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- Published on Friday, November 01 2013 3:27 PM
Written by Klaire Bruce
Posted by Mark Ruda
Looking For A Branson Zoo?
Here in the Ozarks, we have a vast amount of critters to observe. There are wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, raccoons, hawks, eagles and the occasional skunk, to name a few. But sometimes a person has a hankering to see some animals that are a little more unique, a bit more exotic, and a tad less run of the mill. Here in the Midwest, the best place to go see amazing creatures like zebras, kangaroos, lions and elephants is at a zoo! Are you around the Tri-Lakes area and looking for a Branson zoo? (Or a near Branson zoo?) You are in luck – there are some exotic adventures not far from you!
Promised Land Zoo
Promised Land Zoo, located on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in Branson, Missouri, is a fantastic option for a Branson Zoo experience. Promised Land Zoo is a five acre zoo encompassing over one hundred different animals and forty-four different species, many of which are babies and youngsters. Meandering about the neatly mulched hillside paths, you’ll find critters like caracals, alligators, prairie dogs, a spider monkey, and more! Be sure to bring your camera – you’ll certainly want to snap some pictures of the exotic deer, tortoises and other cool critters. Promised Land Zoo offers animal shows every day for your enjoyment – visitors can get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s animals, and learn about their traits, habitats and other information in an outdoor show and tell setting. Zoo visitors also have the opportunity to help bottle feed some of the baby animals that reside at the zoo.
Dickerson Park Zoo
Dickerson Park Zoo is a great nearby Branson zoo located in Springfield, Missouri next to the fairgrounds. Home to over three hundred animals, you can spend hours here roaming through different ‘continents’ admiring the animals that live there. You will find tigers and elephants in the Asia section of the zoo, for example. Kangaroos hop happily about in the Australia exhibit, zebras make their home in Africa and otters can be found frolicking in the North American exhibit. Dickerson Park Zoo also has a petting zoo area, where guests can pet and feed goats, donkeys and cows. There are exotic birds located throughout the zoo, as well as a reptile house and a giraffe exhibit, where animal lovers can feed the long necked giants crackers. Peacocks can also be found roaming freely about the zoo – you may find a few fancy feathers lying around!
Branson’s Wild World
Branson’s Wild World is a unique interactive animal attraction that features one hundred eighty different species of animals for you to enjoy. You have the chance to touch, feed and hold some pretty cool critters that you don’t see every day. One of the most unique features of Branson’s Wild World is the indoor wolf exhibit, Wolf Woods. It is the only indoor wolf exhibit in the region, featuring wolves that have been bottle fed from pups and are now full grown! Branson’s Wild World also features an arcade and glow in the dark mini golf – and the golf course is surrounded by live animal exhibits!
If you want an exotic animal experience to remember, you are sure to find it at a Branson or near Branson zoo. Let the adventures begin!Read More ...
- Published on Thursday, October 31 2013 2:37 PM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
Branson Lunch Spots
When you take a break for lunch while visiting Branson, check out one of these restaurants for fare that’s perfect for your midday meal. From sandwiches to soup to sushi, each of these restaurants has something to offer every palate.
One of Branson’s favorite places for lunch is Vasken’s Deli. Vasken and Staci Haroutounian opened in Branson in 1997, serving a variety of Mediterranean cuisine. With over 26 years of experience in food service, the Haroutounians have made Vasken’s into a favorite for lunch.
Vasken’s menu features seven varieties of pizza, including Vasken’s Mediterranean Chicken, Bavarian German, and Vegetarian. Each pizza is 7 inches, the perfect size for one. In addition to pizza, Vasken’s serves a variety of hot and cold cut sandwiches. A favorite is the Firehouse Gyro, which features generous portions of lamb and beef served on pita bread with tahini sauce, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and spicy giardiniera vegetables. Other sandwiches include Italian Beef, reubens, muffaletta, and Mediterranean Turkey. For events, Vasken’s also caters party trays to meet your needs. For the more adventurous, Mitsu Neko is another great place to get lunch. This Asian fusion restaurant combines surf and turf for a delightful dining experience. You can order from their sushi menu to find some of the freshest, most flavorful fish in the area, or from the regular menu for a steak that beats them all. The Blizzard sushi roll features white tuna, cucumber, avocado, and cream cheese wrapped up in seaweed and rice. Another favorite is Heads and Tails, and is chock-full of lobster tail and crab. If you’re not into fish, steak, duck and chicken entrees are available as well.
