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See the Beauty of Autumn in Ozarks Mountain’s Bird’s Eye View

Branson Balloon LogoTaking a hot air balloon ride this autumn in Branson will give every passenger the opportunity to float peacefully over the valleys, trees, and the lakes. The only hot air balloon ride business in Branson, Missouri area, Branson Balloon has two balloons to serve passengers who wish to take a balloon flight. The first balloon has a maximum of four passengers and three in the other balloon. Guests who want to participate in hot air balloon ride can be picked up at any place of stay in Branson and will be brought back after the flight.

Depending on the weather, Branson Balloon offers flights seven days a week. To book your hot air balloon flight, you need to reserve in advance. Branson Balloon has a goal to create an enjoyable adventure for all participants. Experience the thrill of challenging the gravity and the fantastic floating in a hot air balloon on a beautiful morning in this exhilarating ride above the breathtaking landscapes of the Ozarks. Safety is a very important thing to consider when taking part in hot air balloon flight. So, Branson Balloon is making sure that your pilot is certified Hot Air Balloonist, and the balloon is properly inspected and registered.

The pilot will be studying the winds the evening before the flight and decide the best place to meet, then the pilot and passengers will come together in the launch site. Passengers are advised to wear casual clothing like you are going on a hike in the woods. Temperature in the hot air balloon is not any cooler than it is on the ground, so we suggest passengers to wear a comfortable clothing on that particular day’s weather. Before planning to participate in a hot air balloon flight, don’t forget to bring along a camera to record this once in a lifetime experience.

Ballooning is a sport that depends strictly on a fair weather. For safety reasons, there are some conditions that a balloon flight will not push through. A bad weather condition, continuous rain pour, and high winds are typical weather conditions that will cause to postpone a scheduled hot air balloon flight. If wind speeds exceed 10 mph, balloon flight will not take place because strong winds may cause unsafe landing when the pilot lands the balloon.

Hot air balloon flight usually lasts about an hour or slightly longer. So, you should expect your entire balloon flight adventure to last about two hours or more. Most hot air balloon flights are flown at a minimum of 500 ft. to a maximum of 2000 ft. Many passengers prefer low level flights as many panoramic views can be seen clearly. However, the pilot will fly higher or lower in search of the most favorable wind direction.

If you want to experience a hot air balloon flight that will let you see the beauty of the autumn in Branson, come to Branson and enjoy the fun to float calmly over the valleys, trees, and the lakes.


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Come To The Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum for Awesome Facts


If music is all that comes to your mind when you think about Branson, then think again. Branson is all about the activities and attractions that people of all ages will like. Aside from the live music shows, theme parks, and nature parks that offer you family friendly fun, there are also the museums in Branson that will bring you delight as you learn about new stuff.

The usual museums show you artifacts in glass cases and give you a short back story to it. Too cliché? Well, then you have come to the right place. You can have a unique museum experience in Branson Missouri with its museums with out-of-the-box concepts. One such museum in Branson is the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum. This is the museum to go if you want to see strange and weird stuff.

The main catchphrase of this museum is “Believe It Or Not”. This came from Robert Ripley, a creative and adventurous man whose claim to fame is being an artist and a cartoonist. “Believe It Or Not” was the name of a sports cartoon. Little did Robert Ripley know that this specific cartoon would grow in immense popularity and make him travel the world. During his travels all throughout the world, he was continually searching for more odd things that he could add to his collections. And so his collection grew and grew. The museum in Branson Missouri now holds some of the unique items in his collection.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum in Branson has a very distinct appearance. There is no way that one can get lost when looking for the building. It is not your usual building design. The awry façade of the building has a story of its own. It is a reflection of a high magnitude earthquake that hit Missouri in 1812. The earthquake was so massive that it had caused the Mississippi River to run backwards for three days and made the church bells in Philadelphia ring. But there is not a thing to worry about as this building is as safe as the normal looking buildings that you usually see.

There is no fun if all that there is to be seen in this museum can be read in just one piece of article. Go out and head on to Branson to amaze yourself of these puzzling facts in this museum. For your stay in Branson Missouri, choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort as your lodging place. This is the perfect place to call home as you embark on a whole new adventure in Branson. For reservations and inquiries, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Festivities of Colors at the Autumn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival

Craftsman LogoSilver Dollar City in Branson features exciting events and festivals during autumn season. One of the festivals held in Silver Dollar City from September 19 to 21 is the Autumn Daze Arts & Crafts Festival. This popular craft festival in Silver Dollar City features more than 150 craftsmen and artisans displaying their handmade crafts. During this festival in autumn season, visitors will find sidewalk sale in downtown Branson which is usually open from 9 am through 6 pm. Items displayed in the event are mostly goods that are handmade craft items which are the best creations of Ozarks. This Autumn Daze Arts and Craft Festival displays no other factory produced items but only hand crafted items made by skilled craftsmen.

