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Branson Restaurants: Easy On Your Budget

Everybody knows what it is like to be a little tight on cash. Maybe you have taken a pay cut, maybe you are in between paychecks, or maybe you have just made a big investment. Regardless, everyone will experience the feeling of a sparse budget at some point or another in their lifetime. During those times, though, it can still be nice to have a treat like a meal out on the town. Luckily for those in and around the Tri-Lakes area, there is always a Branson restaurant that is easy on your budget – no matter what it is! So bring your appetite to one of these tasty eateries.

Steak n Shake: Steak n Shake, located off of West Highway 76, right across from the old Celebration City, is a great family friendly Branson restaurant that will leave both your stomach and your wallet full! Featuring old (and a few new!) fashioned favorites, Steak n Shake has something on the menu for everyone. A popular choice at this neat diner is the $4 meal, featuring one of several burger options, like the Garlic Burger and the Jamaican Jerk Burger, and their famous French fries. If you like a little bit of tang with your burger, try the Frisco Melt – it is two beef burger patties, topped with Swiss cheese and a tangy Frisco sauce. For folks who like hot dogs more than burgers, Steak n Shake has beef franks available too – these come topped with guacamole, chili and more. Don’t forget the milkshake! Red Velvet, Cookie Dough and Strawberry Banana are just a few of the delicious shake options – be sure to watch for seasonal shakes too!

Applebee’s: For a variety that is out of this world and won’t break the bank, take a meal at Applebee’s on Highway 76 across from Dixie Stampede! For a cheap date, or a meal with a friend, try their two for $20 menu option – you will get two entrees and one appetizer to share, all for just twenty bucks! You can pick from items like Creamy Chicken Parmesan, a seven ounce sirloin, Oriental Chicken Salad, and more. Kids can pick from their own menu, with healthy and tasty choices like Chicken Grillers, Quesadillas and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Try some Dessert Shooters to top off your meal with a sugary finish that will linger on your taste buds!

Charley’s Grilled Subs: Looking for an inexpensive lunch option? Make a trip to the Branson Landing and grab a sandwich from Charley’s Grilled Subs! With an award winning Philly Cheese Steak Sub and crisp, tasty, old fashioned lemonade, it is a great place to grab a bite without dropping a lot of cash. The authentic, fresh, healthy ingredients used by this Branson restaurant will make you feel good about spending your hard earned and well-budgeted money there. Don’t forget to add some fries to your meal!

These are just a few of the places where you can treat yourself – and your wallet – to a meal in Branson. Look around, experiment with what you like and can afford!

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The Heart of Branson – ‘The Strip’

What does ‘The Strip’ in Branson, Missouri, live entertainment capital of the Midwest, mean to you? For locals, it means traffic jams during tourist season, and the opportunity to take advantage of strategically placed alternate routes to get back and forth to work. For repeat Branson visitors, it means a wealth of shows, shops, hotels and restaurants all within a few blocks of each other. For business owners, it means having a prime location to market their wide variety of venues. For Branson newcomers, it may not mean anything. So what is The Strip, you ask? Read on for some history, facts and future plans for the Branson Strip!

So what exactly is the road referred to as The Strip, and where is it? The Branson Strip is the local name given to Highway 76, or 76 Country Music Boulevard, that runs east to west right through the heart of Branson. This road goes as far east as the Branson Landing, and as far west as, well, Branson West. All along the way, you will find stores, shows, eateries, places to stay and so much more that adds to the aura of one of the biggest vacation hotspots in the United States. Many of all of these great venues are within walking distance of each other – many visitors will simply walk from their hotel, to dinner, to a show and then back! Despite the millions of visitors that cruise The Strip each year, having everything in such close proximity helps keep a small town feel and charm that people love to experience.

The Strip first became popular in the 1950s to 1960s. It was around this time that the Presley family moved their bluegrass themed show, Presley’s Country Jubilee, onto Highway 76. They were followed shortly after by the Baldknobber show, and then the Plummer family show in 1968. All of these shows featured a bluegrass twist, which really attracted a lot of folks, since bluegrass was virtually unheard of anywhere but the Ozarks. The Branson Strip continued to grow, and in the late 1980s, commerce on this now famous highway exploded. The outlet mall was established, the first Ozark Mountain Christmas festival took place, and the Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hills opened, and quickly became a landmark on the west end of The Strip for all of Branson to see. Today, The Strip is one of the most traveled roads in the United States!

