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Play Golf in Branson this Fall



Branson is popular for its live music shows and world class theme parks, but these are not all that Branson has to offer its guests. The most popular tourist vacation destination in the Midwest is more than just about music and fun; it also gives the guests, especially the sports enthusiasts, another reason to enjoy Branson. Branson is also known to have the best golf courses in Missouri. In fact, it is often hosting several national golf tournaments. Branson golf is not only for the pros, because those who want to learn a thing or two about the sport will also enjoy it here.


One of the popular golf courses in Branson is located in Thousand Hills Golf Resort, located near Branson’s entertainment district. This is an award winning golf course, and some of its accolades are being rated 4 stars by the Golf Digest Magazine and being voted Best of the Ozark Golf Courses by the readers of Springfield News Leader for quite a number of times already. Thousand Hills golf course is frequented by people because it caters to the different skill levels of people. This is an 18-hole golf course with three separate sets of tees to make sure that playing the sport is still challenging for everyone.


Playing in Thousand Hills is also a relaxing experience for you since you get to see hardwood forests, rock formations, Ozark streams and other wonders of nature. You wouldn’t even think that you are living within Branson’s entertainment district!


The facilities and services that you can avail in Thousand Hills golf course are an 18-hole golf course – par 64, with one par 5 hole, eight par 4 holes, and nine par 3 holes. The slope ratings in this golf course are as follows: Blue 125, White 116, and Red 113. To help you raise your game, there are also golf professionals in Thousand Hills. If you don’t have golf equipment with you when visit Thousand Hills, you can also rent golf clubs there. Yamaha carts with GPS are also available for rent for free. Playing golf will get tiring after a while, so Thousand Hills lets you refresh right in the golf resort. Enjoy a fresh snack and beverage in Mulligan’s Snack Bar and Grill, open from April to November. You don’t have to leave your game for some refreshments, thanks to the restaurants inside Thousand Hills.


While you’re having a grand time in Thousand Hills, might as well book a stay, too. You have lots of lodging options in Thousand Hills and you also get to stay near Table Rock Lake, and Branson’s best theaters. Come over this fall and enjoy a good game of golf in Thousand Hills. For inquiries and reservations, call 1-877-262-0430. 

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What's In Store When You Shop in Branson


If you are looking for unique gift ideas and big savings, one great place to visit is Branson Missouri. Branson may not be very well known for its shopping finds, but it can guarantee you a grand time with your shopping adventure. Branson is known to many as the perfect vacation destination because of the endless activities and attractions in it. Now, you can make it as your shopping haven, too.

You can find almost everything in Branson. It has everything you need and want from the latest fashion trends, jewelries, musical instruments, handcrafted souvenir items, and many more. Branson is home to various outlet malls to give you choices and variety. Read along to find out more about these shopping malls and what you can find in these malls.

One of the most visited malls in Branson is the Branson Landing. This outlet mall is located along the waterfront of Lake Taneycomo, making it a breathtaking destination in itself. Branson Landing houses shops like Bass Pro Shops, Belk Department Store, White House/Black Market, Chico’s and Ann Taylor Loft. Shoppers of Branson Landing are not only treated to the bargains and great finds from these shops; they are also treated to a water and fire show to keep them entertained as they hop from shop to shop. Dining establishments and live concerts also adorn the mall so you can have a breather from your shopping spree.

Another famous outlet mall in Branson is Tanger Outlet Center. This is where you should go if you want to be updated with the latest in the fashion world. The stores you can find in this mall are GAP, Polo Ralph Lauren, Izod, Haggar, Banan Republic, Liz Claiborne, Levi’s, Rockport, Skechers, Aeropostale, and many more. For the kids’ fashion, there is nothing to worry about since there are also shops like Disney Store Outlet, Tommy Kids, Osh Kosh, Carter’s, and many others.

The perfect gift ideas can also be found in Branson. One such place you can go to for unique and limited edition stuff is IMAX Entertainment Complex. This place has various shops perfect for gift ideas, and one shop is Legend Gifts. In Legend Gifts, you can find movie posters, limited edition prints, soundtracks, and IMAX films on video. Another shop in IMAX Complex is The Shadow Box, where you can find collectible items for your personal collections or as a gift.

For the tech geeks, Branson may just be the place where you can have a great discount on your favorite gadget. Visit The Shoppes at Branson Hills for the latest electronics and even the basic ones. Not only that, you can also find books, boutiques, and many others in The Shoppes.

There are still a lot of malls in Branson, and we leave it to you to explore them. Come and shop in Branson now to get good deals! Who know, you might just stumble in a really big sale in Branson. That’s how fun it is to shop in Branson!

