Ozark summers are unsurprisingly hot and humid. Luckily, respite and excitement can be found on the chilly waters of the gorgeous Lake Taneycomo.
Of course at several marinas you can rent a boat for fishing, paddling or just floating along leisurely. But if you’re in the mood to let someone else steer, consider these three popular options to get out on Downtown Branson’s breathtaking lake.
Main Street Lake Cruises
9 South Boardwalk Branson Landing
Dine in your choice of old world style or ultimate luxury on Lake Taneycomo with Main Street Lake Cruises. You’ll enjoy a fresh lunch or dinner as you cruise past the Landing and watch the famous Branson Landing Fountains and their masterfully orchestrated show from one of the viewing decks.
Main Street Lake Cruises operates the two largest ships on Lake Taneycomo: The Landing Princess (a 100-foot luxury yacht) and the Lake Queen (a paddlewheel riverboat with large observation decks). Both are available for corporate events, military reunions, birthday and holiday parties.
Lake Queen, Paddleboat Cruise
This 100 ft modern replica of a traditional Paddleboat boasts old world style and a calm leisurely ride at 8 MPH. A canopy covered upper deck, panoramic viewing windows, large outdoor seating decks, full service bar with snacks, 2 full service restrooms, and easy handicap boarding design are just a few of the amenities you’ll find on the Lake Queen. Prices start at $33.75 per guest. Lunch Menu includes jumbo turkey or ham croissant, housemade chips and cookie.
Branson’s only luxury cruise, this incredible 100 ft yacht is truly the princess of Lake Taneycomo. With 3 outdoor bistro style seating decks, 2 full service bars, 3 full service restrooms, and 3 networked flat panel televisions, this 1.5 hour climate controlled dinner cruise will have you feeling like royalty! For those looking for distinctly unique nuptial Arrangements, there are options available for you; Including an available Brides Room with private restroom, full wedding services at the dock or on the water, officiate lists, and an altar with theatre style setup.
Prices start at $47.02 per guest Dinner menu includes garden salad with bacon and blue cheese; chicken Marsala, pork tenderloin in tomato beschamel; green beans, garlic mashed potatoes, dinner roll; triple layer cake; coffee, tea, or water included and a cash bar available.
Ride The Ducks
201 Branson Landing Boulevard
Almost everyone in the Ozarks is familiar with Branson’s only lake and land adventure! The funny-looking amphibious vehicles are seen all over the area! With two locations now (departing from the Highway 76 Strip and from Branson Landing) you can embark on an adventure for all ages.
The seasonal Branson Landing ride, which includes a 70-minute tour of Downtown Branson, Lake Taneycomo and The College of the Ozarks, is rich in history and entertainment!
The Lake Taneycomo adventure operates May- September and is $26.50 per guest
Branson Jet Boats
7A North Boardwalk Branson Landing Boulevard
Branson Jet Boats opened summer 2017 and has already delighted thousands of thrill-seekers! The experienced and knowledgeable captains maneuver powerful boats in spinouts, power stops and slides that run with 1200 horsepower. Life jackets are provided for children under 7 (children under 3 are strongly discouraged from riding, and those who may be pregnant or have heart or health conditions are suggested to proceed with caution).
You’ll feel the cool mist from the lake in your hair to say the least and the adventure lasts for an hour. Experience Taneycomo like never before! Adult ticket: $29; Child ticket: $24, 3-11 years.