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Fishing and other Water Fun Activities at the Bull Shoals Lake be Your Bonding Moments with Your Family

Fun in Bull Shoal Lake LogoIf you are looking for a perfect place to spend a bonding moments with your family, visit the Bull Shoals Lake in Branson where you will enjoy great  water activities and exciting fishing adventure that you will not forget for the rest of your life. The lake has an area of 45,000 acres with nearly one-thousand miles of shoreline that is surrounded by deep forests. Bull Shoals Lake is a man-made lake that was formed after the construction of the Bull Shoals Dam was completed in 1952. The dam was erected to produce hydroelectric power and to control flooding in the White River basin.

Bull Shoals Lake has achieved wide recognition as a perfect fishing destination in the Midwest.  The lake boasts several Missouri and Arkansas State angling records and home to many species ranging from stripped bass and largemouth to walleye.  The lake garnered great achievement when it enhanced fishing and improved fish habitat. Downstream of the Bull Shoals Dam that goes to the White River, is the prime trout fishery in the central United States and produced state records for rainbow trout and cutthroat.

In the southwest of Missouri, there are several bodies of water. One of these is the Bull Shoals Lake. The lake has a body of water with great multitude of lake activities. It offers multiple activities such as fishing, camping, swimming, boating and other water sports recreation. The Bull Shoals/White River State Park is the main attraction in the area that is located in Baxter County and Marion County in Arkansas.

Boating is a popular water activity in Bull Shoals Lake. The lake offers multiple boat docks where boating enthusiasts can weigh anchor and set sail. At the Bull Shoals Lake boat dock, boaters can rent WaveRunners and boats or take a guided fishing trip, rent a houseboat or even scuba gear. The boat dock also offers a full floating marina store that sell rods and reels, marine hardware, clothing, sunglasses, snacks and many more to boaters.

Fishing is another favorite recreation on the lake. White, bass, largemouth bass, striped bass, and black bass can all be angled in from th e lake. Every year, there are a number of record sized fish that are pulled out of the Bull Shoals Lake. Crappie, Walleye, and Catfish are the ones that are easily caught in the lake.

If you are looking for some other water activity aside from fishing and boating, try a little more unique water sports activity, scuba diving in Bull Shoals Lake. Enjoy a exciting water adventure under the waves for advanced divers or for beginners. Bull Shoals is sometimes called by divers ‘The Caribbean of the Midwest.’ Dive instructors offer advanced and beginner level classes in the lake. You will be entertained for hours on the lake floor with its beautiful rock formations, sunken boats, and hundreds of different types of fish.

For a fun and exciting fishing trip and diving adventure, come visit Bull Shoals Lake, where water sports activities abound.

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The Branson TriLakes Area for the Hot Season

 

Summer is only a few months away and it won’t harm you if you plan it early! Have a different kind of summer this year at the Branson TriLakes Area. Being the product of such a beautiful Table Rock Lake Dam, the TriLakes area serves its purpose to be one of the most visited attractions in Branson. More and more tourists from all over the world come to Branson and visit the TriLakes Area. You could just be one of them!

This coming hot season, take the whole family to Branson, Missouri and spend the day at the TriLakes Area. Being one of Branson’s best attractions, the place offers you so many things to do and see. You can take a dip in the waters, engage in different lake activities, and so much more for your enjoyment. Make the most out of your stay and try out these activities at the Branson TriLakes Area:

Hop Aboard Showboat Branson Belle

The Branson Belle is most commonly known as the showboat of Table Rock Lake. It is a 1890s paddle wheeler which visitors can use for a cruise. The cruise does not only let the guests behold the beauty of the Branson scenery at the lake area, but also make them experience some fine and elegant dining with live entertainment on board.

Fishing at Table Rock Lake

Table Rock Lake is a renowned bass fishing lake. If you are looking for largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish, the lake is a great spot to do your fishing. Below Lake Taneycomo, when it was completed, changed from a warm to a cold water lake and became a perfect habitat for trout. Thus visitors coming for some quality fishing should not forget to look below the dam as well.

Stay at resorts in the Ozarks

There are over 100 resorts in the Ozarks to choose from for the ultimate fun family vacation. With these Branson lake activities, visitors will see that Table Rock Lake has two sides – Kimberling city side and Branson side. Visitors will also see that majority of the vacationers choose to stay at the Branson side of Table Rock.