One of the most quaint and quiet lunches in Branson lives at Sugar Leaf Bakery. Located amid unique shops in the Grand Village, Sugar Leaf serves a variety of sandwiches, soups, quiches and sweet treats. All of their sandwiches are served on fresh, homemade breads like tomato basil or marbled rye. Each sandwich comes with your choice of kettle cooked chips – regular, barbeque, jalapeño, or salt and vinegar. You can even combine your sandwich with a cup of soup, a side salad of mixed greens, or fresh fruit. In addition to lunch, Sugar Leaf also serves a variety of delectable cookies and cakes for an after-lunch treat.
A final place to try for a Branson lunch is Hook and Ladder Pizza Company. This firehouse themed restaurant has some of the best pizza in the Branson area. The ingredients are fresh and flavorful, and served by members of Hollister’s Fire Protection District. Specialty pizzas at Hook and Ladder include alfredo, taco, veggie, and chicken bacon ranch. You can also build your pizza your way, with your choice of toppings. Hamburger, sausage, Italian sausage, pepperoni, bacon, ham, mushrooms, black olives, green olives, green peppers, jalapeños, pineapples, and red onions are some of the options you can use to make your favorite pizza.
In addition to pizza, Hook and Ladder also serves sub sandwiches. A roast beef sub, supreme pizza sub and ham and cheddar sub are on the menu. All sandwiches are served with a bag of chips and a pickle. Soups are also on the menu seasonally, so ask about cheesy potato veggie soup or a hearty bowl of chili.
Whatever your tastebuds crave, there is a place to find a fabulous lunch in Branson that caters to exactly what you want. From sushi to sandwiches, from pizza to soup, Branson has it all.Read More ...
- Published on Wednesday, October 30 2013 9:50 AM
Written by Klaire Bruce
Posted by Mark Ruda
Why Millions of People Choose Branson, MO
Maybe it’s the quality of entertainment. Maybe it’s the beautiful geographical location. Maybe it’s the down home cooking and the genuine friendly people. Maybe it’s the affordability. Maybe it’s the low crime rate. Maybe it’s the bluegrass. Whatever the reason, or reasons, millions of people choose to come to Branson, MO. They come to vacation, to fish or to live – and anyone who has been here can tell you, there is a lot to love about Branson!
First time visitors to Branson, MO, have been heard to remark over and over again “There’s a lot to do here!” And it’s true. There is a variety in here in Branson that you will find nowhere else in the United States. When travel guides or tourist centers tell you that there is something here for everyone, there truly IS something in Branson that EVERYONE will love. Music, movies, thrill rides, fishing, restaurants, horseback riding, shopping, haunted houses, museums, hiking, zoos and animal attractions, ziplines – Branson really DOES have it all! Silver Dollar City and White Water boast the title of some of the best theme parks in America. Branson Landing provides and shopping and dining experience you’d expect to find in big cities like New York, complete with a fiery fountain show. Trout fishing here is second to none. There are literally hundreds of world class live entertainment shows that line the strip. Local eateries and mom and pop stores give the town a very warm and homey feel, while still being big enough to have some fun. The variety in Branson is truly endless!
Location, Location, Location
Set in the forested heart of the Midwest, Branson, MO is a beautiful backdrop for a vacation, a summer home or a year round residency. The wooded hills and hollers are breathtaking in any season, and you won’t find their equal anywhere else. The three lakes around the area make for great boating, fishing and swimming – the recreation provided by the unique and rugged geography is unparalleled as well. Plus the Ozarks/Branson area is full of rich history – it was here that the outlaws known as the Baldknobbers, masked marauders of the hills, robbed banks and wreaked havoc on the Ozarks backwoodsmen. It was here that the Table Rock Dam was constructed and later called a great engineering feat. It was here that Indians roamed, pioneers settled and townships grew, eventually making Branson what it is today – a great place to be.
Good People Make Good Places
While Branson is pretty fantastic on its own, it wouldn’t be near the place it is without the people. The people of Branson have a real love for their community, and for the tourism that keeps it alive. They take pride in its history, as well as the positive directions the Branson is going in. The people in Branson love to serve, to help and to teach – if you are lost, ask a local! They’ll point you in the right direction. If you want to know the best places to eat, ask a local – they’ll be happy to share Branson’s best kept secrets. Branson is also nationally known for its patriotism – the majority of venues around town offer veteran and military discounts, and many well-known shows such as the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama and Red, Hot…and Blue! perform salutes and tributes to veterans as part of the show.
These are just a few of the reasons why millions of people choose Branson, MO. Come see what everyone is talking about, and find your own!Read More ...
