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It’s Time For A White Water Summer



Summer should not be spent sulking about how bad the heat is. Why not turn it around and make it a fun experience for you? Go out and have fun under the sun! Your summer vacation is best spent in Branson Missouri, where the fun never ends. This summer, get into the endless activities and attractions in Branson. Beat the summer heat with a trip to Branson’s White Water!

White Water is a part of the Silver Dollar City theme park, Branson’s most famous amusement park. In White Water, you get to enjoy a full 13 acres filled with more than two gallons of water! This water theme park is the first of its kind here in Branson, and it is also for the whole family to enjoy. Lots of rides and attractions in White Water are waiting for you! The most popular rides and attractions in White Water are the Aloha River, Kalani Towers, and Coconut Cove. The Aloha River is a South Pacific themed float ride. You can have fun with the fountains, geysers, and the 30 foot tall tiki tower, as you float your way through this 800 foot long ride. Kalani Towers is one of the newest attractions in White Water. This features 2 lanes where you can do freefall body surfing and 4 lanes where you can race against your family and friends. You can reach speeds of up to 40 mph in this 7.5 storey ride. Lastly, the Coconut Cove is for the little kids. Children can enjoy in the interactive sprays, shooting nozzles, and a shallow pool of water in the Coconut Cove.

To make your White Water visit more comfortable, there are cabanas available in the park. The rates are $100 from Sundays to Fridays and $125 on Saturdays. You don’t need to go out of the park to eat since White Water has several eateries. Near Aloha River is the Big Island Marketplace where you can buy snacks like fruit cups, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pretzels, and nachos. There is also High Tide Hannah’s Island Café where you can have chicken strips, cheeseburgers, salads, wraps, and a lot more. For more snacks, you can also go to Surf’s Up Snacks to have sub sandwiches, French fries, and funnel cakes. For your dessert, you can stop by Island Delights for soft serve cones, root beer floats, and many more.


Catch White Water from May to August. Get your tickets now by visiting or by calling 1-855-350-8300. During your visit to Branson, stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Just like White Water, it is also conveniently located off Highway 76, so you can have a nice rest after your White Water adventure. Thousand Hills also offers several lodging options suitable for families, for couples, and even for singles. Inquire now by calling 1-877-262-0430. 

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Plan Your Branson Trip for the Branson Landing Annual Liberty Light Up



Branson Landing is known to be one of the most popular shopping malls in Branson Missouri. A day spent in the Branson Landing is already an adventure in itself. You can hop from shop to shop, and you will never get tired of it because Branson Landing also has the best restaurants to energize you and recharge you from all the shopping and other activities. Another thing that is very remarkable in Branson Landing is the Water and Fire Show in the fountains. This keeps the audience entertained while they shop in the Landing. From time to time, Branson Landing also holds free concerts for the shoppers. Plus, it wouldn’t hurt that Branson Landing has the majestic background of Lake Taneycomo to make your shopping experience even more relaxing.

This mall also holds special events for the shoppers. This coming July 3, 2015, you can come over to the Branson Landing and experience the Annual Liberty Light Up event. You can also celebrate Independence Day, a day earlier than the rest. A lot of things are in store for the shoppers this Liberty Light Up event. Be there for the Special Friday event on July 3 at 8 PM in front of the Branson Landing Fountains. The free concert will feature the Souled Out Band, which, by popular demand, will perform again in front of the Branson audience. The Souled Out Band is from Indianapolis, Indiana and is composed of the finest musicians in Central Indiana. It is also often recognized to be one of the best bands in the Midwest with the horn section. Together for 10 years already, the members of the Souled Out Band has formed a sound and enthusiasm of their own. Their trademark performances never fail to delight their audiences. This year, they will bring their talents back to the Branson Landing Town Square, and their performance is just before the fireworks display on July 3. Mark your calendars now to catch the Souled Out Band in the Annual Liberty Light Up in Branson Landing.


Being in Branson will assure you of a grand time and not one dull moment. A day is never enough to experience the best of Branson, so if you are planning to join in Branson Landing’s Annual Liberty Light Up Celebration, book your lodging place in Branson. Stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort, where you can have various lodging options from Branson log cabins to golf front condos to lakefront condos. You also get to stay near Branson’s entertainment district, making it more convenient for you. You are in for big fun in celebrating Independence Day a little early with the Liberty Light Up event! For inquiries and reservations in Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430. 

