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Greaet Vacations Begin With Great Cabins


If you are going for a vacation in Branson Missouri, your places to visit should not be the only things you should plan. One vital thing that is most often overlooked when planning vacations is the choice of lodging place. Branson gives you the best choices in lodging so you can have a great time here. All you need to do is find the perfect place for you to settle in.

In Branson Missouri, the best place to be in is Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. This is the place where you can have both convenience and comfort all at once. Thousand Hills is located in the heart of Branson’s entertainment district, so you can catch your favorite live music show and theater plays. You can also take on a new adventure anytime you want in the nearby theme park, Silver Dollar City. Not only that, you also get to stay close to the best shopping malls, restaurants, and museums.

Thousand Hills also offers you the best lodging options in town. You may be used to having hotel rooms for your vacation. Branson gives you a fresh twist to that. It offers you the best Branson cabins where you can chill and unwind after a long day of adventure. These Branson cabins are made of Colorado cut spruce logs, which gives its exterior a rustic feeling. But the interior of these log cabins in Thousand Hills speak of modernity. The log cabins are also situated in the woods in the Ozarks so you can have a relaxing atmosphere around you. This way, you get to stay near the attractions in the city, but you also get to be far away from the city noise to have your much needed peace and relaxation.

The log cabins in Thousand Hills also have the best hotel-like amenities for you. Renting a cabin in Thousand Hills entitles you to having fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms in your place. They also have king sized beds and Jacuzzi tubs to make it even more comfortable for you. For those who like cooking, you can also whip up your own creations in the cabin’s fully equipped kitchen. It has all the basic things you need from your own kitchen. The cabins also have cable televisions in every room, and a DVD player, too. This way, you can still have your movie nights even when you are on vacation. The cabins also has free wireless internet. If you want some quiet time for yourself, there is also a private deck in the cabin for you to enjoy the fresh air and the scenery.

The Branson log cabins in Thousand Hills will surely make your dream vacation come true. Book one now by calling 1-877-262-0430. 

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Summer in Branson is Heating Up!

Branson, Missouri, is a great place to spend time out of doors, free of the constrains of a house, a desk, or a car. Settled deep into the Ozarks, the Branson outdoors is full of beauty, intrigue and adventure. It is also full of variety – water, trees, forested hills, open meadows, and so much more. You won’t want to spend your summer anywhere else! So get ready to put on your best outdoorsman (or woman!) face and have a great adventure in the Branson outdoors.

The Lakes

Moonshine Beach on Table Rock LakeIt is no secret that Branson is famous for the lakes in and around the area. So why not spend some of your outdoor summer on the water? Table Rock Lake is perfect for boating, and the Table Rock Lake Marina has WaveRunners and other fun floating devices available for you to rent! This particular lake is also great for swimming in the summertime – so pack a beach towel, some sunscreen and a picnic and get ready cool off from the humid, Ozarks summer heat! Table Rock State Park has some great stops to jump in to the water, and also features a boat launch, BBQ grills, picnic tables and restrooms. Farther down the road and across the Dam, Moonshine Beach is one of the most popular places to swim on Table Rock – and it’s one of the only places in Branson that you will find real sand! If you prefer to stay out of the water while still enjoying the Branson outdoors, grab your tackle box and head to Lake Taneycomo for the finest trout fishing in the area.

The Forests

If you are in or around the Branson area, chances are that you’ve noticed an abundance of trees! Put on your hiking boots and get ready to head into the woods. Table Rock Lake State Park features a lovely lakeside trail that winds through the timber. The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery also features a few wonderful hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty – but all three feature plenty of the beautiful flora and fauna of the Ozarks! And if you want a truly great wilderness experience, head up the highway a short ways to Busiek State Park – it’s acres and acres of some of the best and most rugged natural landscapes that the Branson outdoors has to offer!

The Other Outdoors

In Branson, you don’t necessarily have to be rugged and adventurous to enjoy the outdoors. There are plenty of other activities around town to get you into the fresh air and sunshine! Like walking the Branson Landing, for example – you’ll catch cool breezes coming off of the lake and get some exercise too! Silver Dollar City and White Water are some fun outdoor theme parks for you to enjoy. And you and your family can spend hours wandering the outdoor Promised Land Zoo in Branson too!

With so many awesome Branson outdoors summer activities, you won’t want to waste any time inside. So get out there!

