, Missouri while the southern route goes to the Barren Fork Trestle in Arkansas.
How Much is the Branson Scenic Railway?
When riding the train, all seats are unassigned. Passengers are encouraged to visit all train cars along the ride. Concessions are sold on the Silver Lake Car. Tickets to ride the Branson Scenic Railway are $27.50 for adults ages 13 and older. Tickets for children ages 3-12 are $17.00. When purchasing tickets, AAA offers a 10% discount on all adult tickets. To make a reservation for the 2015 season, click here.
From May through December on Saturdays at 5:00 pm, the Branson Scenic Railway offers rides on their dinner train. Reservations are required for this special ride and include a 4-course candlelight dinner. Dinner entrees include prime rib, rotisserie chicken, and baked fish with side dishes of red potatoes and vegetable medley, salad and a slice of cake for dessert. Tickets are $62.00 for all ages and recommended for people ages 13 and older. Rides on the dinner train can last up to 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Annual Events on the Branson Scenic Railway
The 2015 Polar Express is sure to win the hearts of children of all ages this holiday season. From November 6th through December 22nd, kids and adults can ride on the Polar Express and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Adult tickets for ages 13 and up are $39.00 and kids ages 2-12 are $29.00. First class tickets are $44.00 and $54.00. Premium Dome tickets are $54.00 and $64.00 and include reserved table seating and unlimited hot chocolate served in a souvenir mug.
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