One of the most popular vacations destinations in the Midwest is Silver Dollar City in Branson because of its great festivals and other exciting attractions offered to visitors. This popular vacation spot has been known as the most visited tourist destination in the Ozark region where many of the visitors seek exciting attractions and great outdoor adventures. In Branson, you can surely enjoy all these during your autumn vacation.

Autumn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival which is held in Branson every year during autumn season is a fantastic form of celebration where visitors will be able to see the new perspective of the festival that gives visitors the chance to participate in the event. Joining the festival will give you some knowledge about the Ozark region when it showcases the unique creations of handmade crafts that are skillfully and finely made by talented craftsmen and artisans.

This festival in autumn season celebrates the heritage of people in the Ozark region and their craftsmanship. Many visitors will find this annual festival interesting as many craftsmen and women gathered together in Branson to show their unique creations of handmade crafts. This exciting event comes with the show of skills and talents of craftsmen that give local visitors and tourists a glimpse of how craftsmen from the Midwest do their crafts skillfully.

Many of the items displayed during festival are mostly unique products made by craftsmen like toys, quilts, collectible items, and many more. Your autumn vacation in Branson will not be complete if you can’t take home with you souvenir items and other unique things. You can take also for yourself one-of-a-kind items so you can have a great souvenir of your memorable autumn vacation in Branson.

This annual autumn festival in Branson gives you the chance to see colorful tents set up exclusively at the vendors’ area. You can see lots of shopping opportunities as you move around from tent to tent. There are also food vendors in the area where you can savor sumptuous foods for your hungry stomach.

If you want to spend a wonderful vacation and experience the fun of autumn festival, come to Branson and stay in one of the best accommodations of Thousand Hills Golf Resort.


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Enjoy Your Vacation with a Branson Cabin Rental


Who doesn't want a grand vacation in one of the most entertaining places in the world? A grand vacation is what you definitely deserve with all the hard work that you have been doing these past months. And where can you have that much needed vacation to give you world-class entertainment and a whole lot of fun? Go to Branson Missouri - the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest!

Branson is known to be the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. Its claim to fame are the spectacular live music shows featuring the local musical geniuses of Branson, as well as guest artists from other parts of the globe. Branson enchants its visitors not only with its music; it is also a heaven for the nature lovers because of its nature parks and lakes. It is home to the TriLakes Area, which is composed of three pristine lakes - Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals Lake, and Table Rock Lake.

Now, you got a perfect place for your vacation. The next question is where to stay to complete the grand vacation experience. You're feeling lucky because Branson offers cabin rentals - a much more homier option for you. For the trusted cabin rentals in Branson Missouri, there is only one place to go to - Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is located near Branson's entertainment district. The Branson cabin rentals in Thousand Hills have nothing but good reviews from satisfied guests from different parts of the world. The cabins in Thousand Hills are made of Colorado cut spruce logs that give off a rustic vibe. The cabin's interiors; however, is everything modern. To give you peace and quiet away from the city noise, these cabins are situated in the woods of the Ozarks. This location is pretty much refreshing and relaxing.

When it comes to the amenities, these Branson cabin rentals do not fall short of giving you luxury. It has fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, complete with king-sized beds, luxurious linens, and a Jacuzzi tub. It also has a fully equipped kitchen so you can cook your own snacks and meals if you want to. There is also a spacious living room in the cabins that is perfect for any group activity. Your entertainment needs are also addressed by the cabin by providing cable televisions in every room, a DVD player, swimming pool access and free high speed wireless internet. The cabin even has a private porch for some qualitu time with yourself.

Everything you can ask for in a lodging place is offered by a Branson cabin rental in Thousand Hills. Make your vacation even more memorable by spending it in Thousand Hills. For more inquiries and for reservations, just contact 1-877-262-0430.

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Spend Your Family Vacation in a Three Bedroom Branson Condominium


Branson is very much popular for being the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest. And with this, it also offers the best lodging options for a family vacation. Whether you are a small family, or a large one, there is always a lodging place that is fit for everyone. Your vacation in Branson deserves nothing but the best lodging, too. And there is only one place to go to - Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort.

