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Showboat Branson Belle – A Cruise Like No Other



Every attraction in Branson guarantees you an adventure to remember for a lifetime. Aside from being the Live Music Capital of the World, Branson is also known to be the most visited place in the Midwest because of its many activities and attractions that caters to people of all ages. It has the best theme parks, nature parks, museums, outlet malls, and hotels which will make your trip so much worth it. For your vacation, why not break away from the norm and try out a unique attraction in Branson.

One of Branson’s famous attraction is the Showboat Branson Belle. The Showboat Branson Belle is not your typical cruise. It gives you the opportunity to fully see and appreciate the wonders of Table Rock Lake as you stroll 3 decks of the showboat. The breathtaking view is not the only treat you can take away from this. You also get to taste a delicious 3-course meal from the chefs aboard the showboat. A show featuring world-class talents will also leave you in awe. Some of the talents you can watch in the Showboat Branson Belle are Janice Martin, the aerial violinist; The ShowMen, an all-male singing group; and Christopher James, the famous comedian.

For almost two decades, the Showboat Branson Belle has been giving Branson guests a unique and remarkable experience. It is live entertainment taken into a whole new level. A typical riverboat cruise aboard the Showboat Branson Belle lasts for 2 hours. The paddle boat reaches a maximum speed of 11 mph, and is 278 feet long and 78 feet wide.

And who doesn’t love to shop? Shoppers can still do their thing while on board the showboat. Have a one-of-a-kind shopping experience at the White River Landing, where you can find shops such as Layton’s Mercantile, McAdoo’s Boatworks, and On Board Boutique. Layton’s Mercantile offers everything that a lady will love – from apparels, jewelries, accessories, and home décor items. Not only that, it has also something for your sweet tooth like candies, coffee, jams from Silver Dollar City, jellies, butter, and so much more. It is also in Layton’s where you can find the Showboat Box Office. You can reserve and claim tickets, or simply know more about the Showboat Branson Belle in this area. McAdoo’s is where you can shop for souvenir items such shirts, mugs, pens, jackets, and a lot more. The On Board Boutique is another shop that ladies will surely love, and it also where you can find the essentials such as batteries and sunglasses – just in case you forgot to take one for your trip.


For your Branson cruise experience, make sure you get to stay in a place where you can recharge comfortably. Stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort so you can have various options and perks in Branson entertainment spots. You can get discounted tickets for Showboat Branson Belle if you stay in Thousand Hills, too. For more information and reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.  

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Experience a Branson Golf Course


The Thousand Hills Golf Course if the only golf course in the city limits of Branson, Missouri. And it is far and wide the most famous golf course in the area for its beauty and its characteristics that enables it to cater to people at different skill levels. Because of that, it has won so many awards already. The Thousand Hills Golf Course is an 18-hole public golf course and was rated 4-Stars by Golf Digest magazine in the year 2009. It was also voted Best of the Ozarks for Branson Golf Courses by the readers of the Springfield News-Leader for the past two years in a row! And not only that but also because the golf course ensures that it remains challenging yet fair for all golfers without discrimination on the age or experience of participants.

The Branson Golf Course is surrounded by a lush green natural landscape. You will feel like you are in the middle of a beautiful hardwood forest and you will not realize that what you are just within a long iron from the 76 strip and Branson’s world-famous Branson live music shows. In addition to its perfect location at the heart of Branson, Missouri, it is also only 5 minutes from Lake Taneycomo and within 10 minutes from Table Rock Lake. With that, you can surely have the ultimate Branson Outdoors experience. You can take a trip to Branson’s most pristine lakes after having so much fun at the Thousand Hills Golf Course!

The Thousand Hills Golf Course is offered to the guests at Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort. Nightly rental guests can get discounts when they stay at the resort. Meanwhile, the golf course is also open to the public. There are online discounts offered to all Branson Golfers simply by clicking on the Internet Specials at our website! For golf packages and multi-course offers, don’t forget to check out our Online Store which offer these. The site also lets you have the ability to make your Branson, Missouri golf course tee times up to 60 days in advance from this site as well.


After having fun at the Branson Golf Course, you would want to have that much needed rest. Where place should you have it than in Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort. You can choose from the most famous Branson Lodging and have the most out of your stay. You can choose from the three: Branson Condo, Branson Cabin, or a Branson Lakefront Condo. Whichever you choose, we are sure that you will love it. Whatever your lifestyle or taste is, Thousand Hills sure has something to fit it. For more information or for reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Why You Should Celebrate Christmas in Branson



There is never a dull moment in Branson. There is always something to do and enjoy as the place is always booming with excitement and fun. Add to that the world-famous Branson live music shows that people keep coming back for. After all, Branson would not be known as the world’s Live Entertainment Capital for nothing.


