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Catch the Colors with Fall Driving Tours of the Ozarks

Fall is a beautiful time of year in the Ozarks. With so many forested hills and ridges, there is no shortage of trees to paint to season different shades of gold, red, orange and brown! One of the best ways to see some of the best fall color is to take a driving tour – many folks come from miles around just to take a scenic jaunt in the car around the area. The best time of year to catch the color starts in October and ends in early November. So pack up the car and get ready to take one of these great self-guided tour routes put together by the Branson Chamber of Commerce! Be sure to stop by the Branson Welcome Center on the way to pick up a map or two.

Lake Taneycomo Fall ColorsDriving Tour #1 - Table Rock Lake, Kimberling City - Est. Time: 90 minutes

This beautiful scenic drive highlights great fall color foliage, lake and mountain views, and the opportunity to cross two historic truss bridges. Indian Point and Dogwood Canyon are some great side trips to take while on this tour – Indian Point features a zipline that flies you through autumn colored trees, and Dogwood Canyon offers hiking and horseback rides through fall colored country! Visit this link for Driving Tour #1 directions:

Driving Tour #2 - Downtown Branson, Forsyth, Rockaway Beach - Est. Time: 70 minutes

This fun auto tour will take you through the heart of quaint and original Downtown Branson. While this part of town is charming at any time of year, there is just something about fall that gives it an extra splash of character! This tour also highlights some stellar views of Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lake – both lakes are picturesque and feature lots of tree studded shorelines, making for some great fall color. A side trip on this tour is down scenic Y Highway! Visit this link for Driving Tour #2 directions:

Driving Tour #3 - Bull Shoals Lake, Peel Ferry, Mark Twain Natl. Forest - Est. Time: 4 hrs

This is the longest driving tour on the Chamber of Commerce list, but it is certainly worth it! This route will take you through two states that boast the best fall color in the Ozarks – Missouri and Arkansas. On this trip, you will wind through Mark Twain National Forest, and be rewarded with a look at Central Bull Shoals Lake; the lake is known for good fishing, so you might want to include a pole or two in your road trip gear! You will also have the opportunity to see Peel Ferry; this is the only public ferry in the Ozarks, so you won’t want to miss this stop! Visit this link for Driving Tour #3 directions:

These are just a few of the driving routes you can take to see amazing fall color. Grab a map and a camera and find your own!

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The Ozark's Homegrown Legend - Bass Pro Shops

If you have ever traveled through the Missouri Ozarks, at some point in your journey you probably have heard of or even visited Bass Pro Shops. What started out as simply a love of fishing and the outdoors became a nationwide empire of outdoor and fishing gear that has made the Ozarks famous – and once you have visited the Bass Pro Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri (also known as ‘The Granddaddy of Outdoor Stores!), it is easy to see why! Bass Pro Shops is not just a store; it is an experience – one that is proud to have deep Ozarks roots.

bass-pro-bransonBass Pro Shops is the passionate project of Missouri native Johnny Morris. Johnny has always had a longtime love of fishing, and grew up participating in this activity with him family, including his ‘Uncle Buck.’ (Uncle Buck now has a line of Bass Pro Products named after him – just head to the candy counter inside the Springfield store to see for yourself!) In 1971, Johnny Morris took a road trip around the country with a U-Haul trailer. His objective? Collect the latest and greatest fishing tackle he could find, and bring it back to his homeland, which was sorely lacking in fishing equipment. Upon his return, Johnny opened a bait and tackle shop inside his father’s liquor store, conveniently located on the way to Table Rock Lake. This humble little tackle shop was the very first Bass Pro Shops – and at the time, Johnny had no idea how far it would go.

This well stocked tackle shop became very popular with both local and visiting fishermen – so popular, in fact, that by 1974, Johnny mailed out the first Bass Pro Shops catalog. Then, in 1978, he decided to take his business a step further by introducing a line of bass boats. The boats took the name ‘Bass Tracker’; Johnny’s was the first package to ever offer a boat, motor and trailer designed for anglers. His goal has always been to provide a quality product at a good value to the customer – and this mission has carried over into the Bass Pro Shops of today.