Have you ever felt like it's a hassle renting multiple hotel rooms for your vacation? You'd have to go room hopping just so you can check up on everyone. Here's good news for you! You can still have that luxury living and feel like you have never left home. Introducing the three bedroom Branson condominium of Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort! This option is perfect for a large family who wants as much space for everybody, or a small family who wants to have individual rooms of their own. The three bedroom Branson condominium in Thousand Hills also gives you the privilege to stay near the entertainment district of Branson. Thousand Hills is also near the theme park Silver Dollar City and near Table Rock Lake. You can take on any adventure you want with the whole family in these recreational areas near Thousand Hills. Peace and quiet are also not an issue even if you are near the entertainment district because the condominium units are situated in the serene greens of the Ozarks. In Thousand Hills, you will find yourself in the comforts of the lush greens of the golf course, which is also considered to be one of Branson's best.

When it comes to the amenities, the three bedroom Branson condominium gives you nothing less than the luxury you deserve. A three bedroom unit has fully furnished rooms and bathrooms, complete with king-sized beds and Jacuzzi tubs to make it more relaxing for you. There is also a fully equipped kitchen so the whole family can enjoy your home cooked meals. The condo unit also has a spacious living room, where you can share stories with your family members, or have a movie marathon. If you want some quality time alone, the condo unit also has a private porch overlooking a breathtaking view of the Ozarks. There are also cable televisions and a DVD player available for you to use. To top it all off, you also get to enjoy swimming pool access and free high speed wireless internet!

What more can you ask for in a Branson lodging option? Book your stay now in Thousand Hills for your family vacation. For more inquiries and for reservations, call 1-877-362-0430. 

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Silver Dollar City And How It Came To Be


There is no doubt that Silver Dollar City has made its name known worldwide because of the world-class entertainment it offers. It has been Branson’s most famous theme park because of the variety of entertainment it offers, and the right mix of relaxation and excitement it brings. A unique theme park like Silver Dollar City is full of its own history and heritage that is worth knowing. For sure, a theme park this great would be nothing if it did not come from something great, too. Get to know more about Silver Dollar City and how it came to be.

When talking about the history of Silver Dollar City, one cannot help but also talk about the history of the Herschend Family. This family was the brains behind the birth of one of the world’s most famous theme park. The Herschends, husband and wife Hugo and Mary Herschend, together with their sons, Jack and Pete, went on a vacation in the Ozarks and they instantly fell in love with the beauty and the rich heritage of the area. It was in 1951 when the Herschends decided to settle in the Ozarks. It was also in that year when Hugo had a long term lease on the famous Marvel Cave. The long term lease lasted for 99 years. After Hugo died in 1955, Mary and her sons continued to improve the cave. They made improvements such as putting up electricity, walkways, and a cable train for the guests to take part in a cave tour. Marvel Cave then became a popular attraction in the Ozarks. More tourists and visitors flocked to the cave attraction in Branson. A small replica of a town was built outside the cave so that the visitors can be entertained as they wait for their turn.

The name Silver Dollar City was then coined to attract more visitors. Back then, a silver dollar was given to the guests so they could spend the money and tell other people where that silver dollar came from. Word spread quickly and from then on, Silver Dollar City was a huge success.

In the present, the Herschend Family Entertainment already owns 26 theme park enterprises in 10 states. Some of these are Dollywood, The Harlem Globetrotters, Adventure Aquarium, Dixie Stampede, and White Water.

It all started with passing around silver dollars. If it wasn’t for that, then Branson would not have known its phenomenal theme park that will become the standard of all theme parks. Silver Dollar City has a rich history. It is also guaranteed to give you loads of fun! Visit Silver Dollar City now and have memories to keep for a lifetime.

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See the Bird’s Eye view of the Ozark Mountain

Chopper Charter LogoIf you want to experience a wonderful Branson vacation this autumn season stay at Thousand Hills Hotel and take a helicopter tour. As you fly high above, you have the chance to see fascinating views of numerous theaters, fantastic landscapes, and the beautiful Table Rock Lake. To have a wholesome enjoyment on your helicopter ride, don’t forget to bring camera with you as you always have unobstructed views of the city of Branson and sprawling landscapes for a perfect photo souvenir. You can’t completely appreciate your Branson vacation until you’ve taken to the sky and enjoy the numerous panoramic views around the city and the Ozark Mountains.

If you take a Chopper Charter Branson Helicopter Tour, you can make your dream come true of taking a flight that soars above the great city of Branson. Chopper Charter Tour can fly you to wonderful places in Branson and as far as Springfield, Missouri. Sip champagne onboard the luxury helicopter as it takes you to your dinner destination. Some other options available on this helicopter dinner flight tour is a private pickup at your home. This Chopper Charter Dinner Flight Tour costs $250 per couple.