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A Tribute to Teachers from Tanger Mall



What’s not to love about Branson Missouri? Aside from being the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, Branson has an endless array of activities and attractions that will surely keep anyone coming back for more. In Branson, you can find the best theme parks, restaurants, nature parks, and even shopping malls. Shopping malls in Branson may not be the first things that will come to your mind, but it surely is one of Branson’s hidden gems.

One of Branson’s most popular outlet malls is Tanger Outlet Center. This mall is home to lots of shops that the whole family will surely enjoy. Shop in stores like Crabtree & Evelyn, New York & Company Outlet, Torrid, Polo Ralph Lauren, GAP Outlet, Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, Aeropostale, Levi’s, Eddie Bauer, Haggar, Izod, Van Heusen, Rockport, Skechers, and a lot more. For the kids, there are also stores like Tommy Kids, Osh Kosh, Disney Store Outlet, Gymboree, Carter’s and Disney Store Outlet. Now, you can stay updated with the latest fashion trends even while you are on vacation. Aside from the unique shopping experience that you can get from Tanger Outlet Center, you can also enjoy the special events hosted by Tanger Mall.

For the whole month of September 2015, Tanger Outlet Center gives the teachers and staff a special treat. No other mall gives a grand tribute to teachers as Tanger does. As a way of saying thank you for their diligence and dedication in educating the youth of Branson, Tanger Mall will give away free gift bags filled with coupons and special offers for the local school district personnels. Yes, you read that right – it’s all for free when you register at Tanger Shopper Services. If you think these perks are already enough, Tanger Outlet Center takes it a notch higher by giving the teachers and staff an equal chance of winning the grand prize. A raffle draw will be held and the lucky winner will get to take home a surprise prize package, plus a $250 Tanger shopping spree and other items from participating stores.

What are you waiting for? Head over to Branson’s Tanger Outlet Center for the best deals and for the chance to win exciting prizes! Tanger Outlet Center is located in 300 Tanger Boulevard.


If you are looking for more ways to enjoy Branson, check out Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. You can find the most convenient and comfortable nightly rental offers here, and you also get to stay close to Branson’s malls, theme parks, lakes, and theaters. For inquiries and reservations, contact 1-877-262-0430.

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The Magic of Silver Dollar City Theme Park



Any theme park can give you the fun and excitement that you are craving for, but not all can give you that certain magic that makes you feel like a child again. This certain magic is what sets Silver Dollar City theme park apart from the other theme parks in the Midwest. In Silver Dollar City, you can enjoy everything that tickles your fancy. It is a theme park like no other. More than rides and attractions, it also gives you a piece of history. Get to know more about Silver Dollar City – Branson’s premier theme park.

Silver Dollar City is a wooded 1800’s-themed park. Upon setting foot in the park, you get that throwback feeling of being in the 1800s. You can find several craftsmen and women, demonstrating how the essential stuff back then in the 1800s were made. Witness glassblowers, blacksmiths, candlemakers, and a lot more in the streets and corners of Silver Dollar City. These are just one of the many attractions that you can find in the theme park. You can also enjoy the famed rides of Silver Dollar City. Have the ride of your life in the Outlaw Run, which is also the world’s most daring wood coaster with all its twists and turns. Other rides you can try are the steam engine train ride, Lost River, Fire in the Hole, and many more. If you are thinking that pure adrenaline rush is what Silver Dollar City brings, think again. It has more than 40 shows daily to give you relaxation from all the thrills offered by the park.

One major reason why people never tire of going back to Silver Dollar City anytime they can is the collection of festivals. No matter what time of the year you decide to visit Silver Dollar City, there is always a festival waiting for you. All year round, you can enjoy festivals such as National Kids Fest, World Fest, Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, National Harvest Festival, Southern Gospel Picnic, and Old Time Christmas Festival. You are also guaranteed to have a grand time at the park because of the delicious food that you can eat. In fact, Silver Dollar City is one that serves the best theme park food in America. Choose from restaurants such as Annie’s Shack, Buckshot Annie’s Skillet Cookery, Crossroads Pizza, Dockside Grill, Eva and Delilah’s Bakery, Hannah’s Ice Cream Factory and so much more.


Discover and feel the magic that Silver Dollar City brings when you visit the place. Whether you are with family, or a group of friends, you can never go wrong with time spent in Silver Dollar City. For your convenience, choose to stay in a place closest to Silver Dollar City. Stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort for various lodging options and the chance to stay right in the heart of Branson’s entertainment district. Inquire now on the available nightly rentals in Thousand Hills by calling 1-877-262-0430. 

