December 4, 2022

Branson offers remarkable outdoor activities: Mackenthun

Last month’s annual conference of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers met in Branson,…

Last month’s annual conference of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers met in Branson, Missouri. I had known Branson as a vacation destination for entertainment but came away most impressed with the remarkable list of outdoor activities that the region offers.  

Just an hour north of town is the Bass Pro Shops flagship store in Springfield. Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris spared no expense on this continuously expanding giant outdoor store with a sprawling nearly half million square feet of space; you can explore the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, check out the American Museum of Fly Fishing and shop every outdoor department and interest imaginable in their large retail space. The whole store is wrapped in remarkable taxidermy mounts and panoramic displays. If you prefer staying in Branson, they also have a Bass Pro Shops, with their store and restaurant on the White River a more modest 40,00 square feet.