- Published on Tuesday, October 29 2013 9:20 AM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
Branson Veteran’s Day Celebrations November 5 – 11
While any day is a perfect day to say thanks to a veteran for his or her service, Veteran’s Day is a great time to celebrate in honor of those who returned and even those who didn’t. In Branson, shows and attractions honor veterans every single day, but the community rolls out the red carpet on Veteran’s Day for those who served in our nation’s military.
Branson’s Veteran’s Day festivities run from Nov. 5 – 11, 2013 and include a variety of events throughout the week.
On Nov. 5, Branson kicks off the celebration with a Patriotic Welcome to Veterans at the Yakov Smirnoff Theater. In addition, the Showboat Branson Belle is hosting a “Special Salute to Veterans” dinner cruise and show. The Starlite Theater is also going to have a special welcome show for the veterans in the area and visitors.
On Nov. 6, the celebration continues with a POW/MIA memorial service at the Welk Resort Branson. The 237th Marine Corps. Birthday Ball will take place that day as well at Chateau on the Lake, and the Veteran’s Sporting Clays Shoot at Ozark Shooters Shooting Range.
The following day, Nov. 7, is filled with receptions and luncheons for the spouses of veterans. The Radisson Hotel is hosting both “A Salute to Veteran’s Spouses” luncheon and reception, followed later in the day by a Vietnam Veterans Mini Reunion at the Camden Hotel and Conference Center.
The Women Veteran’s Mini Reunion will take place Nov. 8 in the Golden Corral Showroom. New to the celebration in 2013 is the first annual Navy ceremony at Main Street Cruises at the Branson Landing.
As the week wraps up, the 16th Annual Military Gala and Banquet will be at Chateau on the Lake and the Korean Veterans Mini Reunion will happen at Stone Castle Inn. The 8th Annual Rose Petal Ceremony and Women Veterans Tribute luncheon will also take place on Nov. 9.
On Nov. 10, the 3rd Annual Branson West Flag Lighting Ceremony will be at the Business 13 and Highway 12 intersection in Branson West. The Brett’s family will honor veterans through the Bretts For Vets Award Winner Presentation, held at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater. The Wal-Mart Tribute to Veterans will also be occurring. At the Hilton Branson Convention Center, the Thanks4Giving Gala will feature Rudy Giuliani that evening.
At the end of the week, there will be a variety of events to close out the Veterans Homecoming Celebration. The Military Wedding Ceremony will be happening at the Branson Landing Fountains, and Tony Orlando’s Yellow Ribbon Salue to the Veterans will occur at Welk Resort Theatre. The Veteran’s Day Flag Raising at Big Cedar Lodge will also happen that day, along with the First Baptist Church’s “Celebrate Veterans” Breakfast. The final event of the celebration is the 80th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade and Ceremony in Downtown Branson.
Branson’s Annual Veteran’s Day Parade will take place Nov. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. The parade is the final event the entire week of Veteran’s Day celebrations. For more information about the various events associated with the Veterans Homecoming Celebration, contact the Thousand Hills concierge at (800) 693-4653.Read More ...
- Published on Monday, October 28 2013 1:37 PM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
Branson Airport Opens New Options for Travelers
In the United States alone, over 700,000 people boarded airplanes from March 2012 to March 2013 according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. There are also about 20,000 airports in America according to airlines.org. Part of those 700,000 passengers boarded at Branson Airport.
Branson Airport, LLC. was established in 2002 and opened its doors to the public in 2009. Since then, Branson Airport has been committed to providing a high level of customer service to its passengers and has been expanding its offerings ever since.
One of the biggest changes that Branson Airport has made since 2009 has been adding flights via Southwest Airlines to the mix. Southwest Airlines came to Branson in 2013 and replaced AirTran Airways. In a press release, Jeff Bourke, Branson Airport’s Executive Director was excited to have Southwest Airlines coming into the city. “Southwest Airlines presence in this region will do enormous things for the economic development of the entire Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area.” In addition to Southwest Airlines, Branson Airport offers flights through Frontier Airlines and Branson AirExpress. With these airlines in place, Branson Airport is able to offer customers non-stop flights to five destinations that include Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, and Orlando. Branson Airport’s claim to fame is for being the “home of everyday low fares” to all of their non-stop destinations.