Bass Pro Shops is the number one outdoor retailer with stores in both America and Canada. They carry the finest selection of fishing equipment – lures, poles, reels, bait and more – as well as Tracker Boats, ATVs, camping gear, outdoor footwear and clothing, guns, bows and archery supplies, outdoor cooking equipment, kayaks, home décor, knives and gifts. You won’t find a better selection of products anywhere else! And once you’ve visited Bass Pro Shops, you won’t want to – a trip to Bass Pro is better than a trip to a museum. Johnny Morris has incorporated a message of conservation and preservation into his stores; this is obvious by the number of live animals (fish, turtles, alligators, ducks and more!) inside the Bass Pro headquarters. There is also a vast array of mounts, murals, replicated cabins and water mills, as well as an archery and rifle museum open to the public. One thing is for certain – you’ll walk away from this Ozarks success story with an even greater love of the outdoors than before!

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Branson Bass Pro Shops

Bass Prop Shops at the Branson LandingJohnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops have made Missouri legendary. Fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide have traveled to see the Bass Pro Shops headquarters in Springfield, Missouri. But lucky for Branson locals and visitors – the town boasts its very own Bass Pro Shops! Head on down to The Landing to check out the Branson Bass Pro – you will find everything you need from fishing gear to camping supplies to outdoor fashion, right on the shores of Lake Taneycomo!

The Branson Bass Pro is designed to evoke memories of long, lazy days of fishing along the White River – and of course, to create new memories for families and individuals alike! With Johnny Morris’s signature outdoor style, your trip to the Branson Bass Pro is sure to be memorable. This 40,000 square foot building chock full of awesome outdoorness is not just a store – it is a tribute to the fishing and boating heritage of the Ozarks, as well as a regional museum, and an education and conservation center as well. Modeled after the industries that shaped the post-lake White River area, the Branson Bass Pro is a breath of fresh river air with memories of old mixed with a new era for everyone to enjoy.

The logs and stonework framing the front entrance of the Branson Bass Pro gives way to an interior with a massive fireplace and a framework of pine logs. Finely crafted outdoor themed chandeliers hang from the forty-five foot ceiling – but the hanging light fixtures are secondary to the natural light that streams in from the roof dormers! The ceiling is hand painted tin, and as your browse through the aisles and aisles of outdoor equipment, clothing and décor, you will notice the deer and other wildlife tracks that are stamped into the concrete floor.

One of the crowning jewels of the Branson Bass Pro is the 20,000 gallon aquarium and waterfall; the aquarium is full of native fish like rainbow trout, bass, catfish and more. Above the aquarium sits a replicated mill and working water wheel, and an amazing wildlife scene. You won’t want to miss stopping in this part of the store!

No Bass Pro Shops would be complete without knowledgeable staff and quality merchandise – and the Branson Bass Pro delivers! Friendly staff members are waiting in every department to answer any questions you might have about fishing, hunting, camping and more. Stroll through the fishing department and admire the vast selection of poles, reels, lures and fly tying equipment. The gun and knife counter is full of quality equipment that you will be proud to own. Browse tents, outdoor cookware, and kayaks in the camping area of the store. Get great outdoor styles in the clothing department; and if you want your home to look like Bass Pro – you are in luck! They have an entire store section dedicated to décor and housewares. Once you’ve finished your shopping, take a lunch or dinner break at the floating White River Fish Company Restaurant just across the way from the store!

You won’t want to miss a trip to the Branson Bass Pro Shops. Rich in history and heritage, you’ll want to return to this unforgettable store more than once!

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See the Land and Lakes with Branson’s Ride the Ducks


Branson is full of attractions that are fit for all ages. This place is the perfect destination for adventure seekers and for those who love the outdoors. While there are many parks and nature’s destinations in Branson, you can always have a great time taking a tour of Branson to see the entire scenery. Prepare to be amazed with the God-given gifts of nature that Branson can show you.

