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Search The Mystery of the Mystic Caverns in Branson


Are you someone who loves mysteries? For your vacation in Branson, expect not only theme park fun and the live music shows; you can also bring out the daredevil in you and seek the mysteries enveloping the hidden attractions in Branson.

The Mystic Caverns is a commercially operated show cave. It is located on the Newton Country and Boone County line, near Marble Falls and 8 miles south of Harrison, Arizona. The Mystic Caverns is still a part of the Ozark Mountains. It was during the 1830’s when this region had been settled. The original entrance to the Mystic Caverns was originally a dirt slope that is leading to a drop into the cave which reaches about 10 feet. When you visit the Mystic Caverns, you will see that the earliest physical evidence that it had been visited before dates back to 1919. You will in the cave the name of a certain Adam Kolbe, carved in one of the formations of the cave. During the year 1919, the Mystic Caverns was known as the “Mansion Cave” because of its large, open chambers. The tours in the Mystic Cavern as a commercial property started in 1928.

The present owners of the Mystic Caverns, Jim and Bob Gurley, placed a wooden ladder into the sinkhole entrance so it could be opened to the public for the first time. They also toured the tourists inside the cave using kerosene lamps as their light source. Presently, the Mystic Caverns is also known as the “Wild Horse Cave” because of the hand-carved, wooden horse which can be found in the ticket office. The visitors of the cave are in for a very interesting tour. In the tour, you get to go down the crude trail, go back up the steep Mill Creek canyon, and go up again to the cave entrance. The Mystic Caverns is also the second cave in Arkansas to open to the public.

The Oxyn Cave in Eureka Springs also opened to the public in the year 1893. It was then followed by Diamond Cave and Cosmic Caverns. As a commercial cave tour, the safety of the people is also ensured before, during, and after touring the caves. Visitors to the caves are handed overalls and kerosene lamps.

Why not take a tour of the Mystic Caverns now? This would be a perfect idea as the summer approaches. Discover the mystery inside the Mystic Caverns with your whole family or with your friends.

To make your vacation in Branson even more perfect aside from the spelunking, stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort for the ultimate luxury experience. You have various lodging options that you can choose from. Plan your trip to Branson now! For inquiries and maintenance, just call 1-877-262-0430.

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A Romantic Trip to Branson’s Titanic Museum


There is no other place that can offer you endless activities, excitement, and peace of mind than Branson Missouri. Branson is very well known for being the ultimate family vacation destination and for being the live entertainment capital of the world. There will never be a dull moment when you choose Branson as your getaway destination.

One of the most famous tourist attractions in Branson is the Titanic Museum. Visit this unique museum and find out more fun facts about the Titanic. Why is it unique, you may ask? The museum is shaped very much like the Titanic itself, so this would be the perfect place for you to visit if you are looking for something where you won’t get seasick. The Titanic Museum in Branson will also give you those nautical vibes, and also the nostalgic vibes.

If you have seen the movie Titanic, then a museum tour of the ship will bring back those memories you had with the movie. If you haven’t seen the movie, a museum tour would still be a great avenue for you to learn about the Titanic. Your tour in the Titanic Museum in Branson starts with you having a boarding pass. To make your tour an even exciting one, your boarding pass has a name of an actual crew or passenger of the Titanic. Remember that name as you will need it once your tour is done. Explore the museum as you wish to experience how it was to be a passenger of the Titanic before. You can explore the museum’s Grand Staircase, hallways, and passenger cabins. Not only that, you also get to visit the gallery of the museum featuring some real artifacts from the passengers of the Titanic. Some of these artifacts are even displayed exclusively in this Titanic Museum.

Another activity that you can do in this museum is to touch an actual iceberg! You can also try being the crew of the Titanic as you try to shovel coal in Titanic’s boiler room and send an SOS signal! The museum also features a sloping deck where you can experience the sinking of the ship, and sit in an actual lifeboat afterwards.

As your tour of the Titanic Museum ends, you can visit the Titanic Memorial Museum where 2,208 names of the passengers and crews of the actual Titanic ship are inscribed. You can check the name of the passenger or crew in your boarding pass to see if he or she survived the sinking of the Titanic. The museum also lets you hear the actual survivors of the Titanic as share their own tales of survival and hope.

For your trip to Branson, choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort as your lodging place. Not only will you be close to Branson’s entertainment district and Titanic Museum, you will also be treated to the peace and calmness that nature brings. Thousand Hills also offers you various lodging options to suit your needs. Visit Branson now to experience the Titanic Museum!

