If you're going to Branson, one of the attractions I'd recommend you go to is Showboat Branson Belle http://www.showboatbransonbelle.com/ . This is a land-locked ship that allows you to dine while having live entertainment and cruising out on the water.
I've been to the Branson Belle twice, once in 1999 and recently in 2006, and both times were quite lovely. After boarding, you find your way to your seats and almost immediately get a salad, rolls, and drinks served right to your table. A deejay comes and starts the show, then comes some very fine band music, and eventually singing and dancing.
Then more food comes (and it's all really good food, too), then dessert. Once you're done eating, you have intermission, then come back for the real show. The lights are dimmed and you sit back and watch the great dancing, singing, doggie ventriloquism act, the gymnasts, and whatever else Showboat Branson Belle decides to give you. It's a fun time, and the entertainment is great. This is something I'd definitely not want to miss while in Branson.