Boating

Complete your visit by doing some boating in the Table Rock Lake. But if you do not want to operate a boat, you have the choice to make use of the 3 commercial boat cruises or rides that operate on Table Rock Lake. You can count on full service marinas that operate on Table Rock Lake at various locations to provide service and convenience. The State Park Marina is the best choice for any type of water craft rentals; they have everything from wave runners to daily cruised on a 48 ft. sailing catamaran.

Scuba Diving

If you are already having fun above the water, then you will have more fun below! Try out the Table Rock Lake’s Scuba Diving and witness the beauty below the waters of the lake. There are experienced dive shops and countless great diving spots in the Branson Trilakes Area foryou’re your convenience. The Zebulon Pike, Oasis, Enchanted Forest, and Duck Island are just a few great diving spots in Rock Table Lake. Don’t forget to include scuba diving in your summer activitiy list and behold a whole other world with fantastic treasures underwater as you dive into the inviting waters of Rock Table Lake!

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Beat the Heat: Ideas For A Fun-filled Summer Day In Branson

 

A Branson summer is not like any other. There are just so many things to do and see in the city. Even if temperatures get really high, you don’t have to worry because you can sure beat the heat! You can choose from so many activities to fill your day. From educational museum to great outdoors, you name it! So, this summer, make Branson your destination. Have that fun-filled summer day with these activities:

Branson White Water

The Branson White Water is a water theme park in Branson, Missouri. It is part of Silver Dollar City Family of Attractions with a whopping 13-acre theme park that if filled with more than two million gallons of water! Spend the morning at this water theme park and try out ten fun water rides and attractions. You and your family or loved one would enjoy the experience! For the list of water rides at the Branson White Water, please visit http://www.silverdollarcity.com/white-water/rides.aspx.

Branson Lakes

The Lakes in Branson, Missouri are famous for their crystal clear waters. Visit the TriLakes Area, which is home to 3 scenic, unspoiled lakes: Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake. You can take a stroll here or try out many water activities in the afternoon such as boating, jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, wake boarding, swimming, fishing, and so much more. This is a water-filled adventure for you and your family, especially the young ones! Also, outdoor enthusiasts would love this!

Branson Titanic Museum

After trying out various water activities, visit the Branson Titanic Museum. You will not only learn a lot from this museum because you will also have fun looking at different galleries in it. It is the world’s biggest Titanic Museum, which is dedicated to history of the Titanic. You will learn more about its construction, its first use, its destruction, and its rediscovery at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in over 20 galleries. This is a fun way to end one of your days in a Branson summer.

After your day, have that much needed and wanted rest at Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort and make it your home away from home because a day would not be enough when you spend your Summer in Branson. Here are Thousand Hills, we will provide you with the best among the best Branson Lodging where our accommodations will surpass your expectations with space, luxury, and amenities. You can choose from three Branson Lodging: a Branson Condo, a Branson Log Cabin, or a Branson Lakefront Condo. Whichever you choose, we can assure you that you will have the most out of your stay. Our friendly staff will also be there to serve you. For more information, or for reservations, please dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Spring Vacation is perfect with Silver Dollar City’s BBQ FestivalBBQ Festival Logo

Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass and BBQ Festival is an annual event that features food extravaganza and astounding music from award-winning songs to hot rising stars. Come and enjoy in this great festival that will be held on May 8 to June 1, 2014 and savor the taste of delicious barbecue at The House of BBQ in Red Golf Heritage Hall. Whether you are a barbecue enthusiast or just have a passion in weekend grilling, you should not miss to visit Bottle Neck Bros and Sauce Shack.

Each year, a flock of visitors come to Silver Dollar City’s BBQ Festival to experience one of the most unique entertainments of live bluegrass music. The Bluegrass portion of the festival features over 50 bands performing hundreds of live entertainment shows during the 16-day celebration of the festival. The traditional and contemporary forms of music can be kept alive in the hearts of people of all ages.

When the festival was first organized in the 1950s as a genre, Bluegrass have continuously gained popularity as the generation that comes along, adds energy and spirit and the innovation that makes bluegrass music the best as ever.  Singers and country Bluegrass musicians come from across the country to perform at the Silver Dollar City’s BBQ Festival. African influence can be heard in the rhythms of the music while the fiddle music can be heard with the influence by the Irish and Scots.

The bluegrass festival today features award-winning artists such as Rhonda Vincent (who is dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as the “Queen of Bluegrass Music”); Grascals (the Grammy-nominated group); Blue Highway (the IBMA Vocal Group of the Year); Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (6-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winners); the Boxcars (featuring 9-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year and 5-time Grammy winner); and the Gibson Brothers (winner of the 2012 IBMA Entertainer of the  Year. Plus many guests performers who are up-and-coming bands in bluegrass, such as the Snyder Family Band, The Bankesters, the Monroeville, and the Hillbenders.