While you can take a tour of Branson by taking a car, you can have another fun way of sightseeing in Branson. Experience on of Branson’s famous attractions – Ride the Ducks. This is a unique tour of the Ozarks will give you a breathtaking experience, and you get to learn about the history of the Ozarks, too. Ride the Ducks, as its name implies, is like a duck. It can tread on both land and water. Just like this vehicles in Ride the Ducks, you can tour the Ozark landscape,  Table Rock Lake, and Lake Taneycomo. Each tour has the right mix of fun,music, and Ozark history that you and your companions will never forget.

There are two tours of Ride the Ducks. The first one is at Table Rock Lake. The Table Rock Lake Adventure boards its passengers at Duck Central on the Strip. In this tour, you can see the Branson entertainment district, Table Rock Dam, you can also climb to the top of Baird Mountain, down to the splendor of the Ozark Mountains, and finally return to Table Rock Lake. The other tour departs from the Duck Central at Branson Landing. The Lake Taneycomo adventure will take you to downtown Branson, College of the Ozarks, and back to Lake Taneycomo to see the beautiful fountains at the Landing. While you are on the lake, you can also ask the captain of the tour to let you drive the duck for a more exciting experience.

Each tour ranges from 60 to 70 minutes long, and 25 minutes of each tour is spent on the waters. Tickets for Ride the Ducks cost $21 for adults of age 12 to 61, $12 for children ages 4 to 11, and $20 for the seniors aged 62 and older. It is highly recommended to order tickets in advance. To do so, just call 1-877-887-8225 or visit


For your Branson tour, a day is certainly not enough. Book your stay in Branson by choosing Thousand Hills Golf Resort as your home away from home. You can have the best lodging options that are fit for your needs and budget, and you also get to stay near Table Rock Lake and The Strip at Branson. Reserve your unit in Thousand Hills now because you deserve a luxurious and comfortable stay in Branson. Call 1-877-262-0430 for inquiries and reservations. 

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Greet Summer with a Trip to Branson’s White Water


The hot months are coming to Branson, and what better way to beat the heat than by having fun in the waters? Branson Missouri is the perfect summer destination for you. With all the water activities you can do in Branson, plus the live music shows, theme parks, shopping malls, the fun never ends. Get ready for the best summer of your life here in Branson Missouri.

Branson’s famous theme park, White Water, is a famous tourist destination during the summer. If the summer brings hot-headed people, worry no more because White Water is here to cure those summer woes. You can still have a grand time outdoors under the blazing sun with the fun adventure that White Water brings you. White Water is a part of Silver Dollar City, one of Branson’s prime amusement park. The entire water park is filled with more than 2 million gallons of water, all over this 13 acre land. There are also cabanas for rent, and there are four eateries for you to choose from so you would not have to go out of the park to cure your hunger.

White Water is a park for people of all ages. The park’s most popular rides are Aloha River, Kalani Towers, and the Coconut Cove. The Aloha River will take you to a South Pacific paradise where you ride past fountains, geysers, and you can also experience the 30 foot tall tiki tower as the highlight of this 800-foot long family ride. The Kalani Towers features 2 lanes for freefall body surfing and 4 lanes for water racing. This ride is so thrilling that you get to travel up to 40 mph through this 7.5-storey ride. The Coconut Cove is a popular attraction for the kids in White Water also because of the interactive sprays and shooting nozzles in a narrow pool. Child safety comes first in Coconut Cove, while also making sure that the kids have fun.

White Water is more than just a water park. You can also visit the Big Island Marketplace near the Aloha River. This is the place where you can buy snacks such as fruit cups, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pretzels, and nachos. Another place for your food trip in White Water is High Tide Hannah’s Island Café, where you can get chicken strips, cheeseburgers, salads, wraps, and a lot more. Surf’s Up Snacks is another place where you can re-energize after a tiring day in the park. For desserts, drop by Island Delights for treats such as soft serve cones, root beer floats and many others.

