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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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A Great Vacation Experience With Branson Log Cabin Rentals


Everyone’s dream vacation definitely involves a relaxing time to commune with nature and to have a fun and memorable time. Branson Missouri, the prime vacation destination in the Midwest, is one place where you can have the right mix of live entertainment and the calmness of nature. It is also known as the live music capital of the world for its magnificent music shows. Branson is nature’s gold mine waiting to be explored by you.

Branson is full of nature parks and theme parks that will make a fun experience for people of all ages. There is Silver Dollar City, which houses the Outlaw Run – the world’s most daring wood coaster. It also has a lot of family friendly rides, along with 40 daily shows to give more excitement to anyone in the park. Another attraction that you can visit is the Branson TriLakes Area. The TriLakes Area has three pristine lakes – Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Table Rock Lake. All of these lakes are a perfect site for water activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, diving, and a lot more. For thrill seekers, you can also do cave hopping in Branson caves. Explore caves such as the Mystic Caverns and see more wonders of nature.

The recipe for a great vacation also involves a secret ingredient. Choosing your lodging place can make or break your vacation. For the best Branson experience, always choose to stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort to be close to all the Branson attractions. Staying in Thousand Hills is a perk in itself already since it brings you closer to Highway 76, also known as the entertainment district of Branson. Thousand Hills also offers you several lodging options. One of which is a Branson log cabin rental. The cabins at Thousand Hills are called Cabins at Grand Mountain, and are made of Colorado cut spruce logs to exude a rustic vibe in its exterior. The cabins are also located in a rustic and romantic wooded setting to provide you with maximum rest and relaxation from the city vibes. Whether you are coming as a family, as a couple, or even alone, you can always find a log cabin in Thousand Hills to suit your needs. These cabins can sleep 2 up to 16 people.

Your rental of a log cabin in Thousand Hills comes with the best amenities. You have fully furnished rooms and bathrooms, and also a fully equipped kitchen. There is also cable TVs, fireplaces, free wireless internet, and porches.

You are in for a great vacation in Branson with your log cabin rental I Thousand Hills. To make your reservations, just dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Star-Studded Adventure at Branson’s Hollywood Wax Museum


The museums in Branson are just one of the many attractions that abound in the area. These museums can give you a new kind of excitement, and a fresh take of entertainment from the live music shows and thrilling theme parks. Museums are also a great venue for you to learn about new things while having fun as well.

One of the most visited museums is the Branson Hollywood Wax Museum. It features wax statues of your favorite Hollywood stars from yesteryears up to the present time. The Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson has been giving joy to its guests since the 1990s. Located on Highway 76, this museum is hard not to notice since it has Mount Hollywood. Mount Hollywood is a replica of Hollywood’s Mount Rushmore, and is also one of the most photographed landmarks in Branson. The museum is also marked by the Great Ape of Branson atop a skyscraper above the museum.

The Hollywood Wax Museums is just one of the few museums in Branson that is entirely devoted to celebrity figures. It all started out as a family business and has grown as an internationally known entertainment company. Some fifty years ago, the original Hollywood Wax Museum was built in Hollywood, CA with a goal of bringing the people closer to their favorite entertainment legends and celebrities. Three branches of the Hollywood Wax Museum exists as of now – Pigeon Forge, Branson, and Hollywood.

The unique selling point of the museum is the wax models of the celebrities that almost feel lifelike. These wax models were made by Hollywood wax artists from plain globs of wax and clay. Surprise your friends by posting a picture with legendary Hollywood icons, as well as the present stars who are making waves in the movie and music scenes. Some of the celebrities’ wax replicas that you can find in this museum are Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson, Bruce Lee, and many more. Aside from the photo ops with the stars, you can also learn something about the lives, accomplishments, and trivia about the stars.

The wax models of the celebrities are not the only attractions that you can find in the Branson Hollywood Wax Museum. You can also find the Castle of Chaos, which is a haunted adventure video game ride with spectacular special effects. Engage the evil ghouls in a heated firefight and make your way out of the castle. Another attraction is Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors where you get to find your way out of the intricate maze to save Princess Hannah.

This is going to be a fun Branson adventure for you. For your Branson vacation, stay in a place that is close to all the attractions. Stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort so you are close to Branson’s entertainment district, museums, theme parks, outlet malls, and restaurants, and at the same time, being close to the gifts of nature in the TriLakes Area of Branson and the woods of the Ozarks, too. For reservations and inquiries about the lodging places in Branson, call 1-877-262-0430. 