Another one of Branson Airports expanded offerings is shuttle services into the city. When you arrive at the airport, there are shuttle, taxi, and limousine services available to help you get where you need to go in Branson. Gray Line Airport Shuttle is available for large or small groups and individuals. The shuttle is available for 30 minutes after each flight unless advance reservations have been made. To make reservations or to get more information, call 1-800-237-4466. Branson Yellow Cab, Checker Cab, and City Cab are also available to travelers going into Branson from Branson Airport. They are available 24/7 to come pick you up and deliver you to your destination. To order a cab, call 417-332-CABS (2227). Limousine services are available, but you must call the airport at 1-800-237-4466 in order to get more information about limousines.
In addition to shuttle, taxi, and limousine services, there are three car rental companies on-site ready to help you with your travel in the Branson area. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National, and Alamo are the official car rental providers for the Branson Airport. Other services like Hertz, Budget, and Avis can be accessed via the airport shuttle, which can take you to their off-site offices. You can call 1-800-261-7331 to reserve your car with any of the on-site car rental companies.
When you’re traveling in Branson, don’t settle for less. Branson Airport has what you need to make your travel convenient and enjoyable. With low fares, great shuttle and other travel services, and great customer service, Branson Airport has everything to make your vacation simple and hassle free. Visit www.flybranson.com to find out more, or call 1-800-359-2541. Enjoy your flight and your stay in Branson, Missouri.Read More ...
- Published on Sunday, October 27 2013 3:43 PM
Written by Rhoda
Posted by Mark Ruda
Can’t Miss Attractions in Branson MO Near Your Cabin
Branson is known to be the world’s Live Music Capital. To find out that this statement is not hyperbole, you should come over to see what Branson has to offer you. Whether you are looking for a fun getaway with your friends, or a memorable family vacation, the attractions in Branson never fail to give you the thrills that you are looking for.
When in Branson, always remember to stay in a place near all the attractions and happenings. One such place is Thousand Hills Golf Resort located minutes away from Highway 76. Thousand Hills offers rentals of log cabins, which are a refreshing break from all the hotel rooms that you have stayed in during your other vacations. Log cabins prove to be a practical and wise choice whether you are on your getaway alone, or with a large number of people. The cabins in Thousand Hills can sleep up to 16 people, but you can always choose the 1 bedroom cabins for a more private and serene vacation experience. These cabins are very homey, not to mention the fact that it is close to all the Branson attractions.
First off, Branson attractions gives its tourists a touch of history – something that is worth looking back. You should not miss out on the world-class museums in Branson because you are guaranteed to feel nostalgic and to feel the past coming back to life. One of these museums is the Veterans Memorial Museum. The heroes of the past should not be forgotten and the heroes of today should continually be honored. This is what this museum does – to give due credit to the heroes. Another museum is the Hollywood Wax Museum. Take a picture of you together with famous Hollywood stars – some go way before you were even born. Look back on the legends of Hollywood, on the people who made their own marks and became role models to millions of their fans all over the world. You can also get to rub elbows with today’s brightest stars like Angelina Jolie, Hugh Jackman, and many more. For the ultimate nostalgia for the 90’s kids, visit the Titanic Museum in Branson. Walk inside the unsinkable ship, see the artifacts from the Titanic, get to touch a real iceberg, and hear the stories of the Titanic survivors. This is not only for the 90’s kids as the story of the Titanic will surely inspire the new generation, too.
For some adrenaline rush and heart-filled laughter, visit Silver Dollar City for the most thrilling rides and attractions that can only be seen here in Branson. Have the ride of your life on the Outlaw Run, the world’s most daring wood coaster. You can also take the plunge with White Water, Branson’s only outdoor water park. Have fun with the twisting typhoons, geysers, and many more in this water park in Branson. For family bonding activities and some nature experience, visit the nature theme parks in Branson. Among these parks are the Table Rock Lake Park. The Tri-Lakes area in Branson is beyond perfect for family bonding since it gives you the opportunity to go fishing, boating, swimming, and many more. You can now have time to catch up with the entire family in Branson’s pristine lakes.
To cap off of your experience in Branson, never miss out on the Showboat Branson Belle. These attractions gives you a total treat for the eyes, not to mention the treat you get from the hearty meal they serve you. Enjoy a four-course meal in the Showboat while watching America’s most talented singers on stage to serenade you and give you a good show. This is the ultimate dining experience in America’s best dinner cruise.
Branson never runs out of attractions to please you and to maximize your vacation. Come vacation time, there is no other place to go but in Branson, Missouri.Read More ...