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Billy Dean Calls Branson Home

Billy Dean & Steel HorsesAmerica represents a vast variety of musical genres – folk, jazz, rap, pop, bluegrass and more can be heard on the radios, iPods and CD players of the American people. But there is no genre of music that is more authentically American than country music – this is the music that really gets to the heart and soul of the American Dream. Many, many artists have performed country music and tried to leave a mark on it. Some have failed. Some have succeeded – and few country stars have been more impactful on their genre of music than Billy Dean. Now, this record breaking country classic is making his home in Branson – and you won’t want to miss the chance to see him perform his hits!

Billy Dean (William Harold Dean Jr.) was born in Quincy, Florida in 1962. His famed country music career first began when this talented, true blue performer appeared on Star Search, a televised talent competition – but Billy had been performing in his father’s band since the age of eight. After gaining national attention from the show, Billy Dean went on to record eight of his own albums, three of which are gold status in the recording world. Billy Dean had eleven Top 10 Hits on the Billboard country charts, and also gained fame from a couple of guest vocalist performances in hit country songs. Some of Billy Dean’s smash hits include ‘Only Here for a Little While,’ ‘Only the Wind’ and ‘Billy the Kid.’ Now, he is performing these and other country classics with his band, the Steel Horses, right here in Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest.

This year marks Billy’s second season of performing at the Starlite Theater in Branson with the Steel Horses and comedian Jarrett Dougherty – and according to Branson Tri-Lake News, he feels right at home. “…What I love about being here is the chance to be surrounded by real country music fans and authentic cowboys,” he said. “I love the cowboy culture, it is a romantic part of our history and it is very American, and sometimes it is in style and sometimes, like now, it isn’t, but now seems like a great time to jump right in.”

In fact, Billy Dean likes Branson and the Show Me State so much, he will be relocating here full time. His Tennessee ranch, Dean Acres, has been listed on the market and Billy expresses great excitement about moving here to continue his strong musical career. He is quickly becoming a treasured part of the Branson/Tri-Lakes community, having participated in several marketing campaigns, and both hosted and performed local charity events. “I will gladly pick the torch up and run with it,” Dean reported to the Branson Tri-Lake News. “I want to promote Branson as a whole, not just our theater, because that way everybody wins. I want to get the message out that there are plenty of things to do in this town, regardless of whether they come see my show or not.”

Of course, Billy Dean’s show is one you won’t want to miss – so book your tickets today to see this country music star who now calls the great town of Branson home!

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A Magical Addition to Branson, Illusionist Rick Thomas

Rick Thomas Live in BransonMagic tricks, magic shows and illusions can capture the interest and imagination of just about anyone. From backyard birthday parties to theaters that seat hundreds, magic can cause people to think, laugh and dream. If you are a magic aficionado, you will feel right at home in Branson – the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest hosts numerous magicians and illusionists that have worldwide fame. And now, Branson has a new addition to their mystical, magical lineup – the world renowned illusionist Rick Thomas!

According to the Las Vegas Sun, “Rick Thomas is a triumph of personality and presentation!” And now he is here to give locals and visitors a dose of Branson magic with his signature style and performance. Rick Thomas’s career initially began with ballroom dance competitions where his sister, Tamara, was his dance partner. This brother sister duo were so good that they earned the title of Amateur United States Ballroom Dancing Champions when they were still teenagers. Along with dancing, Rick Thomas gained an interest in magic, and started performing shows at the age of 7. By the time Rick was 18, he was performing his own routine at the Disneyland Hotel. After two years, Rick branched out and performed on Disney cruises, and fairs and expos all across the country. He eventually ended up in Las Vegas, where he performed 600 shows a year, and met his performance partner, Tara, who came to Las Vegas after a long career as a ballet dancer with an interest in magic. Now, this magic couple wow crowds together with a brilliant combination of magic, music and dance.

Rick Thomas not only won awards for his spectacular ballroom dancing – he also holds many coveted titles in the world of magicians and illusionists. Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts and Stage Magician of the Year by the World Magic Awards are some of the larger awards he has been honored with; he also aired on numerous magical television specials including NBC’s ‘The World’s Greatest Magic.’

What is a good magic show without some stunning special effects? Rick Thomas’s stellar show includes levitations and disappearing acts, all with some help from some talented assistants – including breathtaking tigers and birds!

Rick Thomas will be performing Branson magic shows at Andy William’s Moon River Theater from May through October of 2015 – you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see this world famous illusionist!

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The Perfect Abode in Branson Real Estate



Lots of people would want to live right in the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. There would never be a dull moment because Branson is full of exciting activities and fun attractions for people of all ages to enjoy. Branson also has the best shopping malls, restaurants, museums, and theme parks to give you the things you want and world-class entertainment anytime you want it. That is why Branson is offering the option for you to have a vacation home or a second home right in the comforts of the Ozark Mountains.