Since The Strip is such an integral part of Branson, the mayor and the city are preparing to take on an exciting project to revamp the famous Highway 76 even more. The Spirit of 76 Project will reconfigure the street to be safer, more attractive, and more accessible to all travelers, whether they are motorists, cyclists, or travelers afoot. The community is strongly encouraged to participate in sharing their ideas for the Spirit of 76 Project. The city wants to have fun with the design process, and to be creative while coming up with realistically possible ideas that will improve The Strip for the better. Want to get involved? Visit to play your part in the process and leave your mark on The Branson Strip!

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Spend Your Best Christmas Moments in Branson


Branson gained its popularity by being dubbed as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. The best live music shows and theater plays can be found here. Aside from this, Branson also has lots of family friendly attractions and activities in its theme parks, nature parks, museums, lake areas, and a lot more. This Christmas season, Branson is your winter wonderland by giving you the best Christmas experience.

Christmas time is the best time to visit the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest. Christmas in Branson starts as early as November. As you visit Branson this December, you are in for more treats for the whole family. If you are looking to tour the city of Branson in December, you can take part in the Branson Festival of Lights and the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights until the 31st of December. See the beautiful lights display around the town as you tour the whole city. You have several options for the tour. You can opt to take your own car, take Ride the Ducks, hop on a Trolley, or tour the city aboard a grand limousine. The Shepherd of the Hills Expressway also becomes a drive-through where you can see marvelous lights dioramas and other Christmas displays. You can also get a ride to the top of the Inspiration Tower to have a breathtaking view of the Branson night lights.

Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most famous theme park, also joins in the Christmas fun in Branson. it hosts the Old Time Christmas festival where guests can get to celebrate the holidays in an old school way. The park also has several shows and musicals like It’s A Wonderful Life, The Nativity, and a lot more. Take a stroll around the park and take a break with a nice cup of hot chocolate. You can also tick off some items in your Christmas shopping list by visiting the shops in Silver Dollar City, too. The Old Time Christmas festival in Silver Dollar City runs from November 1 to December 31.

Other events to look forward to if you spend Christmas in Branson is the 66th Annual Adoration parade and Lighting Ceremony which will be on December 7. This event is a local favorite because it signals the beginning of the holidays in Branson. The shows in Branson are also in line with the Christmas theme so you can expect the hundreds of live shows and theater plays in Branson to uplift anyone’s Christmas spirit. Aside from these, shopping in Branson may also be considered underrated but the holidays will give you more reasons to make shopping a priority in Branson because of the big discounts and great finds. Watch out for the pre-Christmas sales in Branson’s outlet malls!

Christmas in Branson is one where you can make the special moments with your family and loved ones. Whether you are with the family, or with your special someone, or you are going single, Branson is the perfect place for your Christmas this year.

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Ride The Ducks this Holiday Season


The holidays in Branson Missouri is sure to be fun and exciting because of the many activities and new attractions in the area. The Christmas season in Branson is most definitely the most festive of all the seasons. Branson transforms into a Christmas heaven with all the lights and Christmas displays all over the town. You can see malls, restaurants, theme parks, museums, and homes embellished with colorful Christmas lights. With all these eye candy treats in Branson, wouldn’t it be nice to take a tour around the area so you can see every Christmas display there is to see?

If you visit Branson without your own car, you can still take a tour around Branson. In fact, Branson offers you a unique and fun way to get around the area and to see the magnificent night lights in the town. Ride the Ducks is one of Branson’s unique attractions which enables you to take a tour around Branson – by land and by lake. Ride the Ducks uses a marine vehicle that will take you across the landscapes of the Ozarks and let you explore the lakes area of Branson, too. The vehicle was called a “duck” for its amphibian nature because it can thrive on both land and water. This vehicle is proven to be very safe for tours. Its speed in the water can reach up to 7 mph to make sure that you have a peaceful ride.

The duck tours in Branson typically lasts for about 60 to 70 minutes long, and each tour spends 25 minutes in the waters. Tickets for the Ride the Ducks are mostly bought in advance because of the high demand for this attraction. Get $3 savings when you book a tour before 11 AM. You can also have your Ride the Ducks tickets bundled with tickets for Dixie Stampede or the Titanic Museum for more Branson fun. For advanced ordering of tickets, just visit or call 1-877-887-8225. You can also get your tickets personally by visiting Duck Central on the Strip or the ticket kiosk at Branson Landing. Ride the Ducks also accommodates groups, so you can make your reunion or field trip to Branson even more memorable. A duck vehicle can board up to 35 people, and there are 18 duck vehicles available. Some Branson restaurants also offer a meal package along with your duck tour.