This Holiday season, there is no better thing to do but to celebrate your Christmas in Branson. Tag along the whole family as Branson is also overflowing with lots of family-friendly activities and attractions that will surely delight people of all ages.


When you celebrate Christmas in Branson, make sure not to miss out on the Festival of Lights. The Branson Area Festival of Lights transforms the whole city of Branson into a sparkling Christmas wonderland. Light displays adorn the Ozark Country in every corner. To see the whole of Branson, it would be best if you take a tour around the place using your own vehicle. You can also opt to tour the entire place using the Trolley or Ride the Ducks. This festival runs from November 1 to December 31.


To add another magical display of lights, the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead also has a way of celebrating Christmas. The Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights also treats you to a splendid lights show. You can also climb to the top of the Inspiration Tower in the Shepherd of the Hills and see the entire city of Branson clad in sparkling lights. After your tour in Shepherd of the Hills, you can enjoy your hot chocolate from the gift shop to beat the winter chill. This festival also runs from November 1 to December 31.


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Silver Dollar City, Branson’s world-famous 1880’s-themed amusement park, is also one with Branson in celebrating the Christmas season. Silver Dollar City celebrates Old Time Christmas, beginning November 2 until December 30. This festival features the whole theme park enveloped in Christmas lights. The park also has a gigantic 5-story Christmas tree to heighten everyone’s Christmas spirit. The amusement park also has different shows and musicals for the public, which could also serve as a relaxation from all the excitement brought to you by the park. Silver Dollar City is also known to serve one of the best amusement park foods in all over America.


To really enjoy the perks of celebrating Christmas in Branson, choose to stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Thousand Hills provides you and your family various lodging options like renting a Branson cabin or a Branson condo. And the best part of staying in Thousand Hills? It’s near all the prime attractions of Branson! Make your vacation more convenient for you. If you want to make reservations now, just dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Don’t Miss Out on Yakov Smirnoff While in Branson



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What do most people think of when they hear about Russia? Russia has the best live entertainment spots in the world. From the world-famous Nutcracker Ballet to the trademark nesting dolls and warm furry hats, the Russian brand of entertainment never fails to give the audience a unique and fun experience. A Russian entertainer in the Live Entertainment Capital of the World is definitely an exciting one. Branson’s entertainment scene will be even more exciting with the addition of Yakov Smirnoff’s hilarious antics!

A lot of people may be curious on who is the new entertainer on the block. Yakov Smirnoff came to the United States from Russia in 1977 and was granted US citizenship in 1986. He previously worked as an art teacher in Ukraine, but he found his niche in the entertainment industry and just like what they say, the rest is history. He became popular for his stand-up comedic performances and word plays that shows contrast between his life in the Soviet Union and his current life in the US. Plus, the Russian accent makes him a lot more hilarious and appealing to the Branson audience. His most famous collection of jokes are the “America – What A Country!” jokes which speaks about how a first-time immigrant sees the US. His popularity enabled him to buy his very own Branson theater in 1992, and he was warmly accepted by the Branson community.

More than being a comedian, Yakov Smirnoff is much more than what the eyes can see. He is also a TV personality, freelance actor and writer, and a Broadway show creator. His show is called “As Long As We Both Shall Laugh.” With a Master’s degree in Positive Psychology, Yakov Smirnoff also teaches that subject in Drury University and Missouri State University. As a painter, he was able to paint a mural of the 9/11 tragedy. This was displayed in Yakov’s Branson theater but due to damages from the weather it was taken down. The pieces of the mural can still be found in the theater.

Yakov Smirnoff’s theater can be found south of Branson Parkway. Guests are in for a treat – and not just a comedy treat – as Yakov Smirnoff adds dinner treat to his shows. Yakov is a symbol of laughter and patriotism for the Branson community for more than two decades. Laugh along with the entire family and enjoy a Branson vacation with a touch of Yakov’s comedy.


For your Branson vacation, make sure that you get to stay in a place that makes everything more convenient for you. No other place to go to but in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Stay close to Branson’s theaters and enjoy the view of the Ozark Mountains and TriLakes Area. Check out their nightly rental options now and call 1-877-262-0430 for reservations and inquiries. 

