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All That Glitters is Gold at the Branson Landing


Shopping in Branson may not be your main agenda for coming to this place as it is more popularly known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. But more than the live music shows, Branson’s shopping sites have also captured the attention of many tourists. Aside from the big discounts and great fashion finds, being in the outlet malls of Branson is already an experience in itself.

One of the malls that people frequent is Branson Landing. Located on the shores of one of Branson’s most pristine lakes, Lake Taneycomo, the Branson Landing offers its guests the best collection of attractions, restaurants, and shopping venues. Branson Landing is also known to be one of Branson’s largest recreational areas.

Shopping in Branson Landing is an enjoyable experience. Belk Department Store is the heart of shopping at the Landing. Enjoy more than 60,000 square feet full of clothing, home items, luxury items, and everything that you want and need. All at the best price! For men, they can also do their own shopping at the Bass Pro Shop. There are more than a hundred specialty shops along the water’s ledge where you can find unique gift and souvenir items. As you stroll from shop to shop, you can also enjoy a breathtaking view of Taneycomo Lake. In fact, you can also rent a boat at the marina to have your own boating experience.

The restaurants at the Landing caters to everyone’s cravings. After a long day of strolling at the park, it would be a good idea to grab something to eat. Aside from the fast food restaurants in the Landing, it is also famous for its fine dining restaurants. Having dinner here is something relaxing and fulfilling - may it be with your date, family, or friends. The restaurants are also overlooking Lake Taneycomo and the 1.5 mile boardwalk. Try out restaurants like Liberty Tavern, The White River Fish House, Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar, Waxy O’Sheas’ Irish Pub, and the Cantina Laredo. Your whole dining experience at the Landing will definitely be worthwhile and memorable.

It is also in Branson Landing where you can find one of the greatest attractions in Branson. The water fountain show at the Landing is one that you should not miss on your visit. This show by the Branson fountain features an awe-inspiring display of water, fire, lights, and music. Other attractions that you can catch in the landing are bridal shows and live concerts.

Plan your visit to Branson Landing now! Bring along your loved ones for an amazing vacation experience. For your lodging needs, just go to Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort for a variety of lodging options. It is also situated near the Branson entertainment district and outlet malls. For reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.

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April's A Great Time To Visit Branson


The month of April in Branson is the season of spring, and this season usually sees the whole city of Branson come to life. The winter season is when the theaters and theme parks usually close down at the end of the year, but this April, you can expect the shows to come full swing.

A lot of activities and attractions await you this April in Branson. Plus, the crowd isn’t that big as compared to the months of June or July. This means waiting in line would not be as stressful. Since most of the shows and attractions in Branson open up in April, why not have a vacation and make the most out of the time you spend here.

The live music shows in Branson during April promises something new for everyone. If you have seen a specific show the past year, you are guaranteed to see something fresh and equally exciting this year! Be one of the first audiences of the new stuff that the musicians and entertainers of Branson will bring this year. Another advantage of going to Branson this April is that the show tickets are cheaper than the other times of the year. Branson even gives you the chance to experience more shows by spending less money. Introducing the Springtastic Show Spree, guests can now enjoy ten different shows for a very low price.

Other events in Branson for this April is the World Fest at Silver Dollar City. World Fest begins on April 17 and it goes on until May 5. This is one of the most anticipated festivals of Silver Dollar City since it features international performers and acts for everyone to see. You get to be immersed in different cultures all over the world by just being in Silver Dollar City. World Fest is also an exciting learning opportunity for the kids about the different countries and their respective cultures. April in Branson also sees the US Open Bow Fishing Championship, which will be held first week of April. The Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce Spring Gold Tournament, on the other hand, will be on third week of April.

It is so much fun to be in the outdoors as you experience spending spring in Branson. The daytime temperatures are usually about 45 to 68 degrees, and this is makes it very much favorable for activities like hiking, boating, swimming, and the likes. As Branson comes to life this April, make sure that you are there to witness the fun and exciting activities.

For your lodging needs, always choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort, where you can have several lodging options ranging from log cabins to lakefront condos. Thousand Hills is also situated near the theaters and theme parks of Branson, and near the Ozark Mountains, too. You are in for a convenient and peaceful stay at Thousand Hills. For inquiries and reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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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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