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Experience Table Rock Lake in Branson


Branson’s TriLakes Area is definitely one of the places that you must visit! The TriLakes Area is blessed with three pristine lakes that makes you realize the wondrous gifts of nature. Also, several bonding activities can be done in this area with the entire family or with your youth group.

One of the lakes in the TriLakes Area is Table Rock Lake. Table Rock Lake is a warm water lake which has various species of marine life including White Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass, Channel Cat, Crappie, Blue Gill, and many others. This lake has also served as host many times for the Bass master Tournaments, and is also known to be one of the best lakes in America. This is also the reason why the Bass Pro Shop is located minutes away from Table Rock Lake. You are guaranteed to have the best bass fishing experience in Table Rock Lake as the waters of the lake is said to be the best rout fishing area in the whole of Missouri.

Whether you are a pro on bass and trout fishing, or just a beginner, you can still have fun in your visit to Table Rock Lake. For the professionals, you can try many fishing techniques in Table Rock Lake. During the fall season, it is best to use dark color jigs with pork trailers. During night fishing, you can use black spinner baits to capture some monster bass. For the beginners, there is nothing to worry about because you can go fishing without keeping in mind any technique to use – just have fun! But if you want to learn more about the craft of fishing, you can also available of fishing lessons offered by areas surrounding the lake. Other water activities that you can do in Table Rock Lake are water skiing, swimming, cruising, and many more! The area around Table Rock Lake is also very suitable for activities like biking and hiking.

Table Rock Lake is the perfect scenic background to your Branson vacation. You are sure to spend some quality time with the whole family or with your friends when you spend it in Table Rock Lake. So many activities to enjoy, new experiences to try, and lots of things to learn! For your lodging needs for your Branson vacation, always choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort so you are guaranteed to be very near Table Rock Lake. Thousand Hills gives you the perfect location in the city as you get to stay near Branson’s entertainment district. However, Thousand Hills is also located in the depths of nature so you can get your peace and quiet after a tiring day of Branson adventure. Several lodging options are available for you, too! For more inquiries on Thousand Hills, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Stay in Shape in Branson

Getting plenty of exercise and staying in shape is one of the keys to having a healthy lifestyle. When you eat healthy food, keep your body moving, and take time for rest and reflection, you are doing yourself a real favor. Having an active, healthy lifestyle leads to longevity, lower risk of serious health problems, and just plain helps you feel good. If you are a resident of Branson and like staying in shape, or if you are just beginning to think of getting yourself on track to be active and healthy, you are in luck – Branson offers many fun and different options for getting your exercise!

Kom Hot Yoga: Yoga is a highly popular exercise for people of all ages and skill levels. It provides a way to burn fat, build strength, balance and flexibility, and refreshes the mind. If you are a yogi in Branson, or are new to this type of exercise, check out Kom Hot Yoga in the downtown area! At this unique, state of the art studio, students practice ‘hot yoga,’ which is yoga that takes place in an infrared heated room with controlled humidity and heat. This environment creates a comfortable and therapeutic atmosphere for practicing yoga. The penetrating heat helps you sweat out toxins and impurities while also helping the muscles to relax for optimum performance. Yoga can help relieve stress, create better posture and improve your breathing, tone your body – the list goes on and on! Finish up your session with a stop at the juice bar.

Cross Fit Branson: In any Cross Fit program, the goal is ‘forging elite fitness.’ At Cross Fit Branson, you can get the ultimate exercise experience! Cross Fit workouts are all based on functional movements – the goal is to not only get you in shape, but to improve your everyday lifestyle for the better. Any individual can get involved in Cross Fit Branson, so long as they remain dedicated to the intensity of the workouts that will lead them to be the best they can be. Cross Fit Branson is run by locals whose inspiration is to truly help each and every Cross Fit member to strive for their goals.

Get Outside: You don’t have to go to a gym or class to get your exercise in Branson – you can simply get outdoors and hike, walk, cycle or run! Branson has a variety of trails and terrain in and around town, so if you like a challenge and a change, explore your outdoor fitness options. And grab a friend! Staying in shape is a lot more fun when you have someone to share it with.

Regardless of your skill level and style, Branson is sure to have the perfect exercise regime for you. So what are you waiting for? Start getting in shape today!