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Hiking Trails in Branson Keep You Fit

Getting fit and staying fit are important pieces of a long, healthy, happy lifestyle. If you are in and around Branson, Missouri, you know that there is more to the town than just shows – there are plenty of great opportunities to keep fit! CrossFit, yoga classes, great paved roads for running and walking, swimming in the lake, and perhaps the best one of all – trails for hiking! If hiking is your thing, or one that you are interested in getting into, there are no shortages of hiking trails in and around Branson for you to lace up your hiking boots and test your limits!

Table Rock State Park: For light hiking and walking, you will for sure want to check out the trails at Table Rock State Park. That’s right – not only can you camp, swim, boat and grill at the state park, but you can get some hiking in as well! This paved, gently sloping trail meanders along the shores of Table Rock Lake and provides not only exercise, but also beautiful photo opportunities, and a great look at the Showboat Branson Belle as she sails out of her neighboring dock! Be sure to check it out in all seasons for a fresh perspective.

Busiek State ForestBusiek State Park and Wildlife Area: For some of the best – and most challenging! – hiking in the area, visit Busiek State Park and Wildlife Area, just north of Branson up Highway 65. This rugged piece of Ozarks wilderness provides excellent hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Color coded trails denote the difficulty of a particular trail, and hikers will encounter all kinds of different terrain – flat, grassy meadows, hilltop plateaus, steep slopes with loose rock, sandy bottoms, and water crossings. This hiker’s paradise is permeated with wildlife like deer, turkey, songbirds and bobcats, as well as old homestead sites and even a historic cemetery within the park. If you just can’t get enough of hiking in the park, you can book a campsite too and stay for a while!

White River Valley Trail System: This rugged and scenic trail system is designed specifically for hikers and mountain bikers, and won’t disappoint those who are seeking a stimulating hike! Several miles long, this trail system in comprised of several different loops, all color coded and all with varying degrees of difficulty. Hikers will encounter old farmstead sites, glades, rocky terrains, lakeside views, a variety of wildlife and of course, bikers – be sure to be aware and share the trail to avoid accidents!

Branson certainly has no shortage of hiking trails to keep you in great shape – but don’t limit yourself to just these! Get out and explore and find more great Branson trails to hike.

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Branson Museums for Every Interest

Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, appeals to almost interest you can think of. Do you like food? Some of the best restaurants in Missouri are located in Branson. Are you a fan of thrill rides? This vacation hot spot is home to adrenaline rushes like Outlaw Run and the KaPau Plummet. Can’t get enough of the outdoors? Take a hike in Busiek State Park and Wildlife Area, fish Lake Taneycomo, or swim in the waters of Table Rock Lake. Love your shows? Check out the Shepherd of the Hills show, SIX, The Baldknobbers and so many more! But what if your interest lies more in museums? Don’t worry – there is a Branson museum for everyone! So if you like…

History – History buffs will certainly want to take the time to plan a visit to the Titanic Museum in Branson. One of the greatest Titanic museums in the country, this landmark museum draws thousands of visitors from all over every single year. Shaped like the famous ship herself and located right off of Highway 76, this Branson museum is one you won’t forget. Filled to the brim with historic artifacts found on the shipwreck, and featuring exact replicas of actual cabins, ship decks and the grand staircase, you can spend hours wandering around this interactive museum. At the start of your self-guided tour, you’ll receive a ticket that has all of the information about a real Titanic passenger. At the end of the museum, you’ll find out the fate of the person on your passport. History truly comes alive at the Titanic museum! If you are also interested in the history of the Ozarks, visit the Ralph Foster Museum at College of the Ozarks – you’ll find dozens of displays and exhibits showcasing the history of this rugged landscape.

Celebrities: If you like to watch the Oscars, see all the latest movies, and read the tabloids, check out the Hollywood Wax Museum, located on historic Highway 76! You’ll get a chance to see your favorite famous folks up close and personal – sort of! Filled with dozens of realistic wax celebrity figures, the Hollywood Wax Museum is open 365 days a year, and makes for some great photo opportunities with friends! You’ll have a blast at this Branson museum.


Odd Things: This ‘odditorium’ is full of all sorts of crazy things – if you like the weird and wild, this is one Branson museum you won’t want to miss out on. Also located on Highway 76 (many of the great museums are) you can’t miss this venue – it is shaped like many of the buildings that were cracked and damaged in the 1812 Missouri earthquake! Don’t worry though – the whole building is structurally sound. See a collection of shrunken heads, a vampire killing kit, a spinning vortex tunnel, crazy artwork, a Transformer made out of car parts and more!

These are just a few of the great Branson museums that the town has to offer. So whatever your interest might be, Branson has a museum for you!