White Water is located off Highway 76, and is open from May to August. For tickets to Branson’s White Water, just call 1-855-350-8300. Stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort while you are in Branson so you are just minutes away from White Water. Thousand Hills offers you several lodging options that fit on your budget. Book your stay in Thousand Hills now by dialing 1-877-262-0430.

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Great Fall Activities in Branson

Table Rock Dam in the FallFall is a beautiful time of year in the Ozarks. The forested hills and ridge tops turn vibrant shades of orange, red, yellow and brown as the oak, hickory and sassafras trees prepare to lose their leaves, a cool twinge can be felt in the air, and the autumn breeze is full of cool weather smells! During this awesome time of year, there is no better place to be than in Branson, Missouri, to enjoy fall to the fullest. Read on for some great Branson fall activities to partake in around town!

Take a Cruise: To really take in the beauty of the Branson/Tri-Lakes area in the fall, book a cruise on the Showboat Branson Belle! This one of a kind lake cruise will give you a chance to truly appreciate the fall color of the Ozarks on the shores of Table Rock Lake. The Showboat Branson Belle has it all – dinner and a show on one of Branson’s most famous boats! This beautiful replicated steamboat was first launched in 1994 by way of two tons of bananas – the bananas were used as a lubricant to slide the huge 278 foot long boat from the lakeside shipyard into the water. It was a nine second slide and went off without a hitch, thanks to the bananas! Today, the Branson Belle carries her passengers around the lake on a two hour cruise that comes complete with a delicious three course meal and live entertainment! What a great way to enjoy the season!

Go Shopping: With the coming of fall comes the need for a wardrobe update to keep up with the cooler temperatures. Not to worry – you can find all the leggings, sweaters, jackets, skirts, sock hats and boots your heart desires at the Tanger Outlet Mall! Chico’s, Coach Men’s, The LOFT, Areopostale, American Eagle, Izod, Lane Bryant and more are all there to assist you with your autumn shopping. Be sure to check out the Yankee Candle store to find your favorite fall scent, and of course, visit The Fudgery for a tasty year round treat – fresh, homemade fudge!

Stay in a Cabin: What better Branson fall activity could there be than staying in a cabin? You can get close to nature without roughing it and get some amazing quality time with your family when you stay in a Thousand Hills Cabin at Grand Mountain! The Cabins at Grand Mountain can sleep anywhere from 2 to 16 people, making them perfect for a fall weekend getaway with your sweetheart, or an autumn family reunion. All the cabins are located just minutes from the heart of Branson, and feature fireplaces, jetted tubs, Wi-Fi and fully equipped kitchens – so you can have a great fall experience in the woods with all the luxuries of home!

These are just a few of the great Branson fall activities that you can enjoy. Hiking, area festivals, autumn fishing – the sky is the limit!

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Shopping Made Fun in Branson Missouri



While most people know Branson to be the Live Music Show Capital of the World, there are still a lot more about Branson waiting to be discovered by you. For one, shopping in Branson Missouri is already an adventure in itself, too. Branson has lots of malls and shopping places where you can have a unique experience everytime.

The Branson Landing is a famous shopping spot in the area because of the sight and shops you can get here. Branson Landing treats its shoppers to a water and fire show, and free concerts, too. This mall is located along the waterfront of Lake Taneycomo, so you can hop from one shop to another while enjoying e view and the ambiance. The shops you can find here are Bass Pro Shops, Belk Department Store, White House/Black Market, Chico’s, Ann Taylor Loft, among others.