If you are planning for your Branson tour to last for more than a day, then you need a lodging place that is close to the heart of Branson. Book your stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort, as it is very near the city of Branson as well as the Ozark Mountains too. You get to have convenience by being near all the main attractions, plus you get to have a very relaxing ambiance. For inquiries and reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430. 

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Now is the Perfect Time to Be in Silver Dollar City


All year round fun is Branson’s promise to its guests and locals. True enough, Branson has lived up to its promise of giving the people world-class fun and entertainment with its spectacular live music shows and thrilling theme parks. Branson is also known for its year-long lineup of festivals that will surely make the people come back for more fun.

One of Branson’s greatest asset in drawing a large number of tourists is Silver Dollar City. This 1880’s themed amusement park is a staple destination for most of the tourists of Branson. Silver Dollar City has been thrilling people since the 1960s, and up to the present, it never fails to give that jolt of excitement to everybody. This family friendly attraction in Branson features more than a dozen thrill rides and attractions, demonstrating craftsmen, more than 40 shows, and lots of shops and restaurants.

Silver Dollar City’s season runs from mid-March up to December 31. This December, you can experience the Silver Dollar City kind of fun by paying a visit to this amusement park and craft village. If you visit Silver Dollar City now, you are just in time for the Old Time Christmas festival. This Christmas festival features magnificent Christmas lights display and other attractions and activities. The park is also adorned with a giant Christmas tree, and Christmas carols resound all throughout Silver Dollar City.

If the weather permits during the winter season, you can also enjoy most of the rides in Silver Dollar City. There are more than 30 rides and attractions in the park for you to enjoy. Try the world-class roller coaster, steam engine train rides, giant swings, and a lot more. To ease yourself from all the excitement brought about by the park, Silver Dollar City also lets you in free shows that typically last for 20 to 25 minutes. This winter, these shows are mostly about Christmas. You can also do your Christmas shopping in Silver Dollar City’s shops. Find unique and personalized gifts for your loved ones from the crafts in Silver Dollar City. This theme park also offers you great food to provide you with more energy for exploring the park. In fact, Silver Dollar City is known to have the best theme park food in America. Some of the restaurants that you must try are Eva and Delilah’s Bakery, Buckshot Annie’s Skillet Cookery, The Ribhouse, and Aunt Polly’s.

Whatever month or season you may decide to visit Silver Dollar City, you are in for a treat with the exciting activities and attractions waiting for you. For more information about Silver Dollar City, just visit

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Branson is a Cool Place to Visit this Winter


Any season promises you a great time when you visit Branson Missouri. Aside from being known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World for its music shows, it has also become the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest because of its festivals, theme parks, museums, and a lot more. Winter in season is no different as it still promises you a lot of things to enjoy. There may be no fun under the sun, but the cold weather in Branson will surely open up new opportunities for enjoying the holidays.

There is a lot to look forward to when you visit Branson this winter. Lots of special events and festivals are waiting for you so why not bring along the whole family and your loved ones as you explore Branson and all its perks. Branson is also a good place to be in for those who want to visit alone. There are lots of serene places in the area, and the festivals are also a good venue to meet and mingle with other people.

One event that you should not miss out on is the Branson Hot Winter Fun. This is happening from January to February, and it is the answer to your winter blues. Hot Winter Fun this 2014 promises new shows and shops that will stay open during the Hot Winter Fun Season. Another attraction that you could visit is the area museums in Branson. Museums such as the world’s largest Branson Titanic Museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, and the Veterans Museum provide you with a fun learning experience as you get to know more about the history behind the most trivial things.

Another thing to keep you busy this winter season in Branson is the After Christmas Sales in Branson. Starting December 26, you can visit the shops to score more deals and big discounts. It may be a day late with Christmas but you can always still give something as a late Christmas present to your loved ones and yourself. Visit the outlet malls and Branson Landing starting December 26. If you stay in Thousand Hills, you also get to have coupons that you can use in the Branson malls.