The Branson real estate market continues to grow as there are more projects soon to rise in Branson. With all these real estate companies, one remains to be consistent in giving its clients the best homes in the Ozarks. Thousand Hills Sales Company has been the leader in real estate offerings in Branson Missouri. When considering buying a home in the Ozarks, always choose Thousand Hills to get premium homes at the best deals. Thousand Hills still remains to be the premier golf front/lake front specialists for Branson condo sales opportunities.

Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort is situated in a strategic location in Branson. It is located right in the heart of the entertainment district in Branson called Highway 76. Living in Thousand Hills would let you be updated with all the live music shows and the new artists in town. You also get to stay minutes away from Silver Dollar City, where you can enjoy several rides and attractions, not to mention the unique and exciting festivals that are happening all year round in this theme park. Thousand Hills is also known for its multi-awarded golf course, so for the golf enthusiasts out there, this is the perfect laid-back living for you. While it may seem that Thousand Hills is surrounded by all the hip city vibes, you are assured of peace and quiet once you are in your home. The residential places in Thousand Hills are located away from the city noise and close to the natural wonders of the Ozark Mountains. The Branson log cabins are enveloped in the Ozark woods for that rustic feel, the golf front condos are located in the lush greens of the golf course, and the lakefront condos are near Table Rock Lake.


In Thousand Hills, you are not only assured of a great opportunity to stay in the heart of Branson, but you also get to have the perfect relaxing backdrop. Oh, how great it is to come home to after a tiring day! Explore your choices now in Thousand Hills. You can call 1-800-495-4653 for more information on the real estate listings in Thousand Hills.

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The Moonlight Madness Festival in Branson



Each month, Branson never fails to give its guests something new to enjoy. With all the live music shows, theme parks, and nature activities in Branson, you will never have one dull moment in this place. It has become the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest, and Branson will prove that it is just that. If you think you have missed on the festivities and celebrations this month and for the past months, don’t worry because Branson still has something up its sleeve for you.

One of the most popular attractions in Branson is Silver Dollar City. This 1880’s themed amusement park always gives the guests thrills and excitement with its rides and shows. A whole day in Silver Dollar City is not enough for the guests, and because of this, Branson treats everyone to the Moonlight Madness Festival from July 18 to August 2, 2015. Make your summertime a really fun one by spending it in Silver Dollar City. You can now enjoy longer days at this theme park as it remains open until 10 PM. Now, you can have 12 hours of thrills and fun with the rides, shows, events, and shops in Silver Dollar City.

Catch the special shows at GAC echo Hollow from Wednesday to Monday at 7 PM. Then you can join the fun in the Chicken Dance, Electric Slide, and the Cotton Eyed Joe with Silver Dollar City’s Street Dance at 9 PM. Each night in the Moonlight madness Festival will feature special food and merchandise offers to the guests. The shops and eateries in Silver Dollar City will be open until 10 PM. Some of the shops that you can try are Hospitality House, Ozark Marketplace, Moonlight Madness Tent on the Square, Eva & Delilah’s, Fanny’s Funnel Cakes, Flossie’s Fried Fancies, Hannah’s Ice Cream Parlor, Wagon Works Grill, and Wilson’s Farmer’s Market. While there is the Moonlight Madness frenzy going on in the park, you can still enjoy the rides and shows.

The Moonlight Madness in Silver Dollar City is available from July 18 to August 2 from 9:30 AM to 10 PM. You can also go to Silver Dollar City on July 25 and August 1, when the park will be open from 9:30 AM to midnight. Purchase your tickets now by calling 1-800-785-1550. You can purchase two days’ worth of tickets for the price of one day tickets!


You are in for a grand time in Branson’s Silver Dollar City. Make your stay in Branson more convenient by staying in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort, which is located just minutes away from the theme park and Branson’s entertainment district. You can also choose from Branson log cabins, golf condos, and lakefront condos. Inquire now by calling 1-877-262-0430. 

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Join in the Branson Dollhouse Miniature Show



Branson is well known for the exciting and unique events happening all year round. This month of June is no exception at all. Branson, aside from its exceptional live music shows and thrilling theme parks, gives you a wonderful time with the festivals and events. Prepare for another fun time in Branson this June as you will be treated to another awesome experience.

This June 27, 2015, Saturday, Branson Missouri will be holding a Branson Dollhouse Miniature Show. This event will be held at Main Street Antique at 106 E Main Street Branson, Missouri. From 9 AM to 5 PM, the Branson Dollhouse Miniature Show will be treating you to the best miniature fine art, handcrafted miniatures, and a dollhouse sale. As they say, “the art is tiny, but not the show.” The Branson Dollhouse Miniature Show promises a fun trip to Branson. There are workshops to be held in the venue for those artists who would like to learn about miniature art. Top miniature artists from all over the country will also be invited to the show.

