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Branson Scenic Railway (Ozark Zephyr)

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Address: 206 E Main St, Branson, MO 65616-2716
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+1 417-334-6110
08:00 - 16:00
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This historic train takes visitors on a tour through the Ozark hills.

This historic train takes visitors on a tour through the Ozark hills.

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History and nostalgia

On our second day in Branson my wife and daughter were very tired from all the shopping and walking so we thought what better way to rest than a 2-hour train ride? Train is old... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Brian L

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Columbia, Missouri
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140 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The kids loved this adventure. It is one hour out and one hour back. Book your tickets early, they board in groups of 25. Make sure you hurry to one of the observation cars for a seat. They seats are in groups of four facing each other, so plan accordingly. The view going out is better than coming back, so... More 

Thank Nick P
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13 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On our second day in Branson my wife and daughter were very tired from all the shopping and walking so we thought what better way to rest than a 2-hour train ride? Train is old and the trip is one-way forward and back but it is a nice history lesson and reminder of how things were in days gone by.... More 

Thank Brian L
Fayetteville, AR
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The train was a perfect two-hour ride through the pretty Missouri Ozark hills. With my 84 year old dad we wanted a bit of sitting, nostalgia, and conversation on a pretty fall day. We rode in the first upper berth for the overhead windows. If you can, walk through the various rail cars to see the styles of seats over... More 

Thank Christy K
Crestwood, Missouri
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have ridden this several times.It never gets old.A very friendly staff working there,terrific scenery, it's just a great way to spend 90 minutes.You can travel between the cars for different seating including the glass domed club cars.We'll be going again soon.

Thank mozenoze
Kingsville, United States
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the biggest waste of money we spent in Branson. Such a disappointment. Forget seeing great views. You get to see trash on the sides and you just go up and then back the same way. Maybe little kids would enjoy it but it definitely was not what I was expecting.

Thank Jan S
Ozark, Missouri
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100 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The train ride is fun but there were a couple things I didn't account for when buying these tickets. 1. The train goes up the track for half the ride, then returns the way it came. Not seeing anything new for the second half of the trip is a bummer. 2. The food is better than expected and cheaper than... More 

Thank Trail_Master_23
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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85 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our kids (ages 2-14) really enjoyed the scenic train ride and experience of riding on a tree. We were lucky enough to sit in the train that is all open windows which made the ride even better. The seats were a little outdated/worn but that comes with the classic-ness of the train itself.

Thank MalibuMomma12
North Canton, Ohio
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89 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Uneventful train ride. Didn't see much. Train had a slightly musty odor. Kids were bored. I don't think I'd do this again.

Thank Nini124
New Ulm, Minnesota
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153 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We were disappointed. The ride snd experience are fine, if you want to pay to relax or take a nap then you might enjoy the ride. There isn't much to see snd you pretty much sit on the train for the entire ride. Would not recommend, there and back are the same ride/same scenery.

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Missouri, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

I had read reviews on here, so my expectations were low. The Polar Express was wonderful. My 3 year old loved every minute of it. The staff were nice, and made sure we never ran out of hot chocolate or cookies. Cleaned our mugs and bagged them up for us in a reusable collector bag. Some reviews says the hot... More 

Thank Amanda R

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