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The Best of Branson Restaurants: Part 2



Branson Missouri is more than just about the live music shows and theme parks. It is an even more exciting place because it has the best restaurants to keep you recharged as you tour Branson. We gave you a list of the best Branson restaurants before, and here’s another set of restaurants to add to your must-eat list. When you visit Branson, have a blast as you enjoy the attractions and also the dining adventures.

First up is Vasken’s Deli Restaurant. This Mediterranean and Greek restaurant offers a fresh twist from the typical American food. Try out their muffuletta and gyros for a different treat. They also have this roast beef panini with swiss, a popular favorite among the regulars in Vasken’s.

Who could resist not having a pizza? In Branson, dine in Hook and Ladder Pizza Co. Restaurant for your pizza fix. This firehouse themed restaurant is located in Downing St. Hollister, MO. It is open 7 days a week. Enjoy your pizza, subs, wings, and desserts in Hook and Ladder Pizza Co. Restaurant.

Crazy Cajun Citchen Restaurant is the perfect spot for your Cajun and creole cravings. You can’t miss this restaurant because it has this cajun splash décor on the outdoor porch. This restaurant is located in Lakeview Campground of Table Rock Lake. It has the cheeriest interiors, too, with its antique and Louisiana decors. Crazy Cajun Citchen is seasonal and it is open from April to October only.

Sports fans visiting Branson will finally have a staple go-to place! Scooter’s Sports Grill. You get full service casual dining inside the clubhouse in the miniature golf course. Try their bestseller burgers and hot Italian beef & pastrami sandwiches. They also have specialty appetizers such as Dragon Eggs and Dragon Wings. Perfect for the whole family!

There may be a lot of dessert places in Branson to treat your sweet tooth, but one awesome place to be in is Cakes & Creams 50’s Diner and Dessert Parlor Restaurant. Once you step inside Cakes & Creams, it would feel like you are transported back to the 50’s. You can see several 50’s iconic items in this shop such as the 45 record and the Wurlitzer jukebox. A Cakes & Creams experience is always a positive one because this dessert place gives utmost importance to customer satisfaction – from the food, to the service, and to the ambiance that the place exudes. Being in the business for more than 3 decades is not an easy feat anyway.


As you plan your trip to Branson, don’t forget to squeeze in a visit to one of these restaurants. And for your lodging needs in Branson, choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort so you get to have various choices on your lodging place. Plus, you also get to stay near Branson’s entertainment strip. For reservations and inquiries, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Experience the All-New Fireman’s Landing in Silver Dollar City



Silver Dollar City is all set to give you its newest attraction in the theme park. If you think that what it has is already enough to give you the thrills and excitement that you are looking for, it offers you more venues for fun with the whole family. The newest rides and attractions are suitable for people of all ages. Ten new family adventures are coming your way with Silver Dollar City’s Fireman Landing.

Located around the headquarters of Station No. 3, the Fireman’s Landing was created by Silver Dollar City to raise awareness on fire safety. This is perfect for kids and adults alike to know about prevention and the dangers of fire. Back in the 1800s, the town of Marmaros burned, leaving no trace of the town at all. Play along with the activities in Fireman’s Landing while learning valuable stuff regarding fire safety. Here are the following rides and attractions you can find in Fireman’s Landing.

The Fire Spotter is a balloon ride for everyone. These soaring balloons are for spotting fire dangers, so better be alert when you spot one! The Fire Wagon Frenzy will take you on a ride as a bucket brigade volunteer. For this ride, all children must be accompanied by an adult. If you are feeling a little bit more daring, then try out the most exciting ride in Fireman’s Landing yet – the Firefall. This is an 8-story fore tower free-fall drop ride. For those who want to learn and experience how to put out fire, check out the Firefighter’s Fire Drill. It has buckets, pumpers, foam ball cannons and targets for putting out mock fires.have fun in the Firefighter’s Fire Escape – an obstacle course featuring tubes, mazes, climbing structures, and slides. Challenge yourself to see if you can finish this obstacle course.

For the little tykes, there is the Firefighter’s Junior Fire Escape – a soft play area for toddlers. Another area for the junior firefighters is the Fireman’s Flyer. It is a low-flying swing ride for the little fighters, and children should be between 36 to 52 inches to ride. The junior recruits can also enjoy the small tower drop ride called Up The Ladder. Lucky’s Dizzy Dogs, a play area for kids, also features bouncing Dalmatian rides around a fire hydrant. Lastly, the Firehouse Splash Yard is a play area for everyone where you can have fun with the squirting water jets and pump hoses.