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Spend a Rainy Day in Branson

Everyone has been there – you have your entire day planned out, right down to the very last little detail and then BOOM! A thunderclap hits and you have to restructure your entire day’s agenda due to rain. As frustrating as planning around the weather can be, if you have the opportunity to live or vacation in Branson, there are plenty of great Branson attractions that can keep you and yours entertained on a rainy day! So the next time you hear rain on the roof, don’t get discouraged – check out any of the fun places below to keep your spirits up!

hollywood-wax-museum-entranceHollywood Wax Museum: If you are looking for something fun to do with family or friends during a rainy day, take a trip to the Hollywood Wax Museum, located on Highway 76 in Branson! This fun museum features incredibly lifelike wax models of celebrity stars like Johnny Depp, John Wayne, Morgan Freeman, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Jamie Foxx and so many more! You can play with the stars here, and get your picture taken with your favorite celebrities! What could be more fun than that on a damp, dreary day?

Fun Spot at Grand Country Inn: For some active family fun on a day full of rain and thunder, check out all of the fun activities that the Grand Country Inn on Highway 76 has to offer! Play a truly extreme game of tag – laser tag, to be exact! A two story, 3,000 square foot laser tag arena takes you through an intense tag competition and features crazy fun special effects like fog, jungle like surroundings and laser light beam shows! Don’t forget Blacklight Mini Golf, an arcade with games like Guitar Hero and Big Bass Wheel, and Mini Bowling, plus a great prize redemption center where you can cash in for goodies! You will certainly want to keep the Fun Spot on your list of rainy Branson attractions.

Branson Cinema 11: You can’t go wrong with a movie on a rainy day in Branson! Grab some friends and head over to the Branson Cinema 11, located in the Branson Meadows Shopping Center off of Gretna Road. This cozy movie theater is fully digital on all 11 screens, making for a crystal clear movie experience that will certainly brighten up a rainy day. Branson Cinema 11 is always showing the latest releases, and features Free Popcorn Tuesdays!

Books a Million: While Branson’s favorite bookstore isn’t exactly an attraction, if you prefer quiet and cozy on a rainy day, what better way to spend it than drinking coffee and reading books? Books a Million is located off of Branson Hills Parkway, and features an in store coffee shop, chairs, and all the books a rainy day reader could ask for!

These are just a handful of the different Branson attractions that make for some rainy day fun. So get creative the next time the weather makes you change up your plans – you might even find that you like the alternative activities even better!

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Branson IMAX Proves Bigger Can Be Better

Ozarks Legacy IMAX TicketMovies have always captivated people from all walks of life around the world. Since the very first black and white, soundless movies appeared on screens, to today’s lifelike, special effects studded box office hits, movies have captivated our minds and imaginations. It’s really something special to lose yourself in a movie – it transports you to another world entirely, and often it will make you laugh, cry, and think hard about tough issues. And if you truly want to be immersed in the world of movies, get a ticket to the Branson IMAX! This iconic Branson movie theater will give you a movie-going experience like no other, and will have you coming back again and again for more!

The Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex, located right on the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, has been entertaining Branson residents and guests for many years. And not just with movies! Live shows, food, and shopping are all located under one roof here at the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex – so you might as well plan to stay all day! Check out McFarlain’s Family Restaurant, the Indoor Shopping Mall, catch a show at the Little Opry Theater and of course, see a movie!

At the Branson IMAX, you don’t just SEE a movie – you EXPERIENCE a movie! It is certainly not hard to do when the movie viewing screen is six stories tall, and wraps around the theater so there are no bad seats! According to the IMAX website, ‘The 15/70 film format used to create a GIANT-Screen IMAX Adventure is ten times larger than a conventional 35mm film. The sheer size of a 15/70 film frame, combined with the unique IMAX projection technology, is the key to the extraordinary sharpness & clarity.’ A trip to the Branson IMAX is sure to be an adventure the whole family will love.

Branson IMAX FilmFest Logo 2015This year, you have the opportunity to experience the IMAX Film Festival, where the Branson IMAX will be showing some of their ‘Greatest Hits’ films, including the Branson exclusive adventure ‘Ozarks Legacy and Legend.’ This fun kickoff to the 2015 Branson season starts March 6 and runs through April 2. Visitors to the Branson IMAX will have the opportunity to see films like Mystery of the Nile, Lewis and Clark: The Great Journey West, Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets and of course, Ozarks Legacy and Legend. "Ozarks Legacy & Legend has passed a 20-year milestone in Branson and we're celebrating such an enormous achievement with $2 admission for a limited time during our Film Festival. It's been a guest favorite since its inception,” said Tom Forster, Vice President of Marketing & Hospitality for Branson's IMAX Entertainment Complex. “Filled with breathtaking aerial IMAX footage of the Ozarks, Civil War battles, the vigilante bravery of our Baldknobbers, and a family filled with love, tradition and the's the story of Branson, before Branson.”