On the Trailer Helicopter Flight Tour you can surround yourself with the sights of the wide open lake scenery. You have the option to choose between an aerial view of the wonderful Table Rock Dam or a flight over the majestic Branson Landing. Either option, allows you to see more of the beautiful lakes of Branson. This tour costs $45 for adults and $35 for children. Another exciting helicopter tour in Branson is  a 12-minute Matinee Helicopter Flight Tour where you can experience the depth of the Ozark Mountains as you soar above the fascinating Inspiration Tower. This tour costs $85 for adults and $75 for children.

Another beautiful helicopter tour is the 17 minute Main Feature Flight Tour that cruises from Branson Strip and journey to the majestic Chateau on the Lake. The flight tour will allow you to see Shepherd of the Hills, Silver Dollar City theme park, and even the calm valleys of Lake Taneycomo. This tour costs $109 for adults and $99 for children. The Encore Flight Tour is a 22-minute exciting tour that hovers above natural lake waters in Branson. See the hillsides of the Ozark Mountains that are covered by colorful autumn leaves. This tour costs $139 for adults and $129 for children.

Once you have experienced the thrill of helicopter flight, you will understand how each moment in the sky is getting better. The Director’s Cut Flight Tour offers 5-course meal that won’t leave you hungry above the sky. This tour allows you to spend half-hour in the air and can be customized for whatever flight destination you like. This long flight tour costs $199.50 for adults and $189.50 for children.

If you want to see from above the sky fascinating views of fantastic landscape, the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves of the Ozark Mountains, try a thrilling helicopter flight tour in Branson.


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Love Books? Visit the Harold Bell Wright Museum

Branson is not only known for great entertainment and exciting outdoor activities, it is also famous for many educational attractions. These educational attractions include Titanic Museum, The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and Mt. Pleasant Winery. If you love books, the Harold Bell Wright Museum is an interesting educational attraction in Branson that features a number of best selling books of Harold Bell Wright. Shepherd of the Hills which is one of the most widely read books in early 20th century were authored by Harold Bell Wright.Harrold Bell Wright Museum Logo

Harold Bell Wright became a pastor in 1905 at the Christian Church in Lebanon, Missouri. He remained there until 1907 when he transferred to California for another pastoral position. After the success of the Shepherd of the Hills (his first book that sold one million copies), Write resigned as pastor of the Christian Church in Redlands, California and moved to a ranch near El Centro in the same state and devoted the rest of his life writing interesting stories.

In the museum, you can view a video about Wright’s fascinating life as well the chance to see up close his antique guns, furniture, saddles, and handwritten manuscript of Shepherd of the Hills. Wright was an American writer that has written many best-selling books of fiction, non-fiction, and essays during the first half of the 20th century. He is said to be the first American writer to make $1 million from writing fiction. There were about 15 movies produced and claimed to be made from Wright’s stories. Some of these popular movies included The Shepherd of the Hills in 1941, a John Wayne film and The Winning of Barbara Worth in 1926 that featured Gary Cooper.

Most of the books written by Harold Bell Wright were best selling books outside of the Bible, for many years and are still popular up to day. When you visit the museum, you can have the chance to read a letter from President Reagan to the Wright family expressing his appreciation for Harold Bell Wright and the influence he had in the early life of Pres. Reagan. Your visit to the museum will give you a glimpse about the life and career of this early 20th century best selling author through a number of exhibits such as his personal gun collection and many original manuscripts.

The tour to the Harold Bell Wright Museum takes approximately one to two hours and is open to visitors of all ages. The museum is handicap accessible and features gift shop that allows visitors a chance to shop for snack foods or souvenir themed items. The museum also allows visitors to use cameras and video cameras.  The price of the ticket to the museum is from $8.87 to $12.22 for ages 18 and up and $5.52 to $7.76 for children ages 7 to 17. Children under six years old are free.

If you love books, visit the Harold Bell Wright Museum in Branson where you can see many displays of books and personal collections of the best selling author in the early 20th century.


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Say Hello to Our Big Furry Friends

National Tiger Sanctuary LogoTry to experience all of the excitement of seeing big cats by visiting the National Tiger Sanctuary in Branson, Missouri. While you are in Branson, you can explore the Ozarks by joining some popular outdoor adventures such as zipline and canopy tours that is located at the Wolfe Creek Preserve. You can also visit some great hiking trails in Branson such as the Table Rock Lakeshore Trail that connects to the Dewey Short Visitor Center or the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a paved hiking trail where you can see beautiful limestone bluffs and tumbling waterfalls. If you are a water sports enthusiast, you can explore the Ozarks more by visiting the Lake Taneycomo where you can find service marinas and resorts that offer kayaking, fishing, and boating, canoeing or just plain wading along the lakeside.