Bring along the whole family and have tons of fun and adventure in Silver Dollar City’s Fireman’s Landing. For your vacation in Silver Dollar City, book your stay in the place closest to it – Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Thousand Hills gives you several lodging options to choose from, and it is also located minutes away from Silver Dollar City. For reservations and inquiries on Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Take A Nature Trip with the Branson Zipline



Branson Missouri is known to be the Live Music Capital of the World. It is well known for its spectacular live shows and concerts. But music is not the only thing that most people love about Branson. The sceneries and the gifts of nature in Branson are also one of the things that makes people come back for more. To be able to appreciate Branson even more, why not take a tour of the whole city?

There are a lot of unique, interesting, and fun ways to get the best view of Branson. You can try the Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hills, the train rides in Silver Dollar City theme park, or the skycoaster at the Go Kart track. If you are looking for a Branson tour that is closer to nature, then the Branson Zipline is definitely for you.

The Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours located at Wolfe Creek Preserve is classified as a world-class eco-tours. The zipline towers were built using helicopters, not bulldozers, to prevent any damage to the eco-structure of Wolfe Creek. Once you ride the Branson Zipline, you get to see the natural beauty of the Missouri wildlife. Witness the likes of the Whitetail Deer, Bobcat, different species of birds like American Goldfinches, Red Tailed Hawks, and many others sprawl about their natural habitat. Branson Zipline opened in May 2010, and for five years, it has already given thousands of tourists the opportunity to be one with nature. This is a safe and enjoyable ride where you can experience the beauty of the Ozark Mountains and of Branson.

Guests get to have an orientation course handled by professionals before riding the zipline. There are four different tour options to choose from, each with different time limits which can range from 30 minutes to 4 hours. The most common zipline tour is the Ozaarks Xplorer Canopy Tour. For families or groups ziplining, there is the Flying Prospector Canopy Tour. If you are looking for a quick tour, you can choose from Blue Streak Fast and Free Fall Express. This will surely give you adrenaline rush because it has a one hundred foot free fall! If you want to have the total experience, try the Canopy Adventure Combo Tour, where you can have a tour of the entire canopy plus the free fall! There is also a walking tour available in Wolfe Creek.


Have an action-packed nature tour in Branson! Plan your trip to Branson now, and for your lodging needs, trust Thousand Hills Golf Resort to give you an unforgettable stay. Thousand Hills is located in the heart of Branson’s entertainment district, and it has several lodging options so you can get the right one that fits your needs. Reserve your units in Thousand Hills by calling 1-877-262-0430. 

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Only in Branson – Shop Till You Drop

Branson is home to numerous lakes, shows, restaurants, attractions, thrill rides, museums, historical sites, hiking trails – and of course, stores. There is certainly no shortage of places to shop in Branson. You can shop for clothes, accessories, fishing gear, books, food, furniture, boats, appliances, shoes, candy, handmade crafts and some much more. (And of course, there are plenty of places to eat around town if you get hungry while shopping!) There are Branson stores of every size and style around town – but be sure to put these uniquely Branson stores on your shopping list before you head out!

Dicks Five & DimeThe Amish Country Store: For unique and fun products with a local flair, pack your shopping basket and visit The Amish Country Store, located on Gretna Road. This quaint store is filled with fun goodies. Begun in 1999, this family owned and operated store has always kept their first and foremost goal to bring the customer some of the best quality Amish made goods they can find. These goods include bulk spices, canned items such as pickles, jellies, salsas and pickled eggs, pastas, honey, nut butters, syrup, jerky, popcorn, flours, baking mixes, cutlery and cookie cutters, and handmade Amish furniture. You won’t want to miss a fun stop at this unique Branson store!

Branson Craft Mall: For unique gifts, cool home accents and more, plan an afternoon of shopping at the Branson Craft Mall, located on Highway 165 – it will be an experience to remember! This collection of Branson stores has a little something for everyone. Enjoy demonstrations by local working craftsmen doing leatherwork, rug and basket weaving, beadwork, pottery, applique and engraving. Purchase some of their intricate items, as well as other things like fresh roasted nuts, dried fruits, soup mixes, candy, sandwiches, coffee, fudge and more! This craft mall is set up to receive groups both large and small – including motor coaches!

Dick’s 5 and 10: For a truly Branson experience, take your family to Dick’s 5 and 10! Located in the heart of downtown Branson, this world famous store has been a legendary part of a true Branson shopping experience. Nostalgic toys, linens, kitchen gadgets, games, candy, sewing notions, paper dolls, dry goods and so much more line the shelves of this fun store. You can also find dozens of nostalgic collectables dotted around Dick’s 5 and 10. Everything from sports memorabilia to aviation prints to arrowheads to cap guns and more.