If you just can’t wait to get a seat at the Branson IMAX 2015 Film Festival, don’t worry – you can purchase tickets any time online at! Then you’ll be ready for the next time you and your family get the urge to hit the town and see a movie – IMAX style!

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Boating Safety Tips for Your Summer on Table Rock

Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, is one of the most versatile (and most famous!) lakes in the Midwest. Table Rock Lake, a man-made lake created when the White River was dammed up by the construction of the Table Rock Dam to alleviate flooding problems, has a long history of being well used for outdoor recreational activities, especially during the summer months! The lake is great for fishing and swimming, and the surrounding parks and nature areas provide outstanding places to hike, camp and mountain bike with a lakeside view. And of course, what is a lake without boating? Table Rock Lake is the perfect place for summer boating – and here are some tips to keep you safe on the water!

Wear a Life Jacket:

Even if it seems a bit overdone, this is probably THE most important safety tip to comply with for any sort of boating activity. Wearing a life jacket really can save your life in the event of a boating accident. A life jacket is a personal flotation device that is designed to keep the wearer afloat in a breathable position in the water. Life jackets come in a variety of styles, colors, thicknesses and materials – so “it doesn’t match my fishing outfit” or “life jackets are uncomfortable” is NOT a valid excuse not to wear one. All states have regulations that say children must wear a life jacket while on the water, and Missouri is no different. Be sure to find one that fits your child properly before hitting the water!

Stay Hydrated:

It is no secret that it gets HOT in the summertime. So be sure to drink liquids, and plenty of them! Out on deep water in a boat is not the time you want to find yourself dehydrated or suffering from heatstroke. Pack a cooler with enough drinks to last everyone on your vessel the entire day – and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. If you think you might be getting dehydrated (some symptoms are dry mouth, increased thirst, dizziness, confusion and the inability to sweat), you should immediately stop your activity and find a shady spot to rest. Drink some liquids and prop your feet up until symptoms have passed.

Know Emergency Protocol:

Whether an emergency on the water occurs or not, you and your crew need to be informed of and prepared for emergency protocol. The first step is to stay calm and assess the situation. Your boat should be equipped with a GPS, so step two is to take not of your location so you can call for help – that’s step three. Before you set out on the water, you and all your passengers should have a working knowledge of your vessel’s ship to shore radio. Consider laminating and posting the radio instructions, and how to send out a MAYDAY call next to the device.

With a little planning and preventative methods, your summer of boating on Table Rock Lake can be safe, successful, and fun. Always remember – safety first!

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KaPau Plummet Splashes Into White Water

It is no secret that White Water in Branson, Missouri, is one of the most popular water theme parks in the Midwest. White Water is affiliated with the famous Silver Dollar City, and is one of Branson’s most popular attractions. The hot, humid Ozarks summers send both tourists and locals alike flocking to White Water in droves. This year, it’s not just the promise of cool water, wave pools, summery music and frozen lemonade that is drawing crowds to White Water – it’s the newest thrill slide on the radar, the KaPau Plummet! Hold onto your stomach – this wet and wild thrill slide will leave you breathless!

‘Biggest in history.’ That is how the brand spanking new, $1.7 million KaPau Plummet slide is described. This thrill ride is not for the faint of heart – the enclosed but transparent side by side slides are two hundred forty feet of sheer indescribable awesomeness! Riders begin by standing in a launch capsule. After the countdown, the see through bottom of the capsule drops out from underneath the brave riders, sending them plummeting in a seventy degree free fall and rushing down the slide at twenty-six feet per second to the bottom of the ride. The transparent slide allows onlookers to watch their brave friends splash down!

The bottoming out of the slide that leads to the plunge is brand new technology for White Water – it is called the ‘AquaLaunch’ trap door. The trap door builds up massive amounts of anticipation as the riders wait for their plummet. The term ‘kapau’ is also new – it is a slang U.S. surfer term to mean the next big wave or the next big thing, pronounced KA-POW. The slide tower is a dizzying forty feet in the air, which helps riders build up speed as they plunge, and a staggering one thousand gallons per minute makes up the water flow of the slide.

The KaPau Plummet is definitely the biggest thrill in White Water history. It combines anticipation, speed, technology, and engineering genius with a whole lot of water and fun – so don’t miss out on this amazing thrill slide! Get your season passes – and your spot on the KaPau Plummet – today!