Since last year, bluegrass music has been enjoyed by land and by lake. Enjoy a boat trip with the Bluegrass Cruises that are featured on board the Showboat Branson Belle. This river cruise features performances by Monroe Crossing on May 24 and by the Larry Stephenson Band on May 25, and the Special Consensus on May 26. These fabulous shows aboard the Showboat Branson Belle include a three-course meal and a lake excursion.

This Bluegrass & BBQ Festival in Silver Dollar City features two national competitions:  The 7th Annual National Single Mic Championship, May 18 (highlighting performance skills as bands gather around a single microphone and balances their sound by moving away or toward it); and the Youth In Bluegrass Band Competition, May 25 (this encourages and promotes amateur bluegrass musicians 21 years and younger and compete each other for cash prizes).

If you want to taste a mouth-watering and the most delicious BBQ treats while enjoying traditional music from award-winning artists, come to Branson and spend your perfect spring vacation at the Silver Dollar City’s BBQ Festival this coming May 8 to June 1.

 

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Popular Restaurant Chains Call Branson Home

Even when you’re traveling away from home, there are always chain restaurants you and your family love. Branson knows what you’re looking for and has a number of chain restaurants in the Branson area for you to enjoy.

Fast food is one of the chain restaurant options Branson offers to visitors. From McDonalds to Arby’s, there are lots of options when you need your fix on French fries. IHOP and Denny’s are options for pancakes and breakfast food anytime, and both are open 24 hours a day. Subway has your favorite fresh subs, and Dairy Queen has grill and chill treats. Branson also has no shortage of pizza places. Pizza Hut and Dominos are located throughout the city, along with a new Godfather’s Pizza coming to town in February. Golden Corral also has a location in Branson if you’re looking for a variety of flavors on one buffet. The restaurant serves their all you can eat buffet seven days a week, 363 days a year (closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.)

But what if you’re looking for something at a slower pace, consider Olive Garden or Red Lobster. Olive Garden gives you a variety of pasta, seafood and other Italian dishes. Chicken parmigiana, spicy shrimp vesuvio, and cheese ravioli are just a few of the options Olive Garden has on their menu. Plus, you get unlimited soup and salad with your meal. Lunch prices at Olive Garden range from $5 to $17, and dinner prices range from $7 to $20. Red Lobster also has a great selection of seafood dishes. Rock lobster tail, snow crab legs, pasta, sirloins and shrimp, chicken alfredo – the possibilities are endless!

Famous Dave’s BBQ has also made an appearance at the Branson Landing. St. Louis style spare ribs, baby back ribs, barbeque pulled chicken sandwiches, and brisket burgers are just a few of the delicious BBQ options on the menu. Prices range from $8 to $25 at lunch or dinner, so head on down to the Branson Landing to check out Famous Dave’s BBQ.

Another chain that has made its way to the Branson Landing is Cantina Laredo. With authentic Mexican cuisine, Cantina Laredo has a variety of dishes to satisfy any craving. Spinach enchiladas, tuna tacos, and a shrimp stuffed chicken breast round out the options at Cantina Laredo. If you are a guacamole fan, you can have it made fresh right at your table. Lunch prices at Cantina Laredo range from $11 to $16, and dinner prices range from $11 to $25.

So if you’re looking for the chain restaurant you love going to when you’re at home, chances are you can find it while you’re on vacation in Branson, Missouri.

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Have A Good Time at Silver Dollar City's Worldfest

 

It is that time of the year again when people flock to Branson to witness the biggest international festival all over America. This is none other than the World Fest at Silver Dollar City. Why is this festival a really famous one for the tourists across the state?

For one, the World Fest is indeed famous because it is hosted by Silver Dollar City. For those who do not know, Silver Dollar City is an 1880’s themed amusement park that is a hit to people of all ages in Branson. It has the best rides and attractions to get you on an adventure like never before. There are also theater plays in Silver Dollar City to help you take a break from all the excitement in the park. Not only that, Silver Dollar City is also known to have one of the best amusement park food all over America.