The National Tiger Sanctuary is located just off Highway 65 in Branson. The tiger sanctuary provides wholesome fun and excitement for kids and adults alike. The sanctuary provides guided tours that last approximately 1.5 hours. The tour is handicap accessible and allows tourists to use both cameras and video cameras. The sanctuary also features a gift shop where you can buy things like food snacks and souvenirs. While you are inside the National Tiger Sanctuary, you can get up close and personal with the animals where photographing them can be a good souvenir.

The National Tiger Sanctuary is a non-profit organization established in 2000 to create a safe environment to connect with the diverse creations. The facility was entirely built with private funds from donations from generous individuals and supports from members.  The sanctuary is dedicated to provide education about the conditions of our environment which are affecting the Earth’s ecosystems.

In the sanctuary, you’ll get to see different kinds of big cats, including tigers, panthers, lions, and mountain lions just to name a few. So it’s a great experience to tour around the sanctuary and see these majestic critters. Guided tours in the sanctuary are run three times a day, and each visitor can see the big cats play, sleep, and look amazing for all onlookers. There are special tours that are available during the day which will give visitors a chance to watch the tigers being fed by caretakers.

The sanctuary also provides Awareness Tour where guests can have the opportunity to visit the big cats and witness each of their unique personalities. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and starts with some fun and finishing with a close up view with the tigers. Another exciting tour in the sanctuary is the Combo Awareness Tour and Feeding Tour. Guests can watch the big cats three feet away and get the chance to see their distinctive behavior which is fascinating to hear and see. Guests will have to push food thru long tube to animals.

If you want to experience the excitement of seeing big cats, visit the National Tiger Sanctuary in Branson where you can join a guided tour to witness up close and personal with the critters just three feet away.


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Listen to the Sound of Crunchy Leaves Under Your Feet!

walking on autumn foliage LogoHiking enthusiasts who will visit Branson this fall will be delighted to learn of a great hiking opportunity at Table Rock Trails. Hiking in Table Rock Trails is really an exciting outdoor adventure where hikers can have the chance to see beautiful colors of the Ozark Mountain and hear the sound of the leaves crunching while they step on it. With the many fun-packed outdoor adventures at Table Rock Lake, local residents and tourists alike are excited to experience water sports adventures and other outdoor activities along the lake. The beautiful bluffs, wooded valleys, and wildlife around the Table Rock Lake offer hikers a great panoramic view experience.

If you are fit to take some exciting outdoor activities, try the beautiful hiking trails in Branson. Table Rock Trail in Branson is one of the fascinating outdoor activities that will let you enjoy the delightful changing of colors of the leaves around the hillsides of the mountains. Branson also offers many water sports adventures such as fishing, boating, swimming, and scuba diving. This autumn season, many people want to experience hiking trails in Branson that can be greatly enjoyed at Table Rock Lakeshore Trail and Table Rock State Park.  

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail is a beautiful hiking trail in Branson that connects to the Dewey Short Visitor Center. This trail stretches up to 2.2 miles long. Another beautiful hiking trail in Branson is the Table Rock State Park. This trail covers an area of 356 acres and provides easy access to Table Rock Lake. This beautiful state park draws thousands of visitors from all over the country year round. The park also offers great biking, camping, and horseback riding.

Table Rock Lake which comprises two hiking trails is a beautiful body of water surrounded by hickory and oak trees. Its clean and crystal clear waters wind down through the valleys of the Ozark Mountains, from Branson, Missouri  to Eureka Springs in Arkansas. The lake receives about five million visitors every year and they always take advantage of the exciting recreational outdoor activities it has to offer. Table Rock Lake was created when the Table Rock Dam was constructed for flood control. With its 779 miles of shoreline, many visitors can have the opportunity to enjoy lots of recreational activities on water and on land.

After experiencing great hiking trails in Table Rock Lake, you may want to cool off and soak up on the clean waters of the lake at the Moonshine Beach. If you want to explore more after spending a relaxing day at Moonshine Beach, you may like to try fishing or boating adventure. If you feel like boating but hesitant to man the boat, but still like to feel the thrill of boating, the lake has three commercial boats that offer boating experience to excursionists.

If you want to experience a great hiking trail at Table Rock Lake with your family this autumn season, come to Branson and stay in the best accommodation of Thousand Hills Golf Resort.


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