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Top 5 Branson Thrills for Adrenaline Junkies

Are you one of those people that love to feel your heart race, and your adrenaline soar? Do you like fast paced thrills and things that make you scream? If you are, it’s a good thing you are in Branson! While the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest is known for great bluegrass music and stage shows, there are more than a few Branson thrill rides hidden in these hills for visiting adrenaline junkies. Check out these top five thrillers that Branson has to offer for an adrenaline spike you won’t forget!

Outlaw Run

Outlaw Run, Silver Dollar City’s newest roller coaster that broke worldwide records, is one of the most popular Branson thrill rides around. This wooden roller coaster was a $10 million investment for Silver Dollar City – and the thrill is worth it! This wooden coaster features over half a mile of track, and has the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster ever – a nearly vertical 162 feet at 81 degrees plummet. Outlaw Run is also the first wooden roller coaster ever to go upside down, and it is the second fastest wooden coaster in the world. Hold onto your hats!

The Vigilante Extreme ZipRider

If you like heights and bird-like flying, then the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider at Shepherd of the Hills is the Branson thrill ride for you! And it is a thrill for all ages – this zipline ride requires no orientation or knowledge of special equipment – riders are simply strapped in to an upright seat and away they go! This ride with a view takes off from the top of the Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hills. It is 170 feet high, and the ride is a full half mile long. Riders will hit speeds of up to 50 miles per hour! What a rush!

KaPau Plummet

Do you like water AND thrill rides? Then you will want to be among the first to ride the newest slide at White Water – the KaPau Plummet! This watery Branson thrill ride is sure to leave you breathless and screaming. This side by side enclosed water slide will launch riders from a drop floor into a 70 degree plummet. Riders will then free fall at 26 feet per second until they splash down at the bottom of the ride! The KaPau Plummet is a new ride for 2014 – and you won’t want to miss it!

Powder Keg

Another Silver Dollar City thriller, Powder Keg will literally take your breath away as the ride blasts you from zero to 53 miles per hour in a mere 2.8 seconds! A 110 foot drop, G forces and floater hills all await riders as they speed through the wilderness at 64 miles per hour. This Branson thrill ride is a salute to the miners who worked in Marvel Cave – the original Branson attraction. That is why the beginning of the ride is stimulated to make riders think that a powerful blast of dynamite is responsible for the initial blast of speed!

The Sky Surfer

Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush – surfing in the air! The Sky Surfer, across from the Toy Museum on The Strip, is fast becoming one of Branson’s most popular attractions, and the only one like it in the world. This high flying ride is fifty feet off the ground, and you can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour on this flying surf board!

Branson has no shortage of thrill rides – so be sure and try them all!

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Don’t Miss a Visit to Forsyth, Missouri

By now, chances are that you know Branson, Missouri, is a great place to visit, vacation and/or live. One of the great things about Branson is that there are several surrounding towns within the Tri-Lakes region that make super stops to visit too! And Forsyth, Missouri, is one of them. Just a few miles northeast of Branson, Forsyth is a travel stop you won’t want to pass up!

Forsyth, Missouri, has a population of over 2,500 people, and is the county seat for rugged Taney County. Records show that the town was incorporated as the Village of Forsyth on December 5, 1890. In the 1950s, the future of the city of Forsyth became a little uncertain – the dam along the White River that would create Bull Shoals Lake was in the works, a move that would wipe out the little town entirely. It was decided that the city limits of Forsyth would be extended 2 miles west of the old town site (now called Shadowrock Park) to an area that had once been a golf course. Other fun historic facts about the town of Forsyth, Missouri, is that the famed jazz musician and band leader Charlie Haden was a Forsyth resident, and spent his youth growing up in the town.

Today, Forsyth is referred to as the Gateway to the Ozarks Outdoors. The town sits right on Bull Shoals Lake and Lake Taneycomo (short for Taney County Missouri), and is a prime location for fun, family oriented outdoor recreational activities like fishing, boating, hiking and hunting. Shadowrock Park (the old town site of Forsyth) is a popular place for families to play, picnic, swim, fish, camp and enjoy the outdoors on the shores of Bull Shoals Lake. The park boasts a rodeo arena and fairgrounds and is the home of the Annual Taney County Youth Fair and Livestock Show. There is also a campground at Shadowrock Park – there are tent sites with and without water and electricity, RV hookups and sites, as well as opportunities to rent the stage area, the arena, barn or pavilion areas for special events. Tennis courts and a baseball field are also located within the park for community enjoyment!

Forsyth really embodies the small town spirit, and is full of small local shops, restaurants and businesses that will woo you with their charm. If you fall in love with Forsyth enough to live there, there are many affordable real estate options both in and out of town. Forsyth has their own school district as well, if you have children in your family! There is a low crime rate in Forsyth, as well as friendly folks and fun outdoor opportunities. A visit to Forsyth, Missouri, is one you won’t want to miss out on!