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Stay and Save for the NAIA Tournament

NAIA Basketball TournamentIt is almost March in the Branson/Tri-Lakes area – and everyone around town knows what that means! It’s time for the NAIA Tournament, and the kickoff of the tourist season! All the area businesses look forward to College of the Ozarks hosting the NAIA Tournament – with so many visiting basketball players, coaches, media, families and fans, business will soon begin booming. Restaurants will cook hundreds of meals, hotels will fill up hundreds of beds, stores will sell all kinds of merchandise, and shows and other attractions will draw in dozens of visitors. There is no doubt that NAIA is an exciting time of year for Branson! The Branson tournament has drawn sports fans for years – so if you are planning on attending, you’re in luck! Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort is offering great deals on stays. So why not stay and save for NAIA this year?

The NAIA Basketball Tournament has taken place at College of the Ozarks, a unique four year work college located in Point Lookout, MO, every single year since 2000. The students and staff at College of the Ozarks take great pride in being the host campus for this nationally acclaimed event – weeks are spent preparing for it, ensuring that the games go off without a hitch, and that the school is represented beautifully. Students also volunteer to work at the tournament, giving guests a first-hand look at what ‘Hard Work U’ really means.

The Branson tournament itself is put forth by the NAIA - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes. This association has long been a forerunner in combining athletic sports with academic rigor. This combination of sports and schooling has put the NAIA at the top of their game in the world of collegiate athletics; students in this association strive to be the absolute best they can be, in the classroom and out, on and off the court, field or track. In 2000, the NAIA developed Champions of Character, through which the association re-adhered to their goal of fostering the character building aspects of athletic sports, which further fostered the success of the association.

The NAIA games draw thousands of fans annually to the Branson area. And of course, all those visitors need a place to stay. That is why Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort is offering a 5% off regular rates special for guests who book online using this link: And the longer you stay, the more you save – you will receive a total of 10% off 2 nights, 20% off 3 nights, 25% off 4 nights, 30% off 5 nights, 35% off 6 nights & 40% off 7 or more nights during the Branson tournament. With these great discounted rates, you can’t afford not to stay at Thousand Hills for NAIA this year! This sporty offer is good from March 8th through March 20th, and booking are available now – so don’t wait! You won’t find a better opportunity to stay and save during the 2015 NAIA Tournament.

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Experience An Amphibian Ride in Branson’s Ride The Ducks


Branson is full of unique and exciting attractions. More than the live music shows that the place is very much known for, Branson also gives its guests so much more to marvel at. One such unique attraction in Branson is the Ride the Ducks. It is a vehicle which will take you on tour in Branson’s lands and waters. Experience Ride the Ducks with your family, friends, and special someone because this is surely a ride that you will remember.

The vehicle used in Ride the Ducks resembles that of the DUKW of World War II in its façade. This ride is also resembling an amphibian since it will take you to the breathtaking Ozark landscape and it will also take you to Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo. The ride itself is a joy to experience, since the captains of each duck tour make sure to give you fun, music, and a little bit of Ozark history. This is the perfect opportunity for you and for the kids to enjoy and learn something new at the same time.

You have to options on where you would want the Ducks to depart. If you choose the Table Rock lake Adventure, you get to board at Duck Central on the Strip, west of Wal-Mart. This tour takes you to the Branson Entertainment District, Table Rock Dam, Baird Mountain, Ozark Mountains, and back to Table Rock Lake. If you want to have a Lake Taneycomo Adventure, the Duck departs from Duck Central at Branson Landing, just next to Arvest Bank. In this tour, you will get to pass by downtown Branson, College of the Ozarks, and back to Lake Taneycomo. You can also have a splashdown at the famous fountains of Branson Landing. Why choose from these if you can have both? Each Ride the Ducks tour lasts for 60 to 70 minutes, and 25 minutes of each tour is guaranteed to be a water adventure.

Tickets for Ride the Ducks sell fast so it is highly encouraged that you get a reservation for the date and time of the tour that you want. Booking a tour before 11 AM lets you save $3 per ticket. You can also purchase Ride the Ducks tickets with tickets to Dixie Stampede or Titanic Museum. This way, you get to enjoy more Branson attractions and at the same time save some bucks. To order your tickets, visit the website or you can also call 1-877-887-8225. The ticket kiosk of Ride the Ducks is located in Duck Central on the Strip or at Branson Landing.

Your stay in Branson can be made even better by staying at Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Choose from various lodging options like the Branson log cabin, golf front condo, or a lakefront condo. Stay as close as you can to Branson’s entertainment district so you can have fun all day, everyday. For inquiries and reservations, call-1877-262-0430. 

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