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Sights to See in Branson Scenic Railway


There is so much more to Branson than the live music shows that made it very famous. Aside from being the live entertainment capital of the world, it is also the ultimate family vacation destination in the Midwest. Branson is such a beautiful place that you would want to tour the whole city to see all the sceneries. Well, you are in luck because there is the Branson Scenic Railway to give you the total Branson experience for your vacation.

The Branson Scenic Railway was known as the White River Railway in the year 1902. The construction of the railroad was finished in 1905, costing as much as $12 million to lay 239 miles of track for the railroad. The Branson Scenic Railway runs through the rugged terrains of the Ozark Mountains. As they say, progress comes where the railroad is. And true enough, the city of Branson flourished greatly upon completion of the Branson Scenic Railway. The area was made open to the public, and since then it had registered a large influx of tourists.

It was in 1993 when the Branson Scenic Railway began its daily train excursions for the tourists. The train uses a working commercial railroad line for its travels. Train routes can go either north or south. Your experience in Branson Scenic Railway can be as spontaneous as spontaneous gets because the route that the train will take is determined just right before its departure. The northern trip of the Branson Scenic Railway can take you as far as Galena, Missouri in the James River Valley. On the other hand, the southern trip of the train can take you to Arkansas. Your tour in Missouri has a tour guide that also narrates the story of the areas where you will pass by. You will also get to know how the communities were before the railroad was built. The train tour will also let you see the original trestles and tunnels as you pass by southwest Missouri.

At present, the Branson Scenic Railway does 40 mile round trips through the Ozark Mountains. The train departs 3 to 4 times daily, taking you to locations that are not accessible to cars and other modes of transportation. Each round trip takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes, and you will surely learn interesting tidbits about the Ozarks. The passengers of the Branson Scenic Railway are encouraged to tour each of the rail cars. There are 3 dome cars to provide the passengers a panoramic view of the Ozarks and other Branson attractions.

Tours of the Branson Scenic Railway starts every March and ends in December. During Sundays of April to October, there is also a dinner train available through reservations. To reserve your tickets for the Branson Scenic Railway, go to

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Come and Visit the New Dewey Short Visitors Center


Branson is very well known for the live music shows that made it famous all over the world. Aside from being called the Live Entertainment of the World, Branson is also famous for its attractions and activities. It has been the premier vacation destination for families and for friends, too.

Theme parks, nature parks, and the live music shows are the things that many people think about Branson. Now, shopping in Branson has become a reason for the large influx of tourists, too. Not only can you have unique fashion finds and gift items in Branson, you can also get these items for a huge discount. Branson outlet malls have become quite a destination of its own already. One of the malls that shoppers in Branson always frequent is the New Dewey Short Visitors Center.

The Dewey Short Visitors Center is named after Congressman Dewey Jackson Short who was elected for twelve terms in office! Dewey Short was a supporter of the Table Rock Dam and he was also one of the people who funded the project. Branson locals have a lot to thank this man for, because today, the Dewey Short Visitors Center reflects the vision of both Dewey Short and of Table Rock Lake Dam.

Dewey Short Visitors Center is located off Highway 156, next to the Table Rock Dam. The visitors center is also situated on the shores of Table Rock Lake, one of Branson’s most beautiful lakes. The ambiance of Dewey Short Visitors Center’s environment is very inviting thus it attracts more tourists. It opened in April 2012 and since then it has been called as the "crown jewel” of Table Rock Lake. The visitors center in Table Rock Lake has an outdoor viewing deck, a walking path, and a small rock garden with a wooden bridge. The exterior of this place is so picturesque that it invites you to come inside and know more about Branson. Inside the Dewey Short Visitors Center, you can find a theater which features a film about the dam. It also houses The Discovery Shop, where you can find one-of-a-kind gift ideas for your loved ones. Local artists and craftsmen of Branson are the one who makes the products, such as jewelries and wood carvings, for sale in The Discovery Shop. Other items such as hats, t-shirts, and other Table Rock themed merchandise can be bought here.  

Dewey Short Visitors Center also features wall murals and educational displays about the history of Table Rock Dam. Other exhibits that you can find are about Indians, White River, hydroelectric dams, lakeside wildlife, and many others.

Your Branson vacation is made complete with a trip to the crowning jewel of Table Rock! Plan your trip to Branson now and include in it a visit to Dewey Short Visitors Center!