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Spring Break is Well Spent in Branson


The spring season is a great time to be outdoors. Start a new outdoor adventure with your loved ones to make this season a memorable one. And while you are planning on where to have that outdoor adventure, one place to consider is Branson Missouri. Branson Missouri may be more popularly known for its live music shows, but it is not the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest for nothing. The Branson outdoors are a big factor in making a prime destination for the spring.

Spring in Branson gives you a very calm weather. The daytime temperatures range from 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, less warm than the summer days. Nighttime during spring in Branson can be a little chilly at 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Your Branson adventures in spring requires being updated with the weather forecasts because the spring season brings you occasional rain showers. These rain showers are also responsible for the wonderful foliage and blooms in Branson.

One of the activities that you can enjoy in your spring break in Branson is golfing. Branson is home to a lot of golf courses, and these golf courses are also known to be among the best in the Midwest. One such golf course is Thousand Hills Golf Course and Resort. This golf course caters to different skill levels, while giving a tough challenge still to the golfers.

If you are looking for world-class entertainment in Branson, you can head out to the theaters, museums, and theme parks in Branson. Visit the Titanic museum in Branson, which is also the largest Titanic museum in the world. See exclusive exhibits and artifacts in this museum, plus you can also feel like you are in the Titanic itself with the museum’s interior. Make the most out of your spring break, too, by visiting the Country Inspirational Gardens and the Shepherd of the Hills’ Hatchery for the marine life enthusiasts. Another attraction to visit is the Stone Hill Winery where you can taste and learn about different kinds of wines. And of course, your visit to Branson this spring would not be complete at all if you would not catch the live music shows in the area. Some of the shows that will surely give you a great time are the Baldknobbers Jamboree, Kirby van Burch Magic Show, the Presleys, and a lot more. If you can visit Silver Dollar City this spring, you can also participate in the fun and excitement by this world-famous theme park.

After you spend a long day, it would be the best feeling to be able to relax in a quiet place. Look no more because Thousand Hills Golf Resort is here to provide you with the best lodging options, ranging from log cabins, golf condos, and lakefront condos. Have the best time in Branson by staying in a place that is near all the entertainment you can have. For more inquiries and for reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.

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The Wonders of Branson in March


The month of March may just be one of the best months to visit the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, Branson Missouri. The weather in Branson this March breathes of summer but without the intense heat. Witness the beginning of the spring season this March as you take your time exploring the natural wonders of Branson and also basking in the glamor of the Branson entertainment district.

What is up in Branson this March? Well, for one, you can visit the Silver Dollar City theme park. Silver Dollar is one of Branson’s best theme parks and it is even famous worldwide for its thrilling rides and attractions. After going to a post-holidays hiatus, the month of March marks the comeback of Silver Dollar City with new shows, attractions, and perks. Silver Dollar City is set to open in the weekend of mid-March. This theme park for all ages mimics the way of life back in the 1800s. You can also see blacksmiths, glassblowers, and other craftsmakers in the park to demonstrate to you how the essential crafts back in the 1800s were made. The park also has winding paths so you can feel like you are going through old country rails and roads. To provide its guests with a little relaxation from all the excitement in the park, Silver Dollar City has 40 shows per day which visitors can enjoy. Some of the shows that you can catch while in the park are bluegrass, country, comedy, and a lot more. Silver Dollar City also has a Culinary and Crafts School so the guests can experience the 1800s history first-hand.

The early spring season in Branson is also a great time for your outdoor adventures. Though outdoor adventures should be planned with the weather forecast taken into consideration, you can still enjoy the fun and excitement brought about by the Branson outdoors. During the day, the temperature ranges from 50 to 70oF, and at nighttime it gets cooler at 30oF. Taking a tour of Branson is a relaxing activity since it can give you fresh air and you can also see the mountains with vibrant colors. A horseback tour, a bike tour, or even a zip line tour of Branson – all these can give you a sensational spring experience.

March also marks the new season of the Branson shows. A visit to Branson gives you the opportunity to be the one of the first to witness the new versions of the local standard shows. Catch shows such as the Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, Hamner Barber Variety Show, and the Baldknobbers Jamboree.

Make your Branson experience more memorable by staying in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Thousand Hills gives you convenience by being minutes away from Silver Dollar City, and the Branson Strip. It is also located close to the Ozark Mountains so you are far away from the city noise, and you are guaranteed of a breathtaking view of nature. For inquiries about the lodging options in Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430.

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