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Off the Beaten Path – Branson’s Lesser Known Attractions

If you have had the pleasure of visiting Branson – the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest – before, chances are that you have visited some of the big, famous, well known attractions on your previous visits. Take Silver Dollar City, for example – this park is world famous and boasts some of the best thrill rides in the nation. But what about some of the lesser known Branson attractions, the ones that you have to look a little harder to find? Sometimes, those can be just as much fun, if not more, to visit! So the next time you want to take a little side trip, check out some of these great stops!

Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery: For a fun look at some of the Ozarks fishing history, take a visit to the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery! This is where many of the trout that make Lake Taneycomo so fun to fish in are raised. Visitors to the hatchery can peruse the nature center, which is chock full of information about the lake, the fish, and the surrounding wildlife. A small movie theater shows a film that details every step of the trout raising process. Once you step outside, you can wander through the concrete raceways where the fish are housed, and even feed them! The hatchery also abuts several beautiful hiking trails that border the lake, so wear your hiking shoes!

Ralph Foster Museum at C of OCollege of the Ozarks: While visiting a school during a vacation might not sound like the most fun thing in the world, College of the Ozarks is not just any school! This unique institution is a four year work college, where students work on campus to pay for their tuition. Students can work at any number of on-site work stations – and some of these happen to be pretty cool attractions! The Ralph Foster Museum, for example, is known as ‘The Smithsonian of the Ozarks,’ and it is packed wall to wall with artifacts, collectibles, art, tools, costumes, furniture and more. The Tractor Museum, full of antique farm machinery, is located just across from the on campus dairy, where visitors can see how students milk the cows. The milk and cream is then used to make delicious ice cream up at the Keeter Center ice cream parlor! These are just a few of the great things to see on this campus.

Table Rock Dam: Many folks have driven over the top of the Table Rock Dam – but did you know that you can go INSIDE the dam? That’s right – you can get an in depth look at the hydro power created by the water in the lake. Tours depart from the Dewey Short Visitor’s Center, and involve quite a bit of stair climbing – so wear your walking shoes!

These are just a few of the lesser known Branson attractions and activities around town for you to partake in – get creative and go exploring to find some more!

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Top Five Must See Branson Attractions


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As any visitor to the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest – also known as Branson, Missouri – can attest to, this world renowned vacation hot spot has no shortage whatsoever of things to see and do. You would have to move to town to see all that Branson has to offer, and even then it would take quite some time! Plus, new Branson attractions, shows, museums, shops and events are added to the lineup every year, so the list of things to see just keeps on getting bigger and bigger. But if you aren’t planning in being in town for an extended period of time, there are a handful of Branson attractions that you just won’t want to miss…

Silver Dollar City Craftsmen1. Silver Dollar City – Silver Dollar City, or SDC, is one of Branson’s oldest and most original attractions. What began as a simple pioneer replica town and stage play to entertain those waiting to visit the Marvel Cave has exploded into a world famous theme park, full of amazing heritage craftsmen and a plethora of heart stopping thrill rides! SDC holds many different themed festivals every year, from Bluegrass and BBQ to An Old Time Christmas, so there is always something exciting going on at the park. Add that to live crafting demonstrations and rides like Powder Keg and Outlaw Run, and you have one of those must see Branson attractions!

2. Inspiration Tower – The Inspiration Tower, located at the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead and Old Mill Theater, is without doubt the tallest attraction in Branson. It’s also one that you won’t want to miss during your stay! The viewing room at the top of this 200 foot tall beacon is breathtaking – on a clear day, you can see all the way into the next state! And if you want a thrilling ride back down…take the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider!

3. The Branson Landing – For a great Branson vacation experience, you will want to plan an afternoon or an evening at The Branson Landing. This elegant lakeside experience provides an unparalleled shopping and dining extravaganza, plus entertainment too – don’t miss the fiery fountain show, or a ride on Parakeet Pete’s zipline!

4. Table Rock Lake – Table Rock Lake is one of the most famous natural attractions in Branson – and it’s one you won’t want to miss! Table Rock Lake provides visitors with endless opportunities to swim, hike, fish, boat, grill and more, all set against the breathtaking beauty of the Ozarks. For an even more special way to experience this most beloved of natural Branson attractions, book your tickets on the Showboat Branson Belle!