Tickets for the Branson Dollhouse Miniature Show are sold for only $6, and if you are bringing your own vehicle, there is also free parking near the area. Trout fishing and airport pickup are also options you can avail of when you buy your ticket. Mark your calendars now for this unique and exciting event in Branson. For more information regarding the tickets and the show, visit

While you are in Branson for the Dollhouse Miniature Show, why not make the most out of your time and explore all the good things Branson can give you? Definitely, a Branson visit would not be complete without seeing one of the live music shows in The Strip in Highway 76. Catch the shows of Branson greats and budding artists such as Mickey Gilley, The Presleys, The Cat’s Pajamas, Dolly Parton, and a lot more. Not only will these shows give you the best musical experience, they will also let you laugh with their antics, and some can even leave you in awe with their magic tricks. You can also visit the theme parks in Branson for an adrenaline rush. Silver Dollar City is one of Branson’s most famous theme parks. It houses the Outlaw Run, a wood coaster extraordinaire, since it is also considered to be one of the most daring wood coasters in America.


You will never run out of things to do in Branson. If you decide to stay for a day or two, why not get a lodging place that is close to the entertainment district of Branson. Choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort and make your experience more memorable and convenient. Inquire about the Branson log cabins and condos in Thousand Hills by calling 1-877-262-0430.

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Branson in June for the Bride to be


June is one of the best months to have that dream wedding of yours. The city will be in full bloom as more and more tourists come to the area. Not only that, but June also is the month of the transition of spring to summer. Wouldn’t you just love to have your big day between the year’s best months? And wouldn’t you love to be called a June bride? I hope you will!

Branson, Missouri is most commonly known as an entertainment haven. But because of the things to see in the city, Branson can also be the perfect place to set up a wedding. Not to mention that the city has great chapels.

The city of Branson is located at the heart of Missouri. It is surrounded by beautiful sceneries from the Ozark Mountains, the pristine TriLakes area, and so much more. The perfect location will give your wedding plan a good head start as you will only be minutes away from area attractions, chapels, restaurants, resorts, malls, or simply everything you might need. June might be months away but there is no harm done in planning it early! So, as you plan your wedding, here are the things Branson has to offer that will simply blow yours mind.

Branson Guest Lodging

Thousand Hills proudly presents you many lodging and accommodation options for you and your guests during you Branson Wedding. You have the choice of units that sleep 2 persons to 16 persons. And for the honeymooners, there are rooms available that will make your stay simply the best. There is the Golf View Condominium where you can enjoy the fresh view of the well-maintained Branson Golf Course. For a more secluded place, you can have the Branson Log Cabins at Grand Mountains for that rustic romantic setting. Or have the Majestic at Table Rock Lake where you will be at the lakefront of one of the most pristine lakes of Branson, Table Rock Lake.

Branson Wedding Chapels

If you wish to have you Branson Wedding at a chapel, Branson has two chapels: The Chapel at Integrity Hills and Stonegate Glass Wedding Chapel. Both are just perfect for your wedding day.

The Chapel at Integrity Hills is like it’s a well-kept secret according to couples who have been wed at the chapel. It is located above Table Rock Lake, sitting on a hill, surrounded by a beautiful garden. Just imagine a place like that and feel like you’re having your wedding at the Garden of Eden. It is a European-inspired chapel that was custom-crafted by Ozarkians with stone floor, iron chandeliers, and so much more. The altar is in front of a nineteen-foot cedar across flanked by picture windows and a panoramic view of Table Rock Lake and The Ozark Mountains. The whole chapel is enclosed by two double doors which will swing open and reveal the beautiful bride as she makes her entrance. The ambiance will be purely romantic as lights are dimmed and candles are lit in each window.

The Romanesque style of the Stonegate Glass Wedding Chapel makes an elegant wedding venue. There are enlarged windows which let the couple and guests inside overlook the nature surrounding the chapel. The lush landscaping and the exquisite water fountain located just outside the chapel, and the pristine lakes and Dogwood surrounding it will be perfect for wedding photography. The chapel is located in a wooded hilltop overlooking the beautiful Ozarks, just 10 miles north of Branson and is just the perfect place for marital union of man and nature.

Branson Catering


Leave your worries behind and let Jamie’s Creative Catering handle the reception of your Branson Wedding. With delicious food that’s beautifully prepared plus event rentals, your wedding we be at perfect bliss. Our creative catering team will take everything under control from entrees that can be served at a buffet or at their tables to customization of the menu to suit your taste and your lifestyle.

