We have a vacation lake house on Table Rock Lake and we need to go soon to check on it due to the 12" of rain they've had since last Thursday. The lake is above the flood level and they are releasing water out of the dam. So this summer looks like we'll be cleaning up the shoreline of all the debris left behind. That being said, Table Rock Lake is great to be on. It's clear (you can see your feet dangling in the water & minnows swimming under you), it's warm in the summer - what else would a lake rat want (besides being on a cruise)???
Branson is full of people; mature, young, families & etc. Highway 76 is the main drag of the city and at certain times of the day it will be bumper to bumper. It's a great time to roll down your windows and take in all the attractions. You'll see car tags from all over the USA. And everyone is nice and s l o w paced. So be prepared for nice people and slow traffic.
Some of the attractions you might consider are: Baldknabbers Jamboree Show (singing/comedy), Presley's Country Jubilee (singing/comedy), Dixie Stampeed (dinner/live horse show/singing/comedy), Silver Dollar City (amusement park/country crafting/food), Shepherd of the Hills (outdoor drama and ZIP LINE-WHEEE...yes we did it and I'd do it again) & etc. Check out the various websites.
Also, make sure you visit downtown in Old Branson. This was the town before all of the attractions & etc. Make sure you visit "Dick's 5 & 10" store. It's the smallest, oldest dime store with everything imaginable you could want. And stop in to eat at Farmhouse Restaurant. They make the best ice tea and various meals. For dessert...you must buy an apple dumpling! YUMMY!
Talking about food, it's hit or miss in the area. Just look for a lot of cars in the parking lot and you can't go wrong. There's a wonderful ice cream store across the street from Andy Williams' Moonriver Theater. Stop there for a treat after your show.
There are a couple of outlet malls and a newer shopping experience called Branson Landing. It's in old Branson, along Lake Taneycomo (it's more of a river and named after TANEY COunty MO missouri - Taney is the name of the county seat and it's in Missouri - get it? Taneycomo - cleaver isn't it??). It's actually the water from the bottom of Table Rock Lake going through the dam - it's very cold and has trout (from what I hear).
If you do have time, (like it was mentioned previously) try to visit Eureka Springs, AR. It's about 30 -45 min. from Branson and a quite interesting little community. A lot of neat places built on the sides of hills with curvy/narrow streets. Eat lunch on the balcony of the Basin Hotel, overlooking the streets of Eureka Springs. Visit the Crescent Hotel.....(a number of the rooms are haunted!!).
You'll have a good time no matter what you choose to do. Enjoy!!