World Fest is one of the most anticipated festivals in Branson because it gives the visitors a taste of the world. Expect every spring season for the tourists to come to Branson for the festival to witness amazing performances, taste exotic dishes, and experience different cultures from around the world. In this festival, language barrier will not be an issue at all since laughter and music will be your common language for the festival. Get to see performers from different countries across the globe as they entertain you with their country’s own brand of entertainment, and a little bit of comedy, too. Some of the performers to watch for in this year’s biggest international festival are Benise, Via Romen, Spanish Marionetas, and a lot more. Benise performs exceptionally with his Spanish guitar and with the help of his world-class musicians and dancers. He does Flamenco music so well that he makes his own brand of music. Via Romen features a Ukranian violinist, a Romani accordionist, and so much more. This is the musical band to watch out for in World Fest! The Spanish Marionetas entertains the visitors using the Spanish Toreros. Other acts from t previous World Fest that you can see in this festival are the Amamos Argentina, Island Fire, Ecuador Manta, Dearbhail Finnigan, and a whole lot more! Prepare yourself for days of awe, music, and dance as these personalities entertain you.

The World Fest in Branson happens during April 5 to May 4, 2014. You can still catch the festival right now if you book your trip to Branson now. To make your vacation even more awesome, make Thousand Hills Golf Resort a part of your vacation. You have various lodging options to choose from and you will also get to stay very near Silver Dollar City! Make your move now and book your trip to Branson for the World Fest! 

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10 Little Known Show-Me State Facts

Missouri State FlagWelcome to Missouri, home of the Gateway Arch, the Kansas City Royals, railroads, and lots of interesting history! When considering where to vacation, why not visit Missouri? With lots of historical landmarks and museums, it’s hard not to find something incredible and fun on your visit. Before you travel, check out these ten little known facts about the Show-Me State.

1. The first successful parachute jump to be made from a moving airplane was made by Captain Berry in St. Louis in 1912.
2. The Capitol Building in Jefferson has burned down twice. Once was in 1837, and the second structure burned in 1911 when the dome was struck by lightning.
3. The tallest man in documented medical history was Robert Pershing Wadlow from St. Louis. He was 8 feet, 11.1 inches tall.
4. The most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the United States was in 1811 and centered in New Madrid, Missouri The quake affected over one million square miles, and even made the Mississippi River run backwards for a time.
5. Missouri is an Algonquin Indian word meaning “river of the big canoes.”
6. Hermann, Missouri has achieved national recognition for its quality wines and distinctive German heritage. It was built in 1836 as the “New Fatherland” for German settlers.
7. The Lake of the Ozarks has more miles of shoreline than the California coast.
8. Branson is the number one tour bus destination in the United States. It boasts more than 50 live performance theatres, and is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.”
9. Missouri is home to more than 6100 known caves. 23 of them offer tours to the public. No wonder Missouri is known as the cave state!
10. Ice cream cones were invented in St. Louis at the 1904 World’s Fair when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups. He asked a waffle vendor to roll up waffles to hold the ice cream, and ice cream cones were born.

Now that you know all about the Show-Me State of Missouri, why not learn a little more about the most popular tourist destination in the Midwest, Branson?

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Jonah Coming to Sight and Sound in 2014

If you are familiar with Bible stories, chances are that you are acquainted with the story of Jonah. It’s an incredible ‘whale of a tale’ and it speaks of God’s love and forgiveness during times when life’s waters are turbulent. Now, this classic Bible story is coming to one of Branson’s most famous theaters. Get ready for Sight and Sound ‘Jonah’ in 2014 – it will be a show bigger than your wildest dreams!

Jonah at Sight & SoundIn the Bible story, Jonah was a man who was directed by God to go and preach the Lord’s word to the wicked city of Nineveh. And wicked was putting it lightly – not only were the people of Nineveh very sinful in mind and heart, they were also one of the biggest enemies of Israel. Jonah was horrified by this order – so he ran. He booked a passage on the first ship he could find, and promptly sailed in the opposite direction of Nineveh. During Jonah’s time on the ship, however, a massive storm happened upon the vessel, sent by God. The ship’s crewmen were all terrified, and Jonah demanded that they throw him overboard, seeing as the storm was his fault. And so they did – as soon as they cast Jonah from the ship, the seas instantly calmed. And Jonah, instead of drowning, was swallowed by a huge fish! Three days Jonah spent in the belly of the fish until God commanded the creature to spit Jonah onto dry land. After his watery experience, Jonah went to Nineveh as God has asked. There he preached his message to the people and much to his surprise, they repented!

Now, you have the chance to see this miraculous story come to life – right here in Branson! With over 800,000 guests coming to see the opening season of the show at the Sight and Sound location in Lancaster County, PA, it’s predicted to be a huge hit here in the Midwest as well. With incredible special effects, wonderful original music, and a riveting story line, the Sight and Sound Jonah show will immerse in a story that is hundreds of years old, and continues to be timeless.