- Published on Saturday, October 26 2013 3:35 PM
Written by Rhoda
Posted by Mark Ruda
Experience the Thrill in Branson’s Ride the Ducks
During the World War II, there were military vehicles used in the battles. When the war was over, these military vehicles were renovated and were made to be useful again for another purpose. Appropriately names as “Super Ducks”, everything is absolutely super about these water vehicles such as power steering, automatic curtains, increased freeboard, and dual line disc brakes. In Branson, these military vehicles are used in the amazing and the favourite water Ride of the tourists, the Ride The Ducks. These amphibious vehicles were designed to make your lake cruising experience something to remember.
Branson, Missouri has been always known for its attractions that tourists from across the globe go to. Ride The Ducks is one of the most unique Branson Attractions that provide fun, adventure, and thrill all in one ride. It is an 80-minute tour along Branson Missouri pathways, with a trek up the beautiful Ozark Mountains, travel along the famous Highway 76 visiting Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, trip to the pristine Table Rock Dam, and lastly, an exciting finale in true “duck” fashion straight into Table Rock Lake for a lake cruise. The Ride The Ducks is an ultimate lake activity for the whole family! Known for the comfort and the reliability the water vehicles provide, you are sure to have fun and still be at ease during your cruise.
But the Ride The Ducks is not all about fun, your safety is most certainly valued in this fantastic cruise. Thus, each water vehicle is commanded by highly trained, dedicated U.S. Coast Guard-certified captains who not only guide your tour but all entertain you will all the facts about the journey. Not to mention the anecdotes and humor they have that will turn an ordinary tour into the most enjoyable tour there is! You’ll never get bored with Ride The Ducks because of all the things you’ll know about the different places in Branson. You could even be a “duck for a day” with bill-shaped noise makers. If you want to do that quack and be the ducky duck that you can be, plan that trip to Branson and get reservations for your Ride The Ducks tour!
If you are worrying about where to stay, leave it to Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort. We have many lodging and accommodation options that will surpass your expectation on luxury and comfort. You can either be in a Branson Condominium, Branson Cabin, or a Branson Table Rock Lake Condominium. And for your convenience, all of these lodging options are only minutes from the Ride The Ducks. For more detail and for reservations at Thousand Hills, dial 1-877-262-0430 and for Ride The Ducks, visit www.bransonducks.com or call 417-266-7600.Read More ...
- Published on Friday, October 25 2013 3:27 PM
Written by Rhoda
Posted by Mark Ruda
Learn Golf the Branson Way
Your vacation in Branson will not only bring you lots of adventures and excitement brought about by the famous theme parks and live music shows that the place is famous for. Now, your vacation in Branson can also be about golf. Whether you consider yourself to be a pro at the sport, a beginner, or even someone who hasn’t held a golf club before, there are no worries because Branson golf caters to every skill level.
One of the best golf courses in Branson is in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. It is, by far, the most popular golf course in Branson. The golf course in Thousand Hills is and 18-hole public golf course that managed to receive a 4-stars rating by Golf Digest magazine last 2009 and was voted by the people as the Best of the Ozarks for Branson Golf Courses in Springfield News-Leader for two straight years. You may be wondering now why this golf course in Branson is just so famous. The best way to know is to see it for yourself.
The golf course in Thousand Hills is popular among people – golfers and non-golfers – alike because it does not favor any skill level of a person. There are three separate tees in the golf course in order to let the professional golfers play their own A-games, and at the same time, let the novice golfers practice and get a chance to be better at the sport.
When in Thousand Hills’ golf course, not only can you play a good game of golf, you can also savor the sights and freshness that nature gives you. As you pay golf, you also get to see amazing rock formations, tall trees of the surrounding forests, and you also get to hear the rushing of freshwater in the Ozark streams. Thinking about the scenario would make you say that the golf course is in a good location. What if you also knew that the golf course is located within minutes from Branson’s entertainment district? And that the golf course is only 5 minutes from Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Lake, which are considered by many to be Branson’s perfect lakes? By now, you would think that the golf course’s location is beyond perfect!
Thousand Hills golf course boasts of wide fairways and perfectly manicured Zoysia grass. This 18-hole par-64 golf course has one par 5 hole, eight par 4 holes, and nine par 3 holes. The slope ratings are the following: Blue 125, White 116, and Red 113. There are also golf clubs for rent in Thousand Hills. Yamaha carts equipped with GPS are also available for use – and absolutely for free! If you are just beginning to learn about the sport, there are also golf professionals to help you level up with the pro players.