For movie lovers, there is also the Branson IMAX Film Festival. This is a month-long celebration that features the latest technology in film-making and IMAX presentations. From March to April 2014 at the IMAX Entertainment Complex, movie enthusiasts can visit the IMAX Complex for some treats on the big screen. For sports fans, there is also the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship. This will be held in the College of the Ozarks on mid-March.

Spend your winter season here in Branson for a cool experience. For your lodging needs, choose to stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort to have convenience, comfort, and a lot of perks for the winter season. For inquiries and reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430.



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A Visit to the Branson Titanic Museum for the Holidays


Branson is greatly famous for its live music shows and world-class theme parks. Aside from that, Branson also boasts of its variety of museums that people of all ages will definitely enjoy. This holiday season, as a great influx of tourists is to be expected, your visit to Branson should be planned out in advance to avoid inconvenience on your part. While you are planning for your itinerary in Branson, don’t forget of one of Branson’s most unique attractions – the Branson Titanic Museum.

The Titanic Museum in Branson is not very hard to spot. The museum itself is a replica of the Titanic that first set sail. It is like going for a boat ride, except that you won’t get that seasick feeling. If you have been watching the movie Titanic, too, then everything inside this museum will be very familiar to you.

As you enter the museum, you are given a boarding pass that will serve as your ticket. The pass contains some personal information about an actual passenger of the Titanic during its maiden voyage back then. As you go inside the museum, you will notice the replica of the Grand Staircase, which will make you feel that you are in a movie scene. You can also explore the hallways and passenger cabins in the Titanic ship.

Just like other museums, the Titanic museum also houses a number of galleries. Here you can see more than 400 personal artifacts from the passengers. Many of these are on display only here in the Branson Titanic Museum. The museum also has an exhibit that the guests can catch all year-round. For this year, the exhibit is the Tribute to Musicians, where the 8 noble musicians in the sinking of the Titanic are honored and remembered.

There are lots of other attractions in the museum itself. You can touch an actual iceberg, experience how it is to be in 28 degrees water, how to shovel coal in the boiler room to keep the engine going, send an SOS signal, be in a sloping deck that imitates the sinking of the ship, and sit in a real lifeboat, too. You can also listen to the stories of the survivors of the Titanic tragedy.

At the end of the tour, you can visit the Titanic Memorial Room where 2,208 names are carved. These are the names of all the passengers and crew members who were aboard the Titanic on that uneventful night. You can check the name on your boarding pass to know that person’s fate.

Since it’s Christmas time, expect more surprises from the Titanic Museum in Branson. For tickets to the Titanic museum, just call 1-800-381-7670.

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Jumpstart Your Christmas Season with the Branson Area Festival of Lights


Christmas in Branson starts as early as November. At the start of November, there are already celebrations around Branson. You can even see beautiful Christmas lights in Branson that sets the whole city into a festive mood. Everyone in Branson is anticipating the coming of Christmas and with that, the idea of having a Branson Area Festival of Lights was born.

Nothing says “It’s Christmas time” that the sparkling multi-colored lights, Christmas displays, and the presence of a Christmas tree. You can find all that here in Branson. From November 1, 2014 up to December 31, 2014, you can visit Branson and enjoy the Branson Area Festival of Lights. Soak up in the magic brought about by the Christmas season as the Festival of Lights sets every part of Branson aglow. Everyone is in for a treat this November to December because of the countless activities and attractions that are exclusive for Christmas.

Get ready for the fabulous shows and dazzling lights in Branson. The shows in Branson theaters at this time of the year are mostly about the upcoming Christmas season. You can also enjoy early Christmas at the outlet malls in Branson. Many of the shops in Branson also decorate their stores in line with the Christmas theme and some even offer big discounts! Your vacation in Branson Missouri as a Christmas celebration will definitely be an awesome one with the whole family. This might just be the best Christmas that you can give them.

The center of attraction in Branson is the Branson Area Festival of Lights Drive-Through. You can take your family to a tour of this magnificent one-mile drive along a path that is lit up with more than 175 Christmas displays. This Festival of Lights Drive-Through is located off the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Roark Valley Road. The Drive-Through is also open daily to everyone, from dusk until 11 PM. This is one family event that will be truly unique and exciting.