One of the popular destinations here in Branson for the shoppers is Tanger Outlet Center. Being on a vacation should not stop you from updating your wardrobe and keeping you to date with the latest trends in fashion. Tanger Outlet Center lets you do just that. There are more than 65 brand name outlets to be found here, like New York & Company Outlet, Torrid, Polo Ralph Lauren, GAP, Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, Aeropostale, Levi’s, Eddie Bauer, Izod, Van Heusen, Skechers, and a lot more. There are also shops for the fashion-savvy kids, like Tommy Kids, The Children’s Place, Osh Kosh, Disney Store Outlet, Carter’s, and many others.

Another place to visit is Downtown Branson. People say that downtown is the soul of every small town, and Downtown Branson just lives up to this. Downtown Branson comes alive to give the shoppers what they want and need. There are many historic shops and retailers in this place that gives off a small town vibe. Most of the visitors of Downtown Branson are shoppers who are looking for great deals and unique items.

For the craft lovers, Branson has the malls for you, too. Visit the Branson Craft Mall to get unique items to give as gifts or to keep as souvenirs. Here you can find candlemakers, basket weavers, and a lot more. You can also score on a really antique musical instrument, a grandfather clock, and who knows what else you can find interesting in this place. Explore this place where the best craftsmen from all over America gather.

There are many other shopping places in Branson for you to explore. Book your trip to Branson now for a wonderful shopping experience. And while you are in Branson, stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. It is just s few minutes’ drive from the outlet malls of Branson so you can be in the comforts of your home after a long day of shopping. Inquire now about the lodging choices in Thousand Hills by calling 1-877-262-0430. 

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A Fun Time at the Table Rock State Park Marina



Aside from having the best live music shows all over the world, Branson Missouri is also known for the gifts of nature. Those who want to have adventure can have a grand time in the great Branson outdoors. The TriLakes Area in Branson is famous for the beautiful lakes, and the many water activities that people can enjoy. Take your family and friends with you as you go to Branson.

One place that you should visit is the Table Rock State Park Marina. At Table Rock, you can have a breathtaking sight and the best backdrop for a chill and relaxed morning or afternoon by the lake. Table Rock Lake Dam was built on the White River in 1958. Since then, it has provided the fishermen with tournament-worthy bass at any time of the year. Table Rock lake has a surface area of 52,300 acres, and it has 857 miles of shoreline. This boundary owned by Table Rock Lake right now is maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineer. The lake also provides power for the city of Branson.

Table Rock Lake is a man-made, warm water lake where several species can be found. Species such as the white bass, large mouth bass, small mouth bass, channel cat, black and white crappie, blue gill, and a lot more will provide the fishing enthusiasts with much enjoyment. This lake has also been a host to several Bass Master Tournaments all throughout the year, and it is also known to be one of the best bass lakes in America. There is also a Bass Pro Shop headquarters located less than an hour from the lake, so you won’t have to go far for your fishing needs. Table Rock is not only famous for bass fishing, but also for trout fishing. In fact, it is home for the state record brown trout.

Table Rock State Park Marina is perfect for a fishing spot, which means more father and son bonding moments. Fishing is not the only thing that will keep you busy while in the Table Rock State Park Marina. You can also water ski, swim, cruise, or just have a picnic at the shore of the lake. Hiking and biking around the lake have become famous activities for the guests, too.


Your Branson vacation is better capped off with the perfect lodging place. You can enjoy a comfortable stay at Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Several lodging options like Branson log cabins and Branson condos can be yours for your vacation. Thousand Hills is also located close to the Ozarks and Branson’s entertainment district, making it more convenient for you. As you plan your trip to Branson, don’t forget to book your trip at Thousand Hills. Call 1-877-262-0430 for more inquiries. 

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A Fun Family Day in Branson’s Track Family Fun Parks


A family day in Branson would normally involve seeing a live music show or a theater play. After all, Branson is named as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, so it would be just fitting to see a music show. When you are in Branson already, you will find out that there is much more than the entertainment that Highway 76 in Branson can bring. For your Branson family day, go to the theme parks in Branson like The Track Family Fun Parks.