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A Throwback on Silver Dollar City



Branson Missouri has a lot to be proud of. From being named as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World to having the best family friendly attractions, it is no doubt that Branson is now the first choice in the vacation destinations in the Midwest. Tourists flock to Branson because it is not only a place with the best outlet malls, restaurants, theaters, and unique attractions. It is also a place where you can have a new adventure with your friends, family, and your special someone. One of the most famous theme parks in Branson is Silver Dollar City. This 1880’s themed amusement park will give you thrills and excitement. But let us get to know more about the history of Silver Dollar City.

Silver Dollar City would not have existed if not for the Herschend Family. The Herschend Family of Hugo and Mary, together with their sons Jack and Pete, vacationed in the Ozarks and they fell in love with the rich heritage of the area. It was in 1951 when the Herschends moved into the Ozarks and Hugo Herschend got a long term lease of Marvel Cave. After Hugo passed away in 1955, Mary and her sons continued his work in improving the cave by giving it electricity, walkways, and a cable train to take the guests up and out of the cave for tours. Marvel Cave became more and more popular, and it continued to draw in more tourists. Soon, a small replica frontier town was built just outside the cave entrance to give visitors something to enjoy while they waited in line for the Marvel Cave tour. This town was name Silver Dollar City, and a silver dollar was handed to the guests for them to spend and tell other people where that silver dollar came. Word had spread fast, and soon, the Herschends were in the theme park business and Silver Dollar City was in existence.

At present, the Herschend family owns 26 theme park enterprises in ten different states. These include Dollywood, The Harlem Globetrotters, Adventure Aquarium, Dixie Stampede, White Water, and Silver Dollar City. From handing out silver dollars, Silver Dollar City has come a long way. Now, it treats the guests to rides like the record-breaking Outlaw Run, and unique ones such as Wildfire and Powder Keg. Silver Dollar City also has theaters where guests can catch more than 40 shows per day to give them a breather from all the thrills in the park.


Your vacation in Branson can be made more perfect by getting the most convenient lodging place. Stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort and enjoy staying near Silver Dollar City. You also get to have a choice between Branson cabins, golf homes, and lakefront condos for your home away from home. Inquire now about lodging in Thousand Hills by dialing 1-877-262-0430.

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The Branson Winter Season

Many people think of Branson as primarily a summer vacation destination. But what many people do not know is that Branson can be a winter as well as a summer hotspot! The Branson winter season offers visitors and locals a whole new seasonal element that you don’t get any other time of year. Want to make Branson your winter destination? Read on to see what winter wonderland treats are in store for you!

Snow Covered Branson CabinsWinter Shows and Attractions: With the change in seasons comes a change in shows! If you want a new look at some of your favorite entertainers and attractions, winter is your perfect time to be in Branson. First, you will want to check out the Andy Williams Christmas Variety Show, featuring the Osmonds, the Lennon Sisters, and real live reindeer! Next, book your tickets for Dixie Stampede’s Christmas Show – not only will you get an outstanding meal at ‘the most fun place to eat in Branson,’ but you will also get to hear classic Christmas carols, see a live Nativity, and enjoy impressive feats of horsemanship! For a true Branson winter experience, head to Silver Dollar City for the Old Time Christmas Festival! You’ll hear music of the season, taste great winter comfort food, sip hot cocoa, and take the roller coasters in the cold! The Butterfly Palace also has a great Branson winter attraction – a display of dozens of white butterflies that resemble falling snow!

Winter Shopping: During the winter season, all of the Branson stores have a whole new element of shopping! Now you can find warm sweaters, flannel lined jeans, hat and scarf sets, winter outdoor and athletic wear, and so much more! The Branson winter season is the perfect time to get your Christmas shopping done as well – you are sure to find the perfect gift in Branson for everyone on your list!

Winter Scenery: Not only is the show and shopping atmosphere different in the winter, but the scenery in and around Branson is different too! You won’t want to miss the sight of the Ozarks in snow, and there is nothing more beautiful than seeing ice glimmering on Table Rock Lake. Small, brightly colored native songbirds stand out in the wildlife areas around Branson in the winter, and geese can be heard overhead going south.

Branson is a great place to be in the winter – not only do you get all the benefits listed above, but you can also have the opportunity to get Branson winter lodging rates! Since winter is the ‘off’ season in Branson, many hotels lower their nightly rates. Just one more thing to love about the Branson winter season! Come visit Branson this winter and find YOUR favorite thing about winter!

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