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Feel the Branson IMAX Experience


Your Branson vacation will surely be filled with lots of live music shows and a taste of the Branson outdoors. But Branson is so much more than this. It has a lot to offer you so you can enjoy your vacation more. For one, Branson also has the best shopping malls where you can grab some great finds at the best bargain. One famous mall in Branson is the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex.

The Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex offers the movie goers a really unique experience. This mall has a giant IMAX screen, standing at six stories tall and measuring 83 feet wide. How’s that for a movie viewing experience with the whole family and friends? The theater also features 22,000 watts of surround sound so you feel every bit of the movie you are watching. Another cinema house in the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex is the Elite Cinema III. This is the place for you to go if you want to catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters. The Elite Cinema III gives you a comfortable movie viewing experience with their oversized seats and Tempur-Pedic foam seat pads. Who would not want to enjoy watching their favorite movie while feeling very much at home?

The Branson Entertainment Complex also offers you something beyond a great movie experience. It also gives you live music shows that music lovers will surely enjoy. Throughout the year, the IMAX Entertainment Complex in Branson has live shows that features local musical talents, as well as those nationally famous artists. Some of the shows that you might catch in the IMAX Comlex are the Petersen Family Bluegrass Band, Johnny Cash Songbook, A Tribute to John Denver, Hank Williams Revisited, Smoke on the Mountain, Sanders Family Christmas, A Tribute to Marty Robbins, and Patsy Cline Remembered.

Not only do you get a movie and music adventure when you visit Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex, you can also experience the best shopping adventure. There are 17 specialty shops in IMAX to give you unique and limited edition items. Your visit to Branson’s IMAX Complex is most especially suited for the Christmas shopping since this is one place where you can find gift ideas that are out of the box. Some of the shops you can find in the Branson IMAX Complex are D&D Leather, Fabulous Finds, Kelly’s World Famous Eucalyptus Oil, Ozark Mountain Quilts, Mini Masseuse, Fashion Liquidators, The Shadow Box, and many more. With these shops, you will surely find something for everyone.

Of course, your adventure in the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex would not be complete if you haven’t had some food to fill your tummy. Branson IMAX houses McFarlain’s Family Restaurant which serves burgers, chicken sandwiches, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and many more. There are also other restaurants such as Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano and Montana Mike’s Steakhouse, located near Branson IMAX.

For your lodging needs, make sure you stay close to Branson IMAX. Choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort’s lodging options to make your vacation even more convenient and perfect. 

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Watch and Enjoy the Buck Trent Show in Branson


Branson is well known worldwide for the live music shows, the Branson attractions, and the sceneries. These are the main reasons why the tourists keep on coming back. One of the most watched shows in Branson is the Buck Trent Show, which have been pleasing their audiences for more than two decades already. For your Branson vacation, make sure to catch the Buck Trent Show. For now, find out what you can expect from this spectacular show in Branson.

Buck Trent is a veteran in the business. Having been in it for more than 20 years, he has mastered the art of entertaining people coming from across the globe. Buck Trent has been entertaining millions of people already, and these people like him for that. He is one talented man, blessed with the musical talent and pure charisma. Buck Trent can sing – and he does it very well. Not only is he an exceptional singer, he is also a banjo player. His banjo playing has also been the reason why his audience is very amused. So if you want to witness pure musical talent, coupled with charm, watch the Buck Trent Show in Branson.

Because of his natural talent and love for music, Buck Trent’s performances tend to come out as passionate. That same passion that he has for performing also radiates to his audience so they feel more involved in the show. Buck Trent is also a recipient of numerous awards. Some of his awards are CMA Instrumentalist of the Year for two years, and also an Instrumentalist of the Year at the Music City Awards also for two years. It was in the year 1981 when Buck Trent did his first show in Branson. Trent loved the town. It was in 1991 when he decided to settle in Branson and opened the Buck Trent Show. He was the first nationally known performer to ever open a morning show in Branson. Since then, Buck Trent was unstoppable. Mornings in Branson now are even made better when you start it off with the Buck Trent Show. His show is so full of energy and fun that it is hard not to be affected by it. His fans also love the variety show that he brings to his audience, especially the country and bluegrass music.

For your Branson vacation, make sure to catch his morning show and you can also try getting an autograph from him during the intermission or after the show. If you want to stay a little closer to Buck Trent, why not avail of the nightly rentals in Thousand Hills Golf Resort? Buck Trent is just chilling on the greens of Thousand Hills during regular days. You can also try to play a game of golf with him!

