When you visit the Titanic Museum, the “Worlds Larget Museum Attraction”, you’ll find that the story of the Titanic lives on in the hearts of both hopeless and hopeful romantics, and Branson, Missouri is the place to put yourself in the middle of that story. You’ll also discover that this quaint and quirky town in the Ozarks can be quite the romantic destination. Branson’s corner on romance isn’t limited, there are plenty of places in the area to kindle the fires of your love. Here, we explore a few of the most noteworthy.
Boating on Table Rock Lake
When it comes to romance, not many activities top cruising a beautiful body of water together with your sweetheart. The Showboat Branson Belle offers as much, along with high-quality entertainment, a three- or five-course meal and, of course, stunning views of the majestic scenery. If the Queen of the Ozarks, as the Belle also is called, isn’t your speed, then rent your own boat and enjoy a sunset all to yourselves. Rentals are available by the hour or by the day, so you can make the romance last as long as you want.
The museum is an epic site for weddings -- and what could be more romantic than that? While the venue offers a slew of proposal, wedding and vow-renewal packages, there’s so much more to behold beyond the impressive public facade that re-creates the doomed ship. Inside, you’ll encounter more than $4 million worth of R.M.S. Titanic artifacts, touch a re-created iceberg, get a feel for working in the engine room, and sit in an actual-size lifeboat as part of your interactive experience. But be sure to hold hands with your sweetie in the final part of your adventure as you learn whether you lived or perished on that fateful night to remember.
The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure
There’s something so serene and peaceful about butterflies, making this a perfect place to visit with your significant other. You’ll delight in more than 50 species of butterflies from all over the world flitting around, with over 500 in the chrysalis stage every week. What’s more romantic than new life emerging from a cocoon? Alright, that may not be the most romantic scenario, but Butterfly Palace does have an Emerald Forest Mirror Maze where you and someone you’d like to get closer to can keep bumping into each other as you seek the way out.
Mount Pleasant Winery
Augusta, Missouri-based Mount Pleasant Winery has a Branson location where you (if you are of legal age, of course) can taste the vintner’s finest offerings. Like many wineries, there’s no charge to participate. If you’re feeling really romantic, you can personally bottle a dessert wine, and then sign and date the container to commemorate an anniversary, your first trip together, or whatever cute reason you lovebirds have.
Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hills
It’s highly likely that the inspiration suggested in the name of this 230-foot monument is intended to evoke spiritual thoughts, but any time you are up that high you tend to stand a little closer to your bae, especially if one or both of you is even remotely afraid of heights. From the observation deck you have a panoramic view of the surrounding Ozarks -- and the vantage point is even better considering the structure is built on top of Inspiration Point, the highest spot in southwest Missouri.
Bask in Nature
The Branson area and the surrounding Ozark Mountains have some of the most gorgeous natural beauty, and there are plenty of opportunities for you to immerse yourself in nature. Hold hands during a walk in the forest, explore a cave together, or rest on each other after trekking up a hill or two. And turn off your phones for a few hours while you’re doing that, okay? You’ll be glad you did.
Of Course, You Can See a Show
Branson is known for its wide variety of live shows --, you might find a show if you appreciate country music or the oldies. And don’t be afraid to embarrass yourself by singing along. It can be quite endearing. Remember, pretty much any vacation can be romantic if you want it to be. Just remember to walk slowly, look into each other’s eyes often and, most importantly, be in the moment.