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Music From Every Generation

Most people can really identify with a certain song or genre of music. There is just something about a certain melodious tune or the words of a song that can evoke a memory, get us excited, make us sad or really connect with somebody or something in our world. Music tends to strike a chord when nothing else can. If you are lucky enough to live in or around Branson, or to visit Branson, you will be amazed at the variety of music you can find here in the entertainment capital of the Midwest. There is sure to be some music here that strikes a chord with you – no matter what generation you come from!

Fiddling Fools:

Do you like that old school country, bluegrass and rockabilly? You’re in luck – that is just the sort of music that Branson was built on! Songs about down home country living and music with some serious fiddlin’ twang can be found in abundance here. The Baldknobbers Jamboree offers its guests some fine bluegrass and comedy. Presleys’ Country Jubilee is another great option for some country tunes. For a little Branson music variety on the strings, book your tickets to see The Duttons – they play everything from bluegrass to classical!

Way Back Tracks:

If it’s music from the 1980s era that stirs your soul, look no further than the 80s Ladies Show at the God and Country Theatre! It’s unlike any other tribute in Branson. Here you will listen to songs from classic 80s female artists like Cher, Madonna, Whitney Houston and more. You’ll also get a taste of some songs from popular 80s musicals. At The Rankin Brothers Classic Music Revue, you’ll hear songs from The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher and Neil Diamond, just to name a few. Performed by the award winning Rankin Brothers, along with their also award winning female vocalists and a fantastic band, these Branson music songs will be stuck in your head for a long time to come.

Today’s Tunes:

For a more modern music show that the whole family will love, book your tickets to see SIX in Branson – it will be an experience to remember! This show is performed by a group of six brothers who have been in the music industry for quite some time – they’ve performed at functions for all sorts of celebrity parties. At this great show, you’ll hear music from Bieber to Coldplay, all with great harmony and electrifying stage presence. Along with all the tunes, you’ll get some good old fashioned comedy and some family stories from the brothers that will really make the show more personable. For a modern music and dancing experience that will blow your mind, go see The Haygoods, a group of seven brothers and one sister with over twenty different instruments, crazy dance moves and awesome lighting, not to mention the music!

There is some Branson music for any taste or style. These are just a handful of the fantastic music that Branson has to offer. Pick your genre and enjoy!

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Catch The Southern Gospel Picnic in Silver Dollar City

 

Silver Dollar City in Branson never fails to provide Branson guests and locals with the entertainment that they are looking for. This 1880’s themed amusement park is also one of the main reasons why Branson has become the entertainment capital of the Midwest. Silver Dollar City also continues to offer us something new and something thrilling. It may be a new ride, a new show, a new specialty dish, or a new festival – we do not know, and that is what keeps the guests on their toes always.

One of the festivals that Silver Dollar City celebrates is the Southern Gospel Picnic. This is the festival where you can have some good food and some relaxing music to go along with it. You surely would not want to miss this festival! Happening in the fall season, you will be treated to performances falling under the Southern Gospel genre. A part of the Ozark Mountains country heritage is southern gospel music, and the Southern Gospel Picnic sends people outdoors for some bluegrass parties, church worship services, and backyard family reunions. Get in touch with traditions in this festival as you are treated to some good ol’ Branson traditional music. Some of the gospel artists and bands that you should watch out for in Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic are The Perrys, Guy Penrod, The Isaacs, The Booth Brothers, and so much more! You can also catch some concerts which are held all over the city. One of the famous concerts of the Southern Gospel genre is held in the Red Gold Heritage Hall and Echo Hollow. You also might want to get some gospel CDs for you to listen to as you drive or as you relax at home.

You are not only treated to good music in Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic. You are also treated to good southern food. Who wouldn’t love to have the best food and great music altogether? Taste some southern food in restaurants like The House of Chicken and Fixin’s inside Reunion Hall for a good meal. These restaurants serve dishes like Apple Butter Glazed Chicken, Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Fried Okra, Corn, Green Beans, Homemade Sourdough Bread, a Garden Fresh Salad Bar, and so much more!

Southern Gospel Picnic is the perfect treat for the soul. Make sure you don’t miss it in Branson. As you plan your trip to Branson, make Thousand Hills Golf Resort your lodging place to make your vacation even more perfect. Thousand Hills has a strategic location near Silver Dollar City, and near the entertainment district in Branson so you don’t miss out in all the fun happening in Southern Gospel Picnic. Choose from various lodging options that will suit you. Book that trip to Branson now! 

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