Make your Branson vacation even more exciting with Buck Trent and Thousand Hills Golf Resort! 

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A Branson Cabin to Keep You Cozy and Warm


Your visit to the live entertainment capital of the world can be made more memorable and fun by giving you the best experience and a comfortable stay in the city, too. Branson Missouri has a lot to offer you with all its family friendly activities and attractions. You will surely have a blast in Branson to make your vacation the best one you will have.

Branson Missouri is home to the best theme parks, nature parks, and other recreational places. The live music shows in Branson are what made the place famous worldwide. Get ready to see energetic performances and exceptional versions of the most popular hits of yesterday and today. You can also have a great time doing shopping and dining out since Branson has the best outlet malls and restaurants. Get the best deals and big discounts in the outlet malls, and have a sumptuous meal after a long day. Whatever you are craving for, you will surely find a Branson restaurant to satisfy that. Treat the whole family to a Branson vacation to have some quality time and fun moments together.

To make your vacation in Branson more convenient and comfortable for you, why not rent a Branson cabin for the duration of your stay in Branson? The best Branson cabins you can probably find are in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. These comfy and luxurious Branson cabins are located in the most convenient location – just minutes away from Branson attractions and entertainment district, 76 Country Music Boulevard. The cabins in Thousand Hills are also made of Colorado cut spruce logs to give you that rustic ambiance. These cabins are also located in the woods of the Ozarks so you are assured of a calming and tranquil scenery. This winter season, let not the chill get in the way of you and your family enjoying the outdoors as you get warm and cozy in your own Branson cabin.

When it comes to amenities that it offers you, these cabins give you more than what you need. You can have access to the swimming pool, or you can also take a dip in the cabin bathroom’s Jacuzzi tub. All bedrooms are also fully furnished with luxurious linens, cable TVs equipped with premium cable channels, and a lot more. The spacious living room of the cabin also has a DVD player, along with a TV, for you not to miss movie nights with the family, or with your special someone. There is also a fully equipped kitchen so you can prepare your own meals to save some bucks. You can even have some time for yourself in the cabin’s private deck. Share your exciting and memorable experiences in Branson and Thousand Hills to your friends from all over the country using the cabin’s free high-speed wireless internet.

Plan a trip to Branson now and make Thousand Hills your first choice in lodging. For reservations and inquiries, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Why Have A Branson Condo Rental


Are you planning to have a Branson vacation? If you say yes, then this must be one of the best decisions you will ever make. Not only will you be rejuvenated from all the stress and worries, you will also be treated to a days of fun and adventure! Branson is truly the premier vacation destination of the Midwest.

You are coming to Branson for your vacation, so you might as well plan for your lodging place to make your vacation experience even more perfect. For your Branson vacation, make Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort as your lodging partner. Thousand Hills has a very convenient location in Highway 76. You can stay close to Branson’s entertainment district, which means you can’t miss Branson’s greatest shows anymore! You can also experience fun in Branson’s famous theme park, Silver Dollar City, and in the countless nature parks. Shopping and dining still will not be a problem as restaurants and malls abound the area. Thousand Hills is also situated close to the Ozark Mountains, so you are still assured of some peace and quiet when you come to your home away from home. This is the perfect location – staying close to city for convenience, but far from the city for a relaxing atmosphere.

Thousand Hills Golf Resort offers you various lodging options. One of which is the Branson condos. If you are coming to Branson in large groups, then renting a condo unit for your lodging needs will prove to be the more practical choice. Maybe you have been used to renting multiple hotel rooms, and you tend to visit these rooms to check up on each other. By renting a condo unit, you don’t need to do that anymore. Live in one place with all your loved ones so you could check up on each other easily. The Branson condo rentals in Thousand Hills also gives you lots of first-class amenities that are similar to those in hotels – maybe even better!

When you avail of Branson condo rentals in Thousand Hills, you already have a fully furnished condo unit to call your home for the vacation. It has fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, which also features king sized beds and a Jacuzzi tub. The condo unit also has a fully equipped kitchen for you to cook your own meals if you do not want to dine outside. The rooms in the condo units are also very spacious. Its living room is also spacious enough, which makes it a perfect spot for some time to catch up with each other’s lives. There is also a private patio or deck where you can have some quiet alone time. Your Branson condo rental in Thousand Hills also comes with swimming pool access, televisions with premium cable channels in all bedrooms, free wireless internet and many more!