The Track Family Fun Parks is a place for people of all ages. For those who want to have a speedy adventure, the Tracks Family Fun Park is the place to be. The park features three high-rise go-karts, each of them bringing you a unique experience. The Wild Woody (Track 3) and The Lumberjack (Track 5) are both wooden tracks, and riding these will make you feel like you are in a wooden roller coaster. The Heavy Metal Rise (Track 4) is a 4-storey high steel and concrete track. Go rock and roll with this track, and you also get to have a photo op at the stage. Aside from these tracks, you can also take on the classic go-karts, which are suitable for people of all ages. Other activities in the Tracks Family Fun Park are the high-speed sprint track, laser tag, bumper boats/cars, kids’ rides, the 100-foot tall skycoaster, and mini golf, and arcades.

Visit the Tracks Family Fun Park this year to try on the newest attraction in the park – the Route 76 Glow Golf. Track 5 just got even better with this attraction featuring blacklights and laser lights. It is a custom-designed 9-hole black light mini golf course featuring many of the mainstay sights in Branson. A new attraction for the guests is the Laser Maze Challenge whee they can navigate their way through laser webs, being careful enough not to touch them. Make your way past as many lasers as possible before the time runs out. The Laser Tag arena in the Tracks Family Fun Park is also made better with the major improvements to make it even more enjoyable. Track 5 also has the Fences with Battling Cages where there are four stations to throw 4 different speeds for both baseball and softball. Aside from these activities, your visit to the Tracks can also be a food trip with the sweet treats and snacks being sold in the area. Experience all these in all the Tracks locations without paying a single cent for gate admission charge. This means that the parents are free to watch over their kids enjoying the moment.

Plan your Branson trip now with e whole family. For more information regarding ticket prices, visit Recharge after a whole day of adventure at Tracks by staying some place close to it. Stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort where you can choose from several lodging options. Reserve your cabin or condo now by calling 1-877-262-0430. 

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Join the 2nd Annual Wheels For Freedom Car Show


The month of May always promises lots of activities, attractions, and new events for the tourists in Branson to enjoy. Aside from the live music shows in the area, you will realize that there is so much more that Branson has to offer. The upcoming events this May caters to people of all ages, so bring along the whole family in your trip to Branson for a fun family adventure.

Heads up to all the car lovers out there! Whether you are a car aficionado or not, you will surely enjoy the 2nd Annual Wheels for Freedom Car Show. This event will be held on the 17th of May and is hosted by the Branson Veterans Task Force. This car show salutes the Armed Forces Day and the modern day military personnel. There will be a pre-registration on May 16, and a meet and greet at 3 PM on the same day. The main program of the Wheels For Freedom Car Show happens on May 17. On May 18 is the awards day for the car show prizes, raffle winners, vendor sales, and lots of other prizes at stake for everyone. The awarding starts at 11 AM and some of the awards are Top Twenty, Best Military Theme, People’s Choice, and Mayor’s Choice.

Aside from these festivities, you can also attend the POW/MIA candlelight service on Friday night at 7 PM, and there will also be live music with dancing on Saturday night, 7 PM. The fee is only $5 per couple. A major ground rule for the festivities is no alcohol allowed on the premises. This is to ensure that everyone gets to have fun safely, and that the show would end with no mishaps or untoward incidents happening.

Come to the 2nd Annual Wheels For Freedom Car Show to learn more about a piece of Branson’s history and also to witness the different displays of vintage and modern cars. You get to have fun in this event, and you also get to have a chance to take home amazing prizes. Be in Branson this May to witness this unique event.

When you are in Branson, why not make the most out of it and experience the world-class entertainment that it can offer you? Catch live music shows and theater plays in Highway 76, shop at the famous outlet malls in Branson, go to world-class theme parks with the family, and a whole lot more. To make your stay in Branson even more convenient, book your stay at Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort to avail of various lodging choices, and to be close to Branson’s entertainment district. Reserve your units in Thousand Hills now to have that complete Branson experience.

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