5. Promised Land Zoo – It isn’t every day that you can see exotic critters like tigers and sloths, or help bottle feed a baby camel, but you can when you visit the Promised Land Zoo! This 5 acre outdoor zoo, located right in the heart of Branson, provides visitors with a personal and educational experience as you encounter rare and amazing exotic creatures. Live Animal Shows, Animal Encounters and group tours make this unique local zoo a must see stop on your list!


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A Posh Vacation in a Branson Lakefront Condo



A grand vacation deserves no less than an equally grand place to stay. Grand does not necessarily mean everything golden. It can also mean getting utmost comfort coupled with a breathtaking view to keep you relaxed. This is what Branson offers you. Being the Live Music Capital of the World and the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest, Branson has attracted people from all places and of all ages.

Branson fun and adventure does not only cater to the music lovers. Kids and adults alike will find this place a very interesting place, with all the theme parks, concert scenes, theaters, nature havens, museums, and many other attractions. The TriLakes Area in Branson is one place where tourist get to enjoy water activities. It has 3 of Branson’s major lakes, namely Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals Lake, and Table Rock Lake. The sight of these lakes and the Ozark mountain backdrop would be so heavenly. Thanks to Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort, people can now stay close to the lakes area and bask in the majestic view at that, too.

Thousand Hills Golf Resort’s newest offer in Branson condo rentals is the Branson lakefront condo. Named as The Majestic, these 2 and 3 bedroom Branson lake condos are situated a few minutes away from Branson’s entertainment district, TriLakes Area, Dewey Short Visitor’s Center, State Park Marina, and Moonshine Beach. Being a relatively new property in Thousand Hills, The Majestic lakefront condos also have the newest designs and modern furnishings to make your stay a comfortable one.

Your rental of the Branson lakefront condo in Thousand Hills comes with a full set of amenities. The fully equipped kitchen already includes dishwashers, microwave oven and washers/dryers so you can dry your swim wears before you head home. Bedrooms and bathrooms are also fully furnished. Rooms come with high end bedding with triple sheeting and pillow-top mattresses. A private bath can also be found in each room, plus the master bath, which includes a whirlpool tub for a relaxing time even while in the condo unit. All rooms also come with a cable TV and a DVD player. Free high-speed wireless internet is all yours to enjoy.


Let yourself be surrounded by the gifts of nature. The lake condos are located in the shores of Table Rock Lake with wooded and secluded comfort. Your rental also treats you to your very own boat dock so it would be more convenient for you. Treat yourself to this wonder in Thousand Hills now! Inquire about the Branson lakefront condos by calling 1-877-262-0430. 

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Spend A Romantic Getaway in a One Bedroom Branson Cabin



Branson is not just a place for adventure lovers. It is also the perfect place for lovers. Yes, the Live Entertainment Capital of the World has some romantic bone to it. Branson can also become lovers’ lane as you wish because of the many romantic spots in the city. It is the perfect nature getaway, with the perfect blend of the busy city vibes.

What makes Branson a famous destination of tourists is the wide collection of activities and attraction in the area. It has the best collection of world-class theaters and theme parks, plus the interesting museums and unique outlet malls. Although you would get the hustling and bustling city vibes, you can still unwind and have a quiet time because you are surrounded with the wonders of the Ozark Mountains and the TriLakes Area.

Date night with your sweetheart would be hassle-free in Branson. Enjoy a live music show or a whole-day adventure in the theme park, have a romantic dinner in some of Branson’s famous restaurants, take a stroll along the shores of the pristine lakes, and finally cap your day off in a very comfortable and relaxing home. This is what Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort brings you. A one bedroom Branson cabin in Thousand Hills is just what you need for you and your special someone to have a private and tranquil moment in the middle of Branson’s entertainment district. Even though Thousand Hills is just minutes away from malls, theaters, and theme parks, it never fails to give you the touch of nature that your vacation deserve.

Located within the secluded wooden area of the Ozarks, these one bedroom Branson cabins will surely give you a memorable stay. You don’t only get luxury and convenience by staying in this cabin; you are also entitled to the best amenities to make your stay comfortable. It has fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, and the crowning glory of this one bedroom Branson cabin is the two person Jacuzzi tub in the open living area. You also have TV and DVD player in the living area, with free high-speed wireless internet and back porches, too. Bring out your cooking skills in the cabin’s fully furnished kitchen. It already has a microwave oven, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, pots pans, utensils, and a lot more.


Spend a cozy night in Thousand Hills’ cabin. You may not want to leave your cabin because it just feels so much like home – maybe even better. Plan your date in Branson now and stay in Thousand Hills for one moment you’ll cherish for a lifetime. For reservations and inquiries, call 1-877-262-0430.

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