This golf course is situated in Thousand Hills Resort where there are nightly rentals available for condo units and log cabins. This is indeed the perfect lodging for golf enthusiasts and adventure seekers at the same time. To reserve a lodging place or for other inquiries, call 1-877-262-0430 now!Read More ...
- Published on Thursday, October 24 2013 9:01 PM
Written by Debbie Philpott
Posted by Mark Ruda
Fundraising With Thousand Hills Golf Course
Thousand Hills Golf Resort continues philanthropic partnerships within the Ozark Mountain community through golf course fundraising techniques. During 2013, several non-profit organizations ranging from area schools to private and public charitable organizations chose Thousand Hills Golf Resort to help facilitate their fundraising goals. Organizations can realize from $5,000 per event during Scrambles, Golf-A-Thons and upwards for Pro-Am and Celeb-Am events.
“One fantastic fundraising option is to schedule a 13-hole event which finishes at our Clubhouse just in time for a catered meal or awards ceremony. Basically, you receive four additional holes for the price of nine”, said Mike Rankin, Thousand Hills Pro Shop.
The increased draw to golf fundraisers is two-fold for the organization. Typically, golfers have extra income and are willing to pay more for an upscale resort such as Thousand Hills. Also, a well-planned event will bring back the same golfers year after year establishing a reoccurring fundraising opportunity for the organization.
Revenues can also be maximized by incorporating event registration fees that package lodging, food and beverage and meeting space. Try adding a silent auction or raffle. Thousand Hills has flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space to customize your event based upon your fundraising goals.
Lodging is available at every price point and allows you to expand your fundraising efforts outside your local area. Choose from a variety of accommodations including upscale suites, condos, townhouses or cabins. Staying in larger units such as a luxury, three bedroom condo stretch lodging dollars and our guests actually pay lower per bedroom rates than if they stayed in a moderately priced hotel.
The next time you need to raise money for your organization - Think Thousand Hills Golf Course. Our professional staff is waiting to guide you as your partner to make our communities better. Please call us at 855-353-0886.Read More ...
- Published on Wednesday, October 23 2013 3:17 PM
Written by Rhoda
Posted by Mark Ruda
Sights to Behold in Branson Scenic Railway
There is no better way to enjoy Branson than to be amazed by the sights that it can give you. Breathtaking, scenic, wonderful, majestic – you will surely run out of adjectives to describe the attractions and sights in Branson. Normally, you would think of a tour. But Branson offers you more than just a tour.
Branson give you a whole new vacation experience through its Branson Scenic Railway. Ride the rails and experience the romance of train travel as you bask in the sceneries that are exclusive in Branson. Now, take a trip down memory lane to know how this Branson attraction came about.
The Branson Scenic Railway first started as the White River Railway in the year 1902. It took three years after that to finish the construction of the railroad. Twelve million dollars was spent to lay 239 miles of track in the rugged and rough terrains of the Ozark Mountains. The city of Branson reached new heights after the construction of the railroad, making the area accessible to Branson tourists.
The Branson Scenic Railway had its maiden trip in the year 1993 wherein it used a working commercial railroad line for it to travel. Its routes go either north or south only, and those routes aren’t fixed. The routes are yet to be determined just before the train departs. The train, when going north, can take you as far as Galena, Missouri in the James River Valley. When it is going south, you can go as far as Arkansas. There are tour guides to point out the sceneries that are of significance, and also areas where there were extinct communities. These communities are described as when the railroad was built in 1902. Trips of the Branson train depart from the historic depot, which was built in 1905.
Nowadays, White River is now known as Lake Taneycomo and Branson Scenic Railway still continues to give the Branson tourists a chance to know more about the history and the present splendor of the place. This unique tour experience never fails to give the tourists something worth remembering when they go back home.
At present, the Branson Scenic Railway goes on a journey that is 40 miles roundtrip through the Ozark Mountains. The train goes on a trip 3 to 4 times in a day. It gives the passengers a chance to see awesome Branson sceneries that are inaccessible by car and other modes of transportation. A trip in the Branson Scenic Railway takes approximately an hour and 45 minutes. This is enough time to acquaint you with the history of Branson and the Ozarks as narrated by the train conductor. The train and the rails that are used at present are restored to ensure the passengers’ safety and to give the passengers a first-class experience.
Plan your vacation now so you don’t miss out on the chance to witness the panoramic view of the Ozarks. The Branson Scenic Railway operated from March to December. During the months of April to October, Branson Scenic Railway offers a dinner train on Saturdays, which require reservations. Experience Branson in a different way. Come and take a journey aboard train on the Branson Scenic Railway.Read More ...