These Branson condo units come in 1 bedroom units to 5 bedroom units. Choose your Branson condo unit in Thousand Hills Golf Resort now to make your vacation the best one ever! 

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Why Visit Branson’s Bull Shoals Lake


There is nothing like the serene feeling of being near beautiful bodies of water. Branson is one place that never runs out of the wonders of nature, including the pristine bodies of water in this area. Branson is very famous for its beautiful lakes, which have become a tourist attraction of its own, too. Some of the famous lakes in Branson are Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, Bull Creek, Roark Creek, the Little Sac River, the James River, and the Pomme de Terre River. One of Branson’s best lakes is the Bull Shoals Lake, where a lot of fun lake activities are waiting for you!Bull Shoals Lake

The Bull Shoals Lake is a man-made lake in southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. This lake is part of Branson’s TriLakes Area, and is also controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers. Bull Shoals Lake’s main area for its activities is located in Arkansas in Baxter County and Marion Country. Get to know more about the activities you can do in Bull Shoals Lake for your vacation in Branson.

Boating is one of the most popular activities that you can do in Bull Shoals Lake. This place has multiple boat docks where the avid boaters can weigh anchor and set sail. Bull Shoals Lake ensures the safety of every guest by making sure they comply first with the boating safety rules. The Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock also offers rental services of its WaveRunners and boats. You can also avail of a guided lake fishing trip. The Boat Dock also has rentals of houseboats and scuba gears. Aside from these, the Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock also gives you a full floating marina store, wherein the guests can buy fishing equipment like rods and steels, marine hardware, clothing, sunglasses, snacks, and many others. You can also buy skis, wave boards, and knee boards in here.

You can also try bass fishing in Bull Shoals Lake. Fishing is increasingly becoming a popular activity in the lake, as it is home to several species like striped bass, black bass, catfish, walleye, crappie, and trout. There are a lot of varieties of fish in this lake, so you can have endless possibilities on what species you can catch.

Scuba diving is also one of the activities that you can do in Bull Shoals Lake. For the scuba divers, Bull Shoals for them is called the “Carribean of the Midwest”. Diving in Bull Shoals caters to different levels of expertise – from the beginner level to the expert level. There are also a lot of mapped dive sites that you would want to explore.

Your visit to the Bull Shoals Lake will definitely be something that will be memorable to you and to your loved ones. Come over now, and experience fun in Branson’s lakes!

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Plan a Trip to Mount Pleasant Winery


Branson is popularly known to tourists for its unlimited attractions and activities. While you may be used to associating Branson Missouri with theme parks and live music shows, then you should also know that there can be more to Branson than those. For the wine lovers out there, or for the people who would be interested to learn something new, Branson has the perfect attraction for you.

Another attraction that you can visit in Branson is the Mount Pleasant Winery. This place is a fresh break from Branson’s exciting theme parks. In here, you get to learn something new and you might even develop that love for wines. The Mount Pleasant Winery was founded in the year 1859 and it opened its original winery location in the Augusta Appellation. The Augusta Appellation is the first government appointed wine growing district in the entire United States, and up to this day, the Mount Pleasant Winery is still going strong.

The Branson location of the winery is located in an off beaten path and is far away from the live music shows that are happening along the Strip. The Mount Pleasant Winery in Branson opened in April 2008, and it treats the guests to wine tasting and winery tours daily. For the wine tasting part, Mount Pleasant Winery charges $5 for some of the winery’s Estate wines. If you are interested in knowing more about the world of wines, you can also avail of Mount Pleasant Winery’s Wine 101 classes. In these classes, you get to learn about the workings of wines, how to perfectly pair wine with food, and many others. After the class, you also get to have your wine glass souvenir courtesy of Mount Pleasant Winery. The rates for the classes are at $15 per person and are available on Wednesdays at 2 PM and Saturdays at 11 AM.

The Mount Pleasant Winery also has a souvenir shop so you can choose a souvenir you want to take home. You have a choice to bottle the wine you have concocted so you can let the people back home taste it. You can also sign and date the bottle to make it even more special and memorable. It could even be the perfect gift for your special someone, too!

For your Branson vacation and visit to Mount Pleasant Winery, book your stay at Thousand Hills Golf Resort! This is where you can have the best lodging options in Branson. Say goodbye to the usual hotel rooms, and say hello to Branson log cabins, Branson golffront condos, and Branson lakefront condos. Make your visit to Branson a really exciting one! Visit and for more inquiries. 

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