These Branson stores and others should certainly be on your shopping list for when you are ready to shop until you drop!

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Only in Branson – Restaurant Edition!

Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, has no shortage of things that uniquely belong to the town. Like Shepherd of the Hills, for example – this beautiful historic site is the birthplace of Branson tourism, and is the home of the one and only Inspiration Tower. The Table Rock Dam is also only found in Branson. If you are looking for an ‘only in Branson’ dining experience, you are in luck! There are a number of great eateries that you can’t find anywhere but here. So bring your appetite – these tastes of the Ozarks restaurants will have you coming back again and again!

White River Fish HouseThe White River Fish House: If you have spent any time at all in the Ozarks area, you will no doubt have heard of Bass Pro Shops. Founded by the legendary Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops have given countless people a real taste of the Outdoors, and for many, has set them on a lifelong path of adventure. It is that same spirit of adventure that inspired the White River Fish House, a Branson restaurant that is known around the world. This restaurant, located on the waters of Lake Taneycomo and next to the Branson Landing, is actually a floating barge where visitors can admire the scenic beauty of the lake and its seasons. And that’s not all – guests can actually drive their boats right up to the pier, tie off, and come inside for a cold beverage or a bite to eat! This Branson restaurant features – you guessed it – many different kinds of fish, as well as other delicious food and beverage options.

The Keeter Center: For a great dining experience steeped in Ozarks history and tradition, plan to have a meal at The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks! Located on the work college campus, overlooking a panoramic view dotted with dairy cows and hardworking students, The Keeter Center features award winning chefs, as well as culinary students, who prepare the outstanding food. The dining room features options like trout, college raised pork and beef, Sunday brunch, and more, while the bakery features treats like cupcakes and cookies, and the Creamery offers guests freshly made ice cream using milk and cream from the campus dairy. The Keeter Center is the perfect choice for dining as a group, or for a romantic evening out. Reservations are recommended!

Sugar Leaf Bakery Café: For delectable sweet treats, be sure to stop in at Sugar Leaf Bakery Café, located on Highway 76! This Branson restaurant won’t disappoint your sweet tooth. Here you will find made from scratch treats like cookies, pies, cobblers, cakes, cupcakes, breads, muffins and more, plus custom orders and catering. For a more substantial meal, order their quiche, salads, soups, Panini’s or other sandwiches. This local eatery is sure to deliver happiness to any palate!

These are just a few of the great dining experiences that you can only find here in Branson. Put these on your list of Branson restaurants, and find some of your own as well!

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Rolling on Table Rock Lake with the Showboat Branson Belle

showboat-branson-belle-exteriorThere are endless ways to enjoy Table Rock Lake from the shore. Fishing, swimming, hiking, bird watching, grilling – the list goes on and on. But what if you want to get a different take on the lake? Well, then this is a perfect time to take a cruise on the waters of Table Rock with the Showboat Branson Belle! The Showboat Branson Belle provides a beautiful look at the Ozarks – plus it provides world class entertainment and a great meal. What better way to roll on the waters of Table Rock Lake?

There is no prettier sight than to be driving across the Table Rock Dam at sunset and seeing the Showboat Branson Belle sailing on the water. If you have ever seen this amazing sight, chances are that you have wondered what it is like to actually be on the cruise! Well, don’t wait any longer – Table Rock cruises pick back up for the season on March 7, 2015! Book your tickets today – or better yet, book a group outing with all of your friends! Be sure to ask about group discounts. Your lake cruise ticket is well worth the price – not only do you get to experience an amazing run on the waters with the Showboat Branson Belle, but you also get an outstanding three course meal AND a show!

This season, the Showboat will feature two brand new shows for cruise guest entertainment. CELEBRATE! will feature two hours of unparalleled entertainment with new star performers, as well as some old returning favorites that have charmed Showboat guests for seasons upon seasons. And to get your toes tapping, the second brand new show is Rhythm - The Fastest Feet West of the Mississippi, featuring the Show Men! You won’t want to miss the great voices, the great dancing, and the great talent that accompanies this fun floating show.

Don’t forget the great meal that comes along with your Showboat ticket! Lunch and dinner cruises feature tasty choices like salads, homemade bread, roast beef, sugar snap peas, glazed chicken, mashed potatoes and lemon berry torte. Be sure to ask about Premium Seating – dinner guests in this section can choose from options like pork chops, sirloin steaks, Mahi Mahi, pan seared chicken breast, praline pie, turtle cheesecake and more!

The Showboat Branson Belle has been delighting cruise guests of all ages for many, many years. Book your ticket and board the ship for yourself to see why people from all walks of life love rolling on Table Rock with the Showboat Branson Belle!

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