Your family vacation in Branson could be made even more perfect by choosing the right lodging place. Come to Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort for convenience and comfort. It is located very near Branson’s entertainment district and shopping malls. You can also feel the cold Christmas air in the lodging places in Thousand Hills because it is also close to the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake. Choose from a variety of lodging units like the Branson log cabin, Branson golf front condo, or a Branson lakefront condo. Spend Christmas with the complete family as you say goodbye to renting multiple hotel rooms. Reserve your units now for your vacation in Branson. Just call 1-877-262-0430 for more inquiries.

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Find the Best Branson MO Lodging for your Christmas Vacation


Your vacation in Branson MO is sure to be a great one since there are lots of new activities and attractions for you this Christmas season. Prepare for even more spectacular live music shows as the performers go all out for their Christmas performances. People can also enjoy the different events hosted by theme parks, nature parks, and other attractions.

You can take a tour around Branson to see the Branson Area Festival of Lights. You can also have an adventure with the whole family as you go to Branson’s premier theme park, Silver Dollar City. Silver Dollar City hosts the Old Time Christmas festival. Of course, there are a lot more Christmas activities that you can enjoy. But first things first, will you enjoy as much when you get to your lodging place in Branson?

Thousand Hills Golf Resort can say yes to that. Thousand Hills offers you various lodging options so you can choose whatever best suits you and your family for your vacation. It is located close to Branson’s entertainment district and shopping malls. Watching your favorite Branson shows and doing your early Christmas shopping has never been any easier than this! Choose from the best Branson MO lodging – Branson cabins, Branson condos, and Branson Table Rock Lake condos.

For those who are going for the secluded and rustic atmosphere, the Branson cabin is perfect for you. For those who wants to a sea of green for their unit, you can have a Branson condo. This is perfect also especially for golf lovers since the units are a short walk away from the prized golf course of Thousand Hills. People who like to chill in the morning air and live in luxury can get the Branson Table Rock Lake condo. These lakefront condos in Branson MO are definitely one of the most popular options compared to other hotels and resorts in Branson MO.

These lodging units already comes with a mini kitchen, separate living room, and a king sized. Your bathtime is also more relaxing with the Whirlpool Jacuzzi tub. As promised, you will also be entertained in these units since there is free high-speed wireless internet, cable TV with premium cable channels, and a lot more. Have the time of your life by getting a lodging place in Branson MO for your vacation. Whether you are going with your family, or with your special someone, you are sure to find the right home away from home for you. For inquiries and reservations, just dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Catch the 66th Annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony


Branson is known for being the best vacation spot in the Midwest because of the spectacular music shows, thrilling theme parks, and the best shopping malls and restaurants. It is also known to most of Branson’s visitors that it is one place where festivals are celebrated in a grand way. This Christmas season is no exception for a grandiose celebration in Branson.

Christmas is a holiday with a lot of traditions in Branson. The Branson locals take these holidays seriously and strive so that the tradition lives on. One of these celebrations is the Annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony. This year marks the 66th celebration of this ceremony. Branson guests from all over the country troop to Branson to support this event. The 66th Annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony takes place on December 7, 2014 at Historic Downtown Branson.

The ceremony starts with the annual lighting of the largest area for a nativity seen that you will ever see. This spot where the nativity scene is lit up also overlooks the Lake Taneycomo to add more beauty to the famous Christmas scene. After the lighting of the nativity scene, the whole ceremony comes to a close with a large community gathering. You will also witness a parade that will make your mood even more festive and joyous.

The 66th Annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony is for the people who believe in Christmas, and especially to the people who have lost faith in the meaning of Christmas. This inspirational community event will definitely bring back your childhood Christmas longing by showing everyone that togetherness is the goal of Christmas. It is in this event where people set aside their individual differences and come together to celebrate as one. This ceremony will also make you stop for a while in your busy schedule and let you reflect on the beauty of the nativity story. This is a night where everyone is a star.

Come and celebrate the Christmas season in Branson. To kick it off, you can start by going to the 66th Annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony in Historic Downtown Branson. Join the entire community as everyone celebrates the story of Christmas.

For your lodging needs on your Christmas vacation in Branson, choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort where you have a variety of choices for your lodging. It is also situated very close to Downtown Branson so coming to the parade and lighting ceremony will surely be a breeze for you. Thousand Hills is also located near the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake, so you can feel relaxed and at peace with the cool ambiance set by nature. Call Thousand Hills now at 1-877-262